Are you ready for another set of late-night games on TV, Preds fans? While the actual schedule hasn't been announced, it looks like the Predators and Canucks will start their Western Conference Semifinal series tomorrow night at Rogers Centre, with Game 2 coming up Saturday night. Keep your computer's rabbit ears tuned to this channel, as we'll share the details with you as soon as they become available.
We'll have a multitude of articles on the series over the next 48 hours to help get you ready, but until then, follow after the jump for a sampling of news & notes from around the league...
Nashville Predators News
First off, credit goes to super Preds fan Rachel Addison for creating the unofficial logo of this Preds/Canucks series:
Preds On The Glass: POTG Wednesday Headlines, Thoughts, and Links
Buddy's going to be on NHL Home Ice this morning! Tres cool...
Paul McCann - Random Thoughts... SlapShot Radio preview...
Paul will have a series preview on tonight's radio show (6:00 p.m. on 560-AM, WNSR) featuring Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey and Jeremy Gover of Section 303.
Predators will face top team from regular season in second round | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair got early reaction from Barry Trotz to the Nashville-Vancouver matchup.
Martin Erat returns to ice - The Tennessean
It sounds like the Marty Party will be ready for Game One. Cal O'Reilly, however, is still a no-go.
Steve Sullivan feels younger during playoff run - The Tennessean
Having Sully's zip on the 4th line is critical for a Preds team that will face wave after wave of talented Canuck forwards.
Around the NHL
Game 7 Report Card ; Redemption - Nucks Misconduct
I think those massive storms rolling through Tennessee last night were driven by a mass exhale out of the Northwest. The Canucks almost blew this one, yielding a shorthanded goal in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime (what kind of team does that in the playoffs?), but Alex Burrows saved their season.
Burrows, Canucks win Game 7 in OT - National Post
Did Roberto Luongo really say that winning last night's game "might be better" than his Olympic gold medal victory? Wow, and I thought Nashville was excited to make it into the second round...
Miller, Sabres Buffaloed by Flyers game seven stampede - NHL Hot Stove
Over in the East, the Game 7 wasn't nearly as suspenseful, as the Flyers blew out Buffalo.
Habs tie it up. Series headed back to Boston - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Seven's are wild in this opening round of the playoffs, as these two ancient rivals will hold their final battle tomorrow night in Boston.
Selanne undecided on future despite fabulous season - FoxNews.com
No surprise here, that Teemu Selanne will take his time before deciding upon his future. There's no question that he can still be a dangerous presence coming down the wing.
NHL, Hulsizer tweak deal to purchase Coyotes - The Globe and Mail
It would be interesting to go back and see how many times the phrase "last-ditch effort" has been used to describe this sale.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s Masterton snub - TheScore.com
The Minnesota forward missed over 100 games with a concussion before returning this season, and could well have been in the mix for the Masterton, whose finalists include Ray Emery, Ian Laperierre, and Daymond Langkow.
NBC Cast To Grow A Bit For the Finals " Puck The Media
It looks like Keith Jones will join the studio crew for NBC's coverage of the playoffs.