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Friday notes: Nashville earning accolades

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As we get ready for the final three games of the regular season, the Nashville Predators have to feel good about winning a gritty contest last night against St. Louis. Besides being self-confident, however, there are writers around the league trumpeting the long-term vision and success that the Preds have enjoyed.

After the jump we have Scott Burnside's column lauding Barry Trotz's tenure as head coach, David Poile's appearance on the NHL Hour yesterday, reaction to last night's game, and a whole lot more...

Predators News

What The Puck: St. Louis at Nashville: W 2-3
Rachel touches on the "3 Stars" debate from last night's game.

Paul McCann - Friday Notes
Paul likes the "sandpaper" used in last night's win. Let's hope the Preds have plenty of it stocked up...

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Predators Comeback to Defeat the Blues 3-2
Buddy likes the way that young and old alike contributed to the scoring.

Preds Fight Their Way Back To Win 3-2 Over St. Louis - Brandon Felder
This was a playoff-style win, and might prove to be good preparation for some of the young Preds.

Patric Hornqvist leads the Nashville Predators to comeback win over the St. Louis Blues
Jim Diamond highlights Colin Wilson's night, which included a dandy goal and his first NHL fight.

The View from 111: Predators Battle Back to Beat Blues 3-2
Mark likes the way that winning lots of little battles added up to a big win last night.

See Puck City: Preds Bounce Back On The Blues: Win 3-2
SPC likens last night's game to the story arc for the Preds' entire season. Deep stuff, man...

Veteran GM Poile talks Trotz, Predators -
A recap of David Poile's appearance on Gary Bettman's weekly radio show.

Trotz has been the perfect match, mentor for Predators -
David Kalan also profiles the Predators' head coach, posing the question of whether his career would be complete without winning a Stanley Cup.

Surviving, succeeding the Nashville way - ESPN
A great profile from Scott Burnside of just how Barry Trotz has made his through a long tenure in Nashville. The patience and long-term outlook the Predators employ is remarkably rare in professional sports.

European prospect outlook with Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton - Nashville Predators
Get the latest on European prospects like Roman Josi and Anders Lindback...

Around the NHL

Postcard from Russia: Great people, crazy country - Elliotte Friedman
If I had to pick a hockey blogging MVP this season, Elliotte Friedman would be my dark-horse selection, and today he checks in from Russia with his impression of the hockey scene over there.

Put Pat Burns in the Hall of Fame - PuckUpdate
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, and do it this summer.

Grading the West | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
This Vancouver fan thinks Nashville would be their easiest playoff matchup...

For the Flames, it’s really do or die - The Globe and Mail
The game of the night is between Calgary and Colorado, as the Flames try to catch the struggling Avs.

Meet goalie number seven: Flyers sign Sebastien Caron - Broad Street Hockey
As the calendar turns over to April, that means it must be time to bring in another new goalie in Philadelphia, right?

Icing Leaders, For and Against - Behind The Net
Cool stuff here, an analysis of Icing calls by team (see what I did there, folks?).

The blue line's future is bright, but we have to be patient - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh looks ahead to the days beyond Sergei Gonchar.

Friday Spotlight: Draft Pick or Playoff Berth? - From The Rink
Is it nobler to strive for the playoffs and a likely swift exit, or tumble in the standings and get a higher draft pick?

Mike Modano: If the pieces fall into place, I could be back next season - The Dallas Morning News
The longtime Star sounds like a guy ready to retire. After spending this season in Dallas, I could see why.

Ryane Clowe survives scare after puck hits throat, Joe Thornton skates for first time since injury | Working the Corners
The Sharks winger suffered a terrifying injury - a puck to the throat that induced swelling, and restricted his ability to breathe.

Canucks' Burrows OK after Puck to Throat - The Grinder
The nasty injuries continue to mount up in the NHL, as Vancouver's pesky goal-scorer takes a shot right to the throat: