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In which our heroes head back home after a quick trip to Western Canada, Matt Duchene gets placed on Injured Reserve, and some autographed photos get ‘DESTROYED’ (gasp!).

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Broadcaster Blog: A Closer Look at the Rinne Workload | Nashville Predators
Willy Daunic analyzes Rinne’s game through the season’s first two months.

Five Preds Nominated for NHL All-Star Fan Vote | Nashville Predators
Be sure to vote for our boys!

Preds Official Podcast: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Calls Poile | Nashville Predators
The Preds Podcast interviews GMDP, looks at the NHL’s expansion to Seattle, and discusses the Preds need to play defensive following injuries.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Rangers top Forbes’ list of most valuable teams | ESPN
The top 5 most valuable NHL teams

1. New York Rangers ($1.55 billion)
2. Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.45 billion)
3. Montreal Canadiens ($1.3 billion)
4. Chicago Blackhawks ($1.05 billion)
5. Boston Bruins ($925 million)

It pays to be an Original Six team.

Matthews, Nylander working to regain their form | TSN
“They’re really good players so they’re going to be able to do things in the meantime anyway,” said Mike Babcock. “But for them to feel as good as they want to feel and know they have rhythm and know that it’s going, their best is going to take them some time. But they’re confident in their abilities, we’re confident in their abilities, we’re not letting that get in our way.”

Ryan Reaves’ autographed photos of hit on Tom Wilson ‘destroyed’ | ESPN
This very well may be the dumbest hockey story of the year.

Giroux’s goal, 3 assists helps Flyers hand Sabres fifth straight loss | Sportsnet
The Sabres went from the hottest team in the league to a full-blown train wreck.

Everything you need to know about Seattle’s new NHL team | ESPN
Unfortunately, there’s no mention in this article of my pick for the team name.

...The Fighting Meg Ryans.

Senators place Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan on injured reserve | Sportsnet
The Senators are dealt a serious blow on offense as both Bobby Ryan (6 goals, 12 assists) and Matt Duchene (12 goals, 22 assists) have been placed on the IR.

Truth By Numbers: How Colorado’s top line is finding its success | Sportsnet
“The Avalanche have the league’s top two scorers on one line, but is one of them having more of an impact on that production than the other?”