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A major personnel move has the potential to make a big difference in the NHL's Central Division, and it has nothing to do with the trade market. In St. Louis, the Blues last night welcomed forward Andy McDonald back after a 4-month absence due to a concussion. As a player who has put up nearly point-per-game production in recent seasons, can he provide the spark to lift the Blues' 22nd-ranked attack?

All this and a lot, lot more after the jump!

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Nashville Predators News

Is Alexander Radulov the final piece to a Stanley Cup title for the Predators? | Nashville City Paper
*SMH*

Smashville 24/7: Central Division update
Detroit has the most home-heavy schedule remaining among the four playoff-caliber teams in the division, a scary prospect for the rest.

Smashville 24/7: Ticket office success helping Preds win games
Is there a link between butts in the seats and wins on the ice? That's a bit of a reach, but we're all happy to see the Predators' attendance numbers up so strongly this season.

Mistakes Costly In Admiral Loss To Peoria | Admirals Roundtable
11 straight losses within the division? Ouch!

Peoria preview; Cahill quits - JSOnline
Chris Cahill, who started the season with Milwaukee but has been with Cincinnati lately, has left the organization.

Nashville Predators need to shift into gear - The Tennessean
In an all-too-rare opinion & analysis piece, Josh Cooper highlights the Preds' spotty post-All Star break play.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

McDonald Set to Return vs. San Jose - St Louis Blues
Big news for the Blues, as Andy McDonald plays after missing 51 games with a concussion.

Net Presence Comes at a Price | All Habs
A celebration of one thing that Pierre Gauthier has gotten right in Montreal.

WHL: Hitmen coach ejected after throwing water bottles at officials - Buzzing The Net
What do they think this is, the KHL?

As West playoff race gets tighter, Kings’ scoring woes far from disappearing - Puck Daddy
For years now, the Los Angeles Kings have been the sexy pick to take their place among the top teams in the Western Conference, but here they are fizzling again.

Yost Arena: Hockey's Greatest Atmosphere | The Hockey Writers
You won't get any argument from me on this one.

Beanpot rivalry has far-reaching implications for BC, BU - NHL.com
Beans, beans, the magical fruit...

Report: GMs asking for amnesty clause in CBA - CBSSports.com
As they prepare for a new CBA, some general managers are angling for a loophole to get out of one of their mistakes, by getting to buy out a contract and not have it count against the cap.

Party Like It's 1997: Red Wings 4 - Flyers 3 - Winging It In Motown
The Detroit Red Wings have now tied an NHL record with 20 consecutive home wins.

Bad penalties sink Sharks in 3-0 loss - Fear The Fin
The St. Louis Blues got two goals from David Perron, and now have a 5-point lead (with a game in hand) on the Preds for 4th place in the West.

Rangers Vs. Capitals: Rangers Hold On For 3-2 Win Over Capitals - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers are pulling away from the rest of the Atlantic Division.

Strong second period lifts Panthers over Islanders 4-1 - Litter Box Cats
...and the Florida Panthers are making headway with the Southeast, too.