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The Nashville Predators head into the United Center tonight looking to keep the Chicago Blackhawks down on the perimeter of playoff contention, as they've struggled to find their way after an off-season of roster turnover and a number of key injuries so far this year. Chris has your Game Day Preview at the ready.

While you're reading this morning's links, listen in to Nick Spaling's segment on the Thom Abraham Show from yesterday afternoon, in which he talks about the need to get right back on the winning track tonight:

Nick Spaling on Thom Abraham Show 20101221 (MP3)

Now read on for all the hockey news that's fit to print display...

Mike Fisher (Mr. Carrie Underwood) and the Ottawa Senators come into town tomorrow, so save some money and take the OTF discount on Nashville Predators tickets. If you're looking to finish up your Christmas shopping, hockey tickets make a great gift!

Nashville Predators

The Balsillie Season: We Was Had! - Pith in the Wind
J.R. Lind sums up the story on yesterday's Twitter hoax which stirred us up for a few minutes.

How Fake Jim Balsillie's fantasy team hoax caused Nashville panic - Puck Daddy
"Panic" is a bit strong, but Greg rounds out the details from a national perspective.

Greetings From Smashville! Season 13, Weeks 10 & 11 | The Hockey Writers
Jas packs a fortnight of hockey into one handy piece for you.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Travel to Chicago and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy looks ahead to tonight's game and has your morning links, 

Game Preview #33: Nashville Takes On Chicago For Third Time This Season - Predlines
Amanda looks for Sergei Kostitsyn to get another scoring streak started.

A Jerred Smithson Guide To Your Emotions | PredsBlog
In case you need help getting in touch with your softer side...

Hockey Night in Nashville: Wade Belak's Value
Can you put a price on locker room chemistry? I guess you can... $575,000.

Nashville Predators brace for twin spin on the ice - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen asks the Preds about the burden of playing back-to-back games. Fortunately for them, Nashville has relatively few (13) this season compared to most teams.

Around the NHL

Mary Rogan Examines NHL Legend Brian Burke and His Advocacy for Gay Athletes: Profiles: GQ
GQ delivers a powerful, in-depth profile of the road that Brian Burke has taken since his son Brendan died earlier this year, in an accident in Indiana.

World Junior Championships 2011 Players To Watch – Part 1: Jaden Schwartz, Sean Couturier, Brett Connolly & Ryan Ellis to lead the way for Team Canada | The Hockey Writers
Here are a few individuals you'll want to keep your eye on, including, of course, Preds prospect Ryan Ellis.

Preds On The Glass: World Juniors Television Coverage on NHL Network
If you're wondering how to catch the World Juniors on TV, Buddy's got all the details.

U20 World Junior Championships Preview: Team Germany - Puck Worlds
Meet the future Marcel Goc's of the NHL...

Leafs not amused by Eggo Bomber’s antics - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle brings news that Toronto police may have ended The Waffler's reign of terror.

DiPietro and Mottau on IR - New York Islanders
Just when you thought it could get any worse on Long Island, defenseman Mike Mottau gets written off for the season, and goalie Rick DiPietro goes on IR with knee trouble.

The Tretiak Legend - Behind The Net
Where does Vladislav Tretiak rank among the all-time great goaltenders?