Free Frist For Fans: Friday's notes

Are you looking to get a little high culture in your head before diving back into the fury that is playoff hockey? Well, you're in luck.

Before we get into the Preds/Coyotes series previews, Rangers & Devils triumphs in Game Seven, and your other hockey notes this morning, there's a special deal available for Nashville Predators fans you should be aware of...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators fans get in free to Frist Center | Ms. Cheap
Just remember to race through the door ahead of your companions and shout "Frist!".

The View from 111: Predators/Coyotes Second Round Preview
Mark likes the Preds' advantage at the top of the depth chart.

Battle of the Goalies: Rinne vs. Smith | ladypreds
Goalie fetishists are going to love this series.

Phoenix vs Nashville Playoff Preview - Predneck Nation
Miranda wonders if Phoenix has already achieved their major goal in just making it this far, while the Preds have loftier expectations.

Inside Smashville " Yip’s consistent play earns him fourth-line role for Predators
From Colorado waiver-bait to playoff regular in just a matter of weeks? Yip's making the most of his opportunity.

Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass Podcast – Second round preview
Ryan & Mark set up Round 2.

TheSpec - Ellis all business in first NHL playoff run
Ryan Ellis has more big-game experience than most NHL rookies.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators Series Preview: The Forwards - Five For Howling
Take a look at how the Phoenix side views the Preds' forwards.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators Series Preview: The Special Teams - Five For Howling
Carl looks at how the PP & PK units match up.

Where Are They Now? Playoff Edition | The Predatorial
It seems like former Predators are making an impact all over the playoffs these days.

Predators welcome challenge of starting series with Phoenix on the road - Nashville Predators Examiner
Getting out on the road should help the team focus on the job at hand, don't you think?

Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes show depth of NHL | The Tennessean
The traditional powers have left the stage as new teams have taken over the Western Conference.

Fisher expects to adopt a more offensive mindset in second-round playoff series | Nashville City Paper
Not having to lock horns with Zetterberg & Datsyuk should help with that.

Former Nashville Predator Joel Ward not bothered by racist tweets | The Tennessean
Wardo's not going to let a few hacks on Twitter spoil the fun.

Former Predators teammates celebrate Joel Ward’s overtime-winning goal - Nashville Predators Examiner
It's pretty much impossible not to like Joel Ward and be happy for his big moment.

X-factor: Nashville needs offense from both Kostitsyns - NHL.com
To me, the two biggest guys who need to step up are SK74 and Patric Hornqvist.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Adam Henrique Scores in Double Overtime to Win Game 7 for New Jersey Devils; First Playoff Series Win Since 2007 - In Lou We Trust
A goal by Marcel Goc, which sent this one to overtime, wasn't enough for Florida.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Headed To The Second Round! Matchup With Washington Capitals - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers held on to a late lead despite furious pressure from Ottawa in Game Seven.

NHL has let rough stuff trump skill since the Canucks-Bruins rematch in January - The Province
Tony Gallagher has a good long cry.

Breaking Down The Carnage Part 1 | Bobby Holik - Holik on Hockey
Holik examines some of the fallen favorites.

Roberto Luongo asks Canucks for trade; list will reportedly include Maple Leafs, Lightning | Puck Daddy
This will be an interesting story to follow over the next few weeks.

Ilya Bryzgalov & The Lessons Of Big Dollar Goaltender Contracts - The Copper & Blue
This deal could have an impact on Philly's ability to keep its promising young talent.

We don't really care about NHL concussions, and that needs to change - Broad Street Hockey
I'd say the onus is on the players, through the NHLPA and the upcoming CBA negotiations, to make this a priority. It's not really a fan issue.

The anatomy of three hits - The Globe and Mail
Ken Dryden evokes memories of Gordie Howe in a discussion on toughness in the modern game.

Eaves Improving — On the Wings
Patrick Eaves is slowly recovering from the slap shot he took the jaw from Roman Josi months ago.

NHL-size arena gets go ahead north of Toronto - The Globe and Mail
Start the speculation...

Study Finds Bad Guys Wear Black in Hockey, Too - Wired.com
An update on a story we've heard before.

NHL Playoff Beard Watch: Who was that masked man? Admiring the goalie beard | Puck Daddy
Even Pekka's working the scruff.

Brodeur is a Fraud: Two of the Closest Series Ever
This is pretty amazing stuff when you think about it.

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