Monday's Notes: Fight For Fourth

After yesterday's action, we're really no closer to knowing where the Nashville Predators will finish than we were before. Just look at the tight bunching we have now in the race for 4th place in the Western Conference, which brings with it home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs:


Western Standings

GP W-L-OT Pts
4. Detroit Red Wings 79 47-27-5 99
5. Nashville Predators 79 45-26-8 98
6. Chicago Blackhawks 80 44-26-10 98

While this isn't as big a deal as just making the playoffs for those teams trying to get in, this will certainly add a bit of urgency to the action this week.

In the meantime, follow after the jump for your morning hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Colin Wilson’s Iffy Future with the Nashville Predators | ladypreds
Free Willy!

The Radulov Journal: Just How Much is This Gonna Cost? - Predlines
If he's willing to stay, I think you have to find a way to make it happen.

Week in Review: "Toughing it Out" - Predlines
Anybody but the Kings, pleads Dan.

Operation Eaves: Showing a Downed Wing That we Care - Winging It In Motown
The shot from Roman Josi which broke Patrick Eaves' jaw back in November has ended his season (initially it was hoped he'd recover in a couple months).

Paul McCann - Sunday Shots - Done with the Division
If you were at the Chicago game, check & see if you showed up in Paul's slideshow of fan shots.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Race for fourth place: Monday outlook
Robby lays out each team's remaining schedule.

Nashville Predators' last three games will decide playoff seed | The Tennessean
An opportunity lost? The Preds had control over 4th place, but now are in the middle of a three-way battle.

Ads Lose In Shootout After Bench Clearing Incident | Admirals Roundtable
And here you thought WrestleMania took place in a ring. It sounds like Milwaukee & Rockford had a battle royale on ice yesterday.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

With the Bettman experiment coming to a close, the Coyotes are headed to… | hockeygalmilwaukee
Stephanie checks in with a Seattle sportswriter on the possibility of the Coyotes moving northwest.

Rick DiPietro buys lunch for 5,000 fans | Puck Drunk Love
Apparently not an April Fool's joke, so good for him.

Video: Islanders Owner Charles Wang Talks Brooklyn, Salary Cap Floor - Lighthouse Hockey
You have to wonder how much longer this situation on Long Island can last.

Report: After Vokoun injury, it’s the Michal Neuvirth Show for Capitals | Puck Daddy
Thus ends a decent, but somewhat underwhelming, season for Tomas Vokoun.

Calgary Flames at a crossroads - The Globe and Mail
Does the path forward for the Flames still include Iginla and Kiprusoff?

A Win is a Win: Red Wings 2 - Panthers 1 (SO) - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings pulled back into 4th place, one point ahead of the Preds with three games left.

Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Blackhawks picked up a loser point, and are tied with the Preds for 5th (although Nashville holds the tiebreaker and a game in hand).

Bounces and Excellent Goaltending Get the Oilers Past the Ducks - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers spoiled the Ducks' last home game of the season... could it be Teemu Selanne's last game in Anaheim?

Flyers beat Pens, set playoff tone with 6-4 win - Broad Street Hockey
Pittsburgh & Philly look certain to meet in the first round, and the hype is already building after this one.

Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Boston Clinches Northeast Division With Huge Road Win - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Boston settles into the #2 Eastern seed, and will likely face Ottawa.

Turris leads Senators over Islanders, 5-1 - Silver Seven
The Senators clinch their return to the playoffs.

New April coupon codes offer savings on all things hockey | Hockey Gear HQ
Whether you're looking for NHL apparel, hockey accessories or memorabilia, there are new coupon codes this month to help you save money!

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