Predators ability to finish to be tested in Game 5: Wednesday afternoon notes

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 17: Kevin Klein #8 of the Nashville Predators celebrate a third period goal with Shea Weber #6 while playing the Detroit Red Wings in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Our afternoon hockey notes begin with updates from today's press conference held by the Preds, in which Barry Trotz talks about what he's liked out of his team so far, what could be better, and what they need to do in order to keep moving forward...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators seek improvement going into Game 5 | The Tennessean
This is no time to get comfortable, says Barry Trotz.

Smashville 24/7 - Preds allowing fewer goals in April; Trotz talks playoff violence
Trotz does, however, like the effort he's seeing by guys without the puck.

Nashville Predators Win, Vince Gill Loses (His Voice, That Is) - The Boot
Vince has been sharing his love of hockey with concert audiences.

Nashville Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek had hockey career influenced by Bob Perani | MLive.com
Perani (who passed away recently) was a giant in the hockey community in Michigan, where "Perani's Hockey World" stores are a destination for hockey players.

Preds' Bourque becoming unexpected playoff hero - NHL.com

Give it up for the Preds' goal-scoring leader so far.

Paul McCann - Klein Comes Up Big, Rinne Bigger.
Paul's pretty giddy about Peks, and ready to serve up crow to those who criticized his new contract. The problem with it from my perspective is the length more than anything else (I know nobody wants to hear that right now, but it has to be said).

Klein Smythe: Nashville Defenseman Making A Habit of Scoring Playoff Goals | PuckScene.com
Is Kleiner embarking on a scoring binge?

Predators announce grants distribution - Predators Insider
This year, the Predators Foundation is distributing more than $350,000 in charitable grants.

2011-12 Paper Plate Awards – Part One | Admirals Roundtable
Has Jon Blum turned things around? That's what the "Righting The Ship Award" implies.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Raffi Torres suspended indefinitely by NHL - The Globe and Mail
Torres will have an in-person hearing, which is required for suspensions longer than 5 games.

Brian Burke: Uproar over NHL incidents is misplaced – USATODAY.com
You know, there are some pretty good hockey games being played, too.

NHL hearing from business partners over fines, suspensions - The Globe and Mail
It will be interesting to see if any money is actually at stake here.

Hockey violence, viewers on rise + 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
As always, time spent with Elliotte Friedman is well worth it.

Dustin Brown’s journey from trade bait to playoff hero for LA Kings | Puck Daddy
And to think they almost traded him...

Fleury of Goals - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Some people thought Marc-Andre Fleury was a fraud of a Vezina candidate even before his playoff meltdown.

Markham's NHL-ready arena could get green light next week - The Globe and Mail
A new NHL arena in the Toronto area? I'm down with that...

Engagement, interest increasing among NC hockey fans thanks to Canes/Checkers pairing - Canes Country
Having their minor league affiliate nearby is credited with building the overall hockey community in Carolina. I'm telling you, once Festival Tennessee gets rolling, they could use an AHL franchise to fill the arena on nights the NBA team isn't playing.

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