Tuesday's notes: Stats analysts ponder Preds improvement

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 03: Paul Gaustad #28 of the Nashville Predators skates in his first game as a Predator against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center on March 3, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Our hockey notes this morning begin with two discussion from hockey stats analysts which put forth the notion that the Nashville Predators' recent personnel moves may have addressed the team's most glaring fundamental issue, a tendency to get out-shot consistently. Having a star goaltender is nice, but relying on him so heavily every night is a dicey proposition come playoff time.

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Nashville Predators News

Hockey Prospectus Radio: Episode 13 ("Radulov’s Return")
Entertaining talk here, including a discussion on how the Preds shape up now.

NHL Playoff Preview: Who Is Playing Well Down The Stretch? - Broad Street Hockey
Are the Predators rising towards mediocrity in puck possession, after all the additions made over the last month? If so, that would greatly bolster their playoff chances.

Penalty Plus/Minus: End-of-Season Update | Backhand Shelf
Patric Hornqvist indeed places highly on this list.

Barry Trotz just a single win away from 500… | Section 303
Jeremy compares how long it has taken other recent expansion teams to reach 500 wins. Even after you consider the impact of ties in the pre-lockout NHL (what used to be a tie now has a 50/50 shot of becoming a win), only Ottawa and Anaheim come close to winning 500 as quickly as the Preds & Barry Trotz have.

Preds On The Glass: Recent national anthem faux pas and the way it should be done
Buddy drops a little Dennis Morgan on ya.

Where has Jordin Tootoo’s Passion Gone? | ladypreds
Wow, I didn't realize that it's been almost 3 months since Tootoo last scored a goal.

Nashville Predators are one point from playoffs | The Tennessean
The Preds can make their playoff spot official with a win or overtime/shootout loss tonight.

Predators' Barry Trotz closes in on 500th win | The Tennessean
Among other notes this morning, it sounds like Colin Wilson is ready for game action. The question is, can he crack the lineup?

Alexander Radulov's return, performance raises expectations for Predators | Nashville City Paper
Shea Weber & Ryan Suter sound thrilled to have Radulov back. I do wonder what some of the guys getting pushed down the depth chart might think.

Legislation Takes Tax Money Back From Preds - NewsChannel5.com
Phil's latest "investigate report" starts off with a gross mischaracterization: Metro Nashville city officials are taking back millions of tax dollars that had been going to the Nashville Predators. What's described in the article does not involve the city actually "taking back" any money, but rather claiming future funds generated by sales tax at non-hockey events at Bridgestone Arena. The team's not resisting this change, by the way.

Preds Owner Tom Cigarran to Receive the Spirit of Nashville Award from T.J. Martell Foundation - Nashville Predators
A nice honor for the Preds' chairman.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Quebec arena announcement ends strange week + 30 thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman works through some parental issues.

Playoff marathon may hinge on how many top players get concussions - The Globe and Mail
Unfortunately, concussions have taken over as a huge element which will significantly affect various teams' playoff chances.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton make their case for the Calder Trophy | Puck Daddy
I'm sorry, but when you're down to comparing a 62.1% Zone Start figure for RNH vs. 54.2% for Gabriel Landeskog, you're really splitting hairs.

ECHL leading scorer suspended after allegedly stealing taxi cab outside bar | Puck Daddy
Now there's a headline you don't see every day.

Canadian teams barely a blip in the chase for Lord Stanley's trophy - The Globe and Mail
Only two of seven Canadian clubs will make the playoffs this year.

Edmonton Oilers’ improved goal differential a cause for optimism | Edmonton Journal
Are the Oilers the most improved team in the league???

St. Louis Blues Fans Are Happy, Nervous, Anxious - St. Louis Game Time
Emotions are all over the map as the Blues enter the playoffs as a Western Conference favorite.

Has Ron MacLean Become Too Agenda-Driven on Hockey Night? " Puck The Media
I'm OK with MacLean's style, it's a refreshing difference from the vast majority of hockey coverage.

SportsCenter shockingly gives hockey some love | Awful Announcing
Eyebrows were raised when ESPN actually spent a few minutes talking about the NHL.

Down Goes Brown: A hockey fan's guide to Wrestlemania
Wrestlemania: The athletes can often be heard using catchphrases such as "Do you smell what The Rock is cooking" and "I am the Ayatollah of Rock-and-rollah". NHL: The athletes can often be heard using catchphrases such as "We just have to take it one game at a time" and "Like I said, we just have to take it one game at a time".

Kings At Canucks Recap ; None Shall Pass (1-0W) - Nucks Misconduct
This leaves the Kings one point out of 8th, with a game in hand on Phoenix.

San Jose Sharks reclaim the Pacific Division lead with 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche - Fear The Fin
The Sharks may pull their butts out of the fire, after all.

Avalanche playoff hopes on life support after loss in san Jose | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
The picture here says it all.

Drink! Wings Earn 21st Straight Playoff Berth - Red Wings 7 - Blue Jackets 2 - Winging It In Motown
Can't Columbus just invoke the mercy rule and head to the golf course already?

Senators win 6-4 over refs-Jets superteam - Silver Seven
Ottawa moves a step closer to punching their playoff ticket, despite some objectionable officiating.

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