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You've got a little time to kill before that 8:30 faceoff between the Predators and Oilers, so spend it surfing through some hockey news, why don't you? This afternoon we've got it all - injury news, rookie jitters, discussion of just how important these opening weeks of the season are, and a whole lot more!

Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: The Ekholm Diaries: The Season Starts
It sounds like Mattias had more than just butterflies in his stomach during the opening days of the season. 

It’s a Smashville Halloween! | ladypreds
Have you carved your pumpkins yet? If not, take a look here...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Spector on Oilers: The dynamic trio - sportsnet.ca
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins centering Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle? That's two #1 overall picks along with a #22.

Chris Tanev Demoted As The KesLORD Readies His Return - Nucks Misconduct
It's looking more and more likely that Ryan Kesler will be back in the lineup when the Predators face Vancouver on Thursday.

The 10-game rule and 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
Just how important are these games in October? Elliotte Friedman tells you.

Blues Place McDonald On IR - KuklasKorner
St. Louis makes it official, as Andy McDonald is out with a concussion.

Peter Mueller close to returning to Avs lineup | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
The Colorado forward is finally ready to play after a long recovery from post-concussion symptoms.

Third Period Woes A Bad Habit – Time To Reunite Keith And Seabrook?? | Hockey Independent
Chicago has broken up its top defense pair, but the results aren't getting rave reviews.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik: refurbished Times Forum has "blown away my expectations" | Follow the Tampa Bay Lightning blog: Lightning Strikes
If Tampa is going to generate real lightning in their arena, it only stands to reason that if Nashville is to continue delivering top-quality in-game entertainment, they'll need to find some saber-tooth tigers.

Bruins named ‘Best Sports Team Ever’ by Harvard Lampoon - Puck Daddy
Ah, those wacky Harvard Lampoon folks, still looking for that followup to the classic Bored of the Rings.

The Game Day Routine of the Healthy Scratched - Backhand Shelf
I can imagine that it would be difficult to maintain one's focus and readiness if they're getting scratched for a decent length of time.

Tony Amonte Joins NHL Overtime This Week " Puck The Media
Another former player joins the ranks of Versus TV analysts.