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Friday's notes: Predators escape a trap, while Detroit suffers another big injury loss

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As the Nashville area struggles to cope with Snowpocalypse 2010, the Predators have managed to keep pace with the playoff pack in the Western Conference, where just 3 points separates positions 3-8. Anaheim comes in tomorrow night to finish off a week of home games, and then it's off to western Canada for a swing through Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

Until then, however, we've got your morning news and notes - we've got another big injury hitting the Detroit Red Wings, lots of reaction to last night's victory over Carolina (from both sides), and video of a nasty hit from the Phoenix-Vancouver game...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Preds Spring Trap, Beat Canes 4-2
Buddy's post-game article, as usual, has lots of audio from Barry Trotz and some of the players.

See Puck City: Blizzard Beats Hurricane: Preds Freeze Carolina 4-2
SBC brings us perhaps the cleverest weather-related headline from last night's game.

The View from 111: Predators Chop Down Canes 4-2
Mark likes the way young players have stepped up when called upon. The Preds will continue to need that help going forward.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
John Glennon wonders if someone should have given Andrew Alberts some on-ice grief for boarding Sully, and why Jason Arnott left the bench with a minute to play.

Around the NHL

NHL Midseason Awards - SB Nation
The bloggers have voted; who deserves the NHL hardware at the halfway point?

Holmstrom out 3-4 weeks - Winging It In Motown
The guy they call "Detroit's Patric Hornqvist" is now down with a serious injury.

Canes Now - For Samson, it was a game of firsts
For rookie forward Jerome Samson, it was a big night against Nashville. First NHL game, first assist, first penalty, etc.

Carolina Power Play Flops: Predators 4, Hurricanes 2 - Canes Country
From the Hurricanes perspective, last night was an opportunity lost.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith big part of Hawks' success - ESPN
Duncan Keith is the new hot name in the Norris Trophy talk this season, as well he should be.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Let's Take a Different Approach to CBJ Blogging...
Taking a very different view of what needs to be fixed with the Blue Jackets.

100 Shootouts Milestone at NHL Midpoint : Maple Leafs Hot Stove
The number of shootout games has taken a big jump this season. Can I say once again how much I HATE 3-point games?

Turco the Terrible! | The Hockey Writers
Remember how Marty Turco vowed to have a big comeback season this year for Dallas? Well, it sounds like that's not working out too well.

Ribeiro out 4-6 weeks with throat injury -
Mike Heika reports on a nasty injury to Dallas Stars winger Mike Ribeiro, who took a high-stick to the throat Wednesday night from Christopher Higgins.

More on hockey in the U.S. - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle has the numbers that show the growth of American youth hockey, in light of the U.S. triumph at the World Juniors.

All Roads Lead to Gold for US - Western College Hockey Blog
An informed take on how the controversial US National Development Program contributed to the American gold medal at the World Juniors.

Sam Donnellon: Hockey should share wealth, like baseball | Philadelphia Daily News
An interesting piece shared by agent Allan Walsh on Twitter. It's funny how the big market teams claim that the salary cap prevents them from succeeding. If they can't assemble a winning team with $56 million, how can Nashville do it with ~$44 million?

Lastly, check out this huge hit from Taylor Pyatt on Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome last night (courtesy of Kukla's Korner):