Jersey aims to close out New York: Friday afternoon notes

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers and Ryan Carter #20 of the New Jersey Devils vie for the puck in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With a victory tonight on home ice, the New Jersey Devils can eliminate the Rangers and return to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2003.

You can use this thread to follow the game, after reading your afternoon hockey notes, of course...

Don't forget to cast a few dozen votes for Pekka Rinne on the NHL13 cover!

Nashville Predators News

Preds in review: Gabriel Bourque - Predators Insider
Bourque was one of the season's most pleasant surprises, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in this fall.

The Hippodrome: But They'll See The Big Board! | Pith in the Wind
It's nice to see the Titans following the Preds lead when it comes to entertaining the fans.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Removing Anchors: The Playoff Rise of the Fourth Line on the New Jersey Devils - In Lou We Trust
When you make it this deep, there are usually plenty of foot soldiers chipping in.

John Tortorella is intense and resolute and it's all authentic for Rangers coach |
A cool profile of the Rangers coach here, found via Puck Daddy.

NHL teams that spend tend to win - The Globe and Mail
Here's another approach showing the Preds (alongside Phoenix) as competitive over-achievers relative to their budget.

‘Tender Touches: An attempt to measure Martin Brodeur’s puckhandling impact | Edmonton Journal
If I've got speed up front, I'd pressure a puckhandling goalie every opportunity I could.

What Makes a Successful NHL General Manager? | Overtime
I'm currently reading the book discussed here, and it's pretty amazing.

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup: Hockey stick sculpture lights up Shawinigan - Buzzing The Net
Well, this is odd.

Red Light District Hockey: Gerard Gallant looks ready to win at NHL level
As long as he stays away from Columbus this time, I don't see why not.

Agent: Kesler frustrated by Vigneault comments -
How much did a torn labrum impact Ryan Kesler's performance this season? There seems to be a difference of opinion.

Rick Dudley Named Montreal Canadiens Assistant General Manager - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Regime change continues in Montreal.

A Beautiful Game: Eight Disjointed Thoughts on Aesthetics in Hockey | Backhand Shelf
Scattered observations on why the game seems so defensively-oriented these days.

Disappointed Doan apologizes for postgame comments -
That Phoenix/L.A. handshake line was one of the most memorable in recent years.

‘While the Jocks Watch’ | Backhand Shelf
Cam celebrates the hockey blogging world as the alternative to run-of-the-mill coverage seen in traditional media.

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