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Wednesday's notes: Fisher and Bouillon back in business

The Nashville Predators get back to work today integrating Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon into the lineup and preparing for tomorrow's game against Tampa Bay, and while it may take the two veterans a little time to get back up to speed, one encouraging sign we can take from last night is that both players took on heavy minutes and tough duty right from the start, and appeared to hold up well. At least they'll have two more home games this week to get acclimated before the Preds head out on a five-game road trip...

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For recaps of last night's game, I encourage you to check out the "More Predators Sites" box on the left-hand side of the main page, there are too many to link individually these days!

Book Review: Defender of Faith - Honey and Locusts
John posts his review of Mike Fisher's new book, which discusses with how he balances the influence of hockey & religion in his life.

Inside Smashville - Bouillon "a little bit nervous" at start of first game back in Predators 3-1 loss to Sharks
The Cube looked pretty good last night, and certainly didn't shy away from the physical game.

Muller takes his work ethic to Admirals' AHL bench - Montreal Gazette
You know what's interesting here? We've heard for years that the success of the Nashville-Milwaukee partnership is built in part on the consistent philosophy throughout the organization. But one of the main attractions of the Admirals job for Kirk Muller? "I had a great conversation with (Predators coach) Barry Trotz and (assistant GM) Paul Fenton and (GM) David Poile, and they said: 'We certainly welcome you to bring in your own system that you want,' " Muller said. "That was one of the attractions about coming here - the opportunity to kind of put my own stamp on a team and my own identity. "

Suspensions | Admirals Roundtable
The guy who took a run at Ryan Thang got 3 games for his dirty work.

No timetable for Erat - Predators Insider
We still don't know when the Marty Party will resume.

Underwood kicks husband Fisher, Preds out - FS Tennessee
Did you hear that one of the Predators is married to a country music star?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

What killed NCAA Div. I hockey at Alabama-Huntsville? - Puck Daddy
A good overview of the process which led to the announcement this week that Alabama-Huntsville is scrapping their hockey program. 

Mandating Visors Should Be Discussed After Pronger Injury - The Hockey Writers
You have to wonder if a grandfathered visor requirement will work its way into the next CBA.

Daily Debate: Are Jacques Martin's days numbered in Montreal? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun says that Cody Franson is on the trading block in Toronto...

Paul Kelly fires back over Spitfires’ push for U.S. draft prospect - Buzzing The Net
Here comes another skirmish in the NCAA-vs.Canadian junior war.

Self-Promote: Please Buy The Hockey News This Fortnight - Puck The Media

Congratulations to Steve Lepore on getting an article published in the latest dead tree edition of The Hockey News.

Puck Daddy chats with Pavel Datsyuk about Red Wings, realignment, working at Tim Horton’s and Halloween - Puck Daddy

It sounds like Datsyuk is looking ahead to a lockout next season, and building some off-ice job skills.

Why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Should Go Back To Red Deer - The Copper & Blue

The 2011 1st-overall draft pick is tearing it up... but is it more prudent for Edmonton to send him back to junior hockey for now?

Goalie mask changes needed, plus 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports

Elliotte Friedman's latest column starts off with a discussion on goalie masks, which are due for an upgrade in requirements. 

Rumour mill churns full-time around Flames - Calgary Sun
Trade talk is buzzing in Calgary...

The NHL's Most Interesting Name: 1960s Part II - Arctic Ice Hockey
More deliciousness from decades past, such as "Ulf Sterner" and "Chico Maki".

Sharks win 3-1 behind Pavelski and a milestone night for Thornton - Fear The Fin
Last night, Joe Thornton topped the 700-assist mark.

"It was a brutal call," Clowe says of his penalty while McLellan has a different take on it after 3-1 win | Working the Corners
It was funny to see how quickly Ryan Clowe went to pick up his gloves when he realized Jordin Tootoo wasn't going to get into a fight at that stage of the game.

Breath, Blood, or Urine? - Hawks 2, Ducks 2 (Hawks win at Tecmo Bowl) - Second City Hockey
Patrick Kane's assist on the first goal (highlights can be seen here) is friggin' ridiculous.

Game 9 Recap: Rise Above - The Cannon
Columbus topped Detroit to avoid going 0-for-October!

Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury Blank Islanders 3-0 - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh keeps rolling, even without their top two stars.

Senators survive Hurricanes in shootout, 3-2 - Silver Seven
Sens fans are at least finally enjoying the play of Sergei Gonchar.

Zubrus And Moose Power Devils to A 3-0 Win Over the LA Kings - In Lou We Trust
Johan Hedberg pitches a shutout, while Martin Brodeur heals up.