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Weekend notes: David Poile discusses Rinne's knee, Lombardi's recovery, and the rise of SK74

While you're reading this morning's hockey news, listen in to this interview Willy Daunic conducted with David Poile on 104.5 yesterday afternoon, in which he talks about Pekka Rinne's injury, Matthew Lombardi's recovery, and the outlook for Sergei Kostitsyn:

David Poile on 1045 The Zone 20101203

And now, on to the rest...

Tonight'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

Hockey Night in Nashville: Slumping Beast?
Robby wonders if the C is weighing a little heavy on Shea Weber's chest.

Sergei Kostitsyn’s improved play has led to increased ice time - Nashville Predators Examiner
Hearts are fluttering over at the Predsblog, I'm sure!

Call to Action: Support your newest Preds goalie with THIS… | Section 303
Being a middle-aged father of 3 I don't get this at all... but go ahead and run with it!

Not -Macho-Admirals Lose To Griffins | Admirals Roundtable
Chet Pickard got a little relief work in for Milwaukee last night...

Game Preview #25: Canes visit Nashville For Second Meeting - Predlines
Amanda's game preview notes that the Hurricanes have a bit of a leaky defense, so hopefully the Preds can punch in a few goals tonight.

Nashville Predators will be without top goalie for awhile - The Tennessean
With the way Anders Lindback has played so far, and Mark Dekanich dominating the AHL, the Preds feel confident in their goaltending.

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Around the NHL

Despite headshot rules, concussions not decreasing in NHL - TSN
According to a neuropsychologist who works for the NHL, players have suffered exactly the same number of concussions as last season to this point.

Bourne Blog: The value of a good hockey crowd - Puck Daddy
How much can a raucous crowd really affect a hockey game? Justin Bourne offers his thoughts.

Calgary Flames: It Could Get Worse - Houses of the Hockey
Is another astounding Darryl Sutter trade coming soon? That could be entertaining...

Ian White finds a home on Carolina's blue line -
Take a look at one of the new faces on the Hurricanes defenseman, who was acquired from Calgary earlier this season.

Markov to Undergo Season-ending Knee Surgery | All Habs
Bad news for the Canadiens, as elite defenseman Andrei Markov is done for the year.