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With two more days until the Nashville Predators play St. Louis on the road, all eyes will be on practice to see if injured players like Martin Erat, Ryan Suter, and Matthew Lombardi make any progress towards a return.

Follow after the jump for some perspective on the team's recent play, some speculation about a top prospect getting traded within the junior hockey ranks, and a whole lot more...

The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena Saturday against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, so take advantage of the OtF discount and save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game. 

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: A Critical Look at the Preds First Thirteen Games, POTG Radio Podcast, and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy's morning links include a look back at a modestly successful October.

Barry Trotz Doing His Best To Keep The Streak Alive | PredsBlog
Sam's got a serious man-crush on SK74, and he ain't afraid to tell the whole world.

Ryan Suter, the Best Nashville Predator | PredsBlog
Look, we all want Suter back & healthy, but simple "how the team has done with and without him" analyses ignore the absence of Martin Erat and Marcel Goc, too.

Greetings From Smashville! Season 13, Week 5 | The Hockey Writers
Jas urges calm, despite the Preds' recent slide.

Central Division Shakedown - Predlines
Amanda takes a look around a division that's not going to wait for the Preds to get healthy. 

OHL: 'Sweepstakes' for Spitfires' stars shapes up — report - Buzzing The Net
Neate Sager updates some of the trade speculation in junior hockey, which could see Ryan Ellis moved from Windsor in the next few weeks.

Nashville Predators' move challenges rising star - The Tennessean

Josh Cooper takes a look at how Ellis plans to make the Preds next season.

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Around the NHL

Live from the Hall blog -
Dan Rosen recaps the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions   

Belfour leads crowded Hall field for 2011 -
Just one male player made it in this year, but the next Hall of Fame class should be stacked.

Big news: Flyers sign Claude Giroux to 3-year, $11.25 million contract - Broad Street Hockey
Starting off the season at close to a point-per-game pace probably didn't hurt Giroux's negotiating position.

Measuring The Impact Of Special Teams - Pension Plan Puppets
Another comprehensive view of special teams performance, pointing out once again Nashville's Achilles Heel, which has developed steadily over the years.

Mitchell, Ponikarovsky Out With Broken Stuff - Battle of California
The injury bug strikes two key L.A. Kings during Saturday's game with the Preds.

Greatest Hockey Tuesday Top Tens: Things You Didn't Know About Slap Shot
You probably didn't know that Fonzie was almost a Hanson Brother, did you?

Five reasons the St. Louis Blues are shocking Western Conference - Puck Daddy
A bit of fawning nonsense over the incredibly hot Blues, who host the Preds on Thursday.

SB Nation Gets More Funding, Acquires SportsRadioInterviews - CNBC
Our corporate overlords here at SB Nation have been busy, garnering a bounty of lucre and putting it to productive use.