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Monday notes: Preds look ahead, not back

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The Nashville Predators have their backs against the wall tonight against the Blackhawks, so jump into the Game Day Preview and try not to spend all day counting down the hours and minutes until faceoff.

OK, I know you will anyway, but try not to.

After the jump, we have reaction to the Marian Hossa non-suspension, two local bloggers calling for Nashville fans to bring the noise tonight, and a look at how the rest of the playoffs are shaping up as three teams have now moved on to the second round...

Remember, if you haven't gotten your tickets yet for Game 6 (tonight at 8:00, Bridgestone Arena) there's a way to save a few bucks along the way, so check it out. First, let's take in Pete Weber's segment last night on WKRN with Cory Curtis talking about tonight's game:

Elsewhere in the Playoffs

San Jose finished off Colorado four games to two, recovering nicely after the Dan Boyle "own goal" had folks wondering if the Sharks were headed for another early playoff exit.

The Vancouver Canucks also wrapped up their series with Los Angeles thanks to a big 3rd period and a stellar performance by Roberto Luongo.

Phoenix forced a Game 7 with Detroit by winning 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena yesterday. The Coyotes head back to their desert home for a chance to move on.

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: A Challenge to Predator Fans and Weekend Round-Up
Buddy is right on the mark, here - Nashville Predators fans have to bring their best effort and energy tonight, just like the players do.

The View from 111: 7th Man- Are You In?
Mark sounds the rallying call as well. Let's make home-ice advantage really count for something, and not wait for the team to provide the spark - let's give it to them.

Predators have their backs to the wall entering Monday’s Game Six - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond's preview includes the note that the Preds have yet to win a game when facing playoff elimination. It's time to make some history...

Column: Predators made more errors than referee - The Tennessean
Truth from David Climer - the Hossa-Hamhuis affair was frustrating, but the Preds have to take care of business on their own.

Nashville Predators insist confidence remains high against Chicago Blackhawks - The Tennessean
The guys are saying all the right things; and you have to admit, they have a remarkable ability to put bad losses behind them.

Around the NHL

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa should have been suspended - ESPN
Even Scott Burnside sides with Nashville on this one.

An interview with legendary coach Scotty Bowman - Winging It In Motown
SB Nation's Red Wings blog got the chance to speak with the man, the myth, the legend...

Return of Savard to Bruins would be just what doctor ordered - The Boston Globe
The Bruins might get a huge boost with the return of their top playmaker Marc Savard.

Canucks lick chops at thought of Chicago Blackhawks rematch - The Province
Vancouver wants a playoff rematch with Chicago, so they're already throwing dirt on the Predators.

Chris Higgins - a closer look - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Robert wonders what the future holds in Calgary for the winger who came over from New York.

The 15 Goals Martin Brodeur Gave Up in the 2010 NHL Playoffs: An Analysis - In Lou We Trust
Defending Martin Brodeur from criticism that he cost the Devils in their series loss to Philadelphia.

Chad Moreau responds to Edmonton Oilers coach Pat Quinn | Hockey Independent
Interesting stuff here about the physical training of NHL players, which has become part of the organizational turnover in Edmonton.

In With The New… In With The Old? | Hockey Independent
As the Maple Leafs continue retooling their organization, Ron Guillet wonders if a few greybeards might help get them back into the playoffs.