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Tuesday notes: Good times in Smashville as the Predators sweep a 5-game home stand

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After seeing the Predators wrap up a perfect 5-0 home stand last night against Detroit, the mood in Nashville is understandably bright these days. For reaction to last night's win, you can start your morning touring Preds On The Glass, Pull My (Fang) Finger, See Puck City, What the Puck, and the blogs of Paul McCann and Brandon Felder.

Good times, indeed.

After the jump, however, we've got the rest of your morning news & notes, including some reasons behind Nashville's recent success, a new 3rd jersey debuted by the Florida Panthers, and one of the Preds' division rivals getting lit up on the road...

Predators News

Postgame ponderings - Inside Predators
John Glennon likes the Erat-Goc-Tootoo line, but not so much the Thuresson-Santorelli-Hornqvist one. I haven't been particularly impressed with Santorelli either, but last night that line actually did a great job in limited action.

Predators maintain power play prowess in victory over Detroit - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair highlights the power play as a big reason for Nashville's current hot streak.

Erat carries offense vs. Red Wings - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen writes about Martin Erat's sudden resurgence, and what it means to the Preds.

Around the NHL

Iginla stapled to bench during shootout -- huh? - Flames Insider
An odd call last night in Anaheim, as Jarome Iginla (you know, only one of the great goal-scorers in the game) wasn't used by Brent Sutter when the Flames went to a shootout.

Pass or Fail: Florida's new third jerseys are borrowed and blue - Puck Daddy
I say "Fail", because the new Florida Panthers jerseys don't remind me of the team at all; it's such a radical departure from their normal ones, they just look generic.

Overtime - Behind The Net
Hawerchuk points out how the NHL provides incentives for bad teams to hold on in OT and try to reach the shootout.

Night to forget | BlueJacketsXtra
The Blue Jackets gave up seven(!) straight goals to the New York Rangers last night.

John Tavares and his Toronto Circus | Hockey From the Cheap Seats
Never mind the actual game between the Islanders and Maple Leafs, the real spectacle was having John Tavares playing his first NHL game in Toronto.

OK, I’ll go back on Twitter | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater keeps the drama rolling, and re-joins Twitter after deleting his account a few days ago.

Who Wore The First Number 99 In Hockey? - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Great stuff about the NHL's original #99... - Blogs - Hawks soaring, Flames' unrest and 30 thoughts
Good stuff as always from Elliotte Friedman.

More on Burns' concussion; Other injury updates; Ramsey misses practice |
More bad news for the Minnesota Wild...

How Much Does Star Power Matter? - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Falconer answers Puck Daddy's question from last week.