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After throwing away a win last night in Phoenix, the Nashville Predators head to California for a weekend back-to-back set at Los Angeles on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday. The Kings, of course, are the darlings of the Western Conference, and will present a tough test for a Preds team that is now looking to end a 3-game losing streak.

Follow after the jump for reaction to last night's game, an update on prospect Zach Budish's knee injury, and an updated review of where the Nashville organization ranks in terms of developing NHL prospects...

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. You can even get an early start on your holiday gift-shopping and get some Preds tickets for stocking-stuffers!

Nashville Predators News

For recaps of last night's game check out What the PuckThe View From 111Preds On The GlassSection303.comHockey Night in NashvillePredlines, and PredsBlog.

American Chronicle | Gophers hockey: Zach Budish debating season-ending surgery vs. rehab
It sounds like the final decision on whether to have surgery will wait until the swelling recedes, but it's not looking good for the Preds prospect to play any more this season.

The Weirdest Person In The World | PredsBlog
I think Sam's working a bit of an obsession here.

Preds On The Glass: The Predators Have Their First Losing Record of the Year, Game Round-Up, and Thursday Thoughts
Buddy has a solution for all of you drunken Tweeps out there.

Hockey's Future Organizational Rankings, Fall 2010 1-10 - Hockey's Future
Well, look who's still on top...

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Around the NHL

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's numbers are down in one key category - latimes.com
The only thing that's down here is Quick's ice time, as the Kings hope to keep him fresh over the course of the season. We'll have to see if he starts against the Preds on Saturday.

Back at full strength " LA Kings Insider
It sounds like Drew Doughty could be back in the lineup for the Kings when the Preds come a-calling on Saturday.

Point The Finger: Who Is To Blame For the Ducks Problems? - View From My Seats
Are there enough fingers on one hand to do this properly?

Colaiacovo Placed on Injured Reserve - St Louis Blues
It sounds like Jordin Tootoo's big hit on Carlo Colaiacovo gave the Blues defenseman a concussion, and he's out of their lineup for the time being.

Morning Skate: Colaiacovo placed on IR; Johnson leaves practice
Blues GM Doug Armstrong then complains about the Tootoo hit, but sounds downright absurd when he says "I believe that he came off his feet. Really what stopped both feet from coming off was Carlo's head."

Elite Players or Superior Depth? - The Copper & Blue
Scott Reynolds takes a look at how NHL teams distribute their payroll.

A history of violence with Sidney Crosby - Houses of the Hockey
Ooh, look! Sidney Crosby got in a fight last night! What a leader...

Berenson has built Michigan into an NCAA elite - NHL.com
When I came to Ann Arbor in 1989, you could sneak into a hockey game in the 1st intermission and easily find a seat in a half-empty Yost Arena. After a few short years, however, Red Berenson had built a powerhouse, and Yost has been a "standing room only" madhouse ever since.

Do NFL fans think NHL fans are better than they are? - From The Rink
No, this isn't a "hockey fans aren't like other fans" commercial, but it is interesting.

Better Late than Never: Colorado Avalanche - Behind The Net
Gabe details the case for Colorado's 2009-10 success coming in large part from luck.

Really? Hall of Fame G Patrick Roy criticizes Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher | Lightning Strikes
Patrick Roy sounded off saying that Guy Boucher's defensive style of coaching ruined the QMJHL. That's the same Boucher whose Tampa Bay Lightning are 2nd in the NHL in goals per game.

Brodeur "pretty sure" he’ll be able to play Friday; Hedberg earns first in as a Devil- Fire & Ice
Devils fans were about ready to start jumping off bridges when Martin Brodeur left last night's game with an injury, but it doesn't sound serious.

Dale Tallon: Let's Talk Coaches Challenge at GM Meeting ... Hello, Anthony Stewart - On Frozen Pond
Will the NHL take a move towards allowing coaches to challenge calls as in the NFL? As with most things, I would think they'd start with the situations which allow the least impact on the game (i.e. the team has to have a timeout left that they're willing to burn if wrong, only challenge goal/no goal decisions).

Objective NHL: Score Effects and Minor Penalties
JLikens examines the relationship between who's leading in a given game, and the way in which penalties get called. Some of the math doesn't smell right, however, but I need another cup of coffee before saying for sure.

Early returns show Byfuglien thriving on blue line - USATODAY.com
Kevin Allen gives credit to the Atlanta Thrashers for a successful, if controversial, move so far.