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We drove down for the Monday night game and had so much fun! I love that hockey is happening again.

NHL: SEP 16 Preseason - Panthers at Predators Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Smashville News:

Carr Hoping to Turn New Opportunity into Full-Time Role with Preds | NHL.com
My husband and I both thought Daniel Carr looked pretty good Monday night. He played hard every shift. The question is, who would go so he could stay?

Bridgestone Arena Undergoes Offseason Renovations for 'Year of the Fan' | NHL.com
Fang Vision and a new bar, plus other innovations. I have got to find all of those new pretzels next time I am down for a game.

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Wayne Simmonds | On the Forecheck
The Wayne Train has moved on to the next station. How do you think he did?

2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: Regression or Overreaction? | On the Forecheck
Eric takes a look at some players who may regress in the coming season.

Okay, I’ll let you have a look at this before I comment because it took me awhile.

First, it took me a second to see Smash—then he was all I could see. I wondered how they got that shot, then I noticed the white lines. Then on Monday, I saw the setup on the concourse and figured it out. I love this photo.

Central Division News:

Will Dustin Byfuglien’s leave of absence lead to a permanent departure from the NHL? | ESPN.com
The strangest thing about this situation is that Dustin Byfuglien waited until after camp began before making this request.

Mats Zuccarello exceeded his boyhood dreams by reaching the NHL | Star Tribune
Actually, he first wanted to make it to Sweden. While there was no mention of lizards in the article, the ad that came up for me at the bottom yesterday was the Geico Gecko.

Erik Gustafsson could be entering his final season with the Blackhawks — whether he has a good one or a bad one | Chicago Tribune
It's just fascinating to sit back and watch the yearly cycle of players in Chicago as they come off cheap deals and need to get paid.

Farewell Gloria: Blues looking for new song | St. Louis Blues
"You may have heard by now, but it’s over for “Gloria” as the Blues postgame victory song. It was fun while it lasted, to say the least." It will be interesting to see what they pick next. Actually, I am ready for a new victory song in Nashville.

Other Hockey News:

Rantanen, Laine contracts 'not close,' agent says | NHL.com
Time will tell if Mike Liut is providing good guidance to his stars.

NBC Sports NHL Player Survey: Most underrated player | ProHockeyTalk
Thanks to Auston Matthews for the shout-out to Roman Josi. I'm a little surprised that Viktor Arvidsson didn't make this list.

5 best goaltending duos in the NHL | theScore.com
Our favorite Finnish tandem of Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros ranks number two here. If they can get the playoff monkey off their back, they may challenge for number one.

Henrik Lundqvist talks Rangers rebuild, his workload and being 'the shampoo guy' | ESPN.com
"Entering his 15th season, the netminder dishes on his team's rapid rebuild, being pushed by Alexandar Georgiev, his favorite "cheat meal" and more." Cool interview. Henrik Lundqvist is a class individual.

Ovechkin of Capitals to receive Wayne Gretzky International Award | NHL.com
One day in the future there will be an award named after Alex Ovechkin.

A panda is the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics | WSYX
So the Panda is in a space suit for 5G effects? I like the Lantern too.