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The week ahead includes three tough road games which the Nashville Predators will face without winger Patric Hornqvist. How the Preds respond to this challenge, both as individuals and collectively, will set the tone for the first half of the season..

Craig Smith needs to get his mojo back, or something.
Craig Smith needs to get his mojo back, or something.
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Nashville Predators News

Smith's slow start leads to long stays on Predators' bench | Nashville City Paper
Quick, somebody get Craig Smith some swagger - apparently that's what he's lost.

Nashville Predators' Biggest Game Of The Year, On Ice And Off - Predlines
Jason looks at the array of challenges facing this team.

Smashville 24/7 - Shootouts remain a thorn in Nashville’s side
How do the Preds stink at shootouts these days? Let Robby count the ways.

Why Watson? | Hockey Gal Milwaukee
Stephanie bangs the drum for Austin Watson to get a callup while Patric Hornqvist is out.

Ads keep riding high into All Star Break | Admirals Roundtable
Two wins in a row, and the Admirals are on a roll.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Future of hockey media? More NHL teams add full-time independent beat reporters | Puck Daddy
Of course the trick is reconciling that "teams hiring" thing with the "independent" label.

Northern Illinois Set Multiple Records For Offensive Futility, But You Wouldn't Know It From The Student Recap - Deadspin
And for an example of how in-house media can work...

You Forgot To Push Him Over: Scum 1 – Hawks 2 (OT) | The Committed Indian
The Blackhawks took an overtime decision over Detroit to go 6-0-0.

Wild At Blues Recap: Blues Beat Wild With Another Come From Behind Victory - St. Louis Game Time
Another overtime contest here (so many three-point games...) sees St. Louis move to 5-1-0.

Recap: Capitals 3, Sabres 2 - Japers' Rink
Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season, but the real hero in this one was Joel Ward.

New Jersey Devils Salvage a Point After Awful Start, Lose 4-3 to Montreal Canadiens in OT - In Lou We Trust
The Devils had to overcome a two-goal deficit in the third to even make it OT.

Game 5: Philadelphia Flyers versus Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
The Lightning topped Philly 5-1.

Jets 5, Islanders 4 (OT) Game Recap - from the heights to the depths - Lighthouse Hockey
The Isles took a pratfall for the fans in Winnipeg.

This is how we D: Penguins 2, Senators 1 (SO) - PensBurgh
The high-flying Penguins gutted out a close win.

NAHL Coach Imitates a Blind Ref on the Ice - Western College Hockey Blog
Whoa, I don't think we'll see this at the NHL level any time soon (at least by a coach, not a mascot).

Breaking News: Rangers Deal For Jason Arnott Falls Through Following Failed Physical - Blueshirt Banter
Arnott had knee surgery over the summer, so perhaps that had something to do with this.

Scott Laughton sent back to juniors; Flyers make the smart call - Broad Street Hockey
Now is the time for several teams to make the call on their junior hockey-eligible players. Scott Laughton looked good...