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Thursday's notes: Nashville Predators earn 5 points on 5 game road trip

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After a long stretch on the road, the Predators finally play at home tonight against Chicago, and thank goodness the boys are coming home with a win under their belt. In total, they earned 5 points on the 5-game trip (2-2-1), which has to be considered a success considering how things looked two weeks ago. The task ahead, however, is to pile up a few wins to complement that .500 hockey on the road.

One radio note to pass on this morning; Preds radio play-by-play man Tom Callahan will be on the Thom Abraham Show in the 12:00 hour today, so be sure to catch him on 560-AM in Nashville or listen online at

After the jump, I've got your morning dose of hockey news and notes, including some recaps of last night's game in Minnesota, another set of potential owners getting ready to bid on the Phoenix Coyotes, and some creative ideas on how the NHL can cope with the Swine Flu epidemic...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Preds Beat Wild 4-3 in Uneven Play
Buddy's recap takes an optimistic view heading into tonight's matchup with Chicago.

See Puck City: A Wild Ride: Preds Win 4-3 in St. Paul
Amidst the thrill of victory there are reasons for concern, particularly about the way the Preds coughed up a 2-0 lead on three straight shots in the 2nd period.

Preds making offensive strides - Predators Insider
John Glennon calls last night perhaps the Preds' "strongest offensive game of the season", and I'd be inclined to agree, but we have to keep in mind that Minnesota isn't the defensive juggernaut that they used to be.

Admirals' Struggles Continue - Admirals Short Shifts
Things aren't so hot down on the farm, where the Milwaukee Admirals are mired in last place after a 2-0 loss to Abbotsford last night.

Last Night / Game Night - Paul McCann
Paul has notes from last night's game, and also brings word that Preds prospect Charles-Olivier Roussel earned a weekly honor in the QMJHL.

Around the NHL

Surprising Teams - KuklasKorner
Paul Kukla asks for input as to which teams have surprised the most so far this season.

Game 13 Recap: Avalanche 3 - Flames 2 - Mile High Hockey
Speaking of surprises, the Avalanche keep on rolling with a road win at Calgary. We all know they can't keep this up, but when are the Avs going to figure that out?

Another Fast Start Propels Sabres to Third Straight Road Victory - Die By The Blade
Look out world, the Buffalo Sabres are 7-1-1, and look to be for real.

Swine Flu Hits the NHL! - Hockey Gal
Stephanie Muraro provides some handy tips on how the NHL can better cope with the spread of H1N1, which has now hit 4 players that we know of so far.

Sykora Possibly Not Born to be Wild - PuckUpdate
Lost in the story of last night's game was the fact that Petr Sykora was a healthy scratch for the Wild; he was one of the free agent wingers that some folks were hoping the Predators would sign, but now he's just watching from the press box.

Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The mood is getting dark in Minnesota after last night's loss to the Preds...

Argo owners going solo in bid for Coyotes - The Globe and Mail
Now that the bankruptcy affair seems to be in the rear view mirror, another ownership group is ready to step forward and bid on the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jokinen still trying to find way - The Globe and Mail
Up in Calgary, they're not too happy with how high-priced center Olli Jokinen is working out...

Incapable of Governing Itself : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
The curmudgeonly Canuck fan ruminates over the latest NHLPA drama. It is mind-boggling how the players union consistently finds new ways to undermine itself.

What are Mark Messier, Igor Larionov up to now? - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun checks in with two Hall of Famers to see what they're up to these days.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo has rib fracture
It seems like an enormous number of star players have been injured early in this season, with Vancouver's goalie added to the list Tuesday night.

Primeau says NHL should draw line against head shots -
Kevin Allen runs the transcript of an interview with Keith Primeau, who had to retire early due to the multiple concussions he suffered over the years, about getting the NHL to crack down on dangerous blows to the head.