GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Radim Vrbata #17 (L) of the Phoenix Coyotes scores 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 returned home yesterday expressing the need to rededicate themselves to the simple, grind-it-out type of hockey that has been their hallmark. Do we face a repeat of 2007, when a similarly-talented team faltered in the first round, and Barry Trotz famously complained that had a bunch of Rembrandts, but all he wanted was for his house to be painted?
We'll know a lot more about that question after Wednesday night's game, but for now, read on for your morning hockey notes...
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Nashville Predators News
OPEN PRACTICE: The Preds are scheduled for an open practice at Centennial Sportsplex today, starting at 11 a.m. if you can make it. It might be worth getting there a little early, as the impression I get is that there's a horde of media covering this series.
Nashville Predators focus on stiffening defense | The Tennessean
Mike Fisher talks about taking a defense-first mindset.
Nashville Predators seek dramatic improvements for Game 3 | The Tennessean
The coach didn't sound happy with anyone's performance.
Predators small defensemen bring big plays | Nashville City Paper
Good things come in small packages.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
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They're drowning their sorrows in St. Louis, after the Kings trounced them twice on home ice.
The Problems with Dealing with an Injured Ilya Kovalchuk - In Lou We Trust
What's going on with Kovy?
Chris Stewart falling out of favor in St. Louis | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
The erstwhile "next great power forward" is on the outs.
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Gary Roberts' Interesting Comments On Cody Hodgson
Will the Cody Hodgson trade haunt Mike Gillis in Vancouver?
Scout Quotes on Draft Prospects-Divided Opinions - Hockey Prospectus
In case you wonder why a team drafts a player at a given position, it's amazing how much opinion can vary from one scout to the next.
2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Longshots - Puck Worlds
OK, which of you inveterate gamblers has money down on the Kazakhs?