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Thursday afternoon notes: Rinne's Reflexes

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Our afternoon hockey notes get rolling with a little science lesson, as the "Science of Hockey" series hit the internet ahead of All-Star weekend. After the jump, we get a look at the physiological processes which allow NHL goaltenders to make those lightning-quick reactions for a game-saving stop...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: An All-Star Weekend Look Back: Eastern Conference
Buddy revisits his pre-season predictions for the Least, err... East.

Paul McCann - The Break Begins
If you're jonesing for some competitive hockey to watch, Paul can point you to some college action.

Pekka Rinne featured in "Science of Hockey" series - Nashville Predators Examiner
The series of videos has now been released. In fact, here's Pekka's...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

If Blue Jackets trade Jeff Carter, shouldn’t management follow him out of Columbus? | Puck Daddy
Jeff Carter is the spotlight attraction on the trade market right now, but 10 more years at more than $5M per? That's a big pill to swallow.

Puck Rakers | BlueJackets Xtra
A tough, but fair, assessment of where the Blue Jackets stand today and what they need to do going forward.

Which All-Star Will Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara Humiliate Tonight? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The man behind Down Goes Brown posts at Grantland about tonight's festivities.

Chatting with the amateur goalie that ‘ruined’ the 2009 NHL All-Star Game skills competition | Puck Daddy
An interesting tale on the unlikeliest All-Star competitor we've seen yet.

The NHL's Identity Crisis - Businessweek
Here's another "where are my usual stars?" article. Meh.

Panthers send Kennedy to San Jose for D Sean Sullivan - Litter Box Cats

Be afraid: NHLPA has Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupul and others filming their lives | Puck Daddy
This smells like pre-CBA negotiation PR, but it could be entertaining.

The 2012 NHL Defensive All-Star Roster: What if it wasn’t all about scoring? | Puck Daddy
Way to go, Leggy!

Chris Kunitz is the most underrated Pittsburgh Penguin - PensBurgh
And here I thought it was Tyler Kennedy.

Point Blank’s State of the Season Address |
As the Islanders sink out of sight, how should they look at what is becoming another lost season?

What if Wayne Gretzky never existed? (PS: Happy Birthday Wayne) - Backhand Shelf
Wayne Gretzky turns 51 today.

Puck Stops Here : Hottest Team At The Break
The worst hockey stats blogger on the internet digs the Preds.

What would all-Quebec look like for Canadiens? -
Maybe they could bring J.P. Dumont back from Europe?

Items from Maple Leaf Gardens time capsule revealed - The Globe and Mail
Relics from 80 years ago recently went on display, including [insert your own joke in the comments].

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke speaks: On the perils of NHL trading - National Post
Burke provides a peek behind the curtain on how GM's can interact sometimes.

Is Tim Thomas Tradeable? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Yeah, send Timmy to San Jose - I wonder how he'd dig the political climate in California?

Establishing Evander Kane’s market value Part 1 | Illegal Curve Hockey
If the Winnipeg Jets decide to part ways with the young winger, what might it take to acquire him?

Canadian Sport Juggernaut Needs Winning Teams -
Toronto, home of the lovable losers... no matter which sport you're talking about!

The Tampa Bay Lightning, while probably not playoff bound, could become the spoilers - Raw Charge
Hey, but they've got Steven Stamkos scoring a zillion goals, so at least that's fun to watch.