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We’ve got links as the season gets properly off the ground.

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Central Division News & Notes

Nashville Predators 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 2: The Juuse is Loose | On the Forecheck
As usual, I missed the Saturday night game, so if you like me had a preexisting commitment, Eamon has you covered.

Game 2 Recap: Same as Thursday except worse | The Cannon
Understandably, Columbus Blue Jackets fans were not as happy.

RECAP: Filip Zadina ignites slumping Red Wings offense in 4-2 win over Hurricanes | Winging It In Motown
Meanwhile, there are signs of optimism in Detroit.

They said it: Brind’Amour, Trocheck, Svechnikov on a disappointing loss | Canes Country
Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t seem thrilled with the quasi-bubble’s effect on road teams, which is an interesting thing to keep in mind when the Preds finally get on the road.

Other News & Notes

Gritty celebrates Travis Konecny's hat trick with gigantic hat | ProHockeyTalk
This article contains the paragraph "Never fear. Gritty has you covered."--somewhere between comforting and terrifying, as philosophies go.

Gritty is naked again | RMNB
On Friday night, before any hats were needed, Gritty...actually was still wearing a hat. I do wonder what eldritch ritual the Philadelphia Flyers performed to summon Gritty from the essence of the city.

Oilers considering amateurs to fill third goalie spot | Sportsnet.ca
I hear Shannon Szabados is available... (She’s filled in for them in the past, though only in practice. More to the point, though, the current problem is quarantine-related.)

Keith Yandle: NHL ironman streak in jeopardy with Panthers | ProHockeyTalk
I've never really been a fan of ironman streaks, since emphasizing them incentivizes players to play hurt or sick.

Penguins 'very interested' in acquiring Jack Roslovic from Jets | Sportsnet.ca
Elliotte Friedman notes, "The Pittsburgh Penguins have started the season 0-2 and we know [GM] Jim Rutherford is not afraid." Not afraid of what, acquiring Cody Ceci on purpose?

Wisconsin adds U.S. U18 gold medalist Lacey Eden midseason | The Ice Garden
The NCAA's decision to go conference-by-conference in terms of whether or not there's a hockey season seems to be having ripple effects.

NHL injury news: Flyers' Couturier, Islanders' Varlamov, and more | ProHockeyTalk
Rough night for the East.

Carey Price in dominant form as Canadiens stifle superstar-led Oilers | Sportsnet.ca
One of these days the Canadiens might even get around to being nice to their goalie. I guess scoring goals is a refreshing start.

Wild literally beat Kings in OT by a matter of inches, seconds | ProHockeyTalk
Not the way I personally was hoping the "Minnesota Wild leave Kirill Kaprizov in Russia for years while he wonders why they even bothered to draft him" saga was going to end, but there you have it.

TJ Oshie does a PSA for mask-wearing: ‘I wear a mask and you should, too.’ | RMNB
I guess it can't hurt for the NHL to do mask PSAs, but the idea of anyone suddenly realizing that other people's health and safety are important ten months into this pandemic in the US just because a hockey player told them so is... Well, I guess if even one person changes their mind, that's something.

How Flames plan to best replicate in-game Saddledome experience | Sportsnet.ca
If media weren't allowed either I'd make a joke about telling reporters to set up a tightrope in their backyards, but as it is I'll simply note that this is an interesting piece about the crowd noise sound crew.