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Weekend notes: College hockey getting underway in the South

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Are your ready for a busy Saturday? All 30 teams will be on the ice this evening, with the Preds in Chicago (7:30 start, check back later for your Game Day Preview).

After the jump, a little hockey news to get you rolling this morning. We've got a look at college hockey in the Southeast, word that two key Blackhawks might miss tonight's game, and video of a nasty hit on Colorado winger Darcy Tucker...

Predators News

Predators have thrived on NHL's busiest nights -
The Preds are 3-0-0 on nights on which all 30 NHL teams played. Why people get paid to write stuff like this is simply beyond me.

Nashville Predators On Campus -
The Preds provide a weekly update on college hockey in the Southeast, including previews for South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Around the NHL

Hawks Still Building Toward Success….Huet Starts | Hockey Independent
Al Cimaglia brings the low-down on all things Blackhawks, including word that the Preds may well face the underwhelming Cristobal Huet in goal tonight.

Toews, Seabrook questionable for Saturday - Chicago Tribune
Two key Blackhawks might miss tonight's game against the Preds with injuries. Toews, as you'll remember, took a huge hit from Vancouver's Willie Mitchell earlier this week.

Lemaire-less Wild Weak Where It Counts -- NHL FanHouse
A good breakdown of how the Minnesota Wild are giving up more high-quality scoring chances as compared to last season.

Prime Minister Wants to Make It Seven, at Least - Slap Shot Blog -
The leader of the Great White North speaks out in favor of another Canadian NHL team. There's been no word as to whether he'll send in the troops to capture a team and bring it across the border.

VS. president: 'Not asking for any extra money' -
According to the president of the Versus network, they are not asking DirecTV for any more money in their ongoing dispute. All I know is I'm getting close to ditching my DirecTV service, which I've had for 11 years. This is getting ridiculous, and you'd think the two parties could negotiate a performance-driven fee structure (the fee adjusts based on Vs. viewership).

Lastly, courtesy of Puck Daddy, we have video of a nasty hit by Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu on Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche. Word has it that Tucker did eventually walk out of the arena after suffering a likely concussion: