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Our afternoon hockey notes kick off with the story of a Nashville Predators blogger who has followed the team to Boston for tomorrow's afternoon game against the Bruins...

Nashville Predators News

The 303:30 – Preds’ post All-Star Break and Mark Willoughby reporting from Boston | Section 303
Mark (of The View From 111 fame) traveled to Boston today to boo the Bruins tomorrow, so the 303 guys got the scoop.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Rethinking the NHL’s annual trade deadline - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek says that prospects, not draft choices, will likely be the currency of choice this year.

Winter Classic highlights Ann Arbor, a great American hockey town | Hockey Gear HQ
Whether you're a hockey player young or old, male or female, or like to play indoors vs. outdoors, Ann Arbor has something to offer for everyone. Current Predators Colin Wilson and Ryan Suter both spent years there as part of Team USA's National Team Development Program.

Milliseconds and Millimeters: A Meditation on Precision, Intent, and Discipline - Backhand Shelf
E knocks one out of the park with this bit towards the end: why is it that only in questions of dangerous or illegal hits that "things happen fast out there" is considered a valid excuse in hockey?

Boston Bruins’ Nathan Horton has a concussion rehab setback - Puck Daddy
It's "back to square one" for the Bruins forward, who has been out for about three weeks.

This time is different | mc79hockey.com
The Edmonton Oilers may well set themselves up to "buy high".

17 Days To Trade Deadline: What's the Market for P.A. Parenteau? - Lighthouse Hockey
Here's an assessment from Long Island on what it might take to land P.A. Parenteau.

Wild coach Mike Yeo: "We need to be gamers right now" | StarTribune.com
Is Dungeons & Dragons really the key to the turning around the Minnesota Wild?

Brad Staubitz on Waivers - Hockey Wilderness
Maybe he can take his MMA act to the AHL.

Sanford Suffers Back Injury | BlueJackets Xtra
Columbus loses one of the few solid performers they've had this year.

Sports Radio Interviews - Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Updates Developments on NBA Arena Construction Front
We've been focused on a possible new arena in Seattle being for hockey, but they'd like basketball back, too.

Looking at the Central - Winging It In Motown
J.J. surveys what the blogs are saying around the division about each team's chances.

Have we seen the last of Mike Knuble? - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Does the big winger still have much to offer for the Caps?

Holmstrom makes it to 1,000 games the hard way - NHL.com
A big milestone tonight for Detroit's version of Patric Hornqvist.

CTE, the concussion crisis, and an economic look at the end of football - Grantland
Much the same could apply to hockey, too.

Ilya Bryzgalov and the Shootout - Broad Street Hockey
How strong is the link between a goalie's overall play, and how they perform in the shootout?

Why are NHL officials so bad? - The Globe and Mail
Sean Gordon goes zebra hunting.

Can Jeremy Roenick save the Phoenix Coyotes? | Puck Daddy
Much ado about nothing, is what I gather here.