Saturday's notes: Save us, J.P. Dumont!

J.P.Dumont gets another shot at playoff action tonight in place of the injured Jerred Smithson.

Both the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals will battle to keep their seasons alive this weekend, with Preds/Canucks Game 5 tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central, and Admirals/Aeros Game 6 tomorrow at 5:00. The fresh wrinkle for tonight will be the addition of J.P. Dumont into the Preds lineup, since Jerred Smithson didn't even make the trip to Vancouver. How will that 4th line look, and what kind of offensive pop might they provide tonight? Can the man who led the Preds in scoring for a couple seasons make the difference? These days, Nashville could use a goal from just about anybody.

For now, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news!

Nashville Predators News

WCSF Game 5 Preview – Trotz: ‘The Task Is One’ - Predlines
I like the way Barry Trotz characterized the job at hand. Just win tonight.

O’Brien Stays Disciplined Against Former Team - Predlines
The Mighty SOB has done a much better job staying out of the box, one small victory in this series.

Admirals Cough Up Lead, Face Elimination Sunday - Admirals Roundtable
Ryan shares his view of last night's OT loss.

Nashville Predators' Jerred Smithson doesn't travel with team for Game 5 - The Tennessean
Paging J.P. Dumont...

Nashville Predators face elimination game against Vancouver Canucks - The Tennessean
Theirs is not reason why, theirs is just to do or die...

Joe Biddle: Nashville Predators need to find offense if comeback is in plans - The Tennessean
Cunning insight here.

Around the NHL

The New Malhotra - Houses of the Hockey
Vancouver has had to make do without their shutdown center, and they've divided his workload between multiple players.

Nashville: Game Four : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
The Canuck Curmudgeon is feeling pretty good about things.

Canucks focus on ‘game at hand’ - The Globe and Mail
From the Vancouver perspective, they don't want to let the Preds up off the mat, as they did with Chicago in the first round.

Red Helm Redemption: Wings 4 - Sharks 3 (OT - Sharks lead 3-1) - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings stayed alive thanks to a late goal by Darren Helm.

It's over: Flyers get pushed around by Bruins, season ends with bitter taste - Broad Street Hockey
The picture has to be seen to be believed. Chara makes Scott Hartnell look like an 8-year-old.

Glendale looking to renew contract to keep Coyotes - TSN
Could we really be looking at another year of lingering in Phoenix? Oy.

Just so you know, Stars are not moving - The Dallas Morning News
What? I thought the Stars were moving to Phoenix, the Coyotes to Atlanta, and the Thrashers were off to Dallas...

The Avs talent Gap (Part 1) - Jibblescribbits
Here's an interesting approach to evaluating the talent on a team's roster, by looking at where each player would probably fit on other teams around the league.

Roger Neilson and the history and importance of advanced stats in the NHL - Edmonton Journal
I can see how scoring chances can be a bit more informative than raw shots-on-goal totals, but they're still subject to quite a bit of individual judgment on the scorer's part.

Moving Day: World Championship Day 9 Open Thread - Puck Worlds
Team USA takes on France at 1:15 p.m. Central time.

OHL: Dealing with draft manipulation an unsolvable riddle - Buzzing The Net
A meditation on one of the longstanding controversies surrounding junior hockey. 

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