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The Nashville Predators prospects hit the ice tonight in Florida to take on Tampa Bay's kids, at 5:00 p.m. Central. There is no live coverage planned that I'm aware of, but I'll gather whatever info I can and pass it along.

For now, follow after the jump for an in-depth interview conducted with Wade Belak just a few weeks ago, previews of tonight's game, and breaking news that an Eastern Conference NHL team may be teetering on the brink of bankruptcy...

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Nashville Predators News

Former Predator Wade Belak: Fighting is part of the job - The Tennessean
Wow... earlier in August, Josh Cooper sat down for an interview with Wade Belak about his work as an NHL enforcer. This is your must-read of the morning.

Smashville 24/7: Rookies set to take on other competition
Now we'll finally get a chance to see how these kids fare when pucks are fired in anger.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Monday Headlines, News, and Links: Preds Rookies Play Tampa Tonight
Buddy's got all your Predators prospect stalking advice ready to go this morning.

Chet Pickard’s Fresh Start | PuckScene.com
Lousy 2010-2011 season? What 2010-2011 season? I like Chet's fresh approach here, including training twice a week with his mom during the summer. 

Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds Rookie Camp day 2
Robby talks with two of the rookies about what it's like to practice as a team, but compete against the other guys for roster spots.

Inside Smashville " Decorated defensive prospects, Ellis and Ekholm, ready to compete for roster spots
The sky is the limit for these two - the only question is when, not if, we'll see them play for Nashville.

The View from 111: Petey's Party 2011
Mark shares his experience of last Thursday's benefit dinner.

Nashville Predators hand rookies early test - The Tennessean
Josh previews the rookie games coming up tomorrow and Tuesday in Florida.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

New Jersey Devils hockey team skates to verge of bankruptcy - NYPOST.com
Whoa... "The attendance-challenged, heavily indebted team missed its Sept. 1 loan payment, giving its lenders a breakaway chance to push the team into bankruptcy, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said. "The Devils are blowing up," the source said."

Only player to survive Russian plane crash dies - The Tennessean
Alexander Galimov didn't just play for Jaroslavl Lokomotiv, he was from the area, a local product made good. Burns over 90 percent of his body proved too much, though.

Jonathan Huberdeau's Bright Future with Florida Panthers ... Huberdeau Scores in Panthers 4-2 Rookie Win over Lightning - On Frozen Pond
Before the Preds arrived for this rookie tournament, the Lightning and Panthers tussled, and Huberdeau (the 3rd overall pick this summer) is in the spotlight.

Girl wins bid to play virtual self in EA Sports NHL 12 video game - The Globe and Mail
OK, this is pretty cool.

Charting Optimism: How Phil Can Hit 50 - Pension Plan Puppets
If the stars align, Phil Kessel could hit some big numbers. The same logic could be applied to Patric Hornqvist, too.

Fight Videos: Erik Gudbranson, Dylan McIlrath in rookie battles - Puck Daddy
The young guys are always looking to make an impression in these rookie games; let's just hope we don't have another knuckle-dragger dishing out head shots, like last year when Linus Klasen got hurt against Florida. 

Can Nikita Filatov become the next low-risk, high-reward success story? - Silver Seven
What do they think he is, Niclas Bergfors?

PTM Interview: Mike "Doc" Emrick, Part 1 " Puck The Media
Steve lands a long, insightful interview with the leading voice of hockey on US television.

Young Leaf forward’s best career move? Backward - The Globe and Mail
Sometimes you have to significantly change your focus in order to make the pros, and in this case, a Toronto prospect is moving from forward to defense.