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This is what hockey fans all over look forward to, a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, with two teams who not only appear to be pretty evenly matched, but have quite a bit of nastiness going on between them as well.

So what are you doing for tonight's game? Going out for a viewing party is a fine idea, but personally, I'm making this into a party with my kids. We'll do popcorn, and ice cream (hopefully not at the same time), and they're already planning to dress in black & gold today as they're pulling for the Bruins.

How's about you?

Father's Day Gift Idea #4: Wallet with NHL team logo | Hockey Gear HQ
Getting Dad a wallet for Father's Day is an old standby. So why not jazz it up a bit this year by getting one with his favorite NHL team's logo?

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Top Eight Quotes from the Media Scrums the Day Before Game Seven of the SCF
Buddy cuts through to get the good stuff for you.

Coach fondly recalls junior years of Nick Spaling and Matt Halischuk - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond catches up with an assistant coach of the Kitchener Rangers, who is in town with Brandon Walker's Elite Edge Hockey Showcase in Cool Springs.

Nashville Predators already receive playoff payoff - The Tennessean
The playoff run looks like it will help the Preds to " their highest season-ticket renewal rate in the organization’s history."

Steve Sullivan's analysis: Canucks goalie's play will be key - The Tennessean
I'm sure the Canucks will remind Roberto Luongo repeatedly that they are no longer in Boston.

Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators avoid Twitter's pitfalls - The Tennessean
I wonder if John Glennon's following Colin Wilson.

Around the NHL

Bruins At Canucks Game 7 Preview: Seek And Destroy! - Nucks Misconduct
The fans in B.C. will be nervous wrecks by the time tonight's game starts.

Vancouver Is Doing It the Hard Way -
Boy, are they ever!

Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 Odds - View From My Seats
This is for all you gambling fiends out there.

Ranted: Since when was a broken back something to cheer about, Boston? | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
Ugly, ugly stuff from the fans in Boston when Mason Raymond lay injured.

Bourne Blog: Stanley Cup has been a tale of two blue lines - Puck Daddy
Defense was supposed to be a big positive for Vancouver in this series, but injuries have taken their toll and Boston's blue has played well.

The View from 111: What's Different About Winnipeg?
Mark sees 3 factors working in Winnipeg's favor in their 2nd NHL life, but I disagree about the 3rd (for now, anyway). Initial projections may have them contributing to revenue sharing, rather than relying upon a distribution from it.

Quote of the Day: "Many things that make you a fierce competitor and a winner are not the traits of a good citizen." - Jewels From The Crown
NHL teams aren't always looking for Boy Scouts, you know.

Norris Trophy Preview - View From My Seats
A panel chooses Zdeno Chara for the award, but I wonder how much that's being influenced by the Cup Final, when the actual voting completed after the regular season.

UFA of The Day: Kyle Wellwood - Fear The Fin
Something worth pondering here...

Avalanche getting offers for No. 2 pick | All Things Avalanche
Adrian Dater shares some snippets of life on the road for a sportswriter.

Size Matters - Pension Plan Puppets
The Predators are clearly ahead of the curve described here.

And to set up Game 7, perhaps a little music is in order? I know my 8-year-old son will be singing this all. day. long: