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Thursday's notes: Hockey weather hitting Nashville?

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Now this is hockey weather, right? Frost on the ground, a chill in the air... Now if only things could get cold enough, for long enough, to freeze some ponds around here, we'd be set.

But until that time comes, you'll have to read through your morning hockey notes to get into that wintry frame of mind...

Top-Selling NHL Player Jerseys: Leading stars this holiday season | Hockey Gear HQ
One gift that's sure to put a smile on any NHL fan's face is a new hockey jersey, especially one with their favorite player's name and number. But which 10 players are selling the most right now?

Nashville Predators News

Calling for Back-up: The Predators Unlikely Nemesis | The Predatorial
Is there something about backup goaltenders that confounds the Preds?

Shea Weber, cake and new Nashville Predators fans - Nashville Business Journal
Staff Reporter Annie Johnson took in a recent game from a suite, and comes away impressed with the continuous improvements being made at Bridgestone Arena.

Frustrated, but staying focused - Predators Insider
Jonathon Blum provides a little insight into the team's mindset right now. Oh, and he provides a home decorating update, too.

Nashville Predators' Jordin Tootoo defends goalie hit | The Tennessean
The interesting news here is that the Preds held a team meeting before yesterday's practice. Will it result in more solid team play tonight?

Jack Hillen goes from unknown to commodity for Nashville Predators | The Tennessean
Hillen's road to the NHL has been an unusual one, for sure.

Predators' struggles at home have come against worst possible opponents | Nashville City Paper
It's not just that they're losing at Bridgestone Arena, but they're giving up lots of points to Western Conference opponents.

Preds GM Poile speaks on realignment - FS Tennessee
David Poile is doing the happy dance over the way things turned out, and I am too.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Graham James and rethinking trust in sports - Buzzing The Net
"James got away with what he did and built the profile he had because he was successful in the Western Hockey League, even though his tactics were controversial even at the time. Jerry Sandusky could not have built his Second Mile Foundation if he had been a lowly, bounce-from-school-to-school assistant coach instead of being defensive coordinator to Joe Paterno at Penn State, which in Happy Valley, Pa., is like sitting at the right hand of God."

The Steigerwald Files - Springing Malik
This send-up of the Pittsburgh radio bozo who tussled with Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy earlier this week deserves a standing ovation.

Happy 20th anniversary, Sabres vs. Flames bench brawl - Puck Daddy
Wow... it's been a long time since we've seen this kind of nuttiness.

Islanders T-Shirt Gatling Gun Really Seems To Get Crowd Going -
The New York Islanders have significantly escalated the NHL's arms race here.

Video: Gerbe boarded, Read elbowed to head; suspensions coming? - Puck Daddy
Brendan Shanahan is a busy guy these days.

Video: Andy Sutton’s leaping headshot on Ponikarovsky - Puck Daddy
...and here's another shot which will draw Shanny's attention.

A Crawford Precedent? - Second City Hockey
Should Chicago Blackhawks fans start worrying about Corey Crawford, and whether he's really going to work as a #1 goalie?

Do The Canadiens Miss Their Most Useless Player? - Habs Eyes On The Prize

Is Scott Gomez the boat anchor that many fans think he is?

Reasons to be cheerful - Mile High Hockey
Even as they sink through the standings, one Colorado Avalanche fan finds reason for hope.

Uni Watch " And There Isn’t Even Any Blood on It
A unique bit of hockey jersey stuff right here - a junior hockey jersey from Derek Boogaard, which had to be altered to add extra material because the guy was so huge.

Brad Dalgarno, the Joey Kocur Fight, and Timeless Hockey Themes - Lighthouse Hockey
"On-ice justice" is a popular defense of the enforcer's role in the NHL, but who says such justice is applied sensibly? Is it justice, or anarchy?

Canes Get Offensive: Hurricanes 5, Oilers 3 - Canes Country
Carolina got Kirk Muller his first victory as an NHL head coach.

And lastly... the goal of the night goes to Ottawa's Nick Foligno: