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The talk of the hockey world this morning is the worst-kept secret of the last few weeks, that the 2013 NHL Winter Classic will be held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, featuring the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. You can find the whole scoop over at, but in the meantime, there's lots of other things to talk about this morning.

After the jump, we have one slightly disgruntled Predator, another who is finally delivering on the potential we've seen for so long, and one more who's just happy to be here...

Nashville Predators News

Is it possible neither to over or underwhelm, but simply to whelm? For the Preds' Martin Erat, yes. - Nashville Scene
Can this really be the year that Marty delivers that 60-70 point season that David Poile talked so often about in summers past?

Preds Still Can’t Flip the Script Against Vancouver - Predators AJenda
As hot as the Preds have been of late, the fact that they still can't beat Vancouver on home ice has to be a bit troubling, writes AJ.

Paul Fenton Will Run An NHL Team, the Question Is Which One | Edmonton Journal
Jonathon Willis makes the Predators' Assistant GM the latest installment in his potential-GM series.

Smashville 24/7: Conversation with Brandon Yip
Ryan chats up the newest Pred.

Reduced role stings Smithson as Predators keep rolling along | Nashville City Paper
Smithers isn't happy, and that's a good thing.

Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher prepares to face former team - The Tennessean
Somebody needs to make sure that Fish doesn't go into the wrong dressing room tonight.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Agents of Change: Ritch Responds – Goalie Analytics
An interesting read here, as agent Ritch Winters talks about the application of advanced hockey stats to the evaluation of goaltenders. I'm a big fan of work like this, to try and tease out the difference in defensive contribution by the skaters vs. the goalie.

When NHL Fans (and Media) Cross the Line | All Habs
One of the great attractions about playing in Nashville? It's not Montreal.

The Dark Blue Jacket: A Savior is Born
Is Vinny Prospal the foundation of what Columbus is going to attempt to build over the next few years?

New York Rangers Trade Rumors: Discussing The Rick Nash Rumors - Blueshirt Banter
What, having Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik isn't enough for the New York Rangers?

Honey I Eight(een) The Winning Streak: Red Wings 4 - Oilers 2 - Winging It In Motown
18 wins in a row on home ice for the Detroit Red Wings? Wow...

Game 54 Recap: A Tribute to Miikka Kiprusoff or, How I Became a Flames Fan - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames took care of the Sharks behind Olli Jokinen's hat trick and a milestone win for Miikka Kiprusoff.

What Makes Miikka Kiprusoff So Special - The Goalie Guild
A tribute to the Calgary keeper on his 300th career win, which includes the video of a mind-blowing save late in the game.