The Nashville Predators get back to work this afternoon in preparation for a busy month of February, and an opportunity to at least solidify their 4th-place standing in the Western Conference, and perhaps make a run at the Red Wings for the Central Division title. While currently 6 points back of Detroit, the Preds still have four games left against Detroit, in which a lot of ground can be made up quickly.
Radio Note 1: Tonight, the Sports Radio 560 WNSR Predators Players Show is live @ The Flying Saucer 6 PM-7PM. Get autographs and pictures with Nashville Predators Players Marcel Goc & Alexander Sulzer (is there any chance the Flying Saucer will offer discount on German beers tonight?).
Radio Note 2: Meanwhile, the Wade Belak show on 104.5 The Zone will also take place from 6:00-7:00 at Blackstone, with player guest Colin Wilson.
Meanwhile, follow after the jump for some news (both positive and negative) about Preds who have been out of the lineup for a while...
Welcome the Preds back to home ice, as they have 9 games coming up in the month of February at Bridgestone Arena, including tomorrow vs. the Calgary Flames, and Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Save some cash and get yourself some discount Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.
A Tasty Rumor? " Pull My (Fang)Finger
While on a date night downtown, look who AJ ran into... none other than Jordin Tootoo, who reportedly told him "I'll be back soon."
Francis Bouillon sidelined with a concussion - Nashville Predators Examiner
*sigh* Despite early reports that Bouillon suffered a separated shoulder, now we hear that it's a concussion that has The Cube on the shelf. Terrible, terrible news for the Preds here.
Hockey Night in Canada / NHLPA Player Poll
The Preds show up in a few interesting categories, winning the "most underrated team", and with Barry Trotz showing up among the "easiest coaches to play for".
Weber’s Post All-Star Game Reaction - Predlines
Amanda got the Captain's thoughts after the All-Star Game concluded.
Preds On The Glass: A Mid-Season Look at My Preseason Predictions and Monday Musings
Holding yourself accountable??? Perish the thought!
Paul McCann - Back At It, The Southern Debate and Random Notes
Paul's chomping at the bit to get the stretch drive started.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Shea Weber's Weekend Wrap-up
Robby thinks that if Shea could've mixed in a goal yesterday, he would have won the MVP.
LIVE FROM HERSHEY: Klasen Steals the Show in Skills Competition | Section 303
Patten grills Mark Dekanich and Linus Klasen as they toil away at the AHL All-Star event.
Our favorite videos (so-far) of this All-Star Weekend… | Section 303
For those of you looking for something fresh to drool over Linus Klasen with... here you go!
The 303:30 – LIVE FROM ALL-STAR WEEKEND | Section 303
Jeremy recorded a podcast while attending the All-Star festivities, joined by fellow Nashville bloggers Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey and Amanda DiPaolo of Predlines.
Josi Nets OT Winner Over IceHogs | Admirals Roundtable
Has Josi jumped to the front of the line among Nashville's defense prospects?
Nashville could bid for NHL's All-Star game - The Tennessean
The opening of the Music City Center could be tied to a bid for an NHL All-Star weekend... 2013 or 2014, anybody?
Around the NHL
Tim Thomas, Not The Fastest Skater, Falls During Skills Competition Goalie Duel - SBNation.com
Relive one of the great moments in All-Star history.
Team Colligan vs. Team Neveau: The Results | The Hockey Writers
Well, here's a vote for Shea Weber as All-Star MVP.
Great Idea? Or Greatest Idea? " Interchangeable Parts
I'm voting "Greatest Idea Ever".
Bettman Points. What, how, and who are they screwing over - Nucks Misconduct
If you took the shootout out of the equation (and overtime loser points), the Preds would drop all the way to 8th in the West.
Back To Work - The Cannon
Matt sees the next 12 games as being pivotal to Columbus this season.
Introducing new NHL Guardians: Financially Un-Viable X-TEAMS - Puck Daddy
Here's a creative take on the Guardian Project... though portraying Jim Balsillie as a hero? I can't go there.
Sabres Set To Announce Sale Of Team This Week - Die By The Blade
Happy news out of Buffalo, where a local gajillionairre is set to buy the Sabres.
NHL Board of Governors discusses headshots, concussions - TSN
While it seems like the new Rule 48 is helping to reduce blind-side shots, there are any number of ways that a player can get concussed in a hockey game.
USA Hockey's Proposals for Body-Checking, Head Shots and Fighting - NYTimes.com
USA Hockey responds to recent recommendations by raising the minimum age for body-checking from 11 to 13, and making head shots illegal at all ages. Progress!
Gretzky, Somehow, Is Out of Hockey - NYTimes.com
One side-effect from the ongoing Phoenix Coyotes drama is that Wayne Gretzky's situation relative to the team remains unresolved. He's owed millions, and until that issue is settled, he'll stay on the sidelines.
Glenn Hall's streak much longer than known - Montreal Gazette
Is the most unbreakable of all hockey records perhaps, in actuality, twice as great as we already thought?
Wagons South: NHL falters in non-hockey markets - The Globe and Mail
David Shoalts just couldn't let another week slip by without poo-pooing the notion of hockey in the South.