I've been wiped out the last few days with the flu (Influenza B to be precise), and besides the fever, chills, sore throat, congestion, etc., one amusing side effect (for my kids at least) is that my voice has gone really, really deep, almost inhumanly so.
"Deep" is also the word of the day for the Nashville Predators, because it describes so well how they've managed to clamber back into the 4th spot in the Western Conference despite missing several key players from the lineup. As noted in the OTF Season Preview, depth up front was the gameplan heading into the year, but with battlefield promotions the order of the day, the Preds have taken this concept to an extreme. Somehow, it's still paying off.
Consider this tidbit found while grousing through numbers from Hockey-Reference.com. When you look at the leading scorer from each NHL team, Nashville's (Shea Weber) has the fewest points, with 7 goals and 16 assists for 23. Following him you have Patric Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn with 22, Colin Wilson with 21, and five more guys between 16 and 20 points. Per usual in Nashville, there may not be a single superstar to lead the way, but the mob will get you, one way or another.
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Nashville Predators News
Francis Bouillon picked the wrong time to fight - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond profiles The Raging Cube.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Eating My Words......For Now
Robby's willing to step back from his calls earlier this season for a coaching change.
Hockey-less in Memphis: Day 2 training for the Fangtastic 5K
Rebecca chronicles her path to the big 5K run next month. She's coming all the way from Memphis, so she'll really need to be in good shape!
Interview with Marcel Goc of the Nashville Predators | Hockey Independent
While in L.A., "The Mayor" got a few questions in with the Nashville center.
Thursday's 3 Stars: Broncos' Lowry a natural playing in hometown - Buzzing The Net
Preds prospect Taylor Beck had a big night, with two goals and another in the shootout for Guelph.
Svatos in the KHL - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper gets Marek Svatos to provide some insight on what hockey is like over in Russia these days.
Around the NHL
Sharks GM Doug Wilson delivers a first-hand message to his team: not good enough | Working the Corners
It's a rare occurrence for a GM to address a team, so we'll see if the Sharks have a little more jump in their step tonight after getting a dressing-down from Doug Wilson.
Tom Kostopoulos Breaks Brad Stuart’s Jaw With High Hit - KuklasKorner
This is a nasty hit, but honestly, I don't know if it's worthy of a suspension, or even a penalty, for that matter. Stuart had just played the puck, and Kostopoulos levels him with a shoulder right to the head. Nasty? Yes. But such hits are legal in the NHL.
Simmonds shows fight; Kings, not as much " LA Kings Insider
Is it really a "time-honored tradition" to pick a fight with a guy 6 inches shorter than you to get your team rolling?
Dallas Stars bet on a Devil, reacquire old friend Jamie Langenbrunner - The Dallas Morning News
The SS New Jersey is taking on water, and Jamie Langenbrunner escapes to his old haunts in Dallas.
Blue Jackets' Commodore waived, lashes out at coach - The Columbus Dispatch
At the start of the season I wondered about Scott Arniel's ability to steer the Blue Jackets out of the darkness, and it's not looking good so far.
Timing of Sidney Crosby's concussion puts heat on Penguins - Puck Daddy
Sidney Crosby is apparently out for a week with a "mild" concussion, which leads to all sorts of speculation. Did it occur during the Winter Classic, and if so, why did he play another game afterward? We can't emphasize enough the use of the word "speculation".
mc79hockey.com - Incentives
Tyler makes an interesting observation about trades involving conditional draft picks, and the perversion they can theoretically introduce into competitive atmosphere of the NHL.
Down Goes Brown: So you've become a hockey fan: Gary Bettman's post-Winter Classic FAQ
The Commish is always the jester's easy target.
Getting Blocked by Bobby Ryan on Twitter - Anaheim Calling
Is the Anaheim winger really keeping a close eye on Twitter, and blocking people for "negativity" about him?
Puck and Punk: NHL Guardian Project: What The Hell.
I'm not sure what to make about adults complaining about the Guardian Project. All I know is that my kids (ages 8, 8 and 7) love it so far, and ask me every day who's getting revealed, who's coming up next, etc.. They're the target audience, folks!
Before we forget... - Puck Worlds
Bruce throws the spotlight on the Women's Under-18 World Championships going on in Sweden.
Former Sharks prospect Cavanagh dies - San Jose Mercury News
Sad news comes this morning as a former San Jose draft pick was found dead in a Rhode Island mall. He was just 28 years old.