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Friday's news: Present Predators struggling offensively, while a former teammate shines

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Predators fans will be sending their good vibes out to the team as they await tomorrow's game in Los Angeles; clearly they need to get some of their star players back healthy soon, as the team that skated in Anaheim was woefully shorthanded against the likes of Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Koivu and Selanne. That job isn't going to get any easier in L.A., where Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth are off to red-hot starts and the Kings are 5-1-1 on home ice.

But until then, we've got your morning news. After the jump, we look at Nashville's record-setting offensive pace, a former Pred who's prospering, and word that a second NHL team has publicly entered the pursuit of Peter Forsberg...

Predators News

Preds on record shutout pace - Predators Insider
John Glennon notes that at this rate, the Preds will almost double their franchise record for getting shutout during a season. You can't fault this bunch for working hard, but they need somebody who can make goal-scoring look easy.

Is Rich Peverley the New Mike Richards? - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Just in case you didn't already have a reason to kick the dog this morning...

Around the NHL

Stamkos More Than Pulling His Weight -- NHL FanHouse
Steven Stamkos is blossoming in his 2nd NHL season, due in part to an insanely tough summer workout regimen.

NCAA PRO-file with Brendan Morrison -
Bob Snow writes about how his experience at the University of Michigan shaped Brendan Morrison as a hockey player. Back then, writing for an old site called "In the Crease", I interviewed Brendan shortly before he won the 1997 Hobey Baker Award.

Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Nov 6th, 2009
A nice update prior to the weekend for you fantasy hockey mavens out there, as well as a crack at the NHL for producing a shoddy video interview with Mark Messier...

Canucks interested in Forsberg - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has now publicly stated that his team is looking at Peter Forsberg as well, joining the Rangers as open suitors for Foppa.

Is Thursday's win a turning point for Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price? - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun writes that Carey Price's big effort over Boston might prove pivotal to regaining the mojo he had two seasons ago. Being a young goalie in Montreal has got to be one of the toughest jobs in all of sport.

Puck Daddy chats with Kevin Dallman about being best defenseman in KHL
An interesting look at the KHL from a North American player's view.