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While Nashville Predators fans bask in the glow of last night's 3-0 victory, we've also received a number of reminders over the last 24 hours of where hockey fits in the grand scheme of things, as "cancer" seems to be the topic of the day. Yesterday marked the end of "Movember", and thanks to your donations, our group of Preds fans raised over $600 for prostate cancer awareness and research. However, the hockey community, which only recently lost famed coach Pat Burns to lung cancer, suffered more losses this week as well.

Follow after the jump for those stories and more from both here in Nashville, and around the NHL.

Saturday's home game against Carolina will not be on local TV, so use the OtF discount to save $8-24 each on your Nashville Predators tickets. Remember, Preds tickets can make a great holiday gift, so you can also look through the schedule, and buy tickets for any other home game!

Nashville Predators News

For recaps of last night's game check Section 303Hockey Night in Nashville, the Nashville City PaperThe View From 111PredlinesPreds On The Glass, and Pull My (Fang) Finger.

Paul McCann - A Win, and Two Losses
In an emotional moment before last night's game, Paul led the Bridgestone Arena crowd in recognizing the life of young Brandi Burton, a poster child for the Preds' Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, who passed away on Sunday.

Shea Weber post-game comments (MP3)
The captain points out a few concerns, but sounds relieved to get a goal on the power play.

Pekka Rinne post-game comments (MP3)
The big Finn lauds the team effort that led to his 3rd shutout.

Cal O'Reilly post-game comments (MP3)
Cal talks about the setup leading to his power play goal, and the comfort of actually getting a multiple-goal lead.

Barry Trotz post-game press conference (MP3)
In the post-game presser, the Preds coach talks about what he told the power play during that timeout leading into the 5-on-3, the thinking behind some of the line juggling, and the continued recovery of Martin Erat.

Preds need to be ‘Forward-Strong’ Tonight Versus Phoenix " Pull My (Fang)Finger
They only delivered on 1 of AJ's 3 points, but that was enough last night!

Preds On The Glass: Preds Celebrate Win By Going to Columbus and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy wonders if Columbus can play the Preds as well as they did last time.

Barry Trotz expands his vocabulary - Nashville Predators Examiner
You gotta love Trotzy. After a menorah was lit at Bridgestone Arena to mark the beginning of Chanukah, he worked a little Yiddish into his post-game commentary.

Shea Weber celebrates long-awaited goal - The Tennessean
Among other things, Josh notes the return of Scotty Upshall to Nashville.

Continue 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.

Around the NHL

Kelley on NHL: Remembering Pat Burns -
The hockey world lost another iconic figure yesterday with the passing of writer Jim Kelley. Just days ago, he wrote about his final conversation with Pat Burns, who was dying of cancer, and the lessons he shared with Kelley, who had just been diagnosed himself. Powerful, powerful stuff.

Hockey items stolen from car of Pat Burns’s widow - The Globe and Mail
Just an unbelievable story from Montreal, where some scumbag robbed Pat Burns' widow during his funeral.

Biggest transaction in Canadian sport history? - Pension Plan Puppets
Might the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, and other entities all get sold off by the Ontario Teachers' Pensions Plan? And what would that mean for SB Nation's Leafs blog? Would they have to change names?

Duhatschek: Toronto needs second NHL team - The Globe and Mail
Will a change at the top of the Maple Leafs organization bring about a sea change regarding a possible second team there? I doubt it, but we can hope.

What's behind Crosby's scorching pace, plus 30 thoughts - Elliotte Friedman
It's always interesting to hear about players who are battling for recognition as the very best in their craft.

LA Kings Problems Move From One End Of The Ice To The Other | The Hockey Writers
Remember those Los Angeles Kings, darlings of the preseason predictions? Well, they're in a bit of a tailspin these days.

Stay-or-go decision for Schenn fast approaching - Buzzing The Net
L.A. has a choice to make for young center Braydon Schenn, with the possibility that they may allow him to go play for Team Canada in the World Juniors. 

On Frozen Blog › Sought After and Secured: the Shutdown D
By trading Tomas Fleischmann for Scott Hannan, have the Capitals acquired the steady defenseman they've lacked in recent years?

Special Teams Efficiency (STE) - The Copper & Blue
An informative look at combined power play and penalty killing.

Objective NHL: Adjusted Corsi Update and Goalposts
Have the Preds been unlucky when it comes to the iron? Possibly so...

Odds-Based Approach to Luck in 2009-10 - Behind The Net
Were last season's Predators more lucky than good? One analysis suggests so, but I would like to see this drawn out over more seasons.

Your Illustrated Guide to the NHL All-star Vote Totals (Week 2) - Canes Country
The Preds are pretty much nowhere to be found here.

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