Trotzy's Choice: Friday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 02: Gilbert Brule #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes checks Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

With the Nashville Predators looking to even up their Western Conference semifinal tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes (6:30 p.m. start at Bridgestone Arena, aired on NBC Sports), the man in the spotlight is Barry Trotz. Now that the de facto suspension handed down by David Poile for Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn is over, does he work either or both of them back into a lineup which put in a solid performance in Game Three?

That question kicks off our morning hockey notes...

Make sure to check TiqIQ for tickets to tonight's game!

Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Trotz has difficult lineup decisions to make heading into Game 4 of Semifinals
All eyes will be on Barry Trotz as he picks the roster for tonight. The only thing we really know is that there are no easy choices here.

Smashville 24/7 - Wilson expresses excitement over opportunity
Can he hold on to his spot?

Jordin Tootoo gives Nashville Predators extra edge | The Tennessean
Local hockey expert David Climer campaigns for Tootoo to stay in the lineup.

Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher relieved to score goal | The Tennessean
Hopefully Wednesday's goal gets Fish going.

Nashville Predators have ties to Milwaukee Brewers' Gord Ash | The Tennessean
It's like Nashville and Milwaukee are joined at the hip, sports-wise.

Dierks Bentley Comes 'Home' to Celebrate, Watch NHL Playoffs - The Boot
Even though he's originally from Arizona, Bentley is all-in with the Preds.

Armchair GM – Ryan Thang | Admirals Roundtable
What should the Preds do here?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

New Jersey Devils Take Series Lead Over Philadelphia Flyers with Thrilling 4-3 OT Win - In Lou We Trust
I've always liked Alexei Ponikarovsky, and last night he potted the OT winner.

Blues fall into 3-0 hole against Kings; hard to be so mad - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis is on the ropes after Los Angeles took a 4-2 decision last night.

Playoff Scoring Rates 1988-2011 - Arctic Ice Hockey
An interesting dip here.

IIHF World Championship Predictions - Puck Worlds
Who will take the gold? Bruce makes his pick and offers up a poll.

Renowned concussion doctor urges head-shot ban - The Globe and Mail
We all know where things are headed, but the NHL tends to move at a glacial pace.

The Bolts will be re-defining "Jumbotron" next season at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with their new... - Raw Charge
Tampa Bay goes big... real big.

Gary Roberts wants to teach kids hockey -- inside out - The Globe and Mail
This guy needs to come up with a diet book and publish the thing.

Capitals’ defenseman Karl Alzner’s dogs had way more fun Wednesday night than he did (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
This isn't exactly what you want to see upon returning home after a triple-overtime loss.

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