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The questions are many, but answers are few - Wednesday's notes

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Anxiety is increasing within the Nashville Predators fan base, following a disappointing shootout loss to the worst team in the league, a team which had just dealt away their best player for a bunch of assets which won't help at the NHL level for years, if ever.

Where are the goals going to come from? How will they step up and beat the teams that they should, let alone compete with the playoff-caliber opponents? How long can Pekka Rinne single-handedly keep them in games?

Thanks to a pointer from members of Nashville's Twitterati @smashville and @jrlind, I think we've found the root of the problem.

Bud Adams.

In the 14 games prior to Jeff Fisher's firing as head coach of the Tennessee Titans (oh, excuse me, when they parted ways), the Preds went 10-4-0. Since then, they're 5-6-3.

That's good enough for me... Storm the gates of LP Field, folks!

Before gathering the torches and pitchforks, though, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news.

The Preds return home Thursday, March 10 vs. Minnesota, so take the OTF Discount and save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game!

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Predators Lose Ground In Spite of Getting a Point and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy shares some quotes from Alexander Radulov on Twitter yesterday.

Geoffrion Scores First NHL Goal In Predators 2-1 Shootout Loss To Edmonton - Predlines
This was just Edmonton's second shootout victory all season, in case you needed another reason to retch.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Nashville Squanders Chance at Two Points
Perhaps the Preds played down to their level of competition last night, and we can hope for better in Vancouver? I'll take a swig of that, Robby.

Geoffrion bags first career goal, Preds still lose… | Section 303
Um... maybe a Carrie Underwood fan club did the "3 Stars" voting last night? Jeremy points out an absurdity from last night's game.

Nashville Slips in Some Oil, Lose to Edmonton 2-1 | The Predatorial
I like how "Worst Play of the Game" is a pick'um from 34 different options.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh shares a little good, and a little bad...

Predators' Geoffrion excited by opportunity - Toronto Sun
Another feature on Boomer's rise to the NHL.

February Recap " CYCWORDS
Check out what's been happening with the Cincinnati Cyclones, who are the Preds' ECHL affiliate.

Around the NHL

Deadline restraint, plus 30 thoughts - Elliotte Friedman
Wow... read thought #9 for a great example of what makes hockey players so special.

Sharks sign Niemi to four-year $15.2MM contract extension - Fear The Fin
I file this one under "buying high".

NHL Team Records in B2B Games vs Tired Teams " Maple Leafs Hot Stove
When the Preds play a team which has played the night before, they're 7-0. They've only got two more such matchups remaining, though.

Lewd telestrator drawings for Sabres/Rangers? VERSUS, you scamp - Puck Daddy
Well, it's not exactly up to the standards of Nashville weather forecasts, but this is pretty funny.

My First British Hockey Experience - Puck Worlds
Crikey! Here's a league where losing a few teeth might actually be considered a cosmetic improvement.

Dreger: NHL, NHLPA continue debate on call-up rule
One factor in last Friday's callup of Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk was likely to get those guys in Nashville prior to the Trade Deadline, after which teams are only allowed 4 callups outside of an emergency situation.

Quebec City, Regina take different paths on funding sports facilities - The Globe and Mail
Quebec City is showing determination to build an arena with or without federal support. In my mind, any city hoping to land an NHL team has to have a state-of-the-art arena in place, first.

A Different Sort of Blueprint: Michigan Hockey Captures 11th CCHA Regular Season Title - Maize n Brew
Hail, To The Victors Valiant...

Fisher and Penner -
Tom Benjamin wonders whether the selling off of key players in Edmonton and Ottawa was motivated to move along a rebuild, or just save money.

Young players poorly protected, Marty McSorley says - The Globe and Mail
The retired defenseman adds to a growing chorus that blames puck carriers for turning to face the boards and protect the puck when a hit is coming, putting themselves at risk.

Our Favourite Fake Twitter Accounts - Houses of the Hockey
Fake Twitter accounts were part of the story on Trade Deadline Day, but there have been some good ones around for a while.