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Wednesday's notes: Colin Wilson returns to Boston, while critics say the Predators are doomed

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The Predators take the ice once again tonight in Boston, so check back a little later for your Game Day Preview.

Before we get to today's news, keep in mind that Preds beat writer John Glennon will be on the Thom Abraham Show during the 12:00 hour today; you can listen on 560-AM WNSR in Nashville, or online at

After the jump, there's plenty of hockey news to start your day; a Hockey News columnist says that the Preds are likely to stay in the Western Conference basement, the defending Cup champs have to deal with a serious injury to a key player, and we've got video from the Tampa Bay Lightning's "Naked Shootout" yesterday...

Predators News

Time finally catching up to Predators - The Hockey News: Brian Costello's blog
The Preds' woeful play last week has the doomsayers out in force (hat tip to @stackiii for passing this along).

Predators' Colin Wilson wants happy return - The Tennessean
Tonight the Preds rookie returns to the town where he starred in college hockey.

Notes from Tuesday's practice - Predators Insider
Bryan Mullen's review of practice includes a move on the blueline that I called for last Friday. We saw a bit of it against Washington Saturday night, and it looks like we'll see it again tonight in Boston; splitting Suter & Weber up as a defense pair.

Cellblock 303 visits the White House - Section 303
Codey tried, but no, we're not getting any stimulus money to help the Preds snag some high-end talent.

Around the NHL

If Gonchar injury is serious, are the Penguins better off this season than last? - PensBurgh
The Cup champs once again will have to fight through a serious injury to Sergei Gonchar, their top offensive defenseman. Are they more prepared this time around?

Some Insight on a Nightmare Start - Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Nothing breeds dissent within an organization like losing, and Alec Brownscombe gets a source to open up about the mess in Toronto.

All Habs: Focus on Five
Questions abound in Montreal, as well, as the Canadiens had lost five straight before topping Atlanta last night.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Chris Chelios signs with AHL's Chicago Wolves, to make debut Friday
Interestingly, The Hockey News by-line reads, "The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947." In other words, since Chelios' early days in the Montreal system.

Koivu Named Captain - Hockey Wilderness
Mikko Koivu is now officially the "Wild and Crazy Guy".

Carkner Signs Two Year, One-Way Deal Worth $1.4M - Silver Seven
While the Preds have experienced instability at the bottom of their defensive depth chart so far this season, the Senators have seen a career AHL'er, Matt Carkner, earn himself a regular NHL job. Think Joel Ward on the blueline...

The Morning Skate: Crease Crashing Rises, Early N.H.L. Surprises and More on Sirois - Slap Shot Blog
Stu Hackel of the NY Times tackles a number of topics, most notably the question of whether referees are allowing forwards to drive the net more, putting goalies at risk.

Jay Feaster: Culpable Stupidity - Hockey Or Die!
Jonathan Willis takes another whack at Jay Feaster's self-serving blast at Tomas Vokoun from the other day.

Thrashers sign Peverley to 2-year, $2.6 million contract -
Rich Peverley, former Nashville Predator made good.

The 10 most notable sluggish starts for good players - Puck Daddy
Hey look, a Nashville Predator made a Top 10 list! Whoops, this ain't a good one...

Central Notebook: Columbus Blue Jackets ready for full playoff meal -
Larry Wigge checks in with all the teams in the Central Division, and notes how Patric Hornqvist has come pretty far for being the last player chosen in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Reebok remembers the Whale: New Hartford jerseys hit market - Puck Daddy
A great merchandising move by the NHL, to bring back the old Hartford Whaler jersey for purchase via official channels.

Senators' hot start bodes well for playoffs - Silver Seven
The Preds may face Boston tonight and Chicago on Saturday, but they can't overlook an Ottawa Senators team which is making noise in the East.

And lastly, here's a look at the "Naked Shootout" that the Tampa Bay Lightning held in practice yesterday: