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This afternoon's hockey notes cover all sorts of ground - we have a titanic battle between hockey and college football in an SB Nation poll, news of Columbus signing an emergency goaltender due to an injury earlier today to Steve Mason, speculation on a new name being tossed into the Norris Trophy conversation, and a whole lot more...

Nashville Predators News

Another chance to gain ground - JSOnline
Tonight against Houston, the Admirals face a critical opportunity to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The GIF Bracket: No. 1 'Mortified Michigan Punter' Vs. No. 2 'Hockey Massacre' -
Hockey fans, step up here and vote in SB Nation's Animated GIF bracket (crap, the poll's already closed).

Blue Jackets sign 5-7 (or shorter) Shawn Hunwick to dress against Red Wings - Sporting News
After Steve Mason took a puck off the noggin this morning, Columbus scrambled to call in Hunwick, who just completed his college career at Michigan.

Ken Hitchcock Has Even Tougher Goalie Decision For Playoffs - St. Louis Game Time
Does it matter much? It seems like the crowd of St. Louis skaters helping out around the crease have quite a bit to do with Elliott and Halak's success.

Can St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo upset favorites for Norris Trophy? | Puck Daddy
St. Louis is really cranking the hype up these days.

KuklasKorner : Puckin' Around With Spector : This Summer’s NHL Trade Market Could Be Busy.
Given the paucity of the free agent market, Lyle says the trade market is where the real action will be this summer.

The Bigger Picture - Mile High Hockey
In Colorado they're focusing on the day-to-day battle to make the playoffs, but this writer argues that regardless of whether they succeed, some fundamental progress has been made that will serve the Avs well into the future.

Systems Analyst: If you have an assigned check, just hanging out near him isn’t good enough | Backhand Shelf
Sick, sick work here.

Dale Hunter seems to lack any magic words for Washington Capitals - The Washington Post
Mike Wise opens up on the Caps coach with both barrels.

Cullen: 2011-2012 breakthrough players in the NHL
There are no Predators on this list, but Jordin Tootoo would make it with one more point.

The disappearance of the franchise goalie " The Hockey Dekely
Has St. Louis provided a roadmap for other teams to follow?

Canucks launch 'This Is Our Home' campaign | Puck Drunk Love
Vancouver tries to get out ahead of things and encourage fans not to riot when the Canucks fall short this spring.

Three on Wednesday – When is it acceptable to use +/- in hockey analysis? | The Province
One word is enough here, but the rest is pretty good, too!

"You Can Play": An interview with Patrick Burke - Raw Charge
SB Nation's Tampa blog conducted a Q&A with the son of Brian Burke, who is leading this campaign for acceptance of athletes regardless of sexual orientation.

The Miami connection — Tommy Wingels, Brendan Burke, the You Can Play Project and me | Working the Corners
David Pollak adds his take on the Brendan Burke story, including his background as a student at Miami of Ohio many moons ago.

"Because It's The Cup"? No, Down Goes Brown has something else in mind...