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Sunday's notes: Cause for Concern?

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A shootout loss at San Jose, a tied game heading into the third period last night which went completely awry... are these last two losses by the Preds something to be concerned about, or just the by-product of playing against teams which are scratching & clawing for every possible victory these days? The playoffs are still a few weeks away, so it's natural to wonder about the level of motivation in the Nashville lineup these days, and how much meaning we should ascribe to recent results.

Just something to ponder while reading your morning hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

The 303:30 – the West Coast trip, Paul Gaustad and where would Radulov fit in? | Section 303
Catch the latest 303 podcast here.

Inside Smashville " Klein returned to Nashville’s lineup Saturday night
So far, so good for Kleiner.

Kevin Klein returns to Nashville Predators lineup | The Tennessean
Barry Trotz sounds "pretty sure" that Colin Wilson will play tonight at Anaheim.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Twice now the Preds have had the chance to catch Detroit, and they've squandered both opportunities.

Kadri Sours St. Patrick’s Day, Spoils Admirals Comeback Against Toronto | Admirals Roundtable
So much for climbing out of 11th place.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hockey World: Bigger is better when it comes to guarding goal in today’s NHL
Jim Matheson's weekly column is one of the finest reads in hockey.

"The Malhotra Effect", or, why you shouldn’t pay attention to plus minus anymore | Backhand Shelf
On the importance of context.

Steve Mason on why he didn’t wear form-fitted goalie pads: ‘I never knew I could’ | Puck Daddy
You'd think an NHL goalie would keep up on such things.

Senators’ Erik Karlsson applauds Sergei Gonchar’s first fight in 13 years | Puck Daddy
It's always interesting to see a bout from one of the skill guys.

Martin Havlat proves to be the difference in San Jose Sharks thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings - Fear The Fin
The Red Wings earned a point on the road.

Blue Jackets At Canucks Recap ; Long Time Gone (4-3W) - Nucks Misconduct
The Jackets hung in there, but took their pratfall according to script.

Avalanche at Rangers Recap: Varly Chomps Big Apple for a Big 3-1 Win - Mile High Hockey
Colorado picks up two big points in their playoff chase.

St. (Sidney) Patrick's Day: Pens crush Devils 5-2 for 11th straight win - PensBurgh
Sidney Crosby had 3 assists for Pittsburgh. Sheesh.

Clutch Shootout Performances Vault Panthers to Fourth Straight Victory - Litter Box Cats
Look out, world, the Florida Panthers have now won (35) almost as many games as they've lost (36)!

Islanders 3*, Canadiens 2 (*SO): Streit, Nielsen with Goals in Tie for 14th - Lighthouse Hockey
These 3-point games just corrupt the battle for a lottery pick.

Lastly, tune in to last night's Hotstove segment from Hockey Night in Canada, for lots of Radulov talk: