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Remember the last time the Chicago Blackhawks were in town? Fans in red jerseys all over the place, singing "Chelsea Dagger" every time the Hawks scored? Tonight, the theme is to "Get rid of the Red", so make sure to sport your blue & gold gear at Bridgestone Arena as the Preds gear up for a critical battle.

Follow after the jump for your morning hockey news, which includes the Captain on a can, Sully in a cage, and 8 teams in a logjam...

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Nashville Predators News

Captain Shea Weber To Be Featured On Local Mountain Dew & Orange Crush Beverage Cans - Nashville Predators
OK, this is cool - find the lucky can, and you could win a trip with the Predators as they take on the Avalanche in Denver on March 31.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Sense of Urgency
Man, I'm pumped to attack the day after reading Robby's "go get 'em" speech.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Hope to Rebound Against Blackhawks and Thursday Thoughts
Have you been wondering how best to use QR codes? Buddy's got you covered.

Sullivan seeks comfort level with face protected by shield | Nashville City Paper
I can only imagine how frustrating it's got to be for Steve Sullivan to wear a full face cage after years of playing without one. It helps explain his lack of production lately.

Jonathon Blum hopes to stick with Nashville Predators soon - The Tennessean
While he was called up to alleviate an injury situation, Jon Blum wants to stay right here.

Around the NHL

Who will break the Western Conference Logjam? - Behind The Net
A good look at who's legit and who's not in the West.

The Rorschach: Alchemy and Chemistry - Houses of the Hockey
An insightful meditation on one of the most overused expressions in hockey.

Ranking the top 20 most significant NHL trade deadline day deals - Puck Daddy
Look back at these deadline deals of yesteryear, and no, the Brendan Witt deal didn't make the cut. 

Coming Down the Pipe!: The Value Of Hemsky and Smid
When considering the goods for sale in Edmonton, this observer says that if indeed there's an offer for a Jonathon Blum/Ladislav Smid deal, the Oilers should jump all over it.

Paul Stastny disagrees with father's comments -
The Colorado center enters a distinguished club, if NHL players who've had to defuse a situation started by a father speaking out to the media (Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Kaberle come to mind).

Missing Alex Edler | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
Vancouver has gotten Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard back in the lineup, but Richard Loat writes that they really miss Alex Edler on the blueline.

Researcher wants to build a better hockey helmet - The Globe and Mail
Current hockey helmets do a fine job preventing skull fractures, but are quite limited when it comes to concussion prevention. Can that change?

Concussion specialist calls for dramatic change in ‘the culture of the game’ - The Globe and Mail
Here, however, are some more practical suggestions for dealing better with concussions, such as having a player evaluated in the dressing room rather than on the bench.

NHL Denies Talks To Stream Games Live On YouTube; NBA Looking At Asia | paidContent
Whoops, so much for that talk from yesterday about live NHL games coming to YouTube.

No IIHF Champions Hockey League for 2011-12 - Puck Worlds
Too bad, really, as the IIHF fails to assemble a mega-league matching up the best teams from the various European circuits.