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Tuesday's notes: Preds & Dads enjoy the day in Washington

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The Nashville Predators are enjoying their annual Fathers Trip today prior to tonight's game against the Capitals(preview here), so our morning hockey notes kick off with insight from two player-father pairs, before moving on to broader issues around the hockey world...

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Nashville Predators News

Dad’s trip allows Craig Smith to take his father to work - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond provides the Honey Badger's perspective on this year's Fathers Trip.

Smashville 24/7: McGrattans excited for first Father’s Trip
If Bryan McGrattan said "my dad can beat up your dad", I'd probably believe it.

The ‘Belief’ is Back | Predators AJenda | An NHL Blog by AJ in Nashville
Have the Predators found their home ice mojo once again?

Hockey Night in Nashville: Resiliency has been a key theme in Nashville's winning streak
Even when they lose, I don't think too many people fault the Preds for their effort level.

All the Admirals Want for Christmas: More Games Against Peoria | Admirals Roundtable
A date with the Rivermen seems to be the cure for all ills in Milwaukee.

Admirals Present Weddings on Ice! - Milwaukee Admirals
Getting married soon? Why not do it on Valentine's Day at an Admirals game? I wonder if they'll have Scott Valentine as part of the festivities.

Nashville Predators GM knows all about Capitals Coach Dale Hunter | The Tennessean
Dale Hunter & David Poile were fixtures in Washington throughout the 80's and 90's.

Tough stretch starts with dads trip - Predators Insider
Sure, the NHL trade embargo is in effect until after Christmas, but the schedule will be busy before then, with 3 games in 4 nights.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Why Colby Armstrong hid his concussion, and why he can’t - Puck Daddy
No matter what protocols are put in place, players still have the incentive to fake their way through injury and try to stay in the lineup.

Down Goes Brown: Let's make a deal: A look back at this season's biggest trades
Hard-hitting analysis as always from DGB.

PDO Regression to the Mean, or why you should ignore Shooting Percentage - Arctic Ice Hockey
A hard truth for many people to accept here.

Driving Play: Corsi and Fenwick Power Rankings through Dec. 18
The Preds still don't look so hot here, in this measure of the skaters' performance.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Phil Esposito's Team
Is Rick Nash the kind of leader who can get Columbus headed in the right direction?

Habs owner stickhandles through language debate - The Globe and Mail
Geoff Molson spoke to the press about the growing controversy in Montreal.

Week 11 - Free Agents and Trade Targets: Ennis, Henrique, Wheeler, Foster... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
If you're looking for some help on your fantasy hockey team, Jay has a few options for you to consider.

Bourque gets two games for check from behind on Seabrook - Puck Daddy
Calgary's Rene Bourque got the call from Brendan Shanahan for a hit on Chicago's Brent Seabrook.

Coming Down the Pipe!: USA Camp News & Notes
Get the scoop on Team USA as the World Juniors approach.

Ed Jovanovski Sees Similar Story in Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers ... Greg Rallo Returned, Tim Kennedy Recalled ... Desert Dogs in Town Tuesday | On Frozen Pond
JovoCop has been around the block when it comes to non-traditional markets.

Puck Daddy’s 10 worst hockey decisions of 2011 - Puck Daddy
One of what will be a multitude of "10 [blank] of 2011" posts.

Red Wings Beat Oilers 3-2, Move Back Ahead of Blues in Standings, World Returns to Normal - Winging It In Motown
What's the old saying about old age & treachery winning out over youth & exuberance?

Wild At Canucks Recap ; Welcome Back (4-0W) - Nucks Misconduct
With 5 wins in a row, the Canucks are catching up with Minnesota in the Northwest Division.

Flyers at Avalanche recap, Avs win 3-2 in SO - Mile High Hockey
Once doormats at home like the Predators, the Avalanche have now won 6 straight games in Denver.

Bruins even the series Canadiens with a 3-2 victory - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins are always happy to beat their ancient rival.

4 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Hockey Moms | Hockey Gear HQ
Yes, the Preds are celebrating hockey dads today, but if you haven't gotten anything for the Hockey Mom on your Christmas list, you need to act quickly and come through with something special; that's where we can help.