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Kyle Turris practiced at 2C yesterday, with Matt Duchene taking a wing slot on the top line. Wheeeeeee!

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

Smashville:

Rinne earns win No. 350 as Preds continue to search for stability | Nashville Post
The man, the myth, the legend - Pekka Rinne! Also, the Nashville Predators have managed 7 out of 10 possible points in their last 5 games. They do need to start getting regulation wins though as the rest of the division seems to be humming along also (well, except Chicago) and we don’t want to give any of them a loser point.

Weekly Edge: Three Nashville Predators who need to step up in December
Some interesting points in Alex's weekly post. My question though is that if Dante Fabbro hasn't yet performed offensively, how is he doing defensively?

NHL Winter Classic countdown begins | NHL.com
Useful and interesting information for those attending the Winter Classic. Please note: there will be no tailgating, backpacks or coolers. And ladies—tiny purses or clear bags only!

It was hard to choose this week, but I am done in by Smash’s ear once again. If you have Instagram, go to Ryan Johansen’s story for Dozer playing a game of Statues.

Central Division News:

Blackhawks to play man short vs Blues | Yahoo
By now we will know how this worked out for them. Boy, there are cap issues and then there are “not being able to call up an AHL player” cap issues.

'It's going to be scratch and claw' | Winnipeg Free Press
An interesting analysis of the Winnipeg Jets and their November results, with an extra helping of behind the scenes road trip anecdotes.

Is Wild winger Kevin Fiala finally becoming a game-breaker? | Twin Cities
Well guess who's coming into his own? Our favorite Wild Winger—Kevin Fiala!

Other Hockey News:

Bruins' Pastrnak continues to make a case that he's the NHL's best-value player | TheHockeyNews
I dream of a Nashville Predator having a season like this.

Hockey is Magic: Episode Seven | NHL.com
I have to admit this is a little subdued for P.K. Subban, but you can tell he is mystified.

NHL Seattle’s Ron Francis comes under heavy criticism for his handling of Carolina Hurricanes player abuse | The Seattle Times
"Lineup decisions" aside, may we all say thank goodness for David Poile.

The NHL's best and worst this week - How Philly took flight in November | ESPN
Multiple interesting topics here. This piece also ends with the David Poile quote left without comment.

All eyes on Canadiens GM Bergevin following eighth-straight loss | Sportsnet.ca
How about a Kyle Turris? Would that shake them up? Hold on to your rears, the yearly drama is ramping up north of the border.

Hershey sets Teddy Bear Toss record, collecting more than 45,000 dolls | NHL.com
"Fans of the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate, tossed more than 45,000 stuffed bears onto the ice after Christian Djoos' first-period goal against Hartford, breaking their own Teddy Bear Toss record." I love these!