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Thursday afternoon notes: Brian McGrattan, the talk of the town

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This afternoon's hockey notes being with a look at the Nashville Predator who is perhaps the most entertaining guy on the roster...

Nashville Predators News

The Enforcer: Brian McGrattan - Nashville Scene
J.R. pens an ode to the Preds' basher as part of the Scene's "People Issue".

Numbers never lie, Nashville Predators creating buzz - ESPN
Scott Burnside looks at both the on- and off-ice success (and challenges) which the Preds are having right now.

Paul McCann - Lion-like Month?
Paul looks ahead to a month full of playoff-caliber foes.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Erik Karlsson's Norris Case | The 6th Sens
Lots of detail in here, but still nothing but dancing around the fact that Karlsson doesn't play even a significant role on the PK, which if you ask me is a pretty important component in a defenseman's all-around play.

George McPhee on Alex Ovechkin’s weight - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
Ovie topped out around 242 pounds, which may well be a part of his underwhelming offensive performance this season.

Tonight’s featured game is… Florida vs. Winnipeg? | Backhand Shelf
Yeah, that is weird. St. Louis/Vancouver should bear watching, though.

NHL Special Teams: A Different Look - Winging It In Motown
Taken in total, the Preds come out looking pretty darned good special teams-wise.

A How-To: Fitting in with a new team for dummies | Backhand Shelf
Hal, Andrei, Paul... pay attention.

McKenzie: Saskatoon expresses interest to NHL for a franchise
You know, the Blues came close to relocating there almost 30 years ago.

Puck Daddy chats with Seann William Scott about ‘Goon’, why hockey players rule and cinematic bodily fluids | Puck Daddy
Meet the star of "Goon".

To Renew or Not to Renew? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Toronto fans are calling for their coach's head, but what about Calgary? Does Brent Sutter deserve to stay?

Minnesota Wild on Fantasy Island: Chances at Zach Parise and Ryan Suter - Hockey Wilderness
This would pretty much suck.

Puck Daddy’s Create a Cheesy 1990s-style NHL Poster Contest: Gallery 3 | Puck Daddy
More Photoshoppery to delight & amuse.

The NHL's Most Interesting Name: 2000s Part I - Arctic Ice Hockey
It's... It's... Byron Bitz... It's.. It's...

And hey, check it out! KHL playoff highlights, as Alex Radulov led Salavat Yulaev to a 3-0 win over Ak Bars Kazen, with three assists: