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Saturday Dump & Chase: Preds Slowly Getting Healthy

Slowly but surely, some key figures are due to return to the Nashville Predators' lineup, beginning with big defenseman Hal Gill who will hopefully skate tonight against Columbus. Injury updates kick off our morning hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators' Colin Wilson cautious with injury | The Tennessean
Don't look for Colin Wilson to return any time soon, which really sucks. On the bright side, Hal Gill is "likely" to play tonight, and Patric Hornqvist is "possible".

Homestand will shape Nashville Predators' plans | The Tennessean
We'll know a lot more about where the Preds stand on Friday morning.

Making Changes: A Salute to Game Ops - Predneck Nation
Win or lose, the game ops crew at Bridgestone Arena ensure that fans have a great night out.

Paul McCann - Game Night in Smashville - Can the Empire Rise?
Paul hopes the Preds can get their Darth Vader mojo working tonight against Columbus.

Smashville 24/7 - Conditioning assignment helped Halischuk
Will the same hold true for Craig Smith?

Watson’s Power Play Marker Leads To 5th Straight Win | Admirals Roundtable

Craig Smith made his Milwaukee Admirals debut last night.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hockeyy Insiderr, An Anonymous NHL Source, Is Nothing But a Fraud - Golden Gate Sports
Your obligatory warning not to get worked up when some rumor bozo tosses something out there involving the Preds...

Duhatschek: Firing up the fake NHL trade machine - The Globe and Mail
I have my work cut out for me getting ready for this year's Trade Deadline, though. It's total BS, but at least it's clearly labeled as such!

Ray Whitney explains what’s wrong with the NHL today - Mayors Manor
Whitney sounds like pretty much an ideal veteran presence in an NHL locker room.

Rudi Ball, 1936 and a Deal with the Devil | The Hockey Writers
An incredibly cool story here, one I'm surprised we haven't heard of before.

Canes Now - Staal brothers have new look: visors | blogs
In a remarkable intellectual leap, two hockey players see someone else get hurt (in this case their brother Marc of the New York Rangers) and decide to start wearing visors. Usually it takes their own face getting mashed to trigger that response.

Did the Bettman point ruin the trade deadline? - Battle of California
Yet another reason why the Overtime Loss Point is the worst thing about the NHL.

Alexander Edler Suspended 2 Games - Nucks Misconduct
The Vancouver defenseman gets a sit-down for hitting Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.

Does Marty Brodeur’s goal count for fantasy hockey? | Puck Daddy
Typically not, and that's a tragedy.

Canes Now - Canes goalie Ellis out 7 to 10 days | blogs
First Anders, now Dan? Former Predators goalies are dropping like flies.

Matt D'Agostini Traded To New Jersey Devils - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues shipped a fringe forward off to the East.

Can Brenden Morrow be the final piece to your Stanley Cup puzzle? | Puck Daddy
He'd be the poor-man's version of Jarome Iginla.

Rick Nash Clobbers Panthers' Tomas Kopecky, No Review By NHL (update): "We don't suspend for leaving the feet" - Litter Box Cats
Here's a real head-scratcher, the way Rick Nash and the Rangers avoid punishment for what was clearly a dangerous hit.