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A snowstorm has Nashville blanketed with a nice coating of snow this morning, making for the perfect atmosphere for the Predators as they face a busy week coming up.

Follow after the jump for your morning hockey notes!

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Nashville Predators News

The 303:30 – All-Star representation, the win streak & Ryan Porth | Section 303
The latest podcast touches on a variety of topics ranging from the Winter Classic to the All-Star Game.

Three Breakouts That Are Fueling The Predator’s Success | PredsBlog
Good choices here on the guys who are driving results right now.

Greetings From Smashville! Season 13, Week 14 | The Hockey Writers
Jas checks in with a weekly dose of hockey happenings.

Paul McCann - Snowpocalypse Two - Monday Notes
Paul looks at a variety of issues this morning, particularly the mess in Columbus.

Preds On The Glass: Thoughts On The Predators' First Half and Monday Musings
Buddy's thinking streaky thoughts this morning.

OHL: Windsor 'all in' for playoff run with Ellis, Kassian - Buzzing The Net
Despite lots of rumors, the Windsor Spitfires have decided to hold on to Ryan Ellis and make another run at the Memorial Cup.

Paterno and Bowden of the NHL - Predators Insider
So... instead of JoPa, shall we call him BarTro?

Nashville Predators work to overcome effects of injuries - The Tennessean
Spit & duct tape... smoke & mirrors... whatever it takes, the Preds are getting the job done.

Around the NHL

The Kostopoulos Hit : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Tom agrees with me that the Kostopoulos-Stuart hit was entirely legal under current NHL rules. Should it be? Probably not, but that still makes the suspension a poor decision by Colin Campbell.

Cutting To The Core (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Tom Reed calls for massive, fundamental change in Columbus. They've tried just about everything else...

Arniel Questions NHL Officiating (Puck-Rakers Blog)
The rookie coach up in Columbus continues his struggles...

Jason Demers again finds himself in the wrong spotlight after another loss to Nashville | Working the Corners
Just as in Nashville's come-from-behind 3-2 win over San Jose on home ice earlier this season, Jason Demers got the goat horns for the Sharks Saturday night.

2010 Draft - Forwards and NHL Equivalencies - The Copper & Blue
This analysis translates the performance of players from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft into what they'd be producing at the NHL level, as opposed to Canadian junior, NCAA, etc. Some Preds prospects like Patrick Cehlin and Joonas Rask acquit themselves well, while Austin Watson's season looks a bit disappointing.

2009 Draft - Forwards and NHL Equivalencies - The Copper & Blue
From the 2009 draft classic, Taylor Beck and Michael Latta look to have made major strides.

Sharks searching for goals despite high shot totals - Fear The Fin
Mr. Plank tries to set the Sharks' recent woes in perspective.

They said it: Current and former NHL players on concussions - From The Rink
Probably nothing speaks better to the current state of the game than what players themselves have said about the after-effects of concussions. That, and Colin Campbell's suspicion that some guys are simply faking it.