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Friday afternoon notes: Getting Geeky With It

With the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference well underway, our league-wide hockey notes include plenty of nerdy material for you. One GM sounds unimpressed with the progress of such analysis so far, while another team's fan base remains bitter over predictions of doom from the analytical crowd which indeed came true.

All that, and plenty of Preds-related goodies follow after the jump...

Nashville Predators News

Up-tempo practice signals Predators getting back to business - Nashville Predators Examiner
It will be interesting to see how the Preds play in the first period tomorrow at Florida, given the extended time off.

The Hippodrome: David Poile, Gambling and The Gospel Of Matthew | Pith in the Wind
Our GM knows when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em...

Greetings From Smashville! Rock Paper Scissors Edition | The Hockey Writers
Jas takes her signature spin around the week gone by.

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Trade Deadline review
Jeremy & Ryan review David Poile's work.

The 303:30 – a Preds trade deadline recap with Trotz and Poile | Section 303
This features the audio of the conference call David Poile conducted with the media Monday afternoon.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hockey has yet to have Moneyball style statistical breakthrough, Brian Burke of Leafs says | Edmonton Journal
The Toronto GM rolls out some of the lamer arguments against advanced stats.

Cinderella vs The ‘Stats Guys,' or How We Just Don't Give a Damn - Hockey Wilderness
Our Minnesota blog defiantly sticks its head in the sand, and flips the bird at the stats analysts who predicted the downfall of the Wild. Brian does have a point, however, that many in the stats crowd undermine their arguments by delivering them with an arrogance that causes readers to tune them out.

Have the Caps Turned a Corner on Puck Possession? - Japers' Rink
Might Dale Hunter finally be putting things together in Washington?

Player Aging In The NHL: Is 32-Years-Old The New 25? -
Interesting insight here on the performance of NHL players as they age, and how that trend has changed over the last 20+ years.

Panthers Lacking Preparation, Wasting Opportunities | The Hockey Writers
An interesting read leading into tomorrow's game at Florida.

Why We Do What We Do | Backhand Shelf
What can fans do when their team stinks? Is a boycott at all realistic?

Philadelphia Flyers Already Have Ryan Suter In Matt Carle - Broad Street Hockey
Here's one team that may not really need to go after Suter on July 1.

ESPN really does not know how to do anything right. - Blueshirt Banter
This is just Curtis being Curtis.

Timonen happy for milestone, moving on from Pronger - Broad Street Hockey
Kongrats to Kimmo for notching NHL point #500.

Questions and Answers with a spiteful Ranger Fan regarding John Tortorella - Raw Charge
Even with the Rangers atop the Eastern Conference, you can still find those "fire the coach!" guys out there.

What to Do About the Duke - Mile High Hockey
Is Milan Hejduk running out of gas in Colorado?

Semyon Varlamov: I am ready to play for Russia, but I want to help the Avalanche in the play-offs - Mile High Hockey
For those players who may not make the playoffs, the World Championships beckon.