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Thursday thoughts: Preds fans can catch Blake Geoffrion on TV, and Howie Morenz online

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Tonight the Predators kick off a swing through Western Canada, against the Edmonton Oilers.

That means this morning's new & notes includes plenty of material from the Oilogosphere, generally considered the finest bunch of team-specific hockey blogs you'll find. Take a look for yourself after the jump!

Predators News

Game Night - Cold Roadie... - Paul McCann
Paul's pre-game post invokes memories of that nasty 6-1 drubbing that the Oilers put on the Preds back in October.

Preds On The Glass: Trotz: Let Players Police Themselves and More
Buddy's morning update includes a synopsis of an interview that Barry Trotz gave on Edmonton radio. It sounds like he's complaining about the leash that he has to keep Wade Belak on...

Red Light District: Olympics look-ahead: NSH & NJ
Looking ahead to all the Predators we should see in the Winter Olympics.

NHL Net College Hockey Schedule " Puck The Media
There are a couple opportunities to catch Wisconsin, and Predators prospect Blake Geoffrion, on the NHL Network's schedule.

Vintage 1934 Video Clip Of Howie Morenz - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Speaking of Blake Geoffrion, check out a small bit of video from his great-grandfather Howie Morenz, the first great superstar in NHL history.

Pred finds back of the net from in front of it | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair writes that Ryan Jones is making the most out of his opportunity since getting called up to Nashville recently.

Predators' surge raises stats, eyebrows - The Tennessean
John Glennon chronicles the offensive surge of the last few weeks by the Preds.

Around the NHL

The Hockey News: NHL setting dangerous precedents with Coyotes concessions
Ken Campbell throws up one lame argument after another against the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings. There can be some decent criticisms made, but you won't find them here. The "precedents" he's worried about only apply because we had an unprecedented situation where the former owner, Jerry Moyes, did his best to destroy the business operations of the team on his way out the door.

Lowetide: Predators at Oilers, G34, 09-10
The Edmonton scribe's pre-game post includes a lesson in country music history. Honest!

Should the Oilers trade for an experienced goalie? (Game Day 34, Oilers vs. Predators) - Cult of Hockey
With Nikolai Khabibulin on the shelf, David Staples wonders what the Oilers should do.

Interview with Ethan Moreau | Hockey Independent
Ahead of tonight's game in Edmonton, check out this article featuring the Oilers captain.

Small number Stortistics - The Copper & Blue
Remember how Zack Stortini made the Predators' lives miserable during a 6-1 whooping by Edmonton here in October? Bruce McCurdy digs into the numbers to show that Storts isn't your typical 4th-line scrub.

Observations from a 5-3 loss - Dallas Morning News
When you're watching the conference standings on a nightly basis, it's good to see Dallas lose, even better to see them lose to Carolina, of all teams.

Rangers Recap: Rangers woes continue, lose to Islanders 2-1 - Blueshirt Banter
A cautionary tale for those who are desperate for the Predators to land a "star". Despite signing Marian Gaborik over the summer, the Rangers are in a tailspin right now.

More Russian players saying 'nyet' to the NHL grind -
Kevin Allen writes about how the number of Russians in the NHL has dropped from 87 to just 23 in less than 10 years, thanks to the rise of the KHL. My question is, how much of an impact will the KHL have in attracting non-Russians?

Bat Interupts Junior Hockey Game - SB Nation