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Stage is set for All-Star Skills Competition - Saturday's notes

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Nashville Predators fans can look forward to tonight's NHL All-Star Skills Competition, including what might be the most-anticipated moment of the weekend, the Hardest Slap Shot event which will feature Shea Weber competing for Team Lidstrom, against Boston's Zdeno Chara for Team Staal. Two years ago in Montreal, Weber finished 2nd behind Chara, but can he overcome the giant Bruin this time?

The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. Central time on Versus...

Now follow after the jump for some morning hockey news!

The Preds have 9 home games coming up in the month of February, including Tuesday vs. the Calgary Flames, and next Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Save some cash and get yourself some discount Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.

Nashville Predators News

Geoffrion Has Career Night As Admirals Boat Race Peoria | Section 303
Blake Geoffrion breaks out with three goals and two assists for Milwaukee...

Preds prospect Ellis explodes for six points against Kitchener… | Section 303
...and Ryan Ellis helps the Windsor Spitfires steamroll the Kitchener Rangers 7-1.

Preds On The Glass: All-Star Fantasy Draft Recap
Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey files a draft report (I didn't realize that both he and Amanda from Predlines are in Raleigh along with Jeremy from Section 303), and nabbed a few quotes as well.

New Dynamic For Picking Teams Refreshes NHL All-Star Game - Predlines
Amanda files her report from Raleigh.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Weber To Play for Team Lidstrom
Robby approves of Shea selection.

Brandon Felder - Hello....
A rare column from Brandon, as he checks in on how things are going so far. Just don't get excited about that shooting percentage info, however, it screams "fluke". Also, did the Predators really play a role in why Brandon's not covering the games this year? I find that hard to believe.

Greetings From Smashville! Season 13, Week 17 | The Hockey Writers
Jas provides her latest weekly roundup of all things Preds.

What The Puck: Coming Out of Hiding
Welcome back to Smashville, Rachel.

Friday Face-Offs, 1/28/2011 | Hockey Independent
Taking another angle on the question of David Legwand's offensive contributions.

Paul McCann - Phoenix, Percentages and Random Notes...
Paul breaks down just how well teams will have to play to muscle their way into the Western Conference playoff mix.

2006 Draft underwhelming for Nashville Predators - Hockey's Future
This draft class hasn't made an NHL impact yet, and probably won't make a major one. Then again, you can't win them all.

Nashville Predators All-Star Shea Weber has a blast - The Tennessean
It's the shot heard 'round the world...

Also, you can catch this interview conducted with Shea after the draft:


Around the NHL

2011 NHL All Star Game: Eric Staal Pleases The Home Crowd - Canes Country
Last night must have been fun for Carolina fans, and Bob Wage provides their perspective.

Video: Daniel, Henrik Sedin on their NHL All-Star Game split - Puck Daddy
I just want to see the twins mess with the journalists and switch roles.

Video: Kessel goes last, to the apparent delight of Ovechkin - Puck Daddy
Relive "Mr. Irrelevant" and his big moment. Heck, you should see the grin on Steve Stamkos' face while Kessel gets interviewed. 

Why there are no Flames at the All-Star Weekend | The Hockey Writers
Ooh, I know! I know! Is it because they stink?

Wild Blogger Round Table: Part One - Hockey Wilderness
A host of observers (including Nashville's own Ryan Porth) sound off on what the season has looked like so far in Minnesota.

The new "Cyclone" Taylor, king of the scoring chance, has answered every question in his rookie year - Cult of Hockey
I still think it's too early to hang that auspicious nickname on Taylor Hall, but there's no doubt that he's an exciting player.

Veterans still dominate all-star defence corps - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek looks around and doesn't see many fresh faces on defense in Raleigh.

NHL trade deadline: We're one month away! - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun sets the table for what should be a hectic month of February.

Purple Crushed Velvet - LA Kings Blog: ESPN NHL Front Page Grammar Fail
Yikes, it's always entertaining to catch a major media outlet when they post a gaffe.

The Fehr Interview: No 'Shots Across the Bow' -
Donald Fehr, the new leader of the NHL Players' Association, sits down for an interview to talk about the process which led to his new job, and what lies ahead, particularly negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.