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The Nashville Predators hit the ice tonight in Phoenix (9:00 p.m. Central), and I'm joining Willy Daunic for the pre- and post-game radio shows on 102.5 The Game, so be sure to give us a listen! Until then, peruse your morning hockey notes, which include encouraging news on the topic of player safety...

While reading your links, give a listen to Pete Weber's segment on Hockey This Morning from yesterday:

Pete Weber on HTM 2011-11-02 (mp3)

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Predators Hope to Rebound in Phoenix Tonight
Buddy's looking to Patric Hornqvist to maintain his recent production.

Paul McCann - Game Night in the Desert
Paul sets up tonight's game and has the podcast link for last night's SlapShot Radio.

Inside Smashville " Preview 12: Predators seek retribution in Phoenix
Can the Preds make up for that stinker of a home opener?

What the heck happened to Cody Franson? - Predlines
The curse of height - people expect tall guys to just crush opponents.

Fifth Third Bank Fan and Family Festival | Section 303
Mmm.... grilled cheese, and banking. Sounds like a good fit to me (well, grilled cheese and just about anything works, really). Seriously, Fifth Third is making a major push to reach out to Preds fans, so consider stopping by this event.

Trotz's trust turns troublesome for Halischuk's production | Nashville City Paper
If Matt Halischuk has played poorly lately, Barry Trotz takes the blame for it.

Predators' Mike Fisher expected NHL to penalize Ducks' Francois Beauchemin | The Tennessean
There are always questions when some big hits lead to suspensions, and others don't.

Nashville Predators get help for skills efficiency - The Tennessean
Especially with the Preds being such a young team, I'm glad to see them devote some resources to individual player development.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Hockey News: THN Poll: NHL visor usage rises 10 percent from 2010-11
This is a pretty huge jump from one year to the next. Hopefully the players are realizing that safety is actually worth it. An age ago I interviewed Brendan Morrison while he was still in college, and he declared that as soon as he turned pro he'd play without a visor or cage, but it wasn't too long before he suffered an injury and he's worn a visor ever since. Hopefully more players can learn from other guys' experiences here.

Power Outage - Anaheim Calling
Who'da thunk the Ducks would be looking at the power play as a source of their troubles?

Driving Play: Splitting Up Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook
They're wrestling with a question in Chicago which many wonder about with Shea Weber & Ryan Suter.

Standings Watch: Is the Panthers' start hot enough? - Litter Box Cats
Florida fans wonder how long the magic can last.

Is it time to shake things up? - Winging It In Motown
The natives are getting restless in Detroit...

The Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Penner problem - Puck Daddy
When the Kings brought Penner over from Edmonton at the Trade Deadline, he was seen as a major addition to their lineup, but he just hasn't clicked with them yet.

What’s Wrong with Toronto Hockey Fans? - The Hockey Writers
OK, the Leafs are huge, but outside of that, how well does hockey do in Canada's largest city?

The Aussies & The Hungarians, Racing To The NHL? - The Copper & Blue
Crikey! An Australian pro hockey player?

Snowed In - Coyotes Ride Huge Game By Smith to 4-1 Victory in Colorado - Five For Howling
The Coyotes tuned up for tonight's game against the Preds with a road win in Denver.

Lupul Hat Trick Leads Leafs Over Devils 5-3 - Pension Plan Puppets
Hat trick? What's that?

MASS MURDERED: Flyers Dump Three on Silver, Win Hours Later - Broad Street Hockey
Philadelphia kept on rolling with a 3-2 win over Buffalo.

Free Shipping available at during early November | Hockey Gear HQ
A rare offer at the NHL's official online retail outlet helps you save with free shipping, but only for a limited time.