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Friday's news: Panic in Detroit, party time in Nashville

I'm having a hard time trying to determine which is more amazing; the Nashville Predators' recent run of 18-5-2 over the last 25 games, or the fact that so many other teams are keeping up a similar pace. In their last 10 games, for example, the Phoenix Coyotes are 8-1-1 and the Los Angeles Kings are 7-2-1.

The Detroit Red Wings are 7-2-1 in their last 10 as well, but another serious injury has fans wondering how long they can keep rolling...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: The Wild, Wild West and More
Buddy's morning update points out how insanely tight the Western Conference standings are up top.

Nashville Predators : Preds at Oilers 12.17.09 REVENGE!
Rebecca (@TigerPredsChick on Twitter) shares her take on last night's game in Edmonton, a fitting response to the 6-1 drubbing the Oilers put on the Preds early in the season.

The View from 111: Predators With a Slick Win over the Oilers
Mark likes the way the Preds rebounded from a figurative punch in the mouth last night from Edmonton.

These Guys May Actually Be… Good. Preds Win 6-3 In Edmonton - Brandon Felder
Drink the Kool-Aid, Brandon... this is a playoff-caliber team... there you go!

What The Puck: 12/17/09 - Nashville at Edmonton: W 6-3
Rachel wonders if we're seeing the second coming of Scott Hartnell with the Preds...

Postgame ponderings - Inside Predators
John Glennon watched this one from home just like the rest of us, and offers a buffet of thoughts on what's going well and what's not with the Preds.

Backchecking With ... Ryan Suter -- NHL FanHouse
A light-hearted interview with the Preds defenseman.

Switzerland: A medal would be a miracle -
Risto Pakarinen's preview of the Swiss Olympic team includes Nashville's 2nd-round draft pick from 2008, Roman Josi, as a pivotal player.

Around the NHL

The Triple Deke: Game #34 -- Red Wings vs. Lightning
Reaction from the Red Wing faithful to the news that Henrik Zetterberg left last night's game after a big hit from Tampa's Mattias Ohlund: "Are you serious? Are you really serious with this? Zetterberg? Henrik Zetterberg? No. There's no way."

Zetterberg Out At Least Two Weeks - Sporting News
Craig Custance reports that the star Red Wing has a separated shoulder, and will miss at least two weeks. Sometimes these injuries can linger, however, so we'll have to see how it goes once he returns.

The Apprenticeship of Sam Gagner and the Oilers' other young struggling centres - Cult of Hockey
David Staples writes how the Preds exposed a weakness down the middle for Edmonton.

Concussions and Reggie Fleming - From The Rink
Scary stuff was reported in the Globe & Mail yesterday, as researchers found brain damage in a retired NHL'er that has been linked to the NFL as well, pointing to the potential for long-term, life-changing damage.

Sharks Considering Euro Trip - Fear The Fin
Should the Sharks participate in next season's opening games in Europe? Mr. Plank breaks down how that extra travel has affected previous participants.

Coyotes Captain Shane Doan Plays 1000th Game | Hockey From the Cheap Seats
Kudos to the one of the most widely respected players in the NHL. Phoenix is lucky to have him.

Surprise, Surpise, Surprise - Mile High Hockey
Can the unexpected Avalanche continue their improbable run?

Why David Koci deserved a suspension – and some sympathy | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater makes what is ultimately an unconvincing argument that David Koci, who escaped suspension for his hit on Washington's Mike Green, is caught betwixt ambivalence on the NHL's part in terms of on-ice violence.

Fifth Straight Habs Loss Colours 2009-10 Chemistry Experiment A Bust - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Despite lots of summer activity on the free agent market, the Montreal Canadiens have been a complete flop this season. Should they be a cautionary tale for those who beg for David Poile to go shopping with a blank check each July 1?

Would You Trade For Michael Nylander? - Hockey Or Die!
While the Nashville answer to this question would certainly be "No", it might get interesting if Washington put the Swedish center through recall waivers. Would it be worth picking up an offensively-gifted center if his $4.875 million cap hit were split 50/50 with the Capitals?

Big Ten Net to Air Pre- and Post-Game Hockey Shows, with… Adam Burish? " Puck The Media
Who knew that you could catch college hockey on the Big Ten Network? Awesome!

Players of the Decade - Behind The Net
You'll be interested to find a former Nashville Predator atop the list of Games Played over the course of the decade.

Lastly, here's a look at that Ohlund hit on Zetterberg. It's a completely clean shot, but a bit surprising to see Zetterberg caught flush: