Monday's notes: Quiet before the storm

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 30: Jerred Smithson #25 of the Nashville Predators and Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks watches the puck shot by Matt Halischuck #24 (not pictured) of the Nashville Predators hit the back of the net after getting past goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during the second overtime period in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals to win the game 2-1 during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Today is a bit of a breather for Nashville Predators fans, a time to reflect a bit on Saturday night's thrilling victory, and get your real-world commitments taken care of in advance of tomorrow's Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena (remember, 8:00 local start for that one).

In the meantime, I've got some morning hockey links for you, including the action from around the playoffs yesterday...

2011 NHL Playoffs Gear at!;

Nashville Predators News

Anatomy of a Laser Beam | Pull My (Fang)Finger
Glowing Fox Puck, you have met your match...

Preds On The Glass: POTG Monday Headlines, News, and Morning Links
Buddy's morning links includes a whiff of panic from Vancouver.

Paul McCann - Dedication... and some Monday Thoughts
Paul touches on all things Preds this morning, including the power outage in this series.

‘Every Game Is A Tryout’ For #Preds OT Hero Halischuk - Predlines
Count me among the guys who think the Preds would be better off with Dumont or Wilson in his spot, but after his Saturday Night Special, you can bet Matt Halischuk won't be scratched any time soon.

Preds On The Glass: Barry Trotz Speaks Upon His Return to Nashville (Original Video)
Buddy was on the scene at the airport yesterday and participated in a media scrum with the coach. You can hear the crowd cheering the players in the background.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds Must Protect Home Ice
Robby look at Tuesday and Thursday as a major opportunity for the Preds.

The history of the Cell Block: the origins… | Section 303
Travel back in time as Mark Hollingsworth drops some knowledge.

Aeros Shut Out Admirals, Even Series | Admirals Roundtable
Milwaukee is now tied 1-1 in their series with Houston, after a 2-0 loss on Sunday.

Double-overtime contest doesn't leave Predators feeling drained | Nashville City Paper
My favorite note in here? At least in the two games so far, Sergei Kostitsyn is shooting the puck more.

Trotz's shrewd moves keep Predators moving forward in playoffs | Nashville City Paper
A slight tweak to the forward lines in the second OT helped make the difference, but the left-unsaid portion is that Blake Geoffrion was benched.

Predators seeing the best of Ryan Suter - The Tennessean
One of my favorite sound bites of recent days came when one analyst called Suter "a one-man breakout". His ability to carry the puck out of the Nashville end of the ice provides a unique look for the Preds' attack.

Around the NHL

Bad change: Lightning take 2-0 lead on Caps’ OT breakdown - Puck Daddy
Sloppy line changes are a bit of a pet peeve for me, and one of them cost the Capitals dearly in Game 2. Kudos to the Lightning for taking advantage quickly.

Sharks play strong all-around game to take 2-0 series lead over Detroit - Fear The Fin
San Jose took care of business on their home ice, now it's one to Joe Louis Arena where a victory in either Game 3 or 4 will put the Red Wings in a deep hole.

Stat Nerd Sunday: ‘Better rest’ means more success in playoffs? - Puck Daddy
A bit of hope here for the Preds?

Canucks and Predators - Game Two Scoring Chances - The Copper & Blue
It's interesting to get an outsider's perspective on how Game Two went.

Not easy being green Canucks fans - Calgary Sun
Did the Preds complain about Vancouver's Green Men?

Where are Henrik and Daniel Sedin for Canucks? - The Globe and Mail
Some concern is being raised over the production of Vancouver's top two scoring forwards.

Can Canucks survive the flood in Nashville? - The Globe and Mail
Check it out, as this article about the Preds' return to Nashville features @racheladdison's "Luongo Couldn't Stop A Nosebleed" sign.

Nashville: Game Two -
Tom Benjamin echoes a sentiment we've heard before: "I have a lot of respect for David Poile – enough that I generally hope that Nashville does well – but I’m already plenty tired of watching his hockey team play."

Time for Penguins to Risk Change and Invest in Talent | The Hockey Writers
A post-mortem on the Pittsburgh Penguins, following their playoff defeat against Tampa.

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