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Monday's notes: Scratching & Clawing For Ice Time

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This morning's notes highlight the benefit a team can receive by carrying extra players on the roster as the playoffs approach. Desperate for ice time, those guys on the margin are usually motivated to put forth their best effort, and make an impact on the game whenever they can.

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Nashville Predators News

Halischuk and Bourque state cases for staying in Nashville lineup - Nashville Predators Examiner
This is part of why the Preds are carrying so many guys on the active roster these days, it sparks tremendous competition to earn ice time.

Tis a Scratch: Halischuk Rebounds Again In Back-to-Back Preds Wins |
By this logic, if he were to be scratched every other game, Matt Halischuk would be a 40-goal scorer. Whatever works...

Hockey Prospectus | Howe and Why: Does Radulov Shift The Balance Of Power?
Does Rads return, combined with injuries in Detroit, St. Louis and Vancouver, tip the scales in Nashville's favor?

Crashing the Net: Watch Out for the Predators | NHL Starting Goalies and more! |
A pair of Preds (but not the one in the photo leading this article) land on this list of five guys to consider picking up for your fantasy hockey playoffs.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Among other items, Josh touts Hal Gill's impact on the penalty kill.

Francis Bouillon fares better in this trip to Chicago | The Tennessean
Scoring in Chicago is a bit of sweet revenge for The Cube.

Hutton and Rockford Dogs Ads 3-2 in a Shootout, Makes it Seven in Row Over Milwaukee | Admirals Roundtable
When looking for reasons why the Admirals miss the playoffs this season, just go digging in The Rockford Files.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Construction on NHL-style arena in Quebec City to begin in September - The Globe and Mail
Hmm... now why would they start building an arena?

John Graham, the man behind Saskatoon’s NHL bid, could become the league’s most interesting owner | Puck Daddy
OK, this is amazing.

You Can’t Draft Goalies And Neither Can Anyone Else II | Edmonton Journal
A lesson on why you don't burn first-round picks on goaltenders.

Hockey World: Yzerman looks for fresh faces for Team Canada - Edmonton Journal
Wherein David Poile shakes off talk of retirement in his near future.

The NHL’s leaders in shots-per-60 minutes of play | Backhand Shelf
The reason why Patric Hornqvist leads the team in goal-scoring, and there's great hope for Craig Smith in the years ahead.

Down Goes Brown: Who will win the Masterton Trophy?
Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers - Needed to be recognized for finding the will to succeed despite being like a hundred times better than everybody else at hockey, we guess.

San Jose Sharks approaching an organizational crossroads - The Globe and Mail
Like I said in a recent OTF video, the Sharks are under tremendous pressure to put it together, and quickly.

What To Do With Ryan Johansen? - The Cannon
As they look forward to another rebuild, what should Columbus do with their young center?

Soft On Crime: Why NHL Suspensions Are Too Light - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Pretty graphs here depicting the increasing leniency of Brendan Shanahan.

Potpourri : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog ::
Tom isn't buying into the chatter about Alain Vignault's job security, and notes the tough task facing Barry Trotz & David Poile.

Hate, Talent Make Atlantic Division The Best In The NHL | The Hockey Writers
I think the Central might have something to say about that.

The Thud and The Echo - Predators 6, Hawks 1 - Second City Hockey
Here's the Chicago take on last night's game.

Brian Elliott Earns Eighth Shutout Of Year, Remains Blues' Backup - St. Louis Game Time
Thanks to the friggin' Phoenix Coyotes, who couldn't even score one measly goal on home ice in a game they needed to win, I've been bounced out of Mirtle's hockey pool playoffs.

Bounce back- Crosby, Malkin each tally goal & assist in 5-2 win over New Jersey - PensBurgh
This just ain't fair.

Recap: Capitals 3, Wild 0 - Japers' Rink
Alex Ovechkin has turned up the heat recently, riding a 5-game goal-scoring streak.

Islanders 3*, Panthers 2 (*SO): With This Backhand, Thou Be Judged - Lighthouse Hockey
The Panthers will take the loser point, their league-leading 15th of the year.

Game 75 Recap: Jackets Fall to Oilers in Battle for First Overall Pick - The Cannon
You've got to love these games neither side really wants to win.