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This morning's hockey notes include the report coming in on the September plane crash which devastated the hockey community, a profile on Nashville's hottest forward so far, and news that contract talks could start heating up again with one of the Predators' Big 3...

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Smith making timely impact for Preds
So far, so good for the Honey Badger. We'll have to keep an eye out to see if the nature of the pro schedule starts to grind him down at some point.

For Pekka Rinne, only one number on the scoreboard matters | Nashville City Paper
Pekka has tied Tomas Vokoun's franchise shutout record with 21, and remembers him as a helpful veteran in past training camps.

Paul McCann - Mid Week Random Notes
Paul passes up the opportunity to rip into Ken Campbell? I wonder if he didn't get his morning cup of coffee. We're still digesting the piece and will have something on it in this space soon.

Kyle Turris trade talks heating up - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
It sounds like the Ryan Suter talks could get moving again when his agent comes to town in a couple weeks.

The Power Play | Admirals Roundtable
So how's that PP looking in Milwaukee?

Nashville Predators take no prisoners on penalty-kill - The Tennessean
One thing the Preds have done well right from the start is penalty killing, thanks to the fact that Barry Trotz is comfortable putting about 8 different forwards out there.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Plane crash that killed Russian hockey team blamed on pilot error - The Globe and Mail
The report is in on September's tragic KHL plane crash, with the cause being an accidental application of the brakes while the jet was taking off.

Spector on Blue Jackets: Changes not far away -
Yeah, having the team president sit in the stands watching practice with Ken Hitchcock alongside can't be good for Scott Arniel in Columbus.

Brodeur is a Fraud: The Razor-Thin Edge of a Winning Reputation
All it takes is a little playoff success to create a lasting impression.

Hockey guru takes stats to the masses - The Globe and Mail
In praise of

Those who were there when Plante donned the mask - Habs Eyes On The Prize
52 years ago yesterday, a pivotal moment in hockey history.

NHL suspends Oilers' Andy Sutton for hit to head of Landeskog | All Things Avalanche
The Avs rookie admits that he bears some ownership for getting rocked by a big hit from Andy Sutton.

Athletes using Twitter a delicate balance - CBC Sports
Sure, there are risks involved when a controversy gets started, but overall, hockey players on Twitter add to the visibility of the game, and increase engagement with the fans.

Lowetide: And Now For Something Completely Different
The highly-skilled Linus Omark can't stick with the Oilers quite yet, leading to speculation as to whether a trade might be in the works.

Washington Capitals Off to Another Hot Start -
Have the Caps taken it up a level? We won't know until the playoffs...

Nine Thoughts on Six Goalies, Plus Myself - The Goalie Guild
Deep stuff on some of the goaltenders who have over- or under-whelmed so far.

Save money on goalie equipment with new coupon code | Hockey Gear HQ
Goaltending equipment is insanely expensive, so every opportunity to stretch your dollar can help make the difference between getting new gear or not.

Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild took a 2-1 overtime decision in Detroit, giving the Red Wings five losses in a row.

Bruins, Boychuk Ice Ottawa's Hot Streak - Stanley Cup of Chowder
It took the Cup champs to slow down the juggernaut that is the Ottawa Senators.

Carolina Doubles Up Tampa Bay: Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2 - Canes Country
Along the way, the Hurricanes lost Jussi Jokinen to injury.

Recap: Capitals 5, Ducks 4 (OT) - Japers' Rink
The Ducks had the early advantage, but the Caps were like Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown thought he was going to kick it. Lots of talk coming out of this game was the way Alex Ovechkin wasn't put on the ice with the Caps in need of a late regulation goal, however.

Canucks at Flames Recap ; When the Levee Breaks (5-1W) - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver put a whooping on their division rival.

Lastly, courtesy of the New York Times' Slap Shot blog, here's Chris Botta interviewing agent Pat Brisson about the process of getting John Tavares signed to a long-term contract extension with the New York Islanders, a situation that holds some relevance to Preds fans wondering what will happen with the Big 3.