GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: (L-R) Radim Vrbata #17, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23, Ray Whitney #13 and Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate after Vrbata scored a second period goal past goaltender Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators have their work cut out for them to get back into this Western Conference Semfinal, as the series shifts to Bridgestone Arena this week for Games 3 & 4. After spending today travelling back to Tennessee, the team will hold a practice Tuesday at Centennial Sportsplex at 11 a.m., so come on out if you have the chance and see them prepare to defend home ice.
After the jump, we've got your morning hockey notes...
Nashville Predators News
On a morning like this, I encourage you to surf through the "More Predators Sites" box on the left side of the main page here, and take in reaction to yesterday's game from around the Preds blogosphere.
Trotz defends goalie, blames defensemen | The Tennessean
Well, at least the power play is back.
Here's the coach's post-game presser from last night. To me, the money quote is around the 1:20 mark. In talking about focus and commitment to fix on-ice issues, he said "we didn't have everybody in tonight." How, in the second game of the second round of the playoffs, can you have that?
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators Game 2 Recap: Coyotes Take Control Of Game & Series - Five For Howling
They're loving life in the desert right now.
ECSF Game 1 recap: Danny Briere wins it twice in overtime - Broad Street Hockey
A goal so nice he scored it twice.
Previewing Canada's 2012 World Hockey Championship Team - The Hockey Writers
For fans whose teams are out of the playoffs, this is an interesting story to follow from afar.
Calder Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Second round preview | hockeygalmilwaukee
The Admirals may be out, but Stephanie looks at the remaining field.
Rebuilding NHL teams vs. the endowment effect | Puck Daddy
Kent Wilson peers into the minds of hockey fans.
A junior hockey battle ground - The Globe and Mail
To fight, or not to fight? That's the question now in junior hockey. The OHL may move to reduce it, but the Western Hockey League prides itself on fisticuffs.
Shero's Dilemma: Re-signing Crosby and Staal with an unknown CBA - PensBurgh
Will Pittsburgh be able to keep their dynamic duo?
On Frozen Blog › Game Day: How the Capitals Approach Video Work
The legacy of Roger Nielson lives on.
Lastly, in order to lighten the mood a bit, let's watch some bloopers: