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Thursday's notes: A good time for a road trip

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It occurred to me this morning that with all the media nuttiness going on in Nashville right now between the Peyton Manning and Alexander Radulov watches, it's perhaps fortunate for the Predators to be in the middle of an extended road trip! They can focus on the task at hand, which is to try and pass the Red Wings for 4th place in the Western Conference with a win at San Jose tonight, while the rest of us back here keep an eye on Twitter for the very latest news...

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Nashville Predators News

News. Hockey. FE: The question with Radulov is not yet resolved. Sport-Express. Sports news: football, hockey, tennis, basketball, biathlon - all sports on one site.
Run this through the Google Translator, for news of some complications which could result from Radulov leaving the KHL right now. It sounds like he either has to forfeit 2/3rds of his salary, or Salavat Yulaev has to relinquish any future KHL rights to him.

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: The Alex Radulov sour grapes; goalposts and trapezoids; your Vezina top 3 | Puck Daddy
This podcast begins with a discussion on the Radulov situation, including Jeff Marek's tidbit that 2 current Predators told him a while back that Rads would NOT be welcomed back nearly as easily as has been stated recently.

Andrei Kostitsyn on a roll with Predators | Montreal Gazette
...and he's not the only ex-Hab faring well after leaving Montreal.

The Radulov Journal: Is Chemistry a Real Concern? - Predlines
Dan brushes aside concerns that Rads might rock the boat.

The Radulov Rundown: Why Predators Fans should Celebrate | ladypreds
They're ready for Alex to hop on that plane already and get over here.

Nashville Predators wonder: Will Alexander Radulov's return hurt chemistry? | The Tennessean
Towards the end we get updates on Kevin Klein (returning soon?) and Roman Josi (we'll see).

Nashville Predators' Paul Gaustad draws key role | The Tennessean
The Goose has a very specific job to do, and he knows it well.

Predators look to be better after big moments in games | Nashville City Paper
A recent spate of goals-against right after the Preds score has the team concerned.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Bettman maintains cone of silence - The Globe and Mail
Those lips are flapping, but not much information is coming out.

With CBA uncertainty, NHL cancels next year's European games - TSN
The European openers are the first casualty of NHL/NHLPA negotiations.

New Replay Graphics Highlight ESPN’s Complete NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Coverage | ESPN MediaZone

Get ready for some spiffy new TV magic when ESPN airs the college hockey tournament.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom remains hobbled by bone bruise
Lidstrom has now missed 8 games, and isn't sure when he'll be able to skate.

Tomas Vokoun Has a "Sensitive Groin" - Japers' Rink
The jokes write themselves here.

Fun with numbers: Any time is a good time for π - Lighthouse Hockey
Yay, Pi!

Power Play Comes Through For Coyotes in 5-4 Win Over Canucks - Five For Howling
The Coyotes pick up a tremendous boost with a road win at Vancouver.

Avalanche at Sabres Recap: Varly And Avs Win Another Shootout, Beat Buffalo 5-4 - Mile High Hockey
Colorado is now a ridiculous 9-1 in the shootout, which is pretty much the only reason they're in the hunt for a playoff spot.

The Afterburners: Dallas Leaves Winnipeg Seeing Stars; Jets win 5-2 - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive with a big road victory.

If It's a Lie, Then We'll Fight on That Lie - The Copper & Blue
Oilers vs. Blue Jackets in March... woof.