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Friday afternoon notes: When to start worrying?

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This afternoon's hockey notes raise an interesting question - at what point of the season should you start worrying about a particular player's slow start? Here in Nashville, for example, Jordin Tootoo has yet to score a goal, but at least he's drawn a few penalties and gotten under the opponent's skin consistently.

Our first three stories around the league this afternoon touch on this topic, as three prominent Eastern Conference forwards are called out for a lack of production...

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Game 1,000: A look at Predators’ all-time captains
Ryan gets a few quotes from Barry Trotz and current & former players on Nashville's past captains.

The 303:30 – Celebrating the 1,000th Preds game with Mike Dunham, Tom Fitzgerald | Section 303
The original captain and goalie of the Preds join the latest edition of the 303:30 podcast.

Game against the Canadiens will be Barry Trotz’ 999th behind Nashville bench - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond breaks down the story of how 1,000 is really 999, but it still counts as 1,000... ah, my head hurts!

Petes roster laced with NHL talent | The Scouting Report
According to this report, Austin Watson's offensive game hasn't developed much of late

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Brandon Dubinsky Needs A Goal - Blueshirt Banter
Here's one talented NHL forward who's still sporting a goose egg.

Kyle Okposo is off to a bad start this season - Backhand Shelf
And over on Long Island, this young American winger isn't exactly lighting it up, either.

Something Missing: Ovechkin Loses His Edge - Puck Drunk Love
But wait a minute... Alex Ovechkin has a point-per-game, and that's considered substandard?

Today in the "A": Riley Talks Dekanich and Lebda - The Cannon
It sounds like both former Predators could join the Blue Jackets soon.

Penguins' Kris Letang the Best Bargain in NHL - The Hockey Writers
Hey, Ryan Suter makes $3.5 million too, you know.

Guillaume Latendresse Out With Concussion: Now What? - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota's power forward is on the shelf.

An illustrated guide to NHL No. 11s on 11-11-11 - Puck Daddy
Did you hear what day it is today?

Healy's 5 questions: Iginla's future, shootout rant | Hockey | CBC Sports
Glenn Healy goes through his mailbag, opining on Jarome Iginla, little guys' slapshots, and more.

Game 15 Recap: Habs Get A Little Luck In Glendale - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Check here for a sneak preview of tomorrow night's opponent, including word on who the Canadiens plan on starting in goal...

Silver Nuggets: Is Alfredsson rushing back? - Silver Seven
The Sens have been doing OK without him, so it's understandable to be a bit cautious about making sure he's 100% before returning.

On Monday, Puck Daddy Radio returns daily as ‘Marek vs. Wyshynski’ - Puck Daddy
What's old is new again...

Breaking: Zetterberg May Miss Tonight's Game with "Middle-Body" Injury - Winging It In Motown
"Middle Body"??? The NHL's absurd injury disclosure practices take another turn.

Seven Subjects For Films NHL Original Productions Should Consider " Puck The Media
Steve gives the NHL's new production company a list of to-do's.

Jacques Lemaire Cares Not For Your Guy Boucher Criticisms - Backhand Shelf
Grandmaster Trap sounds off on all the 1-3-1 talk.

Sab(re)metrics: How Good is Thomas Vanek? - Die By The Blade
A thorough breakdown of the oft-overlooked Buffalo sniper.