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Saturday's notes: Moneyball debut kicks off hockey stats talk

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The release of Moneyball in theaters this week has the sports-geek world buzzing, and in today's hockey notes, our look around the league features two articles on that front (my look at how the Preds relate to Moneyball ran on Thursday). While a few teams are dipping their toes into the hockey analytics waters, many more sit out and rely on conventional measures of player and team performance.

But there's a whole lot more after the jump...

Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Training camp storylines: Laakso hoping Milwaukee experience key to making opening night roster
Teemu's in an interesting spot; he's really not competing against the young hotshots like Ellis, Josi, or Ekholm, because he can bring a more steady, stay-at-home style of play, and that may be the key to earning steady NHL work.

The 303:30 – Preds radio voice Tom Callahan and Pekka Rinne scores? | Section 303
For your pre-game listening...

Smashville 24/7: A look at Jeremy Smith’s mask
Catch a sneak peak at Smith's artwork, which features the new Preds logo along with the Admirals' one.

Paul McCann - Game Night in Smashville!
Paul looks forward to getting back to work tonight, and seeing former Pred Chris Mason.

Bi-Weekly Question: Offensive Lines? - Predlines
Cam takes a stab at assembling some forward lines.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL 12 Sets Sales Record -
It looks like NHL 12 is the best-selling edition of the franchise to date.

The Moneypuck revolution - The Globe and Mail
Geeks are starting to get a foot in the door around the NHL, with BehindTheNet's Gabriel Desjardins doing part-time analysis for some teams.

Why haven’t advanced stats caught on in the NHL? - The Globe and Mail

There are certainly a host of reasons, and I'd guess a part of it is that individual teams keep so much information to themselves that there's little collective acceptance of various principles. In other words, each team moves along at their own pace, limiting the opportunity to learn from each other and grow the knowledge base & talent pool. 

Preseason Game 3: Canadiens @ Senators 4-3 SOW - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Scott Gomez, who catches so much grief from Habs fans, tied this one late to send it to OT.

Preseason Game 2: Blues top the Avalanche 3-2 - Mile High Hockey
An unpleasant view of things from the Colorado perspective.

Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
It looks like the two ex-Sharks, Dany Heatley & Devin Setoguchi, made a good impression on Minnesota fans.

New Jersey Devils Sloppy to Start, Unable to Complete Comeback in 4-3 Loss to New York Rangers - In Lou We Trust
The Devils are an intriguing team - they got off to such an awful start last season, then tore it up in the second half. Which squad will we see this fall?

Preseason Notes: Bruins 6, Islanders 3 - Lighthouse Hockey
Boston doubled up the Islanders in their home preseason debut.

Player Agent Norton Offers Reward for Info Leading to Identity of Racist - NHL and Hockey Coverage for fans! - NHL Hot Stove
Somebody needs to turn in the banana-tossing buffoon.

My latest greatest idea to break the Doughty impasse - Jewels From The Crown
Quisp goes all "Crazy 8's" with a contract proposal.

Jets’ owners patiently plotted hockey's return to Winnipeg - The Globe and Mail
Slow & steady wins the race for NHL franchises. Pay attention, Mr. Balsillie.

Valtteri Filppula Ready to Make the Switch to Wing Full-Time - Winging It In Motown
Another would-be center moves over to the wing...

What Makes the Jarome Iginla Non-Injury So Horrifying - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Jarome Iginla is the dynamo that drives the Calgary attack, and if he's out for any length of time, that could undermine their playoff hopes.