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Weekend notes: Kicking off 2010, Predators style

Are you ready for 2010, Nashville Predators fans? Tonight the Preds battle the Anaheim Ducks, but until then, let's get right to your morning news & notes...

After the jump, we've got a step-by-step look at how two very typical Nashville goals were created, some news about the new 3rd jerseys, and a thought-provoking encounter with a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Predators News

See Puck City: Welcome to 2010 / Beautiful Beantown
Included in SPC's latest is some interesting news about the new 3rd jerseys.

Preds 101: Side-by-Side Breakdown: Turnovers Below the Goal Line
Breaking down the two goals from Thursday's game at Columbus, which were classic Preds plays.

Daily Su: Brothers in Goal: Chet & Calvin Pickard find success in net
If you thought the Preds prospect is a sensational goaltender, you should check out this profile of his younger brother...

A Season on the Brink: Predators at the Halfway Point (Part II of III) "
AJ encounters some Chicago fans at last weekend's game vs. the Blackhawks...

A Season on the Brink: Predators at the Halfway Point (Part III of III) "
...and comes away with a useful lesson regarding perceptions of Nashville from around the league.

The 303:30 – The 1st 41 games w/ Buddy Oakes & the World Juniors w/ JP Dellacamera | Section 303
Check out the latest episode, hosted by Jeremy all by himself.

Around the NHL

Down Goes Brown: The ten most popular DGB posts of 2009 - Toronto Maple Leafs Blog
Have a laugh at the best of the best, from the funniest hockey blog extant.

Preds On The Glass: Making Olympics Was "Older Dream than NHL" for Bruin's Tim Thomas
Buddy caught up with Tim Thomas at the NHL Awards last summer, and asked him then about the possibility of playing for the US in the Olympics.

More Scenes from The NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Sharing some pictures of the fan experience yesterday in Boston; it looks like it was a great time.

Could the Bruins be close to signing Miroslav Satan? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Is sure sounds like Boston is acquiring the enigmatic sniper; Satan's agent (Allan Walsh) has hinted as much on Twitter.

The Production Line: Chicago, Detroit and college girls
A rather unique perspective on the Red Wings' struggles so far.

McKeen's Hockey Prospects - NHL 2009 Year in Review
Gus has a boatload of data behind team performance in the 2009 calendar year, far exceeding the simple win/loss records I posted here the other day!

Greatest Hockey Some Interesting Olympic Numbers
Joe provides a number of different angles on the Olympic hockey rosters.

Lastly, check out this fluky goal that won the OTHER game yesterday, Buffalo vs. Atlanta: