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There’s a narratively-important game tonight, but, in the meantime, some links.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators Prospects Report: November | On the Forecheck
Catch up with the Preds' prospects in Eric's monthly review.

Preds Ready for Next Chapter of Rivalry with Stars | NHL.com
I think the biggest actual news in this piece is that the Preds organization is treating "gold", as in the team's color appearing in the new Winter Classic uniforms, as a--I was about to say "proper noun" but it's an adjective. As a word that must be capitalized in use to distinguish it.

Other News & Notes

Akim Aliu continues his push for inclusiveness in hockey | Sportsnet.ca
Aliu says he's optimistic, and I'm glad of that and hope he's right.

Krissy Wendell inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame | The Ice Garden
Wendell's numbers are phenomenal. Good on the voters for not overlooking her.

Flyers' Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma | ProHockeyTalk
Awful news for Lindblom. Best wishes to him.

Jets' Wheeler on being under-appreciated: 'I’ve done it for a long time' | Sportsnet.ca
It's honestly remarkable to me how many people seem to forget Blake Wheeler exists. He has been this good--or better--for a really long time. Maybe it's playing in Winnipeg?

Avalanche get close look at Taylor Hall as trade rumors continue | ProHockeyTalk
This headline is kind of misleading. They were in the same city as Hall, if that counts, but he was held out of the game for precautionary reasons. On a related note, someone other than Joe Sakic really needs to hurry up and make that trade.

Truth By Numbers: Where Nathan MacKinnon fits in world's best player debate | Sportsnet.ca
Spoiler: it's still Connor McDavid.

Pastrnak the Unpredictable: Bruins winger is dominating NHL | ProHockeyTalk
Oh, I see, it’s okay when David Pastrnak tries a drop pass on a breakaway, that’s cool and innovative when he does it.

Four PWHPA players to play in ECHL All-Star Classic | The Ice Garden
The ECHL has invited Dani Cameranesi, Gigi Marvin, Kali Flanagan, and Annie Pankowski to join their all-star game itself, as well as the skills competition.

Oilers headed toward another collapse without major changes | ProHockeyTalk
I feel bad for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in all this. Also, oh Oilera.

IceDogs, OHL announce weekend games will be postponed as team recovers | Sportsnet.ca
I'm really glad both that Tynan is okay and that the IceDogs aren't shoving the rest of those kids right back into sportsing like nothing is wrong. It's, uh, probably too much to hope that they've made a counselor available in case any of their players want to talk to someone, but I'm hoping anyway.