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 -
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 -
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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