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Patrick Eaves Bad Shootout Attempt Tonight

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The Predators Just May Finish Higher Than The Wings

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Finishing the season ahead of the Red Wings in the standings would be a significant milestone for the Predators….

The Red Wings have totaled more than 100 points in nine of the past 10 seasons. They’ve won two Stanley Cups and reached three Stanley Cup finals during the Predators’ lifetime.

So despite being ahead in the standings, the Predators are not saying they have finally surpassed the Red Wings. They know Detroit was decimated with injuries this season for long stretches — a group including forward Tomas Holmstrom (broken foot) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee), who are back playing again.

“We can look at it as an achievement as to where we stand, but I don’t think this year is indicative of the true Red Wings,” Predators goaltender Dan Ellis said. “It’s almost like a milestone with an asterisk. They weren’t healthy all year. And it’s not like they were missing muckers. They missed their best players for a large portion of the year.”


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Two Comparable Teams

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Cinderella, meet Cinderella.

There’s no indication officials will begin tonight’s game between the Predators and Phoenix Coyotes with that kind of introduction, but considering the circumstances it might be appropriate.

Heading into the season, it would have been hard to find a neutral hockey observer who saw much potential in either team.

Nashville was coming off a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference and made little noise during the offseason. Phoenix was coming off a 13th-place finish and was trying to recover from a disastrous offseason that began when former owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy in May.


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Nashville Hits Key Attendance Mark, $10 Million On The Way

from Nate Rau and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators said Tuesday the team will reach its critical attendance mark of 14,000 fans per game, positioning the franchise to reap a $10 million revenue-sharing payment from the National Hockey League.

The announcement comes a little more than a week after the Predators’ owners avoided a potential lease default with the city by promising to waive their early termination rights for the next two years.

“As of (last) Saturday, we’re now over the 14,000 mark, and based on ticket sales and how everything is going, I don’t see it being an issue at all,” Predators president of business operations Ed Lang said


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Afternoon Line

What Nashville does year after year - from GM David Poile, to player personnel director Paul Fenton, to Barry Trotz - is remarkable. They also have one other thing going for them. The players they select and trade for are generally hard workers and quality people. If they can just give a former No. 1 draft pick David Legwand directions to the opponents net, that might help. He hasn’t scored a goal in 31 games.

-Ray Ferraro of TSN.  More from Ray on the Predators and additional hockey notes too.

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Predators Lease Issue Solved

from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators will play hockey here for at least two more years after the team’s ownership group said Friday it had reached an agreement with the Metro Sports Authority, which serves as the city’s landlord at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators and the Sports Authority had been in negotiations in recent months to address a $3.3 million federal tax lien against lead owner and former chairman David Freeman.

Uncertainty has surrounded the Predators’ future in Nashville for years. Three years ago, the team was nearly sold to an out-of-state owner, and more recently financial questions have plagued the team’s new ownership group


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Goal Of The Night?

Pavel Datsyuk with a steal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the back of the net.


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Shea Weber Out With Upper Body Injury

Shea Weber is out of the Detroit/Nashville game with an upper-body injury.

Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond believes it is a wrist issue after reviewing some video.

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Report- Dan Hamhuis Want To Stay In Nashville

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

As of Tuesday morning, it appears as if Nashville general manager David Poile hasn’t been impressed enough to move defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers or anyone else.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Three teams have made offers on Hamhuis, and they have not been accepted,” said a source close to the situation. “Dan wants to stay in Nashville. At this point, it looks like the Predators are going to keep him.”


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Oilers Trade Denis Grebeshkov To Nashville

via TSN,

The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.

The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.

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