How cool is this, folks? We've flipped over the calendar to May and we're still enjoying Nashville Predators hockey. Tonight's Game 3 will be surrounded with an extra-special atmosphere, between the "Gold Out" (t-shirts to be handed out to all attendees), to the excitement of 2nd-round hockey at Bridgestone Arena, and the opportunity to take the series lead over the favored Vancouver Canucks.
And aside from the hockey, I can only imagine how energetic tonight's Military Salute will be. For those who may not have been to Bridgestone, during each game the Preds recognize an active duty soldier or veteran on the scoreboard, and the fans give them a standing ovation. Considering the news that the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment from nearby Fort Campbell played a big part in the recent operation to killOsama Bin Laden, I'm sure the residents of Smashville will want to give these heroes the thanks they deserve.
For now, just follow after the jump for your morning hockey news!
Nashville Predators News
Cox: Predators survive and soar in ‘Smashville’ - thestar.com
Can you believe this Toronto columnist had to get perspective on the Mike Fisher trade from some transplanted Detroiter? Yeesh.
Red Light District: Rinne ‘bailing out’ Nashville in second round
...well, let's be honest, this is basically his job description.
Music City Mindset: They Play Hockey in May?
Ryan notes that while the Preds are breaking new ground in the playoffs, the game of hockey is growing throughout Middle Tennessee, too.
WCSF Game 3 Preview: Nashville Plays Its First Ever Game In May - Predlines
Amanda wonders when the power plays will start clicking.
Moms continue to play a big part in the lives of the Nashville Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond knows how to pile up the brownie points ahead of Mother's Day.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Battle Moves To Smashville
Robby's keeping his eye on Shane O`Brien tonight.
Preds Foundation Distributes Record Amount of Grants to Middle Tennessee Community
The team's charitable arm handed out over $325,000 this year, a boost of over $20,000 over last year's record total.
Predators a franchise many years in the making - The Province
If you want a glimpse of pre-NHL hockey, just ask Preds assistant coach Peter Horachek, who coached the ECHL's Nashville Knights.
Legwand’s skills don’t translate into great statistics - Montreal Gazette
Cue the David Legwand debate thread, this time in French...
Trotz, Poile build Predators’ success from ground up - Vancouver Sun
Celebrating the long-term results that the Preds' leadership has delivered over the years.
Defence duo in perfect harmony - Vancouver Sun
The Preds have star players, alright, they're just on the blueline and in goal.
Ward's points valuable for Predators now, likely worth something for him later | Nashville City Paper
Joel Ward is heading for free agency, and leading the team in playoff scoring is a sure way to a happy payday.
Predators keep Canucks' top scorers off the board | Nashville City Paper
How long can the Preds hold the Sedins down?
Nashville Predators adjust, creating goals - The Tennessean
The Preds don't really on a single star to light up the scoreboard, a strategy which has paid off so far.
Nashville Predators see young players step up - The Tennessean
The rise of USA Hockey within the ranks of elite NHL players continues with guys like Ryan Suter and Ryan Kesler.
Joe Biddle: Nashville Predators' past losses pay off - The Tennessean
Joe Biddle's going hockey-crazy these days...
Around the NHL
Alex Burrows given match to light fire under Sedins - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver's main task right now is to get Henrik & Daniel scoring again.
Coach mixes lines to jump-start offence - Vancouver Sun
Will Alain Vigneault shuffle his lineup tonight in order to get the offense rolling?
NHL should embrace Vancouver's 'Green Men' - The Globe and Mail
What's next, putting @bigbenpreds on Weight Watchers?
Boucher is not worried about being outshot, just focusing on the task at hand - Raw Charge
With a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals and two home games coming up, Guy Boucher's Lightning hold all the cards.
One-on-one with Wade Belak - thestar.com
Wade was probably never more popular than during his run in Toronto, so naturally the media there wanted to catch up with him.
Top-20 worst bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11 | Hockey Independent
It's no surprise to see J.P. Dumont end up on this list, after failing to earn his way out of Barry Trotz's doghouse.
First Round Playoff Penalty Rates - Behind The Net
Do referees really swallow their whistles during the playoffs?
Adam McQuaid Takes Header Into Boards After Missing Hit On Mike Richards - SBNation.com
Ouch! A similar play back in Gordie Howe's rookie season almost ended his career before it even got started.
Player evaluation: Brown " LA Kings Insider
Rich Hammond overlooks a key aspect of Dustin Brown's contribution to the Los Angeles Kings - his ability to draw penalties and put his team on the power play.
The Hockey News: Difficult contracts, difficult decisions
Could Scott Gomez become the next high-paid NHL player to get banished to the minors so that his team can avoid the salary cap hit? Quite possibly.
Atlanta Thrashers Will Likely Be Sold For $110 Million - SportsMoney - Forbes
It looks like former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine (a fine hockey player in his own right) could become one of the new owners of the Thrashers.