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Islanders go "Slap Shot" on Penguins - Saturday's notes

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This morning we have a sampling of buzz from around Nashville in anticipation of Mike Fisher's debut in a Predators uniform this evening against Colorado. There's also a reminder that some areas of the team (like the power play) remain very much a work in progress, and video of the Slap Shot -like atmosphere in Long Island last night, as the New York Islanders gooned it up against the Pittsburgh Penguins...

There's a busy week in Smashville coming up with San Jose coming in Tuesday, Vancouver on Thursday, and Phoenix next Saturday, so save yourself some cash and take the OTF Discount on Nashville Predators tickets for any home game!

Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: Fisher: Price is Right; Predators Deal for Rugged Forward
Mark likes what he sees from Mike Fisher, and what he should add to a number of aspects of the team.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Pick Up Quality Individual in Mike Fisher Trade
I think Mike Fisher's going to fit right in here in Middle Tennessee.

The 303:30 – USA Today’s Kevin Allen and the Mike Fisher presser | Section 303
Jeremy's got your pre-game listening all lined up, with oodles of Mike Fisher trade talk (Jeremy still pines for that "go-to goal scorer", as if they're available or even helpful), and has reaction to the last week of Preds action.

Friday Face-Offs, 2/11/2011 | Hockey Independent
David walks through his initial reaction to the Mike Fisher trade and gets more comfortable with the idea.

The Woes of the Powerplay – Who Is To Blame and How Is It Fixed? | The Predatorial
Touching base on one of the great unresolved issues from last season. Barry Trotz took ownership of the power play this year, but let's face it, there's been no improvement.

Preview #56: Peter Forsberg Returns To Bridgestone Arena - Predlines
Who'da thunk that "Fisher vs. Forsberg" would be the focus of this matchup a few weeks ago?

Geoffrion starting to get a good read on AHL -
Everything's coming along well for Blake Geoffrion these days.

Dex Benched, Ads Throttled | Admirals Roundtable
Well, everyone's going to have a stinker or two over the course of a season. Last night it was Mark Dekanich's turn.

Preds eager to see Fisher in action - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen gets reaction from a few of the Predators to their new teammate.

Around the NHL

Islanders 9, Penguins 3: Brent Johnson isn't Smiling Anymore - Lighthouse Hockey
Well, I guess in a season like this you have to have something to enjoy. Last night's Islanders-Penguins game (video down below) was an absolute zoo, featuring some really nasty "payback" for the recent goalie fight in which Brent Johnson broke Rick DiPietro's face. I wonder what the total number of game suspensions will be from this one - 20? 30?

Red Light District: How will rest of West respond to trade action?
Ryan takes a look at how the other teams might reaction to the shifting competitive landscape in the wild, wild, West.

Bowman: Blackhawks "aggressively trying" to sign Seabrook - Houses of the Hockey
You don't often hear much about teams negotiating with their players on contract extensions, and it sounds like things are going slowly in Chicago with one of their top D-men.

Jonas Gustavsson Update - Toronto Maple Leafs
"The Monster" had another heart ablation procedure, and will be out of action for a week.

Lastly, just take in the nuttiness from Long Island last night. Trevor Gillies, among others just gets completely out of control. What an embarrassment to the NHL the New York Islanders have become: