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Tuesday afternoon notes: Kostitsyn & Fisher practice

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It seems like this first month of the Nashville Predators' season has been all about injury status, so an update on that front kicks off our afternoon hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Tuesday’s practice sees return of Mike Fisher and Sergei Kostitsyn - Nashville Predators Examiner
It's too early to know whether they'll play Thursday, but this is an encouraging sign.

Smashville 24/7: Audio: Barry Trotz speaks after practice
Listen in as Coach addresses the media earlier today.

Systems Analyst: the Importance of D-Zone Communication - Backhand Shelf
Justin Bourne breaks down a key 3rd period goal for Chicago last night, one that had many Preds fans shaking their heads.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Smithson embodies Preds' work ethic
That's why he's Every Coach's Dream.

Paul McCann - A Point, but No Moral Victory
The fans can be happy with an OTL point earned, but the players aren't, which is OK by Paul.

Titanically Predaceous: Growing Their Own Talent | The Predatorial
Are the Tennessee Titans comparable to the Preds in their need and ability to use the "draft & develop" model to compete against more financially powerful opponents?

Preds On The Glass: Directors Cut Version of the Hockey 54 Radio Show Now Available
No clock can contain Buddy once he gets talking hockey...

Preds' season still a good news/bad news proposition - FS Tennessee
It's been a roller coaster ride already, and it's really only just begun.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Tortorella: ‘Joe Thornton hasn’t won a (damn) thing in this league’ - Puck Daddy
You know how sometimes somebody says something to you, and you're just not quite sure how to respond, then hours later you think up all these awesome comebacks? Well, at least an NHL head coach gets to talk with the media again the next day and take a second swing at it.

The Five for Howling Roundtable: Day of the Dead Edition - Five For Howling

Since Phoenix comes up next on the Preds' schedule, it seems high time to check on how they're doing in Phoenix. 

Andy Sutton gets 5-game ban for Landeskog hit; agree or disagree? - Puck Daddy
Edmonton's thumper gets to watch from the press box for a couple weeks.

Breaking News: Sean Avery Clears Re-entry Waivers; Remains A Ranger - Blueshirt Banter
Well, so much for all that hubbub!

How Are the Pens Doing? Games 4-13 - PensBurgh

Sully hasn't scored yet for the Penguins, but it sounds like he's playing pretty well. 

Handing out some first month grades -
A "B" for Pekka? Tough grading...

Video: Patrick Kane, Tim Thomas vs. Peggy from USA Prime Credit - Puck Daddy
Bah! I say that "Peggy" should do the suspension explanation videos for the KHL.

Calder Trophy Watch | Hockey Independent
Craig Smith is in the mix, but up against some stiff competition.