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Thursday's notes: Shea Weber's challenge

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The Nashville Predators are looking to rebound after an embarrassing loss in Toronto on Tuesday. As Chris noted in the Game Day Preview, last season the Preds had a similar meltdown in San Jose, but rebounded from it with a 6-game winning streak and a strong drive to the playoffs. Does this represent a test of Shea Weber as an NHL captain, to see if the Preds at least play smart, competitive hockey?

For now, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news, which includes previews of tonight's game, a community rallying around the family of an assistant coach in Ottawa, and more followup on the Colin Campbell situation...

Get started on your holiday shopping at the OtF Store, where all prices now include free shipping. We've got the "Me So Hornqvist" and "Pass it to Shea..." t-shirts and a whole lot more.

Nashville Predators News

Predators – Canadiens: A View from Nashville for Habs Fans | All Habs
Buddy Oakes of Preds On The Glass gave a Montreal audience a primer on all things Predators.

Five questions with Montreal Canadiens Examiner Heather Engel - Nashville Predators Examiner
...and Jim Diamond does the same by getting a Habs blogger to tell us about what's going on in Montreal.

Montreal roots run deep for several Nashville Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
A trip to the Bell Centre is like a homecoming for two Nashville vets in particular.

Game Preview #17: Predators Looking To Stop The Habs Winning Streak - Predlines
Amanda looks to Nick Spaling to shore up the Preds' PK, which got absolutely torched by the Leafs.

Preds On The Glass: Can the Predators Shake Off Demons Against Montreal and Thursday Thoughts
Looking for a photo gallery of roller derby girls? Buddy's got you covered.

Paul McCann - Game Night in Montreal... and some Random Notes
I think Paul's been watching Prince William talking about his engagement. Just a hunch, there.

Greetings From Smashville! Season 13, Week 6 | The Hockey Writers
Jas recaps the week that was, which at least included a couple shootout wins.

Brothers become opponents for first time when Predators meet Canadiens | Nashville City Paper
Tonight features AK vs. SK in an epic battle for Kostitsyn family supremacy...

Predators have team meeting after meltdown - The Tennessean
Will a team meeting result in a more focused effort tonight against the Habs?

The St. Louis Blues come to Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 25, followed by Sean Avery & the New York Rangers on Saturday the 28th. Take advantage of the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.

Around the NHL

NHL family shares tragedy of teen daughter’s suicide - The Globe and Mail
A public memorial service for the daughter of Ottawa assistant coach Luke Richardson put the spotlight on the issue of teen suicide.

Video: 7-year-old girl hit by puck won't give up on NHL, Flyers - Puck Daddy
A wonderful story hear about a young fan's response to what could have been a horrible incident.

The cognitive dissonance that is the NHL message machine - The Globe and Mail
Bruce Dowbiggin isn't buying the NHL's whitewashing of the Colin Campbell emails, and you shouldn't either. When the Director of Hockey Ops harangues the head of officials via email about calls involving his son, that's completely inappropriate.

Carey Price’s Redemption and Random Thoughts | All Habs
After a battle with Jaroslav Halak last season, Carey Price has locked down the starter's job for the Canadiens.

Subban's chirps get under skin of Flyers - Montreal Gazette
P.K. Subban is a dynamic young defenseman for the Habs, but apparently he hurt Flyers captain Mike Richards' feelings with some trash talk earlier this week. This whole "controversy" just sounds like sour grapes from Richards, whose team lost 3-0.

Game 16 Recap: Regicide - The Cannon
It was a big night for Columbus, which beat the Kings in L.A.

Hurricanes Acquire Ian White, Brett Sutter From Flames For Anton Babchuk, Tom Kostopoulos - Canes Country
In Movember-related news, the Hurricanes picked up one of the leading mustaches in the NHL via trade yesterday.

Canadian hockey teams see financial upswing - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper chronicles the recovery of Canadian hockey from its nadir in the mid-90's. Alternate title: The Loonie That Saved Edmonton.

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