Preds under the gun: Tuesday afternoon notes

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators stands on the bench with Mike Fisher #12, Martin Erat #10 and Hal Gill #75 in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes 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)

Can the Nashville Predators put the distraction of today's suspensions behind them and rally together for a strong effort in Game Three tomorrow night? Our afternoon hockey notes begin with audio from today's practice featuring Barry Trotz, David Poile, and Alexander Radulov, before moving on to news from around the hockey world...

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Nashville Predators News

Barry Trotz from Preds PR 2012-05-01 (mp3)

David Poile from Preds PR 2012-05-01 (mp3)

Alexander Radulov 2012-05-01 (mp3) via David Yampolsky of 102.5 The Game

Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn, and the inner-workings of pro curfew | Backhand Shelf
Justin Bourne shares a player's perspective on what curfews are and how they should be respected.

Coyotes Proving That Flattery Will Get You Everywhere | Predators AJenda
Is Nashville being out-Predatored?

Paul McCann - Off Day Thoughts - UPDATEDx3 - AK46 and A-Rad out for Game Three
Between Rads & AK46, Keith Jones, and Nate Rau, Paul's blood pressure has to be through the roof.

Preds/Coyotes Game 1 Up Big From 2011 " Puck The Media
Steve called it, when he said Nashville/Phoenix would outdraw the second round series vs. Vancouver last season.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

More mixed messages for Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership future | Puck Daddy
Same story, different day. Kind of.

Sale of St. Louis Blues nears completion - The Globe and Mail
Will the deal get done while the Blues are still playing?

Vermette making his mark in the playoffs - ArizonaSports.com
Another former Blue Jacket who is tearing it up.

Ilya Kovalchuk out for Devils tonight, and yes, that's good for the Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
New Jersey will have to battle on without their biggest offensive threat.

Spector on NHL: Bad image for Russians - sportsnet.ca
This playoff season has been pretty disappointing for a number of Russian players, as Alex Ovechkin's ice time has been cut, and Ilya Bryzgalov has been a train wreck in the Philly net.

‘HBO 24/7′ returning for Season 3 with Red Wings and Maple Leafs, more NHL input | Puck Daddy
Not exactly shocking news here.

Mouthpiece Could Ease Stress, Hasten Recovery in Athletes | Playbook | Wired.com
Of course, they only work if you keep them in your mouth. Too many players chew on them, even during play.

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs: Shane Doan, Mike Fisher connected by more than hockey - ESPN
I don't think you'll see these two out partying to the break of dawn the night before a playoff game.

Handicapping the Habs GM candidates - The Globe and Mail
Supposedly, the field is down to four...

Down Goes Brown: A look at the nominees for the NHL's annual awards
Shea Weber - They say that a defenceman has had a great game when you don't even notice anything he did, so we can assume that Weber has Brendan Shanahan's vote.

Long Live the Kings? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Jonathan Willis writes on how L.A. is finally fulfilling their potential.

May coupon codes offer big savings for hockey players & NHL fans | Hockey Gear HQ
For the savvy shopper, there are promo codes out there for hockey equipment, NHL apparel, accessories, and memorabilia of all kinds.

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