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Friday's notes: Mission Vancouver

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The Nashville Predators fly out to Vancouver this morning seeking a win in Game 5 Saturday night, nothing more, nothing less. With Jerred Smithson out of the lineup it looks like J.P. Dumont will get another chance at post-season play, but if the Preds are going to start scoring they need to get production from their top guns. The trio of Kostitsyn-Fisher-Hornqvist, even though they were broken up, still have yet to record a point in this series.

For now, follow after the jump for your heaping helping of hockey reading...

Nashville Predators News

For recaps of last night head to Preds On The GlassSection 303PredlinesThe View From 111the PredatorialFang Finger FeverHockey Night in NashvilleMusic City MindsetThe TennesseanThe Nashville City Paper, and from the winning side, Nucks Misconduct.

Vigneault fires back at Trotz following Vancouver’s Game 4 victory - Nashville Predators Examiner
Alain Vingeault really came off like an ass in last night's press conference (listen to the audio here). From what I understand, and to be clear I have yet to see a replay, Suter hauled Kesler to the ice after Kesler sticked Mike Fisher in the face. It's still a brutal loss of composure for Suter, but I'm guessing that's why he was yapping at the refs.

Canucks coach says Predators had no cause to complain about Game 4 penalties | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair covers the whole Vigneault-Suter-Kesler storyline well here.

Video: Vancouver Green Men meet Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban - Puck Daddy
OK, last night sucked, but this was pretty funny. 

Writer declares Nashville a great hockey town, mentions hockey in 4th paragraph - Houses of the Hockey
Oh, one of them Canadian-types dropped the smack on JR!

Preds On The Glass: POTG Friday Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy's got his morning links rolling, even after a late night at the arena.

Cox: Canucks on verge of closing out second round -
Barry Trotz tried a few new angles last night, but they failed to produce different results.

Inside Hockey -
Hockey Night In Canada ran this feature story on Joel Ward - look for Amanda from Predlines lurking in the crowd during the opening minute...

Canadian university grad Joel Ward at head of the class for Predators - Times Colonist
There's no shortage of storylines to run with when it comes to Joel Ward.

Southern hospitality extended to Green Men - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver's superfans have been welcomed with open arms over the last few days.

Nashville Predators put Colin Wilson into Game 4 lineup - The Tennessean
The weird thing about Willy's ice time last night? He got only 3 shifts in the first period, then saw his workload more than double during the final two. Was that only because Smithson got hurt, or a reward for his effort?

New TV contract helps, but late starts hurt NHL - The Tennessean
Joe Biddle has a hard time staying up for games which start at 9:00. I suppose having the NHL contract all the teams in the Pacific Time Zone is one option there.

The Admirals Let Down, Fall 3-2 in Overtime to Houston in Game 4 | Admirals Roundtable
The score may have been close, but a 33-13 deficit in the shot totals belies a poor effort from the Ads.

Around the NHL

Down Goes Brown: Signs your second round is not going well
Yikes! After watching highlights of your recent games, the city of Winnipeg sent a letter to the NHL reading "On second thought, never mind."

Morning Skate: Game 4 - Do or Die - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings will try to stave off a sweep tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

When It Comes To Blocking Shots, The San Jose Sharks Are Paying The Price - Fear The Fin
This one includes a comparison off all the remaining playoff teams and how they're doing at blocking shots.

How Lightning fan outwitted petty HOA over playoff sign - Puck Daddy
Killjoys abound.

IIHF WC Day 8 Thread: Regional Rivals Take Over - Puck Worlds
This morning features a battle of Team USA vs. Canada.

Today in the "A": The Mike Commodore Exit Interview - The Cannon
And you thought the Preds had a boat-anchor of a contract or two on the roster...

MacTavish emerges in search for Wild coach |
Let's start a counter on how many teams MacT gets linked to this summer, shall we? We're at 2 already.

Dustin Penner - Fat, Slow, and Lazy - The Copper & Blue
Man, you'd think he was Bluto Blutarsky or something.

How full of it is Pierre McGuire? - Habs Eyes On The Prize
The TSN analyst has his assessment of the Montreal organization parsed.

A breakdown of the Capitals’ soon-to-be free agents - Capitals Insider
Anything worth shopping for here this summer?

The 2011 Free Agency Pool, Part 1 of 3: How Will Tallon Dive In? - Litter Box Cats
Count Joel Ward among the pending free agents that Florida might be interested in. - Ted Lindsay Award
This is the real MVP award, voted upon by the players each year. Your finalists? Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, and Steven Stamkos.

‘As a fighter in hockey, you live in fear’ - National Post
Is it time for a clear-cut ban on fighting in hockey? A former brawler says so. Found via Kukla's Korner.