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The Stanley Cup playoffs have taken another step forward with Chicago eliminating Vancouver last night, and tonight's action, while focused on the Eastern Conference, does have an influence on the Nashville Predators (more on that later).

After the jump, we have news that hockey fans in Phoenix won a huge victory last night, while there's ownership turmoil for the Blues, and a possible move for the Islanders on tap...

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Last Night In The Playoffs

Chicago 5, Vancouver 1: The Blackhawks finished off the Canucks in decisive fashion, setting up a Chicago-San Jose Western Conference Final that I'm sure will help draw in a decent TV audience.

Predators News

Jonathon Blum adds weight for Predators - The Tennessean
The 2007 1st-round pick has added 22 pounds since his draft day, and is coming off a successful rookie season in Milwaukee. I wouldn't be surprised to see him play a few games for the Preds next year as an injury callup.

Preds On The Glass: Glendale OK's Funding for the Coyotes and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy watched the city council meeting in Glendale last night, as he's been in touch with the bloggers in Phoenix throughout this entire drama.

Preds help Nashville fight back after floods - Predators Insider
John Glennon highlights the various ways in which the Preds have pitched in to Middle Tennessee flood relief efforts.

Admirals Set Dates for Annual Garage - Milwaukee Admirals
If you're in the Milwaukee area on June 2nd & 3rd, check out the Admirals' used equipment sale.

Around the NHL

Canadiens Can Bookend Mellon Arena NHL History With a Win Tonight - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Montreal won the very first NHL game at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh - can they also win the last, tonight? One note regarding the Predators - if Montreal does win, the Preds move up from 19th to 18th in the draft order, because even though the Preds had a better regular season record than the Habs, the teams which make the Conference Finals automatically get bumped down to the final four spots.

Glendale votes to stump up the cash - The Globe and Mail
David Shoalts must have been gnashing his teeth while writing this article, but it looks like the Coyotes are staying put. To be blunt, Glendale has no good choices here - they can either create new taxing districts to subsidize the Coyotes, or lose the team and try to cope with the crushing debt from arena without a major tenant.

Coyote Tracks - Bitter Winnipeg Tears Wednesday May 12 Edition - Five For Howling
Emotions are running high between Winnipeg and Phoenix these days, unfortunately.

Comeuppance: Charles Wang and NY Met’s Wilpon ARE Talking | Hockey Independent
Might the Islanders move to Queens? Apparently there's a little more to this story than initially thought.

Blues look to replace largest investor - STLtoday
One of the major players in the St. Louis ownership, Towerbrook Capital Partners, has given word that they want to liquidate their position in the team.

Do Faceoffs Equal Victories? - From The Rink
Mike Chen looks at how faceoff wins have translated into playoff victories so far. I hope to have more on this issue in the coming days.

Sharks vs. Blackhawks — lots of connections, old and new, but no playoff history to this point | Working the Corners
David Pollak writes that this Western Conference Final features two talented teams without much history between them.

Ten Reasons Why The Time Is Ripe for a Sharks-Blackhawks Rivalry - Fear The Fin
That said, maybe it's time for Chicago & San Jose to get something started...

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Cheat Sheet - View From My Seats
Matt Reitz compares and contrasts the candidates for the Tampa job.

Garth Snow on Ridderwall, goalie depth. A muse on transfer agreements - Lighthouse Hockey
The issue of NHL teams losing their rights to drafted but unsigned Swedish & Finnish players has been a hot one over the last week or so. The Preds have four guys (Niko Snellman, Atte Engren, Jani Lajunen and Anders Lindback) that they need to sign by June 1, or wave bye-bye.

Patience (Puck-Rakers Blog)
The Columbus coaching search continues to plod along, with Detroit assistant Paul MacLean interviewing yesterday, and interim coach Claude Noel (who also coached the Milwaukee Admirals previously) doing the same on Friday.

What the heck does it mean that Tyler Seguin "projects" better than Taylor Hall? - Cult of Hockey
The Oilers can hardly go wrong with the #1 overall pick this year, but that doesn't mean they won't try.

Wild extends FSN contract, evaluates broadcasters, fires Snow -
Minnesota fired Chris Snow, their director of hockey operations and a hockey stats enthusiast.

Team USA stinking up world tournament you're not watching - Puck Daddy
Could Pekka Rinne knock Team USA down to second-tier status at the World Championships?

Where Not To Spend UFA Money: Marty Turco - Hockey or Die
This article should probably encourage Dan Ellis...

Five Hole Fanatics: Exposing Nonsense
Kent Wilson reminds us that most people who comment on hockey don't know what the hell they're talking about. And we're not talking about the X's and O's, either. Instead, they pretend to understand the psychological makeup of the teams and players, and ascribe success or failure to those qualities. This is especially true at playoff time.

I think we can agree that this is luck... - Behind The Net
I know sometimes it seems like NHL players hit the posts and crossbar several times a game, but it's really not that often.