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Our afternoon hockey notes highlight those Wisconsin Badgers once again - we've got Craig Smith showing up on a Calder Trophy favorites list, and a teammate of his preparing to make his NHL debut... offers 10% off outerwear | Hockey Gear HQ
The NHL's official online store rarely runs discounts, but right now you can take advantage of a special deal on jackets, knit hats, scarves, mittens, and more.

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Know the Enemy: Smithson previews Toronto
Listen up for wise words from Smitty.

Paul McCann - Game Night - The Taking a TO edition
Paul has the podcast from last night's SlapShot Radio posted, featuring Toronto writer Howard Berger.

Preds On The Glass: POTG NHL Seven Stories: Meth-Head Skins Bobcat and Eats It Edition
Um... yeah.

The View from 111: Who is Brett Wilson?
Mark provides some background for any of you who may not have followed the Brett Wilson story over the last few years.

Open letters to Nashville and beyond, on this most festive occasion of Thanksgiving - Nashville Scene
As part of a series of thank-you letters, JR pens an ode to Phil Bredesen for his vision of what Bridgestone Arena has become.

Suter contract discussions ongoing - Predators Insider
A little fodder for #SuterWatch, but don't read too much into any of this.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Calder Candidates at the Season’s Quarter Mark - Backhand Shelf

Yes, there's a Honey Badger sighting.

Morning Skate: The Beginning of A Legendary Career - Winging It In Motown
Another Wisconsin Badger is building some buzz, this time in Detroit.

Siegel: Leafs' Kessel soaring to unexplored heights - TSN
When asked what's changed this season to spark his goal-scoring binge, Toronto's Phil Kessel touted the new stick he's using - the Easton Stealth RS, which I reviewed recently. It is pretty awesome...

Pizzo’s Points: Game 7 Revenge - Backhand Shelf
Rob Pizzo highlights what happens when two teams who faced off in a playoff Game 7 meet again in the regular season.

Rick Nash not for sale - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Well shoot, there goes my McGrattan & a pick for Nash idea...

Goal Line Report : Is Richter Hall of Fame Worthy?
I'll go with "No".

By the Numbers: Mike Smith v. Ilya Bryzgalov - Five For Howling
A look at how the Coyotes are doing without their previous #1 goaltender.

The Standings After Fifteen - The Copper & Blue
What do we know so far relative to the Preds? Not much.

Bruins' Chara won't face charges over Pacioretty hit - The Globe and Mail
Finally, the authorities in Montreal found something better to do.

McKenzie: Sabres' Pegula speaks out on Penn State scandal - TSN
The new Buffalo Sabres owner shook up the college hockey world with his $88 million gift to launch a hockey program at Penn State, so Bob McKenzie talks about the current scandal with him.

Marc Staal Has Been Cleared For Light Workouts - Blueshirt Banter
Good news for the New York Rangers, as their key defenseman continues his slow recovery from a concussion.

The Hockey News: Would the NHL return to Hartford?
It's not the worst idea in the world, but they need a new arena, which is no small feat.

Montreal Canadiens Mourn the Passing of Eddy Palchak | All Habs
With many organizations, it's the supporting staff around the players who make up a huge part of the team's culture.

Vinny Prospal's 1000th Game - The Cannon
Congrats to a true pro.

Bike thieves and student sections: Why college hockey rules - Puck Daddy
At the risk of linking to something which praises Ohio State (ugh), I will agree that college hockey rocks. My days going to Michigan games in the early, mid and late 90's (yeah, I took the long road through college) were unforgettable.

Initial rankings from Central Scouting rank Yakupov first - - 2012 NHL Draft
The NHL's Central Scouting bureau came out with their preliminary rankings for the 2012 Draft, so take a preview at who the Preds might pick (hopefully very, very late in the first round).

Vancouver police increase heat on riot suspects with wanted poster - Puck Daddy
I love the suggestion by TSN's Dave Hodge: someone needs to get one of these posters signed by all 104 of these bozos.

The Cost of Penalties - Mile High Hockey
Could a penalty box parade (led in part by Shane O`Brien) be the cause of Colorado's woes?

It’s time for Paul Maurice to exit the Hurricanes - Puck Daddy
The end could indeed be near for Paul Maurice in Carolina.