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Tuesday's notes: Mattias Ekholm, not such a bad guy after all

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This morning's hockey notes kick off with a small, but important clarification on the Mattias Ekholm story from over the weekend, injury updates for both Nashville and San Jose heading into tonight's game, a nasty stick to the face of Philadelphia's Chris Pronger, and Jaromir Jagr looking like his old self again...

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Nashville Predators News

So, About Mattias Ekholm… | Admirals Roundtable
It turns out that there was one extra wrinkle to the Mattias Ekholm story that we weren't aware of before, and it pretty much excuses him from those who thought he meant to spurn the Preds organization by going back overseas.

Smashville 24/7: Blum talks stick save; Hornqvist close to 100 percent
A healthy Horn Dog would be a huge boost, that's for sure.

Paul McCann - Goodbye UAH Charger Hockey
This isn't a sad farewell letter, Paul rips the administration at UAH a new one.

Odds and Ends: Chapter II | The Predatorial
A smattering of statistical oddities from the opening fortnight of the season.

Two veteran Predators could return as early as Tuesday | Nashville City Paper
In addition, it sounds like Cal O`Reilly's groin issue is going to stick around for a while, he "tweaked it again" yesterday.

Nashville Predators seek confidence on offense - The Tennessean
They need a slump-buster, that's for sure.

Around The Wide Wide World of Hockey

Mitchell a question mark for Nashville game, the Braun-Demers situation — plus more on Niemi’s win | Working the Corners
Torrey Mitchell may or may not go tonight for the Sharks...

Finnish foes, Sharks' Antti Niemi and Predators' Pekka Rinne, are strangers away from ice - San Jose Mercury News
It's a battle of North vs. South tonight in goal. North vs. South Finland, that is.

Sharks Gameday: Putting Shooter McGavin To Shame - Fear The Fin
The Sharks' fundamentals look mighty good coming into tonight's game.

Down Goes Brown: Getting to know the NHL's new coaches
This, on Claude Noel: "Previous experience: Won ten games as the interim head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010, which is ten more than they're apparently planning on winning this season."

A little background on Tom Gaglardi - The Dallas Morning News
A profile of the Vancouver tycoon who's about to take over in Dallas.

With Devils Injuries Piling Up, Zach Parise Will See Time At Center - The Hockey Writers
Is there anything he can't do? *gush*

Which NHL teams should be worrying the most about goaltending? | ProHockeyTalk
Two division rivals with overrated goalies show up here...

Video: Alex Ovechkin meets Al-wax Ovechkin at Madame Tussauds - Puck Daddy

Jagr, Hartnell lead Flyers (without Pronger) to victory over Leafs - Broad Street Hockey
Chris Pronger took a nasty stick to the face, which will keep him out of the lineup for a while.

Jaromir Jagr Scores First Goal With Flyers, Looks Very 1990's -
Zowie, you can almost see that mullet flapping in the wind as he blows through the D here.

New York Rangers Find A Way To Win; Beat Winnipeg Jets 2-1 - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers wrapped up an epic roadie (7 games) with a win in Winnipeg.

Markstrom-led Panthers overcome early deficit, late pressure in 2-1 victory over Montreal - Litter Box Cats
A nice road win for Florida here, which has Canadiens fans getting restless.