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Thursday's News: The Return of Dan Ellis

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09:  Marcel Goc #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a goal against Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09: Marcel Goc #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a goal against Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Today's Nashville Predators news and open discussion thread: 

  • Previews of tonight's date with the Ducks from Preds on the GlassPredlinesHockey Night in NashvillePro Hockey Talk, and the Tennessean. For an SB Nation perspective on Anaheim, check out Anaheim Calling.
  • An articulate manifesto entitled "Why the Ducks Suck", as if we needed to be convinced. [Section 303]
  • On the return to Music City of one Dan Ellis. [Examiner]
  • The Preds are benefiting from some home cooking late in the season. [City Paper]
  • Slow news day yesterday, but it was highlighted by the news that Cal O`Reilly skated for the first time since his injury and that Steve Sullivan could return to the ice soon. [Preds Insider]
  • Speaking of O'Reilly, Robby asks the question of what should be done when he returns to the lineup. [HNiN]
  • Pekka Rinne's teammates are on board with his Hart Trophy candidacy. [Predlines]
  • Rinne and Ryan Suter earn some "players of the week" honors. [Versus]
  • From the Captain Obvious file: it's playoffs or bust for Nashville. [Tennessean (Cooper)]
  • Jonas Hiller, one of the NHL's best goalies, is set to be activated from injured reserve. We've have no word on whether or not he'll play tonight, though. [@icemancometh]
  • Recapping last night's relevant action, including an OT win by the Ducks over the Stars. [Preds Insider]
  • Great interview with Blake Geoffrion after he received his three pucks and a trash can full of hats at yesterday's practice. [Section 303]
  • Boomer doesn't have his family's scoring touch, but he's fitting in alright... [USA Today]
  • ...heck, he might even be the Predators' first homegrown superstar. [Nashville Scene]
  • The penalty kill has become a bit of a problem for the Preds, despite the winning streak. [Tennessean (Cooper)]
  • An outsider's look at the Nashville hockey experience. [Hockey on the Fly]