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Saturday's notes: A Cup O' Puck To Start Your Saturday

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Start off your weekend the right way, by reading up on your morning hockey news. We have analysis on two recent assignments to Milwaukee by the Predators, a comedic preview of tonight's most-anticipated game on the NHL schedule, and of course, the launch of "Philadelphia should trade for one of Nashville's premier defensemen" speculation in light of Chris Pronger being shut down for the rest of the season.

So fill up that cup of coffee and get reading!

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While reading this morning, I have two radio segments for you:

First, Pete Weber joined Hockey This Morning a couple days ago (my apologies for not posting this earlier)

Pete Weber on HTM 2011-12-14 (mp3)

Second, Preds forward Craig Smith was on The Sports Revolution with Willy Daunic & Joe Dubin yesterday:

Craig Smith on The Sports Revolution 2011-12-16 (mp3)

Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: Guest blog: Reaction to Blum, Geoffrion AHL demotion
Seth provides insight on what Jonathon Blum & Blake Geoffrion will need to do to work their back to Nashville.

The Hippodrome: 16 December 2011 | Pith in the Wind
JR takes us on a trip through the week that was, and the week that will be.

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Weekend preview
Buddy & Ryan look ahead to tonight's game.

Smith & Van Guilder Shine In Ads 2-0 Win | Admirals Roundtable
The Ads started off the weekend on a good note - make sure to read Ryan's profile of red-hot Milwaukee forward Mark Van Guilder this morning, too!

Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues coaches renew friendly rivalry - The Tennessean
An old foe returns to Bridgestone Arena tonight in Ken Hitchcock.

Preds' Weber among NHL's best blueliners - FS Tennessee
News flash.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: A brief history of Teemu Selanne
Who better to celebrate Teemu Selanne's much-anticipated return to Winnipeg tonight than the mighty DGB.

Mike Milbury off HNIC after child assault allegations - The Globe and Mail
The former coach & GM denies the allegations made against him, but will take a break from his on-air duties for now.

Senators castaway could return to Ottawa as NHL All-Star - The Globe and Mail
St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott was cut loose by the Senators, but now leads the NHL in save percentage, GAA, and shutouts so far this season.

Flyers Will Have To Proceed As If Pronger Is Never Returning - NHL Hot Stove
Expect a tidal wave of "the Flyers should trade for Shea Weber/Ryan Suter" articles over the coming days & weeks.

Jersey Fouls: Fouls gone Wild and the Teemu Selanne fail - Puck Daddy
A #99 Gretzky Predators gold jersey? Um...

Coming Down the Pipe!: USHL Goal You Have to See
This is pretty sweet...

How Do You Fix The Oilers Defense? - The Copper & Blue
Paging David Poile... we have a call from Kevin Lowe.

Brophy on Leafs: Thrilling play, maddening PK -
How can a team be that bad at killing penalties, for so long?

OHL: Repeat offender Stokes ejected for headshot (video) - Buzzing The Net
This is one nasty hit.

New scoreboard for Scotiabank Place - Silver Seven
It looks like they'll get something in Ottawa that's similar to our beloved Megatron.

Florida Panthers Game on Sunday Alcohol Free -- Sort Of | On Frozen Pond
Well, this is different...

A Theory of Ice: Shang Zhou Shoulda Dropped the Gloves
Dissecting one of the most ill-fitting cliches in the hockey world.

Panthers overcome shootout demons, top Flames 3-2 - Litter Box Cats
Sean Bergenheim scored twice in regulation, while Stephen Weiss scored the game winner for Florida.

Senators beat Penguins 6-4 thanks to wild second period - Silver Seven
Ottawa fans are getting pumped about the development of young defenseman Jared Cowen.