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With the Nashville Predators enjoying an off day in New York, keep an eye out for lots of familiar faces (and voices) on the NHL's airwaves today. Might they even be on David Letterman tonight? That's what Dan Ellis seemed to indicate in a post-game tweet...

After the jump, we've got all the reaction to last night's win over the Rangers, a Preds site celebrating its first anniversary, and video of one of the nastiest shot blocks you'll ever see.

Predators News - One Year Later
Who's going to man the camera while Jeremy and Codey mash a tiny birthday cake all over themselves? Well done, guys.

Ellis Steals One - Paul McCann
Paul said before the game that the Preds have been waiting for a goalie to steal a game for them, and Dan Ellis certainly did that last night. Will Barry Trotz give him another chance? Based on recent trends, I doubt it.

The View from 111: Predators Get Much Needed Win Over the Rangers
From his perch in Madison Square Garden last night, Mark shares his observations, which include high praise for Dan Ellis and harsh words for some of the veterans.

See Puck City: A Tale Of Two Islands: Preds 1-0-1 in New York
Mark W. isn't the only Preds blogger following the team on this road trip. I love SPC's line about the horrible end to that Islanders game: "Erat must have felt like a tool after that game (and by tool, I mean Hamhuis)."

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Preds, Ellis Beat Rangers 2-1
Buddy notes that last night's win defied the adage "your best players have to be your best players", but he'll take it.

What The Puck: 2/10/10 - Nashville at New York Rangers: W 2-1
Rachel's concerned about the hex she obviously put on Jerred Smithson. Hey Rachel, how about pumping up that Ilya Kovalchuk guy before tomorrow's game?

Preds Preserve 2-1 3rd Period Lead To Defeat the NY Rangers - Brandon Felder
Brandon was glad to see the Preds pull out a gritty, low-scoring win ("old time Predators hockey!").

The View from 111: Social Media Changing the Nature of Sports
As Mark makes another annual road trip with the Predators, he's found that social media tools like Twitter have made the experience much richer, for both he and the fans he meets along the way.

Nashville defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter to appear on Thursday’s NHL Live! - NHL Network
With the Preds in New York on an off day, expect lots of Nashville talk this afternoon.

Around the NHL

New Jersey Devils Blow Two Goal Lead to Philadelphia Flyers - Again, Lose 3-2 in OT - In Lou We Trust
Before the Preds and Devils face off tomorrow night, read up on how they lost to Philadelphia in overtime. Most notably, they were missing Zach Parise due to an upper body injury.

Is This The Type Of Content We Can Expect From NBC Regarding Olympic Hockey? - KuklasKorner
So when NBC wanted to host a blog covering Olympic hockey, who did they bring in? A football guy. Un-freaking-real.

Red Wings face tough decision when Lilja returns -
Almost a year after , Andreas Lilja appears close to returning to Detroit's lineup. But will the Red Wings have the salary cap room to fit him in?

Real Interviews with Actual People: USA Hockey's Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej - Barry Melrose Rocks
BMR talks to one the blueliners for the USA's women's hockey team as they prepare for the Olympics. If you've never seen women's hockey before, make sure you catch some over the next two weeks. Especially when Canada and the USA meet, it's dynamite stuff.

Marty Turco talks - Dallas Morning News
Mike Heika chats with the Stars' goaltender, who is widely presumed to be on the trading block after Dallas acquired Kari Lehtonen.

So DID Marc Crawford's son break the Lehtonen trade? - Pension Plan Puppets
Someone leaked news of the Kari Lehtonen-to-Dallas trade hours before anyone else, and all signs point to the Dallas coach's son at this point.

Shift Length Change since 1997-98 - Behind The Net
Given the up-tempo nature of the modern game, the trend Hawerchuk demonstrates here isn't too surprising.

Recap: Canadiens 6, Caps 5 (OT) - Japers' Rink
They aren't happy in Washington, as an apparent goal was waived off that helped end Washington's epic winning streak. It happens, people.

Lastly, check out this insane shot-block by Josh Gorges of Montreal; positioning oneself to block one off the shin guards is a dicey business, and here he catches the puck in the back of the head. Scary stuff from the SB Nation Hockey home page: