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The Nashville Predators have earned themselves a day of rest after last night's 3-1 victory over St. Louis, so make sure to kick back yourself and enjoy it, too. NBC Sports will have Washington and Boston facing off at 11:30 a.m. Central, so you've got something entertaining to watch before the Super Bowl later on...

Nashville Predators News

While reading this morning, we have a ton of audio for you:

Predators Blues highlights 2012-02-04 (mp3)

Pekka Rinne on 1025 2012-02-04 (mp3)

Brian McGrattan on 1025 2012-02-04 (mp3)

Post-game audio is also available from Barry Trotz, Martin Erat, and Pekka Rinne (Part 1 & Part 2). Click each link for the mp3.

Smashville 24/7: Preds 3, Blues 1: Decibel levels chart
How loud did it get last night at Bridgestone? Ryan has the answer.

Smashville 24/7: Around the Room: Super Bowl predictions
Kevin Klein sees Gisele Bündchen as the key to today's game.

Visiting Fans In Cowboy Hats - Tumblr
Zack shares pictures of hockey fans who go "cowboy" upon hitting Nashville.

Trotz and Hitchcock win press conferences in very different manners - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim shares the highlights from the post-game presser, which include some quips from Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz bringing along a special guest.

Pekka Rinne calls 43 shots 'a party' at the net - The Tennessean
He was certainly kept busy entertaining guests...

And in case you missed it last night, here's that Dierks Bentley/Shea Weber video...


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

CHL-NHL Agreement on the Table? - Hockey Prospectus
To me, one of the strangest things about hockey is how secretive the NHL & CHL are about their agreement. You can't find the document anywhere online (unlike the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA).

Europe trip to open NHL season in jeopardy because of CBA uncertainty - NYPOST.com
Larry Brooks pumps the Rangers' Dan Girardi for the Norris Trophy. Because, you know, those guys who play in New York don't ever get any media attention.

Ice Chips - Tippett talks about 'never-ending battle' for a coach
Life ain't easy for a head coach.

Is Bruce Boudreau a Jack Adams candidate? - Backhand Shelf
I'm telling you, Washington has overreacted to that 2010 playoff loss to Montreal. They've pretty much scrapped what they had going, and it could take a long time before they find a new identity.

Olli Jokinen’s slump-buster is a Big Mac meal from McDonalds (Video) | Puck Daddy
If this were really true, I wouldn't be stuck as a scrub in the C-leagues.

Down Goes Brown: Beyond the clock: Other ways NHL teams get an unfair home ice advantage
Just in case you thought a wonky clock in L.A. was the only bit of nefarious business.

Brenden Morrow still dealing with pain in neck, back and shoulder, as well as trade talk - The Dallas Morning News
Cue all the "pain in the neck" jokes for the Dallas Stars captain.

Dexshow's Over: Dekanich To Have Ankle Surgery - The Cannon
Former Predator Mark Dekanich has had a cursed season in Columbus, and now it ends prematurely.

Sunday morning rumors | My NHL Trade Rumors.com
Not quite rumors, this is a roundup of trade talk from established media members like Darren Dreger of TSN, and the Hockey Night In Canada Hotstove.

That's one big Pekka. Blues lose to Nashville. - St. Louis Game Time
They're getting frustrated in St. Louis over what Pekka Rinne continues to do vs. the Blues.

The Door is Ajar, Mr Conklin: Oilers 5 - Red Wings 4 - Winging It In Motown
In Jimmy Howard's absence, the Red Wings coughed up a 5-spot.

Skinner With The Winner, Hurricanes 2, Kings 1 - Canes Country
Skinner winner, chicken dinner?

Panthers gassed early, smoked by Lightning 6-3 - Litter Box Cats
The Florida Panthers have Washington right on their heels for the Southeast Division lead, after dropping a decision to Tampa Bay.

Habs Can Kiss Playoffs Goodbye, Following Loss to Caps - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Is it time to put the Habs up on blocks with the "For Sale" sign on them?

And lastly... is this the Hit of the Season right here?