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Afternoon Dump & Chase: Preds Raise Tempo as Opener Approaches

Your dose of afternoon hockey notes focus on the final preparations the Nashville Predators are making ahead of Saturday night's opening game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The lineup is being settled, and the on-ice work is starting to get more physical...

Enough with practice, the rough stuff is coming soon.
Enough with practice, the rough stuff is coming soon.

Nashville Predators News

Predators see heavy hitting as camp hits day 4 + other thoughts | The Predatorial
The final pieces are falling into place ahead of Saturday night's opener, and apparently that includes new pickup Richard Clune.

Hockey Talk With Predlines Editor & Bill Beatty - Predlines
Jason goes a'podcasting...

Three Minutes With: Roman Josi… | Section 303
Jeremy gets a few quotes from your new top-pair defenseman.

Personal predictions for 2013 - The Hockey News
Adam Proteau picks the Preds to miss the playoffs.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL uses full-page ad in newspapers to apologize to fans (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
ATTENTION NHL: Many blogs (including this one) accept ads, too.

CNN-SI fallout may lead to domino effect across industry - Awful Announcing
Following CNN's partnership with Bleacher Report, what other moves might take place online?

Fierce Ladislav Smid would block a shot with his teeth, at least if he still had any, says his coach | Edmonton Journal
No wonder the Preds have been linked to this guy via trade rumors in years past.

East Coast Bias: Did the lockout kill Western Conference chances for NHL Awards? | Puck Daddy
This time, that bias may be even more severe than usual.

5 players who really let themselves go during the NHL lockout | Backhand Shelf
Companies like Gilette should clean these guys up and make a commercial out of it.

And lastly, you can always another Down Goes Brown/Bloge Salming video...