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Wednesday notes: Preds steal two points in Atlanta, head to California next

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After earning a milestone victory last night against the Atlanta Thrashers (Barry Trotz's 400th as an NHL head coach), the Nashville Predators head to the California for a difficult stretch against San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Those three games will be played across just four nights, making it even more difficult - but that's the road that must be traveled to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After the jump, we've got plenty of reaction to last night's game from both the Nashville and Atlanta sides, along with a look at some of the odd proposals being tossed around the General Managers meetings in Florida...

Predators News

What The Puck: 3/9/10 - Nashville at Atlanta: W 2-1
Yesterday it was BNL, now Rachel is channeling Charlie Daniels. It's all good.

See Puck City: Preds Squeeze By Thrashers 2-1
SPC's birthday is on the way, and a California sweep would make the perfect present.

The View from 111: It Wasn't Pretty, but the Predators Secure an Important 2-1 Victory
Mark will take the two points from last night, but cautions that the road gets tougher from here.

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Preds Beat Thrashers 2-1 in Much Needed Win
Buddy's certainly happy that David Poile didn't trade Dan Ellis, considering how he's played lately.

Six high school teams to compete for Predators Cup - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond previews next week's battle for high school hockey supremacy in Middle the state of Tennessee. You can catch all the games at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, March 19-21.

Around the NHL

Which wacky ideas from GM meetings do you want in the NHL? - Puck Daddy
Sean Leahy looks at the some of the inane ideas brought forth in Boca Raton this week.

Thrashers Outplay Predators-Lose Game and Perhaps Playoffs - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Trashers certainly put forth a good effort last night (at least in the last two periods), and that makes their loss to the Preds that much more frustrating for Atlanta fans.

Thrashing the Blues: Coach Anderson, one other thing...
Last night's game left one Thrashers fan berating the coach for some rather odd post-game comments.

The KB's Definitive Guide to Online Hockey Writing - Orland Kurtenblog
If you're reading this site, you're familiar with all the folks listed here, but it's worth your time anyway.

Offensive Dominance: Goal Scored Percentage - Behind The Net
Hawerchuk takes a look at which individuals dominated their team's offensive production over the last several decades.

On Frozen Blog › Puck Daddy, at the Olympics: It Was Like ‘A Roman Orgy’
Greg Wyshynski went to Vancouver to cover the Games for his Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo, and lived to tell the tale.

Rangers Analysis: Tortorella Eliminating the Avery Factor - Blueshirt Banter
Has the famously strict coach of the New York Rangers taken the edge off of Sean Avery's game, rendering him ineffective?

The NHL needs to evolve - The Globe and Mail
Roy MacGregor takes the NHL general managers to task for being so tentative about doing anything to prevent head shots. Rule changes are always coming down the line, but the game continues to survive.

Kesler goes from silver to video game cover -
Vancouver's Ryan Kesler has been selected for the cover of NHL 2K11 next fall, a mystifying choice to follow bigger stars like Rick Nash and Alex Ovechkin. Was Sami Salo unavailable?