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Thursday's notes: Ride the Lightning into Game 7

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There's nothing better in sports than a 7th game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that's exactly what we'll be treated to Friday in Boston as Tampa Bay staved off elimination in a 5-4 Game 6 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals. Of course, given the storms which rolled through Middle Tennessee last night, you just had to know that it was the Lightning's night...

Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: Change the Model- A Proposal to Make the NHL and Its Teams More Profitable
Mark undertakes an ambitious, mammoth exercise to rewrite the NHL's revenue sharing model. Very interesting stuff to chew over here.

Preds tickets sale up for 2011-12 season - WKRN
It sounds like that playoff run is paying dividends, with season ticket sales "20% ahead of last year's pace."

Top 15 moments of the 2010-11 Preds season: #9 | Section 303
Our #3 of the Regular Season is Jeremy's #9 of the year...

Odds and Ends: Chapter I | The Predatorial
Scattered thoughts on the playoffs...

Budish Bouncing Back From Injury -
You know it's bad when one of your prospects can say, "I always tell people the first six weeks after ACL surgery is the worst..." Now that Zach Budish is recovering from his second major knee injury, honestly I'll be stunned if he actually makes it to the NHL someday.

Around the NHL

ECF Game 6 Recap: Boston Bruins (3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5) - Raw Charge
The Lightning came out ahead in a real slug fest, with the winning goal coming just seconds after Boston scored to make it close.

Canucks good to be lucky, lucky to be good - The Globe and Mail
Sure they caught a few breaks, but that's what hockey is all about, putting yourself in position to capitalize when the time is right.

Nobody in the league can agree on just - Sports Illustrated
A discussion on the value of puck possession in the modern NHL, and the lack of reliable, objective statistics to quantify it.

Today in crushed pipe dreams: Shea Weber is not joining your team - Houses of the Hockey
Will writers around North America listen?

The Thin Blue Line - Houses of the Hockey
A good overview of the options Detroit has to replace Brian Rafalski. Trust me, Preds fans, this is a story we'll want to follow closely this summer.

Okposo Signs Five-Year Deal to Remain with Isles - Lighthouse Hockey
This is great news for Islanders fans, as they lock up a good young winger for the long term, at an affordable price.

Red and Black Hockey : Oskar Osala going to KHL
The Carolina Hurricanes are losing a young player to the KHL, to a team which sounds like an upscale version of the Oilers.

Fan shortage has NHL looking north again - Edmonton Journal
The strong Canadian dollar has turned some folks north of the border downright loony.

Is accuracy the difference between average and great goal scorers? - Behind The Net
Anyone know the answer without looking?

Group interested in luring NHL to Seattle | Seattle
Seattle would make a superb addition to the NHL as a market, but there's a lot that would have to fall into place to make this happen, like the construction of a new state-of-the-art arena. Key Arena, where the NBA's Sonics used to play, is entirely unsuitable.