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Our afternoon hockey notes today contain an unusual amount of focus on the goaltenders within the Central Division. While earlier this week Pekka Rinne was named the NHL's 3rd Star of the Month for January, today we have speculation about what Chicago should do about their subpar netminding, an injury in Detroit to Jimmy Howard, and rumination in Columbus over how Steve Mason's career has been handled.

While reading, listen in as Rob Vollman was interviewed by Willy Daunic yesterday, providing his analytical view on what the Preds need to address at the trade deadline. At first blush, I think I'd be very much on-board with his suggestion here:

Rob Vollman on 1025 2012-02-02 (mp3)

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