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Tuesday afternoon notes: Should the Predators pound the Oilers?

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As you get ready for tonight's Nashville Predators/Edmonton Oilers tilt at Bridgestone Arena (no local TV tonight, so take the OTF Discount to get some tickets), one notion to consider is whether or not the Preds should try to rough up their opponents, given a perceived lack of toughness on the Oilers, and the fact that they're coming in after having played the night before in Dallas, a game in which the Stars out-hit Edmonton 47-33.

Two posts which touch on that topic lead off our notes from around the world of hockey...

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Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - A Brief Comment on a Non-Story and Game Night!
Paul's not a fan of Phil Williams' latest work.

Nashville Predators Face Daunting Eight Day Stretch - The Hockey Writers
Coming up, 5 games in 8 days. I'll be very interested to see in particular how Craig Smith performs at the tail end of it, as a rookie coming out of college hockey.

Smashville 24/7: Know the Enemy: Blum previews Edmonton
Listen to the Blummer talk about tonight's game. Does his voice sound kinda like Bert from Sesame Street to anyone else? No, just me?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The best way to beat the Oilers? Beat up the Oilers | ProHockeyTalk
Danger lies here, however, as Edmonton has enjoyed an explosive power play so far.

Besides the game preview, the important bit here is that you really shouldn't pay any attention to the "Hits" stat as recorded by the NHL. It's completely meaningless garbage.

Kyle Turris Ends Holdout, Signs 2 Year Deal With Phoenix Coyotes - Five For Howling
So what do you think, they showcase him for a week or two then trade him?

2012 All-Star Fan Balloting Week 1 leaders -
Come on, people! Shea Weber ranks 9th among defensemen currently.

Red Light District: First quarter all-underachieving team
Are they feeling Buyer's Remorse up in Buffalo over Ville Leino?

Alexander Semin's Penalties: Legitimate and Otherwise - Japers' Rink
Is the Washington winger a dirty rotten cheater, or a victim of circumstance?

Demoting Oskars Bartulis and the domino effect: How one decision crushed the Flyers' defensive depth - Broad Street Hockey
Untangling the mess that has become the Philadelphia Flyers' defense.

Now the Work Begins for the Pens - PensBurgh
With Sidney Crosby back, the Penguins are strong Stanley Cup favorites.

Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh Penguins will continue to win games, but now is time to see what you can get in trade - ESPN
Lots of goalie-related fantasy hockey talk to fill your afternoon.

Time Running Out For Brent Sutter? - The Hockey Writers
Will the Flames turn up the heat (har har) on their head coach? It seems like this team has been spinning its wheels for a few years now, unsure of whether to undertake a total rebuild.

Systems Analyst: Identifying Your Guy On the Backcheck - Backhand Shelf
Good stuff here, demonstrating how a hard hustle on the back check can still screw things up royally.

Report: No Wayne Gretzky for Rangers at Winter Classic after all - Puck Daddy
Well, there go the plans for my Winter Classic Alumni Game party...

Martin St. Louis has the worst moustache in the NHL - Backhand Shelf
Yikes, definitely a strong contender here.

Does Free Agent Spending Work? - Mile High Hockey
Here's an interesting approach that needs to be fleshed out a bit, on the question of whether spending big over the summer pays off during hockey season.