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Thursday's notes: Ducks win, Preds are in

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March 28, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks celebrate the 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
March 28, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks celebrate the 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Thanks to an Anaheim victory over the San Jose Sharks last night, the Nashville Predators have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. This consistency kinda makes you feel a bit sad for teams which have gone years without the playoffs, huh?

Well, maybe not, but at least it's polite to recognize poor, struggling markets like Toronto which just can't figure out how to assemble a competitive hockey team.

Nashville Predators News

Calling for Crucifixtion: The Stages of Ryan Suter | The Predatorial
Whatever his long-term plans are, Jeremy doesn't doubt that Suter's focus is on giving his all for this playoff run.

Inside Smashville " Predators clinch second earliest playoff berth in franchise history with San Jose loss to Anaheim
Amanda compares how early the Preds have secured their playoff spot this year with previous seasons.

Predators to host dog adoption drive Saturday - Nashville Predators Examiner
Adopt a dog, or at the very least bring some pet supplies to donate to the Pedigree Foundation before Saturday's game against Chicago.

The Good and the Bad- Potential Playoff Pairings - Predlines
Dan breaks down the most and least favorable matchups for the top Western teams.

Predators, Metro Nashville near lease deal that cuts city's subsidy | The Tennessean
Jeff Cogen says they're about "80 percent complete" with negotiations for a new arena deal.

Nashville Predators feel little impact from trades | The Tennessean
Barry Trotz says the stew isn't quite ready yet, thanks to the new ingredients recently tossed in.

With Trotz guiding way, Predators back in playoffs -
Dave Lozo points out six nice things about Nashville's team.

Win Vince Gill's Seats - Nashville Predators - Fan Zone
If you don't have tickets to Tuesday's game against Minnesota, see if you can win Vince's.

Ads use the ‘full two minutes’ to ground Aeros in OT | Admirals Roundtable
Milwaukee keeps hope alive with a big win over Houston.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dissecting yet another lost season for Maple Leafs - The Globe and Mail
Comically awful goaltending and penalty killing have done in Toronto again. The Preds & Maple Leafs give up the same number of shots per game (30.6), but Nashville's Goals Against Average is 2.56 (10th-best), while Toronto's is 3.08, 3rd-worst in the league.

NHL teams on playoff bubble approach single point with caution - The Globe and Mail
If it weren't for the OTL loser point, the Calgary Flames wouldn't even have a chance still.

Report: New York Islanders Sign John Grahame. Yes, Really. - Lighthouse Hockey
Who's next, "Red Light" Racicot?

Phoenix Coyotes solution remains a puzzle: Seattle, Quebec City or status quo? | Sports | National Post
It's an annual rite of spring; speculating over where the Coyotes might move.

Behind the Scenes of a SJ Sharks Broadcast | City Brights: Gloria Nieto | an blog
Take a trip inside the TV truck during a hockey broadcast. Wow, there's a ton of stuff to juggle in there!

Player reaction to Sacco’s pending contract extension | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
Once thought to be on the ropes, it sounds like Colorado coach Joe Sacco will be around for a while.

How to properly fit a hockey helmet | Hockey Gear HQ
Isn't it worth a few moments of your time to help protect yourself or your young hockey player from a severe brain injury? Make sure that helmet fits correctly.

Break out the Häagen-Dazs: Boudreau's Ducks beat Sharks 3-1, take season series 5-1 - Fear The Fin
Thank you, Ducks? Here's the game which clinched Nashville's playoff berth.

Game 77 Recap: Prototypical Trap Game - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets got the better of the rematch, beating Detroit 4-2.

Avalanche At Canucks Recap ; The Defense Rests (1-0W) - Nucks Misconduct
A shutout for Cory Schenider adds to the intrigue in Vancouver.

Rangers Vs. Jets: Rangers Make Huge Comeback To Beat Winnipeg 4-2 - Blueshirt Banter
New York opened up their lead over Pittsburgh for 1st in the East to 5 points.