Today's hockey notes begin with a tip of the cap to Pekka Rinne, who established a new franchise mark with his 37th win of the season. The NHL record is 48, set by Martin Brodeur in 2006-2007; with 15 games left, is it possible that Pekka could approach this mark?
That may be a stretch, but it's something to think about while reading your morning hockey notes...
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Nashville Predators News
Inside Smashville " With franchise record set, teammates describe Rinne as "unbelievable"
With the new wins-in-a-season mark claimed, Peks can bask in a heap o' praise.
Paul Gaustad continues his acclimation to Nashville - Nashville Predators Examiner
Gaustad's faceoff skills played a role in Josi's goal, but he still admits to needing some work making reads in the defensive end.
Lineup changes do little to alter how Predators score goals | Nashville City Paper
Yes, the Preds scored four, but eyebrows were raised when Colin Wilson was announced as a scratch last night.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Advanced stats in hockey, the plight of the Wild, the strange tweets of Ochocinco, and the rest of the week in the NHL - Grantland
Take a long walk around the league with Katie Baker.
The New NHL : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
Tom ponders a number of changes which were made coming out of the Great Lockout.
Impact of Back-to-Back Games on Game-Tied Goals and Fenwick - Arctic Ice Hockey
Interesting analysis here from Gabe, identifying just how teams are affected by playing on back-to-back nights.
Minnesota Wild Out of Goalies: Now What? - Hockey Wilderness
Maybe they should reach out to Conner Crisp?
Mike Green hits Brett Connolly in the head; Brendan Shanahan is on hold | Backhand Shelf
This could be trouble for the Caps blueliner.
Chad Ochocinco: Hockey Fan…? | Backhand Shelf
Has the longtime NFL receiver finally been bitten by the hockey bug?
Maple Leafs’ fall is for the best - The Globe and Mail
Toronto fans can begin to embrace their team's losing ways.
Avalanche Flounder Against Nashville, Fall 4-2 - Mile High Hockey
After that early opening goal, last night went downhill for the Avalanche... but not in a good way.
St. Louis Blues Squeeze Life Out Of Anaheim Ducks - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues aren't really looking back at all after taking over the top spot in the NHL.
Jet's At Canucks Recap ; Take It Easy (3-2W) - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver took care of business on home ice, keeping up with St. Louis in the chase for the #1 Western Conference seed.
Minnesota Wild @ Phoenix Coyotes: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
Even when diving for a better draft pick, the Wild are screwing things up, beating the Coyotes in a shootout.
Ilya Kovalchuk Made it Rain Hats as New Jersey Devils Crushed New York Islanders 5-1 - In Lou We Trust
Kovy's knocking on the 30-goal plateau after leading the Devils to victory.
Shutout! Again! Flyers crush Panthers, 5-0 - Broad Street Hockey
Philadelphia somehow persevered through Travis and his jinx attempt.
Recap: Caps 3, Lightning 2 (OT) - Japers' Rink
Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winner.
Senators beat the Rangers 4-1 in dull game - Silver Seven
This is a big win for Ottawa, as 6th spot in the East will be an important seed (it meets the winner of the Southleast Division in the 1st round).