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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09:  Fans gather outside the Bridgestone Arena before the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09: Fans gather outside the Bridgestone Arena before the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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In order to help prevent you falling asleep this afternoon while watching football, we've got your dose of hockey notes to keep you alert & engaged. For starters, we kick things off with what could be a major political battle coming up with tremendous implications for the Nashville Predators...

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Nashville Predators News

$7.8M arena subsidy to Predators is up for debate - The Tennessean
It's always a touchy issue when the Tennessean writes about business issues relative to the Preds, but this is a well-researched, balanced article which raises a very legitimate question. Should the City of Nashville continue to fund the Predators arena subsidy out of the general fund, at the expense of other worthy projects? Now that the Music City Center is under construction, the former source of arena funds (tourism taxes) is no longer available. With all the talk about how busy Bridgestone Arena is, and how the ownership is ready to step up and start spending more on player payroll, how can they at the same time continue to ask for a large handout from city taxpayers who are already stretched thin?

Brian McGrattan Fights His Way Back to the NHL with the Nashville Predators | Bleacher Report
Yes, I'm actually linking to something over at Bleacher Report! This is a pretty well-written profile of why Brian McGrattan may have good reason to showboat so much as he pummels opponents. Regardless of whether you think the Predators are a better team with or without him, his personal story is engaging.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: The secret agenda from this week's GM meetings
Thanks to DGB for sharing what their undercover agents found...

Don’t expect an NHL all-Canadian division - The Globe and Mail
It sounds like my dream of a 4-division league with a home-and-home against every NHL opponent is an increasingly popular option.

The Pronger effect, redux - Broad Street Hockey
Chris Pronger, still driving the Corsi bus for the Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL announces formal approval of Tom Gaglardi as new owner of Stars - The Dallas Morning News

Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals getting less ice time -
Larry Brooks mocks the way Bruce Boudreau is utilizing Alex Ovechkin these days.

The Your Minnesota Wild are in first place in the entire National Hockey League. Who knows if it... - Hockey Wilderness
Heady times in Minnesota.

The Dark Blue Jacket: DBJ's 5 thoughts on Game 19: Nashville
In Columbus, they're celebrating the end of a long, terrible saga of failure in Nashville.

One Year Later… Remembering Pat Burns - NHL Hot Stove
On the anniversary of his passing, it's still hard to believe the Hockey Hall of Fame failed to induct him while he was still alive.

Capuano's fired up post-game press conference -
Jack Capuano is to trying to stoke up some passion in his New York Islanders.

Paul Bissonnette gets first goal as Mom attends first game - Puck Daddy
You can't help but love this story.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Cashman "better every day" after surgery | Follow the Tampa Bay Lightning blog: Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times
Encouraging news here...

Mark Howe's number to be retired by Flyers in March, report says - Broad Street Hockey
You had to know this was coming after the Hockey Hall of Fame induction, and it's well deserved.

Bryzgalov gives goalie stick to 8-year-old Jets fan booing him - Puck Daddy
Exhibit #5,260 on why hockey players are the best pro athletes around. 

Red Light District: Conversation with Ryan Johansen
Ryan caught up with the Columbus rookie, who made the leap from junior hockey to the NHL this season.

Schedule Summary - Nov 21 to Nov 27 - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
If you need to spend the afternoon setting your Fantasy Hockey rosters for the week, here's a handy scheduling guide to consider.

Exclusive Interview with TSN’s Scott Cullen - The Hockey Writers
Scott Cullen is one of the few mainstream media members to dig into hockey analytics.

New Stats Pages: Fenwick % by Game Score (Alpha version...) - Arctic Ice Hockey
A really nice addition at Behind The Net, as Fenwick numbers are a slightly better number to use than Corsi (man, we really need to come up with better terms to use). In a nutshell, Fenwick numbers are similar to Corsi, except Blocked Shots don't count. 

Edmonton - Chicago Post-Game: 9-2 Tears - The Copper & Blue
Hopefully the Oilers have gotten all that scoring out of their system before coming to Nashville for Tuesday's game.

Sharks fight their way to a 4-1 victory over the Stars - Fear The Fin
San Jose has really found its way, and boasts the top goal differential in the West right now.

Panthers win 3-2 nailbiter against Penguins - Litter Box Cats
How about them Panthers? For now, they're atop the Southeast Division.