Tuesday's news: The captain returns!

At long last, it appears that Jason Arnott is ready to return to game action, in time for an important game at Phoenix tomorrow that will go a long way towards establishing Nashville's position in the Western Conference playoff bracket.

After the jump, we've got that report, along with the Predators appearing twice in the NHL's Top 10 Goals of the Year video! While you're reading, make sure to catch GM David Poile's segment on the Thom Abraham Show yesterday afternoon, as he looks ahead to the playoffs:

David Poile on Thom Abraham Show 20100405

Predators News

Predators captain ready to return from concussion - The Tennessean
Jason Arnott is expected back in the lineup tomorrow in Phoenix, while Denis Grebeshkov's return is still uncertain.

303 ON TOUR: Jeremy reflects on Detroit… | Section 303
Jeremy made the road trip for last Saturday's game against the Red Wings, and lived to tell the tale.

Windsor's Bob Duff: Ryan Ellis elevates game
The Preds' 2009 1st-round draft pick is continuing to light it up for the Windsor Spitfires, as they work their way towards defending their Memorial Cup championship.

The Playoff Push " Big Kev On Hockey
Which opponent do Preds fans want to see in the first round? Big Kev examines the options...

Preds On The Glass: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part, POTG Podcast, and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy's just waiting for the playoffs to start, but in the meantime he also has this week's podcast to share!

Predators Playoff Possibilities - Paul McCann
Paul has all the details on where the Preds could end up in the Western Conference standings.

Around the NHL

Fleury: Graham James pardon 'amazing opportunity' for victims - Puck Daddy
Theo Fleury finds a positive angle in the story around Graham James' surprising pardon. I hope he's right...

The NHL’s top defensive forwards - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle proposes a list of top Selke Trophy candidates... which doesn't include any Predators.

Flames hoping to catch a break in key match - The Globe and Mail
Calgary's players and coaches are still saying all the right things about having a chance, etc., but does anyone really believe them?

Kovalchuk and Devils Come to Atlanta - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Thrashers have actually played pretty well since trading Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey.

Second-half standings reveal who's hot, who's not heading into playoffs - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun looks at the hot teams coming down the stretch, with the top four being Detroit, Washington, Phoenix, and Nashville.

Pierre LeBrun on 2nd-Half Record vs Playoff Performance - Behind The Net
Eviscerating the idea that being hot down the stretch really translates to playoff success. In fact, eventual Cup winners have generally played better in the 1st half of the season than the 2nd.

mc79hockey.com - Hot Teams and the Cup
Again, does being "hot" really matter?

Daniel Alfredsson set to play his 1000th game tonight - Silver Seven
A milestone achievement arrives for a true professional.

The Enigma That Is Kyle Quincey - View From My Seats
Has the vagabond defenseman run out of gas in Colorado?

Good night: The best player no one talks about | The Two-Line Pass
Is Nicklas Backstrom the real MVP in Washington?

SPORT EXPRESS - UFA CLUB IS ONE STEP OF LOSING THE SERIES
It looks like Alexander Radulov's KHL team, Salavat Yulaev Ufa is on the brink of elimination at the hands of Ak Bars.

PHT at Wachovia: My first day in the media - ProHockeyTalk
Brandon recaps his first time covering an NHL game from the press box.

Lastly, it's time to check out the Top Ten Goals of the Season! And look, the Predators are in there twice!!!

Well, not in a good way, for sure, but they're in there! If you ever needed another argument for #split28, just roll the video.

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