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Tuesday's notes: One for the road

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The Nashville Predators wrap up their 5-game homestand tonight against Edmonton, before heading out on the road for a trip which will eventually take them through Western Canada for the second time already. While waiting for the game, check out your Predators-Oilers preview, gather together some used hockey equipment to donate at the arena tonight, and  read up on your morning hockey notes!

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Bouillon’s stability boosts defense’s consistency
Allowing a young guy like Jonathon Blum to step back onto the 3rd pairing is a significant benefit to the team.

Predators approach quarter point, not quarter pole, of 2011-12 season - Nashville Predators Examiner
Excellent use of the word "eschew" here. Bonus points for Jim.

Ryan Suter on pace for career year - The Hockey Writers
Just imagine if he puts up career-best numbers heading into unrestricted free agency.

Preds On The Glass: Predators to Hold Huge Sale on Tickets and Other Bridgestone Events on Black Friday
Buddy shares a team press release detailing their big post-Thanksgiving specials.

Five Reasons Why Sunday’s Win was Milwaukee’s Best Game of the Season to Date | Admirals Roundtable
Heady days in Milwaukee?

Nashville Predators took Jerred Smithson's chiding to heart - The Tennessean
Don't make Smitty wag that finger again!

Predators look to continue about-face on faceoff success | Nashville City Paper
Nashville's top 3 faceoff guys are all under 50% so far, including the usual ace, Jerred Smithson.

Preds Squeeze More Tax Dollars Than City Intended -
Phil Williams files his investigative report, which you can see below. While his job is obviously to generate TV ratings, I do find a couple of his points interesting, particularly the one by the team claiming that the Garth Brooks concerts led them to give up lucrative Saturday night home games. The timing between the creation of the NHL schedule and when those concerts came together wouldn't appear to support the Preds' position there. 

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Killing it on the powerplay, part two: look who’s leading the NHL | Edmonton Journal
The Oilers' dynamic trio of young forwards (Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins) may not play together at even strength, but they're clicking on the power play.

Down Goes Brown: Ways the Maple Leafs would be different if Wayne Gretzky owned them
The photo caption alone here is worth the click...

Morrow, other players glad they didn't disappoint the new Stars owner - The Dallas Morning News
In Dallas, they celebrated the beginning of the Tom Gagliardi era with a 4-1 win over Edmonton.

A Theory of Ice: Hurt
Another dynamite read here, which nicely sums up how I usually creak along the morning after a game!

Brian Campbell Making An Early Season Case For The Norris Trophy - The Hockey Writers
We'll check back on this in a few months.

Kessel is hockey's best story - Toronto Sun
Do the Maple Leafs have a star on their hands?

Alexander Semin to be healthy scratch against Phoenix - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Have things reached a boiling point with Semin in Washington?

Avalanche put through bag skate at practice Monday by coach | All Things Avalanche — Colorado Avalanche news — The Denver Post
Joe Sacco pushes the Big Red Button to get the Colorado Avalanche going.

Islanders' Response to Late-Night Meeting? Another Blowout Loss -
Yes, there was another team on the ice playing against Sidney Crosby's Penguins, and they gave a poor effort, even after being called out by their head coach.

Panthers down DeBoer's Devils in comeback victory - Litter Box Cats
At 5-2-0 in their last seven games, the Florida Panthers keep chugging along.

Recap: Capitals 4, Coyotes 3 - Japers' Rink
The Capitals put a stop to their recent slide with a home-ice win over Phoenix.

Zzzzzz: Flyers lose snoozer to Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2 - Broad Street Hockey
Maybe it was boring for Philadelphia Flyers fans, but the Canes were happy to string two wins together.