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Wednesday's notes: Preds Declare Friday 3/30 "Preds Pride Day"

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Image via the Nashville Predators.
Image via the Nashville Predators.

With the Nashville Predators getting set to put single-game playoff tickets on sale Saturday morning, the team is declaring this Friday a "Preds Pride Day", calling on local hockey fans to deck themselves out in Preds gear, get started on your playoff beard, whatever it takes to get you into post-season mode.

In addition, the team is piggybacking on the "Tebowing" meme to celebrate Pekka Rinne. On Friday, there will be some gigantic cut-outs of Pekka making a save spread around Nashville. The team wants you to see if you can mimic some of Peks' moves, and send photos to their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.

We're just two weeks away from the opening of the Stanley Cup playoffs, so it's time to start getting ready...

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Nashville Predators News

Barry Trotz ignores upcoming 500th victory | The Tennessean
Even his former captain sang Trotz's praises yesterday.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
How hard should the Preds push for the #4 spot?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The 2012 Masterton Trophy nominees - The Globe and Mail
Here's your chance to see which guys have been nominated in each NHL city.

Taylor Hall to undergo major shoulder surgery, out 5-6 months | Edmonton Journal
There was concern about Hall's potential for injury back when he was drafted, and now he's on the shelf again.

The Year Marc-Andre Fleury Wins a Vezina Trophy | The Hockey Writers
Somebody needs to put down the crack pipe.

Neilson Numbers |
A really solid discussion here on the merits of Neilson Numbers (basically a version of Scoring Chance +/- which assigns "blame" or "credit" to individual players).

Boylen: Power plays, not goal scoring, down in NHL - The Hockey News
Another way to express the manner in which fewer calls are being made by refs these days.

Speed and Skill Trumped by Aggression and Intimidation in Today’s NHL? | Hockey Independent
Is "the new NHL" dead after only a few short years?

Greatest Hockey Turk Broda: The Hunger Games
Dustin Penner isn't the only pancake-hankering man in NHL history.

Time for the Avalanche to Open Up | Jerseys and Hockey Love
James calls on Colorado to enter the 21st century and open up to the idea of credentialing bloggers for media access.

The NHL should help those who help themselves - Colby Cosh -
Interesting notions here, but I doubt they'll go anywhere. I would LOVE to see a relegation system like European soccer, however!

Red Light " Posts Flawed playoff format causes inequities "
Boo hoo. As I've said before, I'm fine with rewarding division winners with a Top 3 playoff seed, even if the Panthers suck.

Is Teemu Selanne Leaning Towards a Return? " The Hockey Guys
I think we'd all be OK with that, right? Is there any player more widely admired than the Finnish Flash?

St. Louis Blues, Brian Elliott Earn Third Straight Shutout Over Nashville - St. Louis Game Time
They're pretty smitten with their backup goalie in St. Louis.

Rangers Vs. Wild: Rangers Get Big Win Over Minnesota Wild; Move Three Points Ahead Of Pittsburgh - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers are trying to hold on to that #1 Eastern Conference seed.

Boos fill ACC as Leafs officially eliminated from playoffs - The Globe and Mail
I couldn't believe this when I looked it up. The Maple Leafs haven't won on home ice since February 6, that's 10 straight losses!

Same story, different ending; Panthers defeat Montreal in shootout, 3-2 - Litter Box Cats
Florida is now five points up on Washington, with 6 games left to play.

Islanders 5, Penguins 3: Nielsen, Okposo, Bailey Collect Points - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders held on for a wild win in which they were out-shot 54-25.

Bruins 5, Lightning 2: Boston Comes From Behind To Win Third in a Row - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Boston Bruins snuffed out Tampa's playoff hopes.

Recap: Sabres 5, Caps 1 - Japers' Rink
Look out world, here come the Buffalo Sabres.