After the jump we have reaction to last night's game from around Nashville, a couple articles which discuss a Central Division rival's attempt to step up the tempo, and a highlight goal from last night than former Predators goalie Dan Ellis really didn't want to be a part of...
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Preds On The Glass: Predators First Preseason Game Round-Up and Friday Findings
Buddy's morning links includes word that there should be audio coverage of tonight's game at Carolina's website.
Preds On The Glass: Young Predators Lose 3-1 to Hurricanes in Preseason Opener
Buddy liked the way J.P. Dumont looked out there, and I'd tend to agree. If he can earn his way back into a leading role, the Preds should have tremendous depth up front.
Brandon Felder - Canes Win In Nashville 3-1 as Preds Start Pre-Season
Brandon's back with his review of last night's game, including high praise for Pekka Rinne's solid performance.
A pair of broken sticks proves costly for Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
Clearly, the Preds' sticks aren't ready for the regular season.
Predators Preseason Opens With a 3-1 Loss To Carolina - Predlines
Amanda's a bit concerned at the power play's lack of success last night...
Canes beat Preds but who cares? Which players stood out?… | Section 303
I couldn't disagree more with Jeremy's impression that Ryan Ellis excelled last night. In the defensive zone, he was shouldered off the puck repeatedly by the larger Carolina forwards. It's a shame that he has to go back to junior, because what Ellis needs most is to play against grown men, not other kids. Let's ship him over to the Swedish Elite League!
See Puck City: Welcome Back Fodder
SPC's back after a loooooong absence...
The Hockey News - Why Montreal isn’t a lock for the playoffs
In a video panel discussion, Adam Proteau makes a case for Nashville as a playoff team.
Predators begin building toward season with 3-1 loss to Carolina | Nashville City Paper
Not only do the Preds need to have their roster ready for October 8, but their locker room is still undergoing repair as well following the May flood.
Preds Season Preview Part I: Defense & Goaltending - Nashville Predators
Jay Levin provides the official preview at the Predators' website.
Brentwood rookie gets warm welcome from Nashville Predators fans - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen highlighted Blake Geoffrion's big night. He showed a lot of energy out there, and didn't look out of place physically.
Around the NHL
Scott Arniel hoping up-tempo style leads to success - NHL.com
Can a rookie NHL head coach turn the Blue Jackets into a run-and-gun squad? I have serious doubts.
Jackets' Filatov trying to be a good teammate | The Columbus Dispatch
Perhaps the best hope for Columbus is that Nikita Filatov develops into a reliable contributor, and it sounds like he's making an effort on that front.
Souray...or Stralman? - The Cannon
Matt wonders if the Blue Jackets already have a big cannon from the point in Anton Stralman.
Blackhawks' Boynton suspended one game for gesture - TSN
Well whattaya know, the NHL does actually suspend Chicago players for violating league rules. At least as long as they're depth defenseman and we're looking at a game in October, not the playoffs.
Mueller was not wearing new helmet | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater tries to stir up a little controversy here, but I don't know that convincing evidence exists yet that these newer hockey helmets actually reduce the incidence of concussions. Colorado forward Peter Mueller's new Cascade M11 isn't quite ready, and he wasn't wearing it when he suffered a concussion last night.
Bob Probert's Brain Donated to Researchers by Family -- NHL FanHouse
Hopefully some small good might come out of Bob Probert's untimely passing.
NHL Proposal to Curtail Bloggers' Media Access Exposes Culture Clash - Poynter Online
A discussion of the blogger access issue from a leading journalism site. The PR guy from the New York Rangers dismisses the concern by painting blogs with a ridiculously broad brush.
Bettman: 24/7 an Opportunity for "Hockey Fans and Sports Fans" to Get to Know NHLers " Puck The Media
This ought to be interesting, a look behind the scenes at the Capitals and Penguins in the lead-up to the Winter Classic.
Lowetide: Give The Kid A Break
Is the Toronto pressure-cooker going to burn out Nazem Kadri?
Down Goes Brown: Tips for dominating your fantasy hockey draft
Ooh, this one's vicious: "Make sure to move Carey Price up your rankings if you play in a league that awards points for bitter, bitter tears."
And lastly, courtesy of Kukla's Korner, it looks like Dan Ellis had a rough night against Edmonton:
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