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Thursday afternoon notes: Whiling away the hours

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Today is a perfect example of the General Law of Hockey Relativity - while in the normal course of our day-to-day lives the concepts of space and time appear to be constant, when an especially exciting hockey game comes up on the schedule, time actually slows down the closer you get to the opening faceoff.

At least that's the way it feels to me...

We're down to 4 remaining home games... take the OTF Discount and save on tickets!

Nashville Predators News

Debate: How will Coyotes do without Doan? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
As part of their latest back-and-forth, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss who loses out in Nashville due to the return of Radulov.

If the Central is to be Won, It Needs to Start Tonight - Predlines
A week ago would've been better, but yeah. There's a glimmer of hope left (about 2%, per SportsClubStats).

Bridgestone Arena Named 2011 Academy Of Country Music Venue Of The Year - Nashville Predators
The building picks up another honor...

Earlier today, Sidney Crosby, Dan Bylsma and Barry Trotz talked about Radulov's debut tonight:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dialing in the identities of the NHL’s best teams | Backhand Shelf
Establishing some labels for the NHL's leaders, including Nashville.

Puck Daddy chats with Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk about NHL playoffs, using figure skates and Giroux’s ‘Datsyuk’ move | Puck Daddy
Dmitri does a great job of drawing Datsyuk out of his shell.

Joel Ward and Reasonable Expectations - Japers' Rink
For $3 million per season, most in Washington expected more than Wardo's typicaly shutdown defense.

Canucks send Daniel Sedin home - The Globe and Mail
The worst possible news for Vancouver???

LOOKING BACK: "Slap Shot", 35 Years Later | Hockey Independent
Any time is a good time to discuss Slap Shot.

The Whiteboard: Looking at pro hockey’s most-frequently used powerplay breakout | Backhand Shelf
Something to study before my rec-league game tonight.

Drink up the official NHL Stanley Cup Playoff beer tap handles and brew cans (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Holy cow, these are awesome!

Why the Flames Can Not Do a Nuclear Rebuild - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Mitch argues that a full-scale crash & draft-1st-overall strategy isn't warranted in Calgary.