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This morning's hockey notes include podcasts setting up your weekend of Predators hockey, an analysis by Forbes of how developments in the sports media market could affect TV viewers, and a one-on-one sit-down interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman...

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Peter Horachek and Blogger Roundtable
Buddy & Ryan welcome in The View From 111 to talk Preds.

The 303:30 – Ekholm, Craig Smith, next week’s road trip and Preds defenseman Jack Hillen | Section 303
More podcast juiciness to set up your hockey weekend.

Loss of Division I hockey at Alabama-Huntsville hits home with Blake Geoffrion - Nashville Predators Examiner
Boomer's brothers are getting left in the lurch by UAH.

Perfect Strangers: Switching the Defensive Pairings | The Predatorial
Did the D pair changes create the formula for victory Thursday night?

Ads Stay Hot, Defeat Wolves For Third Time | Admirals Roundtable
Jeremy Smith is carrying the load for Milwaukee these days.

Nashville Predators brace for Anaheim Ducks - The Tennessean
Sergei Kostitsyn is expected to play after taking yesterday off of practice.

Back on the right side - Predators Insider
Jonathon Blum writes about making the switch back to the right side of the blueline.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Problem with Mandatory Visors in the NHL - The Hockey Writers
George points us to some interesting potential implications of broader visor use within the NHL...

Berger Bytes: When Gary Bettman Cuts Himself, Does He Bleed?
Howard Berger reports from inside the Commissioner's office in New York, in a solid interview about Gary Bettman's true role with the league.

Puck Daddy chats with Nikolai Khabibulin about great start, Oilers’ young stars, old NHL goalies, Winnipeg and Phoenix - Puck Daddy
The Bulin Wall has Edmonton sitting atop the Northwest Division these days..

How Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Succeeds As a Boy Among Men - Backhand Shelf
The 2011 1st-overall draft pick has earned himself an NHL job already, rounding out an incredible core of young talent in Edmonton.

NHL blueliners battle sophomore slump blues - The Globe and Mail
Don't be surprised if Blum hits more than a few potholes along the way this season.

Sharks win fourth in a row with 4-2 win over the Red Wings - Fear The Fin
San Jose is really starting to roll, continuing their road trip with a victory in Detroit.

Oilers Top Avs 3-1, Run Winning Streak to Four - The Copper & Blue
A titanic battle at the top of the Western Conference between the Oilers & Avs (what?).

Cam Ward Shuts It Down: Hurricanes 3, Blackhawks 0 - Canes Country
The Hurricanes pitched a shutout against our Central Division rival.

Lastly, here's a Forbes video (found at Kukla's Korner) discussing the evolving sports TV market, and how viewers are being impacted. I will note that when they put the major sports leagues side by side, it looks like they're using old data for the NHL; this season is the first of a deal which brings in about $200 million annually from NBC/Versus.