Hal Gill skates, but only for a moment: Friday's notes

Mar 15, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Hal Gill (75) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Nashville 2-1 in shootouts. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The emotions of Preds fans went up and down like a roller coaster in moments this morning, as word came out that defenseman Hal Gill joined the team for the morning skate... but then left the rink moments later (tweets from Josh Cooper). That can't bode well for his chances of playing tonight.

There's plenty of hockey news after the jump, however, so head on in...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators struggle with power play in series opener | The Tennessean
This is probably the biggest area for improvement moving forward.

Predators rookie builds on postseason success with memorable NHL playoff debut | Nashville City Paper
Gabriel Bourque has enjoyed sensational playoff runs on his way up to the NHL.

Inside Smashville " Discipline will be key to game two of Western Conference quarterfinals
I don't think anybody wants to see a repeat of the penalty box parade.

The 303:30 – Weber vs. Zetterberg, Adam Proteau and Puck Daddy himself | Section 303
The boys have a fresh podcast episode to tide you over until game time.

GAME 1- It felt good. - Predlines
Dan offers a number of observations from Game 1, and what the Preds need to improve on tonight.

Smashville 24/7 - Historical importance of Game 2
Obviously, the stakes tonight are big.

How to get Radulov going - Predators Insider
Barry Trotz talks about getting the puck on Rads' stick more.

Ads can clinch playoff spot on Friday if ... - JSOnline
"It has come to this for the Milwaukee Admirals: Three games, three days, four points. Get four points, and the team is in the playoffs for the 10th straight season regardless of what other teams do."

Might be time to update that stock footage, NBC. on Twitpic
Yikes, the promo last night for Game Two featured some rather outdated Preds video!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Havlat and Niemi shine brightest in series opening win - Fear The Fin
The Sharks seized home-ice advantage away from St. Louis with a double-overtime victory.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 Recap: Coyotes Recover in OT for 3-2 Victory - Five For Howling
The Blackhawks scored late to send this to OT, but Martin Hanzel saved the day for Phoenix.

Behind Kelly's Lone Shot, Bruins Take 1-0 Advantage Over Caps - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins got off to a good start with a tightly-played overtime win over Washington.

Game 1: Rangers Vs. Senators: Rangers Defeat Senators 4-2 In Game One - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers took the early lead and never looked back.

Byron Bitz Suspended 2 Games - Nucks Misconduct
The Vancouver winger gets a sit-down for boarding L.A.'s Kyle Clifford.

Brent Sutter Not Returning (In Other Words, Fired) - Matchsticks and Gasoline
They worked really hard to strike just the right euphemism, but the bottom line is that the Flames are looking for a new head coach.

Evaluating The Draft: A New Methodology - Habs Eyes On The Prize
A creative take on an old question.

The NHL's Most Interesting Name Finals Bracket: (4) Zarley Zalapski vs. (5) Jeff Beukeboom - Arctic Ice Hockey
You gotta go with Z, right?

The Edmonton Oilers and "Character" | Edmonton Journal
I want to know which NHL teams don't emphasize character.

NHL Playoff Beard Watch: Puck Daddy’s guide to 2012 Stanley Cup scruff | Puck Daddy
As you can imagine, Shea Weber fits in prominently here.

It's Not Part of the Game...: Additional Statistics on the Impact of Fighting
An interesting approach here to try and test the notion that fighting in hockey acts as a self-policing mechanism.

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