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Sunday's notes: Concussions claim Kane & Briere while other stars are slow to recover

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Our Sunday hockey notes touch once again on the issue of concussions, which have been the scourge of the NHL this season. The Jets and Flyers both now have stars on the shelf after suffering brain injuries, while updates from around the league show how slowly other big-name players are recovering from theirs...

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Smashville 24/7: One more thing: Top line stays hot
The hot line of the moment is Erat-Fisher-Kostitsyn.

Paul McCann - Sunday Shots - A New Definition of Southern Hospitality
Paul shares a photo gallery of fans in attendance last night.

Preds On The Glass: Sergei Kostitsyn Comments on His Highlight Reel Goal in Preds' Win
SK74 gives an assist to Mitch Korn for his goal last night.

Barry Trotz chirps Chicago fans following victory - Nashville Predators Examiner
Coach made sure to send the Blackhawks fans home with a little something extra.

Nashville Predators' Brandon Yip goes scoreless in his debut - The Tennessean
Assorted notes from last night include Lane Lambert speaking in tongues.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh notes that remarkable play of post-flu Kevin Klein.

Defensemen | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan asks which blueliner should get recalled if Nashville needs a hand.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Western conference - Edmonton Journal
"Would the Nashville Predators give the Oilers defenceman Ryan Ellis for Hemsky?" Jeez, I'd hope not.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Banning booze big boost for Flames' Jokinen
Add Olli Jokinen to the ranks of the NHL's recovering alcoholics. Congratulations to him on 6 years of sobriety.

After a Year on the Bench, Savard Discusses His Concussions -
It's easy to forget about the guys like Marc Savard who are so far away from returning to hockey that we don't follow their concussion recovery closely.

Danny Briere Out Indefinitely With a Concussion - Broad Street Hockey
Add another big-time name to the NHL's All-Concussion Team.

Sidney Crosby visits neurological specialist who got Jennifer Grey dancing again | Puck Daddy
Can a new doctor help Sidney Crosby recover from his injuries?

Sunday's Injury Updates - Toews, Briere, E.Kane... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
And the Jets' Evander Kane is out with a concussion, too.

Escrow fight could pit player vs. player in NHL labor negotiations -
Larry Brooks chips in with an observation on how the recent settlement between the NHL & NHLPA over hockey related revenues might calm tensions over one crucial area of negotiation for the next CBA.

Why Shane O'Brien won't be traded - Mile High Hockey
Because he's a beauty, naturally! | Red Sky At Morning
The best indicator that Taylor Hall will make a great NHL player? He's getting frustrated with Edmonton's era of suckiness, which has entered another year.

KHL seeks games vs. NHL; Vyacheslav Fetisov quits KHL, CSKA; Vityaz’s Mikhail Anisin sings | Puck Daddy
Huge news here as Slava Fetisov resigns his position with the KHL and the CSKA team.

No title for Nicholls, but a regular role " LA Kings Insider
The L.A. Kings are bringing back scoring sensation Bernie Nicholls as a consultant, specifically helping out with their power play.

The Right Men For The Job? - The Cannon
With another round of rebuilding about to take place in Columbus, do they need new engineers?

Numbers Indicate That Skill Usually Packs a Bigger Punch Than Fists -
Another argument against the notion that having a pure fighter on your team is a waste of a roster spot.

Leafs fortunes rise while Canadiens decline-WHY? | The Hockey Writers
There's a sea change going on in this ancient rivalry.

Zidlicky scratched for first time as a Wild; Chad Rau to make NHL debut |
Marek Zidlicky's fortunes are spiraling just as the Wild are as a team.

Credit where it’s due: Roberto Luongo makes history - Backhand Shelf
Luongo now has the most victories for any goaltender in Canucks history. But can he ever get the fans off his back?

Young Defensemen Carry the Load for Blues | The Hockey Writers
The Preds don't have a monopoly on quality young blueliners.

The Record Man Shoots You Down: Preds 5 - Hawks 2 - Second City Hockey
The Chicago take on last night's game seems to think it was closer than the scoreboard indicated, but the main reason the shots ended up close was because the Preds had a big lead in the 3rd period. After two, shots were 18-11 for Nashville.

Keep banking points: Blues beat Sabres - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis keeps on chugging along, with a home win over the slumping Sabres.

No Fancy Words, Just 2 Points: Red Wings 3 - Blue Jackets 2 (SO) - Winging It In Motown
The notable incident here was a boarding penalty on Henrik Zetterberg, which resulted in a nasty fall into the boards for Nikita Nikitin.

Sharks At Canucks Recap ; Same Old, Same Old (4-3W) - Nucks Misconduct
The Vancouver Canucks defending home ice against the Sharks, extending their recent record against San Jose to 10-1-2.

Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT): John Tavares Easily in the Top 26 - Lighthouse Hockey
For a night, Islanders fans were able to celebrate and rub it in the nose of an writer who left Tavares off a "best 25 players under 25" list.

Game 49 Recap: Flames Drill Oilers - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Calgary put the boots to Edmonton in the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta.

Tired Panthers top Jets in shootout - Litter Box Cats
The Panthers managed to keep a step ahead of Washington with a road win at Winnipeg.

New York Rangers Break Losing Streak With Massive Victory Over Boston Bruins - Blueshirt Banter
Marian Gaborik scored twice, including the OT game-winner, to lead the Rangers to victory.

Playoff Hopes Live as Habs Defeat Leafs - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Montreal topped Toronto 3-1.