The Nashville Predators certainly seem to be hitting New York at the right time. As they ride a 5-game winning streak into tonight's game against the Rangers, they get to enjoy the attention that comes from being at the heart of the NHL's hockey and media operations.
After the jump, our around-the-league notes start off with one NHL writer in particular pumping up the Preds' standing...
Nashville Predators News
Hockey Night in Nashville: Erat has been steady offensive option for Preds
Robby sings the praises of Marty, who has quietly assumed the scoring lead among Nashville's forwards.
Smashville 24/7: Preds have uncanny knack for comeback wins
Early-season comeback victories can do wonders for a team's confidence.
Preds Prospect Josh Shalla Named OHL Player Of The Week - Nashville Predators
Good news for the 2011 4th-round pick.
Admirals' Notebook - JSOnline
It sounds like there's a tough road ahead for Milwaukee.
Interview With AHL Commissioner Andrews | Admirals Roundtable
Jeez, this guy is going to have to become a lot more condescending if he ever hopes to get the callup and become NHL Commissioner.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Mitch Korn gets some credit for yesterday's win.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Super 16: Plenty of contenders for top-ranked team - NHL.com
Are the Preds really the #6 team in the NHL? Lofty praise here from one NHL.com writer.
Ryan Miller: ‘There’s no such trade’ that can fix Buffalo Sabres this season - Puck Daddy
Dark words out of Buffalo, where the Sabres have been sinking fast.
Kris Letang Expected to Return to Practice - DailyFaceoff.com
Sidney Crosby is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but at least Pittsburgh might get their star defenseman back soon.
The Dark Blue Jacket: Frozen Diamond Faceoff - Pay Attention NHL
Some really good shots here of the outdoor game between Michigan and Ohio State.
Injury Bug Hits Washington - Mike Green Out 4-6 Weeks - Puck Drunk Love
So much for Green making his comeback with the Capitals.
Down Goes Brown: Red Wings vs Maple Leafs in the Winter Classic: The pros and cons
"The Maple Leafs would probably do great in the middle of a stadium, since their games at the ACC have given them extensive experience playing in rinks where there aren't any fans seated within 100 feet of the ice."
10 Myths about Canada - Battle of California
Handy advice here for any of you thinking about a trip to Canada, or dealing with Canadians in general.
Prominent player agent Ritch Winter blasts Renney for not playing young defencemen | Edmonton Journal
Talk about self-serving... the agent for a young Oilers defenseman criticizes the team for not playing young defensemen more.
St. Louis Blues are winning by committee - Backhand Shelf
The Blues are now tied for 1st overall in the NHL, and are getting contributions from up and down the depth chart.
Bad Blood: Handshake line fight between North Dakota and Minnesota in NCAA (Video) - Puck Daddy
This sure isn't pretty.
Skyler Spiller’s faceoff sucker punch sparks Texas line brawl (Video) | Puck Daddy
What is this, the KHL?
Predators 3, Islanders 1: Gone in 140 Seconds - Lighthouse Hockey
From the Islanders side of things, yesterday's start was brutal.
An Icy Face-Off for Those Who Think Hockey Isn't Rough Enough - WSJ.com
This is flat-out incredible!!! Found at Kukla's Korner, with video below: