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Have the Preds fumbled away three games in a row, or have they persevered through adversity to maintain a blistering pace in the standings? It's all in one's perspective, I suppose, as reaction to last night's overtime loss runs the gamut from frustration to hopefulness.

Follow after the jump for a gazillion game recaps from around the Nashville blogosphere, along with a feature on how Blake Geoffrion is doing in Milwaukee, and an interview with Alexander Radulov's agent...

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Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - Another OT Loss and the Fox Sports / DISH Network Battle
Paul has an excellent breakdown of the nonsense going on between Fox Sports and Dish Network, and how it even impacts hockey fans who have different cable or satellite providers. For example, as it stands right now, Saturday's game at Dallas will be blacked out locally, whether you have Center Ice or not, even if you have cable or DirecTV.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Remain Unbeaten in Regulation and Friday Findings
Buddy notes the strong attendance seen so far at Bridgestone Arena, a great trend that bodes well for the rest of the season.

Preds On The Glass: Penguins Slip Past Predators 4-3 in Overtime
Buddy's recap is loaded with post-game commentary from the players and Barry Trotz.

Better effort but same result for Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond gives credit to a strong physical game by the Preds, creating chances out of big hits and sticking up for each other when challenged.

Brandon Felder - Pens Win In a Thrilling 4-3 OT Game in Nashville
Brandon sees the Preds as just running out of gas in the third period & OT.

The View from 111: Penguins Pilfer Points From the Predators in a 4-3 OT win
Mark calls out the refs for a heaping load of BS early in the game, when Malkin boarded Tootoo and got away with it. The Preds ended up shorthanded coming out of it, as Kevin Klein stepped up for his teammate.

Preds: "My Sister’s Not Bad Lookin,’ But I’m Kinda Getting Tired of Makin’ Out With Her." " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ invokes an old Michigan State football coach to sum up last night's effort.

Predators Lose Third OT Game In A Row, Crosby and Malkin Dominate Play - Predlines
Amanda credits Pittsburgh's dynamic duo as being just too much to handle.

Fang Finger Fever: Penguins Slide By Preds in OT, 4-3
Josh is thankful for the decent results are getting while missing key players from the lineup.

Preds still undefeated in regulation but lose third straight… | Section 303
Jeremy points out Erat's blunder from last night as well, taking away a late Nashville power play by taking an interference penalty during the delayed call.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds Lose in OT again; Martin Erat's Stupid Mistake
Robby's not too happy with last night's result, accusing the Preds of just giving away three straight games.

Predators come close (real close) but drop third straight OT contest - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair has Pekka Rinne admitting that he was "cheating for the pass" on Sidney Crosby's first goal last night. He let in a few goals like that last season as well, and hopefully doesn't become a persistent trend.

Penguins' Sidney Crosby doesn't disappoint Predators fans - The Tennessean
Did Preds fans really chant 'We want Crosby! We want Crosby!' in the third period last night? I doubt it, it was probably "We want Frosties" after the Hornqvist goal made it 3-2.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper wonders what Colin Wilson might do with more ice time (he got just 10:00 last night).

An early look at who could put the 'O' in 'O Canada' at the WJC - Buzzing The Net
Two Predators prospects (Ryan Ellis & Taylor Beck) are expected to be major players for Canada at this year's World Junior Championship.

Geoffrion Makes Short Move, but Big Jump - Milwaukee Admirals
Jason Karnosky provides a feature piece on Blake Geoffrion's transition to professional hockey, which only required a relocation from Madison, Wisconsin, where he starred in college, to Milwaukee.

Around the NHL

Chris Garner Benefit Auction - Western College Hockey Blog
The equipment manager for the Minnesota-Duluth hockey team has undergone some serious medical issues, and a wonderful auction of hockey memorabilia has been set up to help defray the costs. Please head on over and check this out.

What 6,706 fans look like at a Phoenix Coyotes home game - Puck Daddy
Yikes... Columbus and Atlanta have had some awful crowds early on as well.

Red Light District: Part Two: Conversation with agent Jay Grossman
Ryan continues his interview to talk about how Ilya Kovalchuk almost went to the KHL, and the prospects for Alex Radulov to come back (interview took place before news broke yesterday that Radulov signed a 3-year extension with Salavat Yulaev).

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - USA Hockey
From the player side, the Hatcher brothers and Jeremy Roenick were inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday.

Do we want video review done quickly by the NHL or do we want it done right -- or both? | Lightning Strikes
Last night there was a controversial goal review in overtime which took about 10 minutes to resolve. Nobody wants to see these things drag out, but is it worth it to get the call right?

Down Goes Brown: Upcoming NHL records and milestones
Ouch: "Wade Redden - Recently became the AHL's all-time leader in career salary upon completion of his first shift."

Aggregated NHL Power Rankings: Week 2 - From The Rink
Mike Chen brings together an assortment of power rankings to get something close to a consensus opinion.

Fighting kills momentum in hockey - The Globe and Mail
Roy McGregor takes a whack at fighting in the game. I have no problem with fights that arise out of the physical play in the game, but designated enforcers who do little else on the ice are a blight on the game.

Wayne Gretzky's real Goal-Scoring record - Behind The Net
There's a lot more to professional goal-scoring than just NHL regular season games...

Cullen: Early leaders in NHL Points Per Minute
Scott Cullen offers up a points-per-minute list of top offensive producers, a ham-fisted attempt which suffers fatally from two big factors - the first, being that we're only a handful of games into the season, rendering these stats meaningless, and secondly, that they don't reflect power play vs. even strength activity.

Gary Bettman- Take Back Control of Your League | Hockey Independent
David sees the NFL as having taken an aggressive step towards protecting its players by addressing dangerous hits, and makes a case for the NHL doing the same.

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