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Tuesday's notes: Preds limp down the road to Phoenix

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Perhaps the most intriguing story surrounding the Nashville Predators these days is on the injury front - so many guys are in various stages of readiness, that the potential lineup changes at a moment's notice. While the team is heading out west for some important games, the bright spot is that they at least have a few days off to help guys recover.

Follow after the jump, then, for a preview of Nashville's upcoming opponents, a look at what the game of hockey can mean for a father & son, and an inside report from Gary Bettman's Halloween party...

The Preds don't play at home again until Saturday, November 13 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, but you can plan ahead and use the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game. Heck, you can even get an early start on your holiday gift-shopping and get some Preds tickets for stocking-stuffers!

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: The Return of POTG Radio Podcast and Tuesday Tidbits
Check out Buddy's latest podcast for a sneak peek at what the Preds can expect when they hit the road starting tomorrow in Phoenix.

The View from 111: Dreams
Great article by Mark here, celebrating a moment as his son stood on the Nashville blueline between Kevin Klein and Patric Hornqvist, facing the Washington Capitals.

New Role For Tootoo Leads To More Confidence, Patience On Ice - Predlines
Amanda celebrates Jordin Tootoo's all-around play so far this year. He's gotten off to productive starts before, but can he maintain it?

Which Nashville Predator is the most likely to forget his hotel room number? - Nashville Predators Examiner
Well... let's just hope they can all make it on the plane for the ride home from this upcoming road trip, OK?

Paul McCann - VOTE... Practice Observations and Random Notes
Paul shares his thoughts from yesterday's practice.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Central Division Superiority
Robby takes a look around and sees a fast pace that the Preds will need to keep.

Practice offers promise of more healthy players for Predators | Nashville City Paper
While some of the wounded Preds are on the mend, we get word that Ryan Suter will not dress Wednesday at Phoenix. The question then becomes, will someone get called up from Milwaukee in case Francis Bouillon can't play? His situation still sounds iffy.

Predators getting steady play from Franson - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper writes that Cody Franson is making the most of the opportunity opened up by Ryan Suter's injury to take a more prominent offensive role.

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Around the NHL

Down Goes Brown: Inside Gary Bettman's Halloween party
So this is why no NHL games were played on Sunday...

The NHL’s Greatest Mustaches, Part I - Houses of the Hockey
A fitting kickoff to the month of Movember. Remember to head over to my Movember page and make a donation to help fight prostate cancer!

Better Late than Never: Columbus Blue Jackets - Behind The Net
Gabe points out that the Blue Jackets haven't really been as bad as they've seemed over the last few seasons. This was supposed to appear in a book on hockey stats analysis for which I failed to deliver my contributions, so now the articles will show up across the various writers' sites.

Ducks GM backs Carlyle, puts onus on players - Ducks blog : The Orange County Register
Anaheim GM Bob Murray really lit into his players over the Ducks' awful start. He's the one who has presided over a disastrous breakup of their championship blueline, however.

RK17: Ryan Kesler, Fashionista | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
You have got to be kidding me... "an exclusive Kesler-inspired collection of apparel"?

Iginla following in Messier’s skatesteps - The Globe and Mail
Can Jarome Iginla still lead the Calgary Flames where they need to go? Or at this point in his career, does he need a fresh start? This talk sounds quite similar to that surrounding Steve Yzerman in the summer of 1995, after the Red Wings finally made the Stanley Cup Finals only to be swept by New Jersey. The problem is, I don't see the Sutters putting together a contender any time soon around him.

How NHL teams can take advantage of the NHL's foursome ref squads, says Peter Adler - Cult of Hockey
Should the league move away from having pairs of referees and linesmen that always work together, and mix things up? The assertion is that fixed groups develop tendencies that can be taken advantage of by savvy teams.

Tyler Myers Terrible Tumble - View From My Seats
The Calder Trophy winner as last year's top rookie is off to a horrible start in Buffalo.

Devils' Jason Arnott baffled as his ice time dwindles |
It sounds like rookie head coach John MacLean is spinning his wheels.

Danny Briere 'shocked' by three game suspension - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers forward defends himself in the press after the word came down from the league office.

The 10 players looking to hit reset button on 2010-11 NHL season - Puck Daddy
Greg highlights 10 guys who are off to disappointing starts. Martin Erat's been so invisible for the Preds that he doesn't even show up here.

Numbers likely don't lie: CHL faces concussion challenge - Buzzing The Net
Awareness is growing that head injuries are a lot more common than previously thought, even at the junior hockey level.