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Tuesday's notes: Try some watching some NHL games online

Finally, the Predators get back to business tonight in Columbus, so get your game preparations under way with a healthy diet of hockey news and notes.

After the jump, we've got some savvy stats work that takes the Corsi number to an entirely different level, a look at this critical set of games leading up to the Olympic break, and some tributes to the life and career of Wayne Gretzky, who turns 49 today.

But first...

NHL Hockey Games Live Online - NHL GameCenter LIVE™ Registration
Today, the NHL is offering a free preview of their GameCenter Live streaming video service. I'd highly recommend giving it a try tonight...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Radio Podcast with Natalie Darwitz and Eric Kent and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy's got last night's podcast as well as a healthy dose of morning news.

The View from 111: Critcal Games Upcoming
Mark looks at the remaining games prior to the Olympic break as a key stretch to this season, and I couldn't agree more. We are starting to see some separation in the Western Conference standings, and the Preds need to keep up with the pack.

Preds' Hornqvist rubs some guys the wrong way - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair kicks off his profile of Patric Hornqvist with a very fine Spinal Tap reference. Well played, sir!

Central: Blackhawks look to shore up road game -
In his weekly division notebook, Phil Coffey talks about a possible end to the goalie rotation in Nashville.

Around the NHL

Back in 8th Spot - NIghtmare on Helm Street
The Red Wings have climbed into playoff position, and are getting healthy bodies back in the lineup...

Voices Of The Fans (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Tom Reed surveyed a number of Blue Jackets fans to get a sense of the collective mood. It's been a very disappointing season in Columbus, to say the least.

Greatest Hockey Happy Birthday Wayne Gretzky
It seems so long ago, watching Gretzky steamrolling the NHL like some kind of video game cheat code.

"Happy birthday, Wayne": the 21-year, personal services contract - The Copper & Blue
A look back at the original long-term NHL contract...

Flames/Blues Post-Game: The Great Depression - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames are in an absolute tailspin right now.

Rick DiPietro: Should the Islanders (and fans) still be concerned about his health? - From The Rink
Is D.P. "back" for the Islanders? And if so, for how long?

Zubov Humiliated By Being Included As A Substitute Player For Team Russia - KuklasKorner
Which is more noteworthy? The fact that Russia designated one of their all-time best defensemen as a substitute player, or that Sergei Zubov is so publicly outraged? Stuff like this is why Russia usually underperforms at the Olympics compared to their talent level.

Semin is a Panther! Says Ovechkin's Dad - Japers' Rink
If you want to get a good interview with a Russian hockey player, have someone translate one from a Russian paper.

Puck Prospectus - Numbers On Ice: Plus-Minus and Corsi have a Baby
Tom Awad brings Shot Quality into the Corsi metric, a step towards what I consider the ultimate measure of individual skater performance - understanding not just how many Shots For & Against take place while a player is on the ice, but how dangerous those shots are, as well.

The Hock Project: Ilya Kovalchuck a 10 Million+ Dollar Player?
Building off of Awad's work, it becomes harder and harder to justify a big contract for Ilya Kovalchuk. Perhaps the only players who can score like him are the guys he's supposed to defend.

Who Shoots Left? - Behind The Net
NHL players are an overwhelmingly sinister bunch.

The Hockey "Stud" " Michelle Kenneth’s Weblog
Michelle overreacts to a Vanity Fair puff piece on Sweden's Olympic hockey team. Just because a feature article like that focuses on the sex appeal of players, that doesn't mean anyone should presume that "the only reason why women watch hockey is because of the "studs" in hockey."

The Benefits of Benching | PuckUpdate
Steven Ovadia wonders if the occasional night watching from the press box might be a good thing for young NHL stars.

Lastly, check out this absolutely sick pass from Daniel Sedin to Brad Lukowich, for the winner as Vancouver topped Buffalo last night:

And I thought Henrik was the setup man?