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Our Monday morning hockey notes kick off with the story behind Mike Fisher's surprise scratch from yesterday's game at Dallas...

Presidents Day 2012 sale saves 15% on hockey equipment this weekend | Hockey Gear HQ
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While reading this morning, listen in to last night's radio highlights, and post-game player interviews, too:

Predators Stars highlights 2012-02-19 (mp3)

Post-game Colin Wilson Roman Josi 2012-02-19 (mp3)

Nashville Predators News

Unexpected illness forces Mike Fisher out of the Nashville lineup Sunday - Nashville Predators Examiner
Drink your orange juice, boys.

Smashville 24/7: Hal Gill’s debut: Period-by-period blog
Ryan trained his eye on the new guy.

Gill is relieved his late penalty didn't cost win - The Tennessean
Everything looked good until that penalty with about two minutes left and a one-goal lead.

Nashville Predators' Hal Gill fits stereotype for defenseman | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper offers up a "getting to know" piece on Hal Gill.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh wonders about Matt Halischuk's ice time.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hockey Night in Canada / NHLPA Player Poll
The Preds get a little love in here, as they show up as the #2 Underrated team in the players' poll.

Spector on Leafs: Say no to Nash -
Should Toronto empty out their cupboards to land the big winger?

Pavel Kubina traded to Philadelphia Flyers for two picks - Broad Street Hockey
Philly adds a second defenseman leading up to the trade deadline, but the question becomes - are the changes they're making too invasive?

Steve Mason gives us a crash course in how to lose your composure | Backhand Shelf
Yeah, this doesn't look good.

Murray talks about injury that will keep him out of Red Wing game, a look at the goalie situation | Working the Corners
A fractured Adam's apple? I've never heard of that one before...

Wild's Peters Suspended One Game for Cross Checking Backes - St. Louis Game Time
What a peter.

Stu Hackel Week on Arctic Ice Hockey: Special Teams Trends - "Stats the NHL Ought to Keep" - Arctic Ice Hockey
Some numbers don't really shed light on a situation, even though you think they should. 5- and 10-game trends in special teams success rates are a good example of that.

The science behind taking faceoffs -
Nobody leverages zone starts like Vancouver's Alain Vigneault.

The Battle of Alberta: There's a buzz on the street,
The man for whom one of the key advanced hockey metrics has been named (guess who) has hope that Calgary's run for the playoffs is for real.

Pens re-sign James Neal, 6 years $30 million dollars - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh locks up their young winger, who just hit the 30-goal mark for the first time.

Schedule Summary - Feb 20 to Feb 26 - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Is it getting close to crunch time in your fantasy hockey league? Double-check the schedule before setting those lineups...

Why Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist should be a Hart Trophy front-runner | Puck Daddy
The top goalie should be considered the MVP just about every year, and so far this season, Lundqvist leads the way.

KuklasKorner : KK Hockey : Video- The Clock Reached 0:00 For The Rangers
Wow, this time Columbus got saved by the clock as opposed to the time they got shafted in Los Angeles recently. How can there be separate clocks between the "official" game clock and the scoreboard? This is 2012, people.

I'll See Your Two Joes and Raise You A Joey: Red Wings 3 - Sharks 2 - Winging It In Motown
Detroit's home-ice winning streak reaches 23, thanks to a victory over San Jose.

Separation Sunday - Hawks 3, Blues 1 - Second City Hockey
Chicago topped St. Louis in an early game yesterday, which we're all thankful for not going into overtime.

Canucks At Oilers Recap ; Rollin' (5-2W) - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver keeps steamrolling their way through the Northwest.

Flames vs Kings - Game 59 Recap - HUGE win - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Those Flames are hot, or at least it appears that way, with their recent 5-0-3 stretch.

The Afterburners: The Winnipeg Jets Bury the Colorado Avalanche With Offense in their 5-1 Victory - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets are in the hunt for a playoff spot...