Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Thread & Afternoon Notes

With Nathan Horton out of the lineup, Tyler Seguin gets another shot at playoff duty tonight for Boston.

The Stanley Cup Final resumes tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central (on VERSUS) with the Boston Bruins facing an opportunity to tie the series 2-2 before it returns to Vancouver for Game 5. Can they build upon the momentum from Monday's 8-1 stomping of the Canucks, or will the Western Conference champs rebound with a stronger effort?

Follow after the jump for everything you need to set up tonight's game, as well as an extra helping of news & notes from around the league...

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Stanley Cup Final

Six questions facing teams heading into Game 4 of Final -
A quick six-pack of story lines to set up the action.

Refs need to set tone early in Game 4: Marouelli - CBC Sports
Retired referee Dan Marouelli offers insight on how the officials will need to manage the tensions in tonight's game, as well as his opinion on the Rome/Horton hit.

Tyler Seguin, and his beard, ready to seize chance in Game 4 - Puck Daddy
The kid gets his shot tonight.

Vancouver says this Tim Thomas aggression will not stand - Puck Daddy
Somebody protect the Canucks from that mean, mean goalie!

Luongo Looks to Rebound in Game 4 - NHL Hot Stove
The conventional wisdom holds that hockey players and teams are able to shake off blowouts better than tight losses, so we'll see how that goes tonight.

The Game After A Blowout - Houses of the Hockey
...and Rick examines exactly that question!

Consulting Burke shows woes of NHL - The Globe and Mail
The most bizarre aspect of the Aaron Rome suspension? The fact that the NHL consulted with Brian Burke, the former GM in Vancouver, on the matter before making a decision. Bizarre, bizarre stuff.

Ice not helping Canucks - The Province
Warm weather in Boston could slow down the ice surface, which presumably hurts the Canucks more than the Bruins.

Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: Buckle up Preds' fans
Robby is starting to feel anxious about what July 1 might bring.

Paul McCann - Wednesday Roundup - Game Four Notes _ Updated SSR Guests
Among other items, Paul sets up tonight's episode of SlapShot Radio...

Preds On The Glass: POTG Wednesday Headlines, News, and Morning Links
Buddy's morning links included all the teeny bopper news thats fit to print. I wonder if Jackson found it for him...

19th Annual Radiothon to benefit the Charles Davis Foundation - 104.5 The Zone
Check out the auction page for 104.5's annual charity fundraiser, there are lots of Nashville Predators-themed items available including autographed pucks, jerseys, and sticks.

Around the NHL

Patrick Kane finally gets title-winning puck, with a twist - Puck Daddy
Now this is a cool story...

If Flyers can sign Ilya Bryzgalov, they'd have to ship out salaries -
Kevin Allen looks at which options Philly has to make room under the salary cap.

Panthers Assistant GM Mike Santos: No Worries on Erik Gudbranson; No Talks with Mike Santorelli; Panthers Like Tomas Vokoun and More - On Frozen Pond
The former Preds' front office man is busy down in Florida.

If You Ban Head Shots, Does Fighting Go? - Lighthouse Hockey
Taking the anti-head shot argument to its logical extreme.

Hockey Math Works, Part II - The Copper & Blue
Nerds rule, "I watch the game" dinosaurs drool.

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