Nashville Predators fans are one step closer to finding out who the team will face in Round 2, now that the San Jose Sharks have eliminated Los Angeles in six games. That leaves tonight's Game 7 between Vancouver and Chicago as the lone remaining bit of business on the Western Conference side of the playoff bracket.
So who do you like? Vote in the poll below, and follow after the jump for a roundup of news & notes...
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Nashville Predators News
Time to take the Predators seriously - SI.com
Stu Hackel details how the Preds got the job done in Round One, and draws parallels between David Legwand's career arch and that of the team as a whole.
A Farewell to Ducks: A Cellblock Eulogy | Section 303
Patten bids adieu to Anaheim...
Preds Fans Show Loyalty Through Website - WSMV
Congrats to the guys at Section303.com, who were featured in a WSMV report about the Preds fan base.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds Await Result of Chicago and Vancouver
If the Canucks win, the Preds head to Vancouver to start the next round. If Chicago wins, the Preds face Detroit.
Hockey Night in Nashville: First Generation Preds Fans
Robby has, quite literally, grown up with this team, and is ready to see where this whole thing is headed.
Admirals Advance After Double-OT Win | Admirals Roundtable
Sutty shares a recap of last night's big victory by the Ads, including this bit - "Josi and Laakso were good. They were very good. They’ve been quietly awesome this series."
Predators make it through with heart, not wall-to-wall all-stars - Edmonton Journal
Jim Matheson admires the team-first approach in Nashville... but it will be interesting to see how the Oilers fare in the years ahead with all their exciting young talent.
Also, listen in as Wade Belak joins the NHL Network to talk Preds:
Around the NHL
Joe Thornton saves the series for San Jose with overtime winner in game six - Fear The Fin
Bye bye, Kings. Jumbo Joe did the dirty deed.
Kings Head Coach Terry Murray skips handshake line with San Jose - Fear The Fin
Now this is a shame....
Outcoached. Again. | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
After leading Chicago 3 games to none, the Presidents Trophy-winning Canucks have stumbled along, and now host the Blackhawks in a series-deciding 7th game. So what exactly is going wrong in Vancouver?
ECQF Game 6 recap: Pittsburgh Penguins (4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5) - Raw Charge
There will be another Game 7 in the Eastern Conference, where the Bolts stayed alive by winning 4-2 on home ice.
Time no luxury for Rangers - NYPOST.com
Larry Brooks pounds the drum for a splash free-agent acquisition in New York, like Brad Richards. Yeah, because a team that patiently develops its own talent never goes anywhere, right?
The Dark Blue Jacket: The (semi-)return of Ken Hitchcock
The head coach of Team Canada at the World Championships? Former Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock. His assistant? Current Columbus head coach Scott Arniel. Awkward...
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Norris Trophy Trivia
Brush up on some knowledge around the award for the league's top defenseman, now that Shea Weber has been nominated.