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Thursday's notes: Happy Birthday, Pete!

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While reading this morning's hockey notes, sing a little "Happy Birthday" to Pete Weber, the voice of the Nashville Predators and all-around good guy, having overcome the disadvantaged background that comes with being a Notre Dame alumnus.

Happy Birthday, Pete!

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Nashville Predators News

Preds' Smith has made rapid journey to stardom - NHL.com
With a day off in New York, the NHL discovered the Preds yesterday. There were also some video bits with Suter & Weber, as well as a roundtable discussion.

Nashville Predators considered future NHL All-Star Game host - The Tennessean
Josh picks the commissioner's brain about the prospects for bringing the big event to Nashville soon.

Ability to keep pace in division keeps Predators in playoff hunt | Nashville City Paper
Heading in to the All-Star Break, the Preds need to fare well particularly against their division rivals.

UK hockey writer Anthony Russell puts his two pence in about the AHL/ESPN America Deal | hockeygalmilwaukee
Cool stuff here, as the small but hardcore hockey fan base in England will get to watch several AHL games each week.

Bulldogs 4, Mueller 2; Ads Road Skid Hits 6 Games | Admirals Roundtable
Chris Mueller came back to the Admirals and led the way, but apparently the rest of the team didn't follow.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

It Takes a Village To Make a Hockey Team Work " Running To Stand Still
Michelle pops off a well-crafted rejoinder to those cackling over the Devils' attendance issues.

My Thoughts on Brian Elliott and Ben Bishop - The Goalie Guild
With St. Louis signing Brian Elliott to a reasonable, 2-year $3.6 million contract, what does that mean for the Blues' depth chart in goal over the next couple years?

Panthers trade Dadonov, Jenks to Hurricanes for forwards Matsumoto, Lindstrom - Litter Box Cats
Not exactly a blockbuster.

Watch Bruins fan rough up Lightning mascot Thunderbug after silly stringing (Video) | Puck Daddy
Would Gnash do such a thing?

Will the Islanders Make a Playoff Push? | The Hockey Writers
I don't see it. It's too bad, really, as they had some hope heading into this season.

Embrace the Chase: The Race for 8th - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Jumping on board will Calgary's pursuit of a playoff spot, rather than a rebuild.

Ducks Look To Be This Season's Devils | The Hockey Writers
Does Anaheim have a big second-half push in them?

Rabbit Season as Anaheim Ducks Steamroll Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 - Five For Howling
The Coyotes have really fallen off the pace lately.

Peter, Paul and O'Reilly: Avs Folks Hammer Out a Nice Comeback, 4-3 in OT - Mile High Hockey
Peter Mueller had a strong game for the Avs, with two goals and an assist.

Malkin dominates, Penguins beat Hurricanes in shootout for third straight win. - PensBurgh
Evgeni Malkin led the way again last night for Pittsburgh.

Recap: Capitals 3, Canadiens 0 - Japers' Rink
The Caps clamped down and shut out the Canadiens in Montreal.

Hockey Monkey releases 15% off coupon code | Hockey Gear HQ
If you need some new hockey equipment or accessories, this new deal can help you save a few bucks along the way.