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Are you ready for the Predators to finally get these 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs rolling? It seems like forever since the last game. Be sure to check out Chris' Game Day Preview for a couple good spots to watch tonight's game with your fellow Preds fans.

Hockey Talk Takes Over the Airwaves in Nashville

To help get you ready for Game One, WNSR (560-AM) is devoting the afternoon to hockey talk - the Thom Abraham Show from 3:00-6:00 will be hosted today by Paul McCann along with "Crazy Charlie" Saunier, and guests will include Pete Weber, Al Cimaglia from, and John Glennon. Be sure to call in at 615-844-5600 as we look forward to an exciting evening.

Follow after the jump for your morning dose of hockey news. We've got the results from last night (which included two overtime contests), one Nashville TV station which is pulling out way ahead of the pack with their hockey coverage, and word that some public statues around town are rocking their Preds gear...

Last Night in the Playoffs

Sabres 2, Bruins 1: The Northeast Division champs held serve on home ice as Ryan Miller made 38 saves.

Canadiens 3, Capitals 2 (OT): Did Tomas Plekanec get in Washington goalie Jose Theodore's head? Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot in goal by Montreal.

Canucks 3, Kings 2 (OT): Mikael Samuelsson scored the winner in this one. I credit the Green Men, though.

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Another Incredible Night of Hockey and Friday Round-Up
Buddy's gearing up for a big night of playoff hockey.

What The Puck: Civil War Vet Supports Local Hockey Team
Nashville is getting into the playoff spirit... besides this statue there are others which are rocking the Preds gear as well.

303 and the Preds Foundation team up for some craziness… - Section 303
Jeremy's come up with a novel fundraising idea, if Nashville's players and fans hold up their end of the bargain.

Breaking down the Predators' playoff chances against Chicago - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair offers his series preview.

Predators Regular Season in Pictures - The Tennessean
Cool idea - assembling a slideshow of Sanford Myers' best shots from the Preds regular season. Bad idea - setting it to music from a bad 1980's exercise video.

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Who has edge? - The Tennessean
John Glennon's preview includes picks from himself, Bryan Mullen, and David Climer.

Nashville Predators' David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs - The Tennessean
Well, at least Leggy's not tired from constant goal celebrations during the regular season.

David Climer: Nashville Predators will beat Chicago Blackhawks in first-round series - The Tennessean
Awesome news - a columnist at the Tennessean is at least aware that playoff hockey is going on.

WKRN (Channel 2 in Nashville) is really ramping up their Preds coverage, and they sent Cory Curtis with the team to Chicago, where he filed this report last night:

Around the NHL

Like A Hawk: Troy Murray on Chicago’s Cup Chances | Hockey Independent
David Morris interviews the Hawks' radio color guy about this series and Chicago's chances overall.

NHL referees and linesmen gear up for the playoffs -
We don't know who will win our lose, but we do know this - the on-ice officials will be ridden hard by fans of all the teams.

How To Beat The Neutral Zone Trap... - From The Rink
A good discussion on exactly how a workmanlike squad can suffocate a talented opponent.

NBC’s Playoff Commercial Has Extreme Amounts of Fail " Puck The Media
Who says Anaheim didn't make the playoffs?

Blueshirt Banter goes one on one with Wayne Gretzky - Blueshirt Banter
Wayne Gretzky wasn't just amazing on the ice, but he is perhaps the best ambassador the game of hockey has ever had.

Brind'Amour Faces Decision on Retirement - The Grinder
Is it time for "Rod the Bod" to hang up the skates?

Kevin Constantine Let Go in Houston - Hockey Wilderness
I've always wondered why this guy isn't back in the NHL. He had some good success a while back...