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Wednesday's news: Happy Hockey Hump Day

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Look for lots of coworkers with sore hands and wrists today, as yesterday saw the debut of EA Sports' NHL 11 (for XBox 360 and PS3), as well as NHL SlapShot for the Wii (Amazon affiliate links). Early reaction seems to be pretty positive, and I can tell you that NHL SlapShot is definitely a fun time. I played it last night with my sons (age 7 & 8), and while their first games got off to rocky starts, the learning curve is pretty easy and the controls, while seeming a bit odd at first, become quite natural and intuitive.

I'll post a deeper look at the game after a few days, but it seems like a winner so far.

After the jump let's get right today's hockey news. We've got what is hopefully the final word on Dan Ellis' misadventures on Twitter, a review of the wings on the Nashville roster, and an early projection of top scorers in the NHL this upcoming season...

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Predators News

Dan Ellis – Internet Troll? | Section 303
Patten argues that while Dan Ellis' initial tweets the other day were more about shoddy writing than anything else, it was his response to critics on Twitter that really looked like a PR disaster.

Fanwanking Nashville Hockey/2010-11 Edition Part Three Point Two: Air Nashville’s Wing Corps | The Hockey Writers
Jas runs through the list of wingers in the Nashville system, but some of the statements in here strike me as a little odd. 

Practice goalie says goodbye - Predators Insider
Kudos to Josh Cooper for highlighting the unsung hero of the Preds' on-ice workouts so far.

Around the NHL

2010-2011 Projected NHL Scorers - TSN
Scott Cullen's forecast shows Matthew Lombardi leading Nashville with a 54-point season...

Down Goes Brown: An in-depth review of NHL 11
DGB brings the funny on the latest version of the EA Sports video game staple.

Mason, Fritsche, And The Room - Puck-Rakers Blog
Dan Fritsche has one foot in Columbus, and the other in Switzerland.

Season Preview: Alex Tanguay - Matchsticks and Gasoline
I think we can all agree that scooping up Tanguay on a bargain contract is one of the few things Calgary has done right in recent months.

Sheppard out 3-4 months -
Bad news for the Minnesota Wild, as young center James Sheppard suffers a knee injury in an ATV accident.

What Happens in Helsinki... Episode 6: Onko jo lokakuu? - Canes Country
How awesome would it be to follow your favorite NHL team to Finland? That's right, incredibly freaking awesome.

Five Reasons Why Carolina Will — And Won’t — Be This Year’s Avalanche - Canes Country
The Hurricanes have been up and down like a yo-yo in recent seasons, so what's it going to be this year?

2010 Atlantic Division Preview: Blogger Roundtable - View From My Seats
Just like it says, a pack o' bloggers talks about what to expect out East.

Ilya Kovalchuk's agent looks back at a long, hot summer - Sporting News
Jay Grossman (who also represents Pekka Rinne) talks about the drawn-out process to get his biggest client signed.

Is this the Sabres new 3rd jersey? - Die By The Blade
Speculation abounds that Buffalo will sport some new threads this fall.

Province promises funding for new Quebec City arena - The Globe and Mail
If Quebec ever hopes to get an NHL team back, it needs to have a state-of-the-art arena, and it sounds like local politicians are getting behind the idea.

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