The present and future of the Nashville Predators both look pretty bright these days, with four members of the organization nominated for major trophies at next month's NHL Awards, and a bounty of prospects in the system which should help the Preds continue punching above their weight against some of the league's more prosperous teams.
Follow after the jump for stories on these issues, and a whole lot more!
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Nashville Predators News
Hockey Night in Nashville: NHL Awards Preview
Could the Preds go 2-for-4 in Vegas? That might be a bit optimistic, but Robby's on the right track here.
Shea Weber sets sights on a huge raise - Edmonton Journal
Jim Matheson provides a good overview of the Weber situation, from an outsider's perspective.
Hockey's Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2011 1-10 - Hockey's Future
The Predators come in at #3 (down from #1 last year), as guys like Colin Wilson and Nick Spaling graduate from "prospect" status.
Around the NHL
Sharks Gameday: Much Like the Rapture, Afternoon Games Make This Writeup Nearly Inconsequential - Fear The Fin
Can San Jose even up the West Finals during today's Game 4? The puck drops at 2:00 p.m. Central, on NBC.
Bruins give up 5 straight goals, fall to Lightning 5-3 in Game 4 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead and appeared ready to put a lock on this series, before the Lightning stormed back (wow, I'm good).
Be a part of "The Human Lightning Bolt" - Raw Charge
Kind of a cool idea by Tampa fans as the Eastern Conference Finals return to Boston.
On Frozen Blog › Thin Skinned Down in the Sunshine State: Clever Bruins Smack Gets Silenced
It sounds like Tampa fans can't handle a little smack talk, though.
Thrashers fans rally, buy tickets as Winnipeg sale talks continue - Puck Daddy
It has to be frustrating to come out and show support for a franchise which has so consistently failed to support its fans.
The Dark Blue Jacket: Familiarity Breeds Contempt; Thinking about the East
Pondering the possibilities of the Blue Jackets moving to the Eastern Conference.
Breaking the playoff jinx - The Globe and Mail
Some amusing player superstitions, including the reason why Brad Marchand's mom can't watch her son play live.