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Monday's Notes: Go For An MLK Skate At Bridgestone Arena

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After reading this morning's hockey notes, make sure to head down to Bridgestone Arena, where the Predators are hosting a special Open Skate session from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. $30 gets you in to the event, which includes a Goal Zone ticket to an upcoming game. After that, they'll offer free skate rental, show the Preds/Islanders game on the Megatron, and Gnash will be there along with the Ice Girls.

And now, on to your puck news..

Nashville Predators News

Hockey World: From enforcer to enforcement
Jim Matheson's weekly column contains lots of Nashville-related notes, including which young defenseman the Preds would like to trade, and a Carolina forward who might make a good fit here (I think I'd agree).

Paul McCann - Sunday Shots - Rinne Phrustrates Philly
If you were at Saturday's game, go see whether you got caught on camera.

Ads Get A Point, Lose To Monsters In OT | Admirals Roundtable
It was the Huge Specimen who did in the Ads.

Nashville Predators' second half gets off to strong start - The Tennessean
So far, so good with the whole "better in the 2nd half" angle.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

MID-TERM GRADES: Reviewing a Sub-Par First Half and Handing Out Second Half Assignments |
Informative reading ahead of today's game.

Mikko Koivu May Miss a Month - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild have already been in a free fall, and now they lose their best player.

Jamie Benn has appendectomy Sunday, out 10 days to two weeks - The Dallas Morning News
A tough blow to the Dallas Stars, for whom Benn has been terrific this season.

Hurricanes Reactivate Jeff Skinner from Injured Reserve - Canes Country
Fans in Carolina breathe a sigh of relief.

Bob Murray’s kick in the butt currently working for the Ducks | Puck Daddy
The Ducks are 4-0-1 since their GM put the "For Sale" sign out.

Michigan tops Ohio State in Frozen Faceoff -
Hail, to the Victors valiant...

Would the re-institution of the red-line help curb concussions? - Backhand Shelf
I'm highly dubious of this notion, which has been getting some play lately.

NHL's Most Interesting Name: Wrapping up the 1990s - Arctic Ice Hockey

What's The Problem With The Leafs' PK? (Part 1) - Pension Plan Puppets
Perhaps it's better to ask what isn't the problem? Toronto has been awful on the PK for years.

How a punk band stepped up to rescue financially struggling hockey team | Puck Daddy
Well, here's a nice little story.

A Theory of Ice: Defending Byzantium
E takes Gare Joyce to task for his Edward Gibbon-like take on the Montreal Canadiens.

Wherein I’m sure I’ll get slapped around in the comments |
Deep thoughts on the devilish financial situation in New Jersey.

Uni Watch " Old Time Hockey
Take a look back in time to what kind of gear players used in the 1940's.

The Dark Blue Jacket: A Scalpel, Not the Bomb...
How about napalm?

CBJ Goaltending: The (Dex)Show Must Go On - The Cannon
Might Mark Dekanich make it back into the Columbus crease relatively soon?

Caught, Cleaned, And Mounted: Sharks 3 - Hawks 4 - Second City Hockey
In a battle of Western Conference powers, it was Chicago which emerged victorious.

Dominance, Ineptitude And Then Malkin. Pens Beat Bolts 6-3. - PensBurgh
Malkin put on his "one of the top players in the world" hat yesterday to lead the Penguins to victory.

Habs Close Out 3-point Weekend with Win over Rangers - Habs Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens took care of business on home ice against the NHL's top team.

And lastly... um, wow. Make sure to hang in there until the final minute: