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Friday's notes: Nashville's injury ward needs a revolving door

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As the Preds prepare for a pre-season tilt at Carolina tonight (more on that later), it seems like injury status is the hot-button item of the day. We have some guys returning to action, other guys out for a few weeks, and others looking to step up and prove their worth while filling in.

That, and a whole lot more after the jump...

Forechecker's Fantasy Hockey System ebook now available! | Hockey Gear HQ
Just in time for all of you eager Fantasy Hockey managers, I’ve compiled a free ebook to share my experience from years of playing fantasy sports, and the system I’ve developed over time that helps me draft a competitive team that is specifically tailored to the scoring categories used in that particular league. Until Opening Night, it's also where you'll find my offensive projections for the Nashville Predators.

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: A great opportunity at hand for fringe players
As always in pro sports, an injury to one guy opens an opportunity for another.

Smashville 24/7: Spaling likely to play Saturday; Trotz assesses defense
After missing time with a pulled groin, Nick Spaling looks set to face the Jets tomorrow.

Preds On The Glass: Can Sergei Kostitsyn Improve on His Break Out Season?
My answer is "don't bet on it". It's very unusual for a guy to make a sudden increase in his shooting frequency.

Players Admit to Playing as Their Virtual Counterparts |
And no... we're not talking about Second Life here. It sounds like hockey players either go with NHL12 or Call of Duty.

Sky’s the limit for award-laden Nashville blue line prospect Ryan Ellis | Hockey Independent
Have you heard about this Ryan Ellis kid? It sounds like he's got quite a future.

The Invited | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan profiles a few of the guys being invited to next week's Milwaukee Admirals training camp (besides the ones here in Nashville right now).

O'Reilly looks to break from ranks of injured Predators centers | Nashville City Paper
Last season was a meat grinder at the center position, and Cal O`Reilly is ready for a full campaign.

Nashville Predators' Jordin Tootoo gets past substance abuse problems - The Tennessean
Is this the year that Toots delivers on his potential as a complete hockey player? The possibilities are tantalizing.

Trotz dances and other notes - Predators Insider
I'm guessing this is the first time the Tennessean has had an article tagged with both "Barry Trotz" and "50 Cent".

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Wayne Simmonds Taunted With Bananas During Philadelphia Flyers Game -

Bigotry as a Response to Racism: Yes, It's about Lambert - Winging It In Motown
Reason #2,914 that I don't bother linking to any of Ryan Lambert's work at Puck Daddy.

Pre-season game 2: Pens 4, Blackhawks 1...Jordan Staal powers a 20 minute effort - PensBurgh
Lots of big names were missing from this one, but Pens fans are keeping an eye on "Matt Cooke 2.0".

Stars' thoughts on 5-2 preseason win over Colorado - The Dallas Morning News
Good 'ole Vern Fiddler dominated the dot in this one, winning 11 of 14 faceoffs.

Canucks and Oilers Recap - Hard Work, Hard Game - Nucks Misconduct
It was Fossil Night for Vancouver, with Owen Nolan and Manny Legace suiting up for the Canucks.

Hockey wives coming to aid of Lokomotiv victims -
Several hockey wives (including Erica Lundmark, married to short-time former Predator Jamie Lundmark) are raising funds for the families of those lost in this month's plane crash.

Camp Tour: Realistic expectations for Souray - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
He isn't the big bomber of 5 or 10 years ago, but Dallas can certainly use Sheldon Souray on their blueline.

Spector on Canucks: Hordichuk's expertise -
Darcy Hordichuk sells himself as the missing piece that cost the Canucks their chance in the Finals.

P.J. Stock has second thoughts on Belak comments - The Globe and Mail
While P.J. Stock backtracked, Wade's mother said something very similar recently to the Toronto Star.

And once again, here's the budding video star of the NHL, Brendan Shanahan, dropping the hammer on Jody Shelley: