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Thursday's notes: Have the Nashville Predators found their sniper?

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We've still got another day before the Nashville Predators hit the ice in Detroit, but there's plenty of news to get caught up on this morning.

After the jump, we've got reaction to the Marcel Goc contract, a celebration of Patric Hornqvist's breakout season, and word that the biggest outdoor hockey game yet might be on the way...

Predators News

Is Hornqvist the Preds’ first 35 goal scorer? | Section 303
Jeremy wonders if the Swedish sophomore might break the team's record for goals in a season.

Preds On The Glass: Are The "Hockey Gods" Catching Up with the Predators?
Buddy plays a similar tune to Mike Santos from yesterday, wondering if the special teams problems can be overcome in the long run.

Big Kev's Thoughts on Hockey: Marcel Goc to remain a Predator through the 2010/11 season
Big Kev's one happy camper.

News From The Wire - Admirals Short Shifts
Something is in the air in Milwaukee... and it ain't the smell of bratwurst (mmm... bratwurst... drool).

Predators avoid panic over losing streak - The Tennessean
Wouldn't it be a more interesting story if the Preds did panic? I could just see guys running around the dressing room, crazy-eyed and screaming "The End Is Near!"

Around the NHL

Datsuyk's Two Goals For Naught As Wild Beat Red Wings 5-2 - Winging It In Motown
When the Predators visit Detroit on Friday, will they face a team that is struggling, or one that is angry to put together a great effort after some recent losses?

Will Mark Fistric be suspended? - Dallas Morning News
Definitely one of the strangest things to happen in a hockey fight that I've ever heard of...

Did the Devils Self-Coach for Sutter? - PuckUpdate
An interesting theory as to why Brent Sutter is flopping in Calgary.

"You ask me this every day Howard...." - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat is always interesting, perhaps even more so when the team stinks.

Future of the Toronto Maple Leafs Part 1: Pending Unrestricted Free Agents - Pension Plan Puppets
It's time to start picking through Toronto's yard sale...

Hockey Numbers: Price vs. Halak
JavaGeek puts his $0.02 in on the Montreal goaltending situation.

Will the Islanders hang near the bubble? And what if they don't? - Lighthouse Hockey
Might John Tavares help lift the Islanders back into the playoffs in his rookie season? That would be quite a feat...

zambonicyouth › From the Archives: June 21, 1991
Thanks to Greg Wyshynski for pointing this out on Twitter - it's a hilarious look back in time for some long-suffering Maple Leafs fans.

Six Types of NHL Rumours | Hockeyhead
With the Trade Deadline just a few weeks away, here's a handy guide that will help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

Source: Michigan hockey to play Michigan State at the Big House - The Michigan Daily
This will be dynamite... we could see something close to 100,000 people assembled for an outdoor hockey game.