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Sunday's notes: Blues hitting all the right notes

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Our around-the-league hockey notes today start off with a look at the St. Louis Blues, who have been playing well ever since Ken Hitchcock took over several months ago. Recently, however, they've pulled into the passing lane and are blowing their way past the competition with an 8-1-0 stretch that has them leading the race for the Presidents Trophy.

Can they carry forward this type of play into the post-season? That will be the big question, but for now, jump on in...

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Nashville Predators News

First off, here's the audio from last night:

David Legwand on 1025 2012-03-10 (mp3)

Hal Gill on 1025 2012-03-10 (mp3)

Predators Red Wings highlights 2012-03-10 (mp3)

Post-game quotes from Barry Trotz, Patric Hornqvist, Andrei Kostitsin, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter (click each name for the mp3).

For game recaps, head over to the "More Predators Sites" box in the left sidebar of the main page here at OTF, pretty much every blog in town has their take on last night's 3-2 win over Detroit.

IceHogs Continue Dominance Over Admirals | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals need to kick it into gear if they're going to make the playoffs.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Seriously, Don't Tell Nobody. - St. Louis Game Time
Blues fans would almost rather that the media overlook their team's status as the NHL's top team. Thanks to a four-game winning streak, they're pulling away from Detroit for the Central Division lead, and have a 3-point margin on Vancouver as well in the West.

The Anxiety of Sidney Crosby's Return | The Hockey Writers
Pittsburgh's already been playing well lately, even without the game's biggest star.

Paralyzed high school hockey player’s team wins Minnesota state championship | Puck Daddy
Here's a bit of cheer for Jack Jablonski.

Pierre Gauthier shows his love of the Montreal media by announcing Markov’s return in Hamilton | Backhand Shelf
It sounds like Pierre Gauthier is on the way out in Montreal, anyway, but he'll probably be glad just to be rid of dealing with the media there.

Dale Tallon: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Comments OK With Florida Panthers ... He Wants Manning With Dolphins as Well | On Frozen Pond
When Miami sports stars talk about bringing Peyton Manning to town, they left the Panthers out of the conversation about the pro scene in South Florida.

In the clutch: 12 NHL players who score the most important goals for their teams | Puck Daddy
People love to talk about "clutch" players. This is a lousy way to try and identify them, though.

Why goals are down (hint: it's not rocket science) | Jibblescribbets
Jibble blames the zebras.

Oilers at Avalanche Recap: Varly Perfect In Shootout, Avs Beat Oilers 3-2 - Mile High Hockey
Colorado is clinging to 8th spot in the West, but they've played more games than the teams around them.

Skinner With The Game Winner: Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2 - Canes Country
Skinner winner, chicken dinner?

And here's the latest Satellite Hotstove from Hockey Night in Canada: