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Sunday's notes: A pause before the final push

Mattias Ekholm led the Predators with 9 shots on goal last night.
Mattias Ekholm led the Predators with 9 shots on goal last night.

The Nashville Predators canceled practice today after last night's victory over Carolina, giving the guys a chance to rest up before what will be a critical few days for some of the players remaining in Training Camp. Last night's cuts mean that there are still a few more decisions to be made, which could involve further dispatches to the Admirals, or a 2-for-1 trade like the Shane O`Brien deal last fall.

For now, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news, which includes a sampling of the recaps from last night, along with Matthew Lombardi's return to competition after nearly a year lost to a concussion...

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Barry Trotz Speaks after the Predators' 2-1 Preseason Overtime Win over the Carolina Hurricanes
As usual, Buddy's got your post-game press conference.

Inside Smashville - Ellis and Ekholm make final push for opening night roster spots
Mattias Ekholm leaves the door open to reporting to Milwaukee...

The View from 111: Predators Finish the Pre-Season 7-1 With a 2-1 OT Win Over Carolina
Mark makes his pick for who deserves a spot on the Nashville blueline.

Wilson’s Late Effort Crucial To Preds Victory |
Patten gives Colin Wilson lots of credit for last night's win.

Post-Game Soundbites: Nashville Predators Colin Wilson | Illegal Curve Hockey
The gang in Winnipeg made sure to get a word with Colin Wilson while he was in town Friday night.

Preds On The Glass: Smashville On The Glass Radio Presents Tom Callahan and Launy Schwartz
May The Schwartz Be With You.

Haydar Nets OT Winner | Admirals Roundtable
Hail Haydar!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hybrid or no-touch icing or bust: The NHL’s time for change is now | ProHockeyTalk
Another broken leg on a meaningless play - will this add to the momentum for some kind of change to the icing rule?

Leafs Lose 4-2 to Close Out the Preseason - Pension Plan Puppets
The notable bit here is that Matthew Lombardi played for the first time in almost a year, a stunning bonus for the Maple Leafs.

Carolina Drops Preseason Finale: Predators 2, Hurricanes 1, OT - Canes Country
Here's the Carolina view on the action last night.

Video: Ryan Malone’s Headshot on Chris Campoli | All Habs
Methinks Ryan Malone will hear from the league office on this one.

Preseason Notes: Bruins 3, Islanders 2 - Lighthouse Hockey
Islanders fans have reason to be excited, with Mark Streit running their power play after missing so much time due to injury.

NHL union should get rid of salary floor -
Dramatic stuff from Larry Brooks here, but ultimately nonsensical. The salary cap, floor, and revenue sharing all work together, and merely removing the floor would not prove the boon that Brooks portrays it as. Are there fixes that could be made? Sure, but this isn't it.

A Theory of Ice: Hockey Exegesis #1: Sometimes They Hate You for a Reason
"Every boo on the road is a cheer." Great line, great exegesis here.

Four in the net, no pizza you get — looking at the end of a long sponsorship and what could happen next | Working the Corners
Tragic news for the fans in San Jose...

Jon Merrill Suspended 12 Games - Western College Hockey Blog
Uh oh, it sounds like somebody may have hit the old Blimpy Burger too hard...

2011 USHL Fall Classic Recap | The Scouting Report
Here are some names to remember for next summer's NHL Entry Draft.

Why the Blue Jackets Will Surprise the West - The Cannon
They've got... high hopes...

Eric Nystrom feels terrible and Twitter isn’t helping - Puck Daddy
Sometimes players just need to log off Twitter for a few days. Wading in among the jackasses won't help Eric Nystrom.

Save 15% off hockey sticks & gloves with new coupon code | Hockey Gear HQ
This weekend only, we've got a coupon code available for hockey players looking for a new set of gloves, or a stick, shaft or replacement blade.

It's been a couple days since we've seen him, so cue the Shanahammer!