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After a flurry of preseason competition, the Nashville Predators return to practice this morning at Centennial Sportsplex (check here for the complete schedule). Their next game is at Carolina on Friday, followed by the preseason home opener against Winnipeg on Saturday.

For now, however, read on for your morning hockey news, which kicks off with Preds defenseman (and former Capital) Tyler Sloan sounding off on the ice conditions last night in Baltimore...

Nashville Predators News

Tyler Sloan: Ice in Baltimore ‘was dangerous’ - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Former Capital Tyler Sloan spoke to a Caps beat writer after the game about how soupy the ice was last night.

Pre-Season Predictions: Colin Wilson | The Predatorial
False advertising! Where's the prediction?

Smashville 24/7: A look at Chet Pickard’s masks
It all goes better with Chetter.

Players React to Social Media Policy |
Dare I say they're all a-twitter? I dare not.

Preds On The Glass: Tyler Sloan: Looking for a Fresh Start in Smashville
Buddy interviews the depth defenseman signed by the Preds this summer.

This Just In - Milwaukee Admirals
Aaron Sims provides a take on which defensemen he sees sticking with the Preds right now.

Young forward scores again for Preds - The Tennessean
Included here are updates on Francis Bouillon and Roman Josi...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dustin Byfuglien drunk boating arrest linked to trading card - Hockey Gear HQ
As if Dustin Byfuglien's boating-while-intoxicated charges weren't embarrassing enough, we now have a trading card with which to recall this bit of hockey history.

Exhibition Game 1: Goals, Goals, Goals - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets welcomed the Jets back into their house with a 5-1 thumping.

Game 1 (X-SS) Recap: Not as Much Fun in Winnipeg - The Cannon
Meanwhile in the opposite end of this split-squad matchup, the Jets took their preseason home opener 6-1 over Columbus.

Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks - Oilers 4, Hawks 2 - Second City Hockey
Scattered thoughts from the Edmonton-Chicago tilt.

Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Oilers almost pulled off a split-squad sweep, but fell to the Wild 4-3.

Preseason Game 1: Stars @ Canadiens 6-3 L - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Dallas came into Montreal and put up a six-pack on Les Canadiens.

Already A Lightning Rod - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Montreal fans are already set to run Chris Gomez out of town.

Shutout! Sergei Bobrovsky, Flyers blank Leafs in preseason opener, 4-0 - Broad Street Hockey
I watched some of this game, and think Toronto fans are going to dig Cody Franson.

FTF Interviews Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson: Part Three - Fear The Fin
In the conclusion of this epic-scale interview, the San Jose GM touches on how an organization deals with contract situations, and some of the trends in their amateur scouting, such as a trend towards college free agents.

The Best Blue Line In Hockey? - Houses of the Hockey
I don't know if I'd go quite that far with San Jose, but picking up Brent Burns should be huge.

Realignment discussion headlines BOG meeting -
Get ready for a zillion "how I'd re-align the NHL" articles once again...

Should the NHL blow up its conference format for realignment? - Puck Daddy
Keeping at least the first round of the playoffs within the divisions? Heck yeah! That's what makes a real rivalry.

Cuban out, Miller still in on pursuit of Stars - The Dallas Morning News

The road to new ownership for the Dallas Stars still has a few weeks to go, at least. 

Alex Ovechkin talks about changes to Capitals’ power play - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Fascinating... a team that has a disappointing power play (16th last season for Washington) looks to change things up rather than keep doing the same thing and hoping for the best.

Five sets of brothers playing in same games Tuesday -
Yesterday the NHL came close to setting a record for fraternal conflict, exceeded only by a Saturday night in 1987 when all 14 of the Sutter brothers faced each other in various games.

Puck Daddy chats with Buffalo’s Robyn Regehr about Terry Pegula, Tyler Myers, leaving Calgary and long-term contracts - Puck Daddy
I tell ya, this could be one of the most underrated moves of the summer.