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Get your top hat and tails out, gang, Thursday night's Nashville Predators home opener is going to be a full-featured affair! Our hockey notes start off this morning with a complete rundown of the festivities, which begin with a "gold carpet" event in the afternoon...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators Roll Out The Gold Carpet On Opening Night -
I can see it now - Who are you wearing??? "CCM"

Two games, two wins... What's to like and not like - Predlines
"The golden gang"... I like that nickname!

Smashville 24/7: Established core aids league’s youngest team
The team's youth is tempered somewhat by their common experience going through Milwaukee, writes Ryan.

Smashville 24/7: Trotz sees room for improvement
Don't let the wins fool you; the Predators have plenty to work on this week.

Predators penalty killing units feature new faces - Nashville Predators Examiner
Now, if only the team were stacked with guys competing to be on the power play...

Grimson reacts to Cherry - Predators Insider
Sabres are rattled, with ominous words like "recourse" hanging in the air. Grimson uses the word 5 times in just a few sentences, so you know he means business.

Nashville Predators' Martin Erat misses practice Monday - The Tennessean
Fish & Cube practiced, but Marty didn't...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Open Source the Oilers |
Ultimately, the NHL needs to get to this level of detail in its event tracking, but Tyler is calling for volunteers to blaze the trail today. Please check this out and let him know in the comments if you're interested.

Down Goes Brown: Thinking outside the box: Strategic shifts from the NHL's opening weekend
Nice: Vancouver Canucks - While it's still in the experimental phase, are considering trying a brand new strategy called "If some guy is punching our best player in the face over and over again, maybe think about doing something about that."

Recap: Caps 6, Lightning 5 (SO) - Japers' Rink
It was a wild debut for Tomas Vokoun in Washington.

The Kids Get Vancouver's First Win Of The Season - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks dropped the Blue Jackets to 0-3-0.

AAC mostly empty for Stars/Coyotes clash - The Dallas Morning News
A 5:00 p.m. start and a playoff baseball game really bit into the Stars' attendance yesterday!

Lombardi surprised by first-night heroics - London Free Press
Nashville's loss is Toronto's gain. The story about how Matthew Lombardi reacted to his first goal is pretty funny, though.

Faceoffs, Dave Steckel, and the Toronto Maple Leafs - Backhand Shelf
Has Toronto found its version of Jerred Smithson?

The Ottawa Senators 0-2 start isn't all bad - Silver Seven
Expectations really aren't that high in Ottawa, where the Senators are launching a rebuild.

Plan the Parade? Thoughts on the Debut of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers’ Season Opener - The Hockey Writers |
They're having fun for now in Edmonton, where the Oilers won their opener and their 2011 1st-round pick scored a key goal.

Why is Al Montoya Starting for the Isles? - The Goalie Guild
The unlikeliest of the Islanders' three goaltenders is starting these days... but it's working for them.

Are overseas trips really `season-killers’? " LA Kings Insider
A fine question to ask...