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Friday's notes: Preds continue touring the wild, wild East

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Having put together a solid effort last night in Montreal, the Nashville Predators will head next to Carolina, where a .500 team that's in the midst of some roster change awaits them. There will also be a busload of Preds fans, however, as the SlapShot Radio road trip prepares to make their journey to Raleigh as well. You just know that the long drive became that much more bearable thanks to a 3-0 road win.

For now, follow after the jump for more news, much of which deals with the Eastern Conference these days. The New York Islanders continue to pile one blunder atop another, the Hurricanes are busy juggling their roster, a Boston announcer called for the relocation of the Florida Panthers and the Lightning/Flyers game featured 15 goals last night!

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.

Nashville Predators News

For recaps of last night's game see Section 303The View From 111PredlinesPreds On The GlassHockey Night in Nashville, and from the opposing side, All Habs.

Preds' pluggers give their best - Montreal Gazette
One of hockey's most revered writers, Red Fisher, highlights the unheralded Preds who turned the tide last night.

Fans save cheers for Frankie Boo - Montreal Gazette
The tale of two very different welcomes for former Habs last night.

Video: Dressing room following 3-0 loss | Habs Inside/Out
Dave Stubbs provides video from the Montreal side after last night's game.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Return to Winning Ways, Game Round-Up, and Friday Findings
Buddy's morning links includes a comment from a Toronto paper calling last night's game boring. That first period sure seemed to have a lot of free-flowing hockey to me.

Too Many Pages In The Book | Hockey Independent
David's got proposals for just about everything going on with the Preds these days.

Spitfires to host Ryan Ellis night - Windsor Spitfires
Considering all the recent speculation, I wonder if this November 26 event is a chance to celebrate Ellis' fantastic career in Windsor before he's traded to another junior team. Hat tip to @predsfanben on the @PredFans Twitter group.

Chet Pickard Ready to Bounce Back | Section 303
Patten checks in with the goaltending prospect who is trying to find his game in Cincinnati.

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Around the NHL

The Arrival Of California Hockey -
20 years ago, Wayne Gretzky brought new energy to the hockey community in California with his trade to the L.A. Kings. Now, a new generation of elite players are rising through the ranks and are on their way to the NHL from the Golden State.

Brian Burke: 'I felt exactly like Colie felt' - ESPN
In the least-shocking article of the day, Colin Campbell's predecessor brushes off the whole email scandal and thinks he's doing a great job.

Video: Colin Campbell denies bias, will speak to Savard - Puck Daddy
To me, the Marc Savard angle here is nothing compared to Campbell sending emails to the director of officials about calls involving his son. That's really where the focus should be.

Down Goes Brown: A look inside Colin Campbell's inbox
You just knew this was coming...

Game 19: Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers - Raw Charge
The Lightning won a wild 8-7 game last night - yup, 8-7!

Will Steven Stamkos be the NHL's next 50-in-50 player? - Puck Daddy
With 19 goals after 19 games, does Stamkos have a shot at a hallowed milestone? 

Objective NHL: Adjusted Corsi w/ Score Close - Part III
Outstanding stuff here, which quantifies the effect of playing back-to-back games on a hockey team.

Puckarinen " Transition to Europe not easy
We often talk of the difficulty of players coming over to North America, but the trip in the opposite direction can be rough, too.

Islanders pull popular blogger's credentials to spark controversy - Puck Daddy
Given the nonsensical decision to fire their coach earlier this week, and history of mind-boggling moves over the years, for all we can tell the Islanders' front office is run by a band of monkeys. Easily offended, vengeful monkeys.

Do the Islanders Need to Shed a Culture of Losing? - Lighthouse Hockey
I'll go with "yes".

Boston's Jack Edwards: Move Panthers to Quebec City ... Dale Tallon Doesn't Agree - On Frozen Pond
The Florida Panthers are the target of choice for the latest "move 'em!" tirade.

Nicholson: NHL owners should benefit from Olympics - The Globe and Mail
The president of Hockey Canada calls on the International Olympic Committee to work with the NHL on concerns over the Sochi Games in 2014.

Jim Rutherford: "We Still Need To Clean Up A Few Things" - Canes Country
The Carolina Hurricanes, who host the Preds tomorrow night, have made a few roster moves lately and likely have more work to do.

Where Do We Go From Here? - NHL Hot Stove
After being celebrated as the toast of the league, the St. Louis Blues have lost 5 straight.

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