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Wednesday's notes: Coyotes' end

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on with a Game 7 tonight between Montreal and Washington, but there's plenty of other stories developing throughout the NHL.

After the jump, we have losing teams analyzing what went wrong, an end to the Phoenix Coyotes' miraculous season, and everything you always wanted to know about the salary cap but were afraid to ask...

Last Night in the Playoffs

Detroit 6, Phoenix 1: So much for drama. The Red Wings blew things open in the second period to end the Coyotes' storybook season.

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Wings Roll into Second Round and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy has links to all sorts of season recaps for you this morning.

A Toast to the 2009-10 Nashville Predators | Section 303
I have no idea what Patten's point is here, honestly.

Arniel Cleared To Talk (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Keep an eye out over the next several days for a possible Brent Peterson interview with the Blue Jackets for their head coaching gig.

Shea Weber recognized by peers in Sports Illustrated poll - Nashville Predators Examiner
High praise for big #6 from other NHL players.

Top forwards fizzled for Predators in playoffs - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair notes that the Preds' top scorers were shut down by Chicago.

Analysis: Nashville Predators may need only small tweaks for next season - The Tennessean
John Glennon reviews the possible roster changes for next season.

Around the NHL

NHL Analysis: Understanding the Salary Cap - Blueshirt Banter
You'll want to bookmark this one, it's your handy dandy guide to how the salary cap works, in addition to restricted free agency, waivers, and all sorts of other tricky stuff.

Down Goes Brown: The NHL partners with Facebook
Awesome new features that will come from the latest social media venture from the NHL, such as "Fans can now post a message on the league's wall, then get slammed face first into it from behind by Marian Hossa."

This Season is Over, but Thank You to Everyone - Five For Howling
The ride is over in Phoenix, but you have to admire the way that team came together after their summer from hell.

Presidents Trophy Problems - View From My Seats
Every year my pet peeve comes back, the notion that somehow winning the Presidents Trophy is a bad thing.

Ian Laperriere Out Indefinitely - Broad Street Hockey
Bleeding on the brain? Yeah, that's a good reason to take a break from hockey.

Numbers Game: First Round Value - TSN
An interesting look at the trends among 1st round draft picks over the last 30 years.

Fireside Chats: Bret Hedican talks Colorado, Detroit, and what it takes to win it all - Fear The Fin
SB Nation's Sharks blog gets the former player's input on the upcoming San Jose/Detroit series.

A Basic Comparison of the 2009-10 New Jersey Devils Defensemen to Prior Seasons - In Lou We Trust
A nice, in-depth look at how the New Jersey blueline succeeded and failed in various areas this season.

Hicks denies Globe and Mail Report that Stars have received money from NHL - The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas owner refutes yesterday's report by David Shoalts that the Stars required financial support from the league.

Vanishing Act of Sabres Key Players Raises Questions - Die By The Blade
A familiar complaint for Nashville fans is heard in Buffalo...

Impact of Turnovers on Shot Quality - Behind The Net
Good stuff here on an important facet of the Shot Quality model.

Welcome to the MHH awards! - Mile High Hockey
Celebrating Colorado's individual standouts this season. This looks like a fine idea for a FanPost... anyone in the mood to do something similar for the Preds?