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The first week of this Predators season has had many ups and downs, but the best news: Hockey is back so we don’t have too much time to dwell on individual games, good or bad.

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Nashville Predators News

Former Preds Captain Fisher Enjoying Life After Hockey | NHL.com
We love you FIshy!! Life is more handsome when you're around. <3

Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 11 | NHL.com
Samuel Girard led the team onto the ice and showed a lot of good things in his first NHL contest. Also, the coaching staff tries to sort out the good and the bad from a wild home opener that included a lot of both.

Central Division Roundup

Chicago Blackhawks' Report Card Through First Four Games
If you ask me, they should get an "F" for FUGLY. Amirite??

Dallas Stars: Stars finally get results from possession-based play, beat Detroit 4-2 | SportsDay
I dunno, according to Pittsburgh fans you don't need possession as long as you have two of the best offensive players in the world and several who are still excellent. Maybe Dallas should try doing that again?

Parise back at practice with Wild, but quiet about injury details | StarTribune.com
Perhaps unsurprisingly for fans of hockey, Wild forward Zach Parise has kept tight lips about the injury that has sidelined him for Minnesota's first two games.

St. Louis Blues: Pros And Cons From Game 4 Against NY Rangers
The Blues have started 4-0 (*quiet sigh of disgust) but still have an eye on improvement.

Around the Hockeyverse

31 Thoughts: Why new arena means everything for Islanders | Sportsnet.ca
Questions about the viability of an Islanders arena in Belmont Park, McKinnon and Jost stepping up for the Avs, the importance of keeping Matt Duchene focused on this season, and much more in this week's episode of Friedman's great series, 31 Thoughts.

Neal has Golden Knights flying to begin inaugural season | NHL.com
I'm trying not to be bitter, and I trust Poile, but Nealer's 5 goals in Vegas' first three games stings.

Vegas, Leafs, Ovechkin generating quite the buzz | NHL on CBC
Tim Wharnsby of CBC looks at some of the biggest stories from the first week of this young NHL season. The Preds scoring four times with the pulled goalie has to be one, right?