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Anticipation is building for the regular season, as the Predators have two preseason games remaining. Tonight they'll skate in Atlanta (radio coverage starts at 5:30 Central on 102.9), so check the Game Day Preview for rosters as soon as they become available.

For now, follow after the jump for projections on how Nashville's opening night roster might look, a surprising dose of realism in Columbus, and news of another injury to a key New York Islander...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Crystal Ball Gazing, Preds in the ATL Tonight, and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy's morning links includes a prediction for a 23-man opening night roster. Recall, however, that the Preds opened last season with a 21-man squad, and typically have carried 21 or 22 players in recent years.

The View from 111: First Impressions
Mark shares his view of the team at the midpoint of the preseason, and is impressed with the overall talent level.

Admirals Training Camp Opens As Predators Slim Roster To 27 - Predlines
Amanda then surveys the roster situation after yesterday's cuts.

Ryan Ellis returned to the Windsor Spitfires - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond shows that while Ryan Ellis may be headed back to junior, he already knows how to carry himself like a pro.

Ellis muses about lack of AHL option before rejoining Windsor - Buzzing The Net
Meanwhile, Neate Sager builds off Jim Diamond's piece to speculate about possible adjustments to the NHL/CHL relationship.

Lines Coming Into Focus | PredsBlog
Sam takes a stab at D pairing and line combinations, but I don't see O'Reilly centering a scoring line right now, honestly.

Predators looking for more comfortable victories this season | Nashville City Paper
That whole "finish off your opponent" thing that killed the Preds in the playoffs last season? Yeah, they're still working on that.

Around the NHL

Low Sports Attendance: Who Is Your Customer? - SportsMoney
When a team is successful on the field (or rink) of play, but still has trouble putting butts in the seats, what's the next plan of attack? This articles delves into this question, and cites some of the work that new Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen did in Dallas to help develop hockey at the grassroots level.

David Frost Caught Using Alias In California | TrueHockey
Disturbing news about a disgraced hockey coach surfacing in California using a new name.

Michael Arace commentary: Wild model suggests rough times for Jackets | The Columbus Dispatch
When I read the gameplan for the Blue Jackets, it just sounds like a counter-punching team like the Predators should eat them up this year.

Coyotes one-hit wonders? - Calgary Sun
Everyone's optimistic at this time of year, but there are many more reasons to believe that Phoenix will take a step back this season then there are for improvement.

Lowetide: Entering Hope
The most furious debate in Edmonton these days is whether their talented kids need more seasoning before playing in the NHL.

Rangers Analysis: The Competition on Defense - Blueshirt Banter
Nick examines the battle on the blueline in New York after the departure of Wade Redden has opened a spot.

Islanders sign Mike Mottau; Kyle Okposo needs surgery - Lighthouse Hockey
As if losing Mark Streit wasn't bad enough, now the Islanders will miss Kyle Okposo for 2-3 months. Things could get really ugly on Long Island.

Michael Leighton out one month with bulging disc; Ian Laperriere out indefinitely with post-concussion issues - Broad Street Hockey
The defending Eastern Conference champs are going to hobble out of the gate.

Jeremy Roenick blasts Thrashers move of Byfuglien to defense | Atlanta Thrashers
Jeremy Roenick isn't shy about expressing his opinion. I'm with him, though, putting Dustin Byfuglien on defense won't help Atlanta.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher: consequences (pushups) for practice mistakes | Lightning Strikes
The new coach goes old school with his practice discipline.

Bourne Blog: The new era of coaching in the NHL - Puck Daddy
Justin Bourne provides a nice contrast between modern and "classical" hockey coaches. Is Guy Boucher a combination of the two?

Power Rankings panelists: Blackhawks repeat unlikely -
At least USA Today's voters have the Preds listed ahead of St. Louis, which is a decent start...

2010-11 NHL season preview: Rookies to watch this season - ESPN
We should have a wide-open race for the Calder Trophy this year...

A Theory of Ice: What Everyone Remembers
Deep thoughts on whether a results-driven, narrative approach to examining hockey (as opposed to objective statistical analysis) might provide ancillary benefits that have nothing to do whether the story is true.

Hockey Night in 3D " Puck The Media
Just imagine Don Cherry and his Technicolor outfits, brought to you in stunning 3D.

Stockholm fans tussle, but AIK dominates - Puck Worlds
Who says Swedish hockey isn't physical? Even the fans got into a pre-game fight in the stands...

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