Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian readers and Happy Columbus Day to those who are celebrating with a day off in the States of which I am not one. There are four games this afternoon to give us worker bees hockey to listen to while we toil.
It was the biggest of days in Winnipeg with the return of the Jets. While the team lost on the ice, it was still a victory for the Winnipeg NHL fans. Illegal Curve has all the details. Gary Bettman even received a rare positive reception in the city.
The Preds are looking good, sitting atop the Western Conference after going 2-0 on the road against key Central Division rivals. Here is our round up from Saturday's win in St. Louis as well as Friday night's win in Columbus.
Make the jump for today's news and links...
Predators Community Days...
A longtime annual event has been the Predators players getting out into the community to visit with fans at various establishments. Here is the short list of public activities and here is a more detailed release that shows the full extent of the Preds outreach with specifics about each stop on the tour.
In Pred Nation...
Amanda DiPaolo has a nice piece about Nick Spaling's expanded role with the Predators.
The Preds gave AJ from Preds AJenda a black eye, literally.
Josh Cooper points out that the Predators made a statement with their opening weekend wins.
Ryan Porth continues his "Getting to Know" series with an expose on Patten Fuqua of Puck Scene.
Dirk Hoag looks at the week ahead for the Predators. He also slips in a season preview for Cal O'Reilly. Dirk is up early today with his morning links.
Kris Martel also looks into the crystal ball for the Preds.
Jeremy Gover has the video on the "303 Mega Trip" that aired during Saturday's Preds-Blues game on FS TN.
Jeremy Sargent compares the preseason predictions for the Preds with the local and national media.
Puck Daddy gave David Legwand his second star for his four point night on Saturday as did NHL.com.
Ryan Shannon wraps up the Preds weekend at Music City Mindset.
Is J.P. Dumont headed overseas? Young Colin Fitts throws it out there.
The Predators won the Nashville Chamber's "Spirit of the Region" Award in ceremonies last week.
Ryan Miller has the story of the Milwaukee Admirals season opening 4-1 victory over Peoria on Saturday night.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard is the latest casualty with two games for high sticking Matt Calvert on Saturday night. Here is the video from the man.
Alan Walsh took exception to the suspension. I have to admit that it was the most questionable suspension yet since Calvert was the antagonist in the matter.
It appears that some NHL GM's aren't thrilled with Brendan Shanahan's policing of the league's hits.
Around the NHL....
Evgeni Malkin missed last night's game in Edmonton with a lower body injury. Edmonton won in a shootout after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal in his first NHL game.
Mike Cammalleri will be out at least two weeks after getting sliced by a skate in Winnipeg.
Adam Getz has the Predators at the head of the list of NHL teams with homegrown talent.
Matt Reitz has everything we missed last week with his Weekly Cross Checks series.
Andy Strickland says Blues fans are concerned after Saturday's loss to the Preds.
It was a big night in Denver on Saturday as Peter Forsberg's jersey was retired. Here is the video.
Don Cherry didn't back down from his opening night comments on fighting on Saturday. The CBC distanced itself from the comments but let the show go on with part two.
We saw an injury to Carlo Colaiacovo on Saturday as Blake Geoffrion tried to negate an icing call. Mike Russo calls for change in the rules in his Sunday post.
In an odd situation, Montreal returned Blair Betts to Philadelphia after their doctor felt he was injured. He had been claimed on waivers on October 5. The move is causing multiple problems for the Flyers.
RLD Hockey has a post about veterans under pressure.
Ms. Conduct has an interesting post at Backhand Shelf on ladies who like hockey and a good tush.
Canada has produced a new coin to commemorate the return of the Jets to Winnipeg.
Psycho Puck Lady has a top ten of Don Cherry videos.
For a little humor, Andy Strickland has an Islanders cheerleader taking a dive on the ice. Why is seeing somebody fall down always funny?
Odds and Ends...
There is a new movie studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico that is designed to resemble the pueblos of Chaco Canyon.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass