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Who says it's hard to get up for a regular season game in November? Tonight's tilt in Anaheim sports a war of words that would rival the postseason, with parties on both sides chirping away.

Before we get to this afternoon's hockey notes, prepare ahead of time for your lunch plans tomorrow:

A Smokin’ Food Truck in Nashville, TN!
A Nashville food truck is participating in a taping for the TV show Eat Street in front of Yazoo Brewery tomorrow at lunch time. Sounds like a great opportunity to sport your Preds gear and get your grub on, doesn't it?

And now, the news...

Be there for the Preds' 1000th regular season game on Saturday vs. Montreal - take the OTF Discount!

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Game 1,000: Top 10 moments in franchise history
A pet peeve of mine is when a "moment" isn't really a moment, but this is an entertaining walk through history as we get ready for Regular Season Game #1000 on Saturday.

Legwand out, Kostitsyn in… - Predators Insider
Getting Sergei Kostitsyn back in the lineup is hugely important, especially with David Legwand out.

Tootoo and Trotz respond to Ducks - Predators Insider
Toots knows that he's gotten inside Ryan Getzlaf's head.

Getzlaf disses Tootoo, Trotz trolls Ducks, this rivalry is awesome - Puck Daddy
All the jabbering is starting to catch attention around the league...

So. Californian Blum developing on Preds' blueline - Fox Sports West
For Southern California kids, Jonathon Blum is a hockey pioneer.

No hard feelings with Fisher - Predators Insider
Forget about any thoughts of payback on Francois Beauchemin...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ducks Gameday -- Did somebody order a lucky green shirt appearance? - Battle of California
Keep an eye out for the guy in the green shirt rinkside tonight. He's the one who crafted the "alternative" SB Nation logos I've used in game previews recently.

Waiting for Shea | CanucksArmy
Jeff Angus delves into the question of whether Vancouver has a legitimate shot at landing Shea Weber, and gets input from myself, Ryan from RLD Hockey, and Buddy from Preds On The Glass.

Braydon Coburn signs four-year, $18 million contract extension - Broad Street Hockey

What Does the Mark Letestu Trade Mean for Sidney Crosby's Return? - PensBurgh
Does Pittsburgh's trade of a depth center mean that their captain is coming back?

Darryl Reaugh is sold on the Stars and their hot start.

Ron Wilson Sent a Message To His Goalies in His Press Conference - Backhand Shelf
Is the goaltending carousel in Toronto about to take another turn?

Habs Special Teams Are Nothing Special | All Habs
Could it be in part because the Preds hired Kirk Muller away to head up the Admirals?

Video: Artie Lange’s surprisingly accurate Don Cherry impression - Puck Daddy
This should help tide you over until game time...

Who’s Got the Worst Shot in the NHL? - Backhand Shelf
I've heard more than one person close to the Preds indicate that Ryan Suter could be on this kind of list...

Is Avalanche coach Joe Sacco in trouble? | All Things Avalanche — Colorado Avalanche news — The Denver Post
Pressure on the coach & GM in Colorado? It seems a bit early for that, this is still a young team.

Blackhawks have worst power play in NHL? Hey, wha’ happened? - Puck Daddy
Don't bet on this lasting. 

League's six new coaches seeing positive results -
Most, but not all the new guys are doing better than expected.

Roster Moves: Dekanich Starts Conditioning Stint, Atkinson Sent Down - The Cannon
The Dex Show moves to Springfield while he gets back in shape.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Are the Blue Jackets "on the brink of collapse"?
You know, as much as we poke fun at Columbus and their continuing failures, they don't need this kind of stuff.

Bursting the Dam? The Slow Erosion of Hockey Homophobia " Hockey in Society
Mark looks at the slow progress towards the acceptance of homosexuality in the hockey world.