With the race for the 4-5-6 spots in the Western Conference so wide open right now, there has been some talk that perhaps dropping down to 6th wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. After all, a 1st-round match with the Pacific Division winner may turn out to be easier than facing either Chicago or Detroit in the #4 vs. #5 series.
The first article in our around-the-league notes, however, argues that nothing less than striving for your best will do...
Nashville Predators News
Week In Review: "Answering the Bell" - Predlines
Hopefully the Preds haven't gotten big heads after playing on both the NHL Network and NBC Sports in the span of a few days.
Weekend leftovers - JSOnline
After earning five points in three games, the Admirals have drawn closer to a playoff spot, but time is running out.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Western Conference Seedings: The Blues and Beyond - St. Louis Game Time
Out of the last 17 Stanley Cups, 11 were won by teams that were the 1st- or 2nd-seed in their conference.
The NHL Draft Lottery and You: How Does the Lottery Work? - Hockey Wilderness
Here's something we haven't had to worry about around here.
Scouts show their choices for first round of Draft - NHL.com
For you draft junkies out there, here's a little preview of this summer's class.
The tragic tale of Jay Bouwmeester | Backhand Shelf
On the bright side, Bouwmeester should eventually be a ringer on the NHL alumni golf circuit.
It's Ferris State, Union, Boston College and Minnesota (featuring Preds prospect Zack Budish) battling in the Frozen Four this weekend.
Presenting Alex Ovechkin’s New Celebration: The Belly Pat
A nice play on the old "hungry to score goals" idiom by Ovie here.
Sidney Crosby dummies Marek Zidlicky (twice) (GIF) - PensBurgh
Ouch, our old pal Zids got schooled twice by Sid the Kid.