It's odd how some mornings when I assemble these notes, a theme naturally presents itself. But rather than the intensity of the playoff chase, or the analysis of contenders for major awards, today our around-the-league notes have a full-blown case of the Saturday morning funnies, much like the hours of cartoons I used to watch as a kid.
Nashville Predators News
As always, the morning after a game I encourage you to surf through the "More Predators Sites" box on the left side of the main page here, pretty much every blog in town has a recap from last night's game.
Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass – Weekend preview
More podcasty goodness to start off your weekend.
Nashville Predators give Barry Trotz 500th coaching victory | The Tennessean
You know it's a big deal when the coach & GM react like this to a win.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper notes that with Martin Erat back, he and Radulov are able to put teams on the horns of a dilemma.
Danis slams door shut, stymies Ads despite a plethora of power play opportunities | Admirals Roundtable
In a critical game on home ice, the Admirals went 0-for-10 on the power play, losing 3-2.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Oilers need to get it right - Edmonton Sun
The Edmonton Oilers suffered a major embarrassment, flying Magnus Paajarvi up from Oklahoma City for a recall to the NHL club, only to find out they'd already burned up their 4 post-Trade Deadline recalls, and that it wasn't allowed. As Colby Cosh re-wrote this headline on Twitter, "Oilers Can't Count To Four: Lowe Says It's "Ludicrous" To Expect Them To"
Down Goes Brown: Other ways NHL teams are going green for Earth Hour
How are the Preds participating? Will temporarily reduce power to the complex system of electric razors and swinging axe blades that are employed around the clock to keep Shea Weber's beard from overwhelming all nearby life-forms.
Sharks Gameday: Ray Ratto Solves All the Problems - Battle of California
If you saw the video of a recent dust-up on a San Jose Sharks broadcast, you'll love this.
Kari Lehtonen accidentally hits Stars fan in face with puck during warmups, hilarity ensues (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Remember, kids, keep alert when pucks are flying around!
KuklasKorner - Happy 84th Birthday Gordie Howe
Paul's Happy Birthday wishes to Mr. Hockey include a hilarious SportsCenter commercial from a few years ago.
You want a playoff feel? It gets serious Saturday in San Jose - The Dallas Morning News
Dallas and San Jose square off tonight and Tuesday, in what should be absolute wars for precious points in the standings.
Behind The Numbers: Do the refs put the whistle away in the playoffs? - Nucks Misconduct
Preemptively putting a hockey cliche to the sword.
Disgruntled fans sue NHL over broadcast access - thestar.com
This will bear watching, as some fans are trying to strike down some of the NHL's internet broadcast restrictions.
Unfamiliar Territory: Predators 4 - Red Wings 1 - Winging It In Motown
Detroit fans aren't happy about what they saw last night, and what it might bode for the 1st round of the playoffs.
Avalanche at Flames Recap: Varly Extinguishes Flames Playoff Hopes With 4-1 Win - Mile High Hockey
You can pretty much write off Calgary now, after they laid an egg on home ice against Colorado.
Stars At Canucks Recap ; Nothin' But A Good Time (5-2W) - Nucks Misconduct
Dallas owns the tiebreaker over the other teams around them in 7-10th place, but they could have used a better result here.
Game 78 Recap: Jackets Deep Six the Panthers - The Cannon
Break up the Blue Jackets, they've won two in a row!
The Afterburners: Jets Rally In Raleigh To Defeat Hurricanes, Lose Ground in #greatesttankbattles - Arctic Ice Hockey
So, the Jets are winners, but they're losers.
Penguins vs. Sabres Recap: Sabres Lose Ground In Playoff Race - Die By The Blade
The Buffalo Sabres missed a chance to pass up Washington for 8th.
Rangers Vs. Canadiens: Rangers Get Win Number 50 As They Beat Montreal 4-1 - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers are still taking their shot at the Presidents Trophy, holding a one-point lead on St. Louis with four games to play.