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Predators' open practice builds anticipation for Game One: Tuesday's notes

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Nashville Predators fans are getting a great chance to get pumped up for the playoffs by catching the team's practices these days at Centennial Sportsplex. Today's practice is set for 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public, and makes a great opportunity to see the team up-close as they get ready to meet the Red Wings in Game One on Wednesday.

Centennial should have a bit of playoff atmosphere hanging in the air, as rec-league playoffs are currently underway. After our team got bounced out last night, I think I'm going to launch a campaign built off the famous You Can Play initiative. It'll be called "You Can't Play", and will be geared to 40-year-old+ clods like myself that really need to lose 20-30 pounds before we step on the ice again.

Follow after the jump for more on yesterday's practice and the rest of your morning hockey notes...

Nashville Predators News

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A host of Preds bloggers participated in this roundtable (including yours truly), and ESPN's John Buccigross jumped in as well.

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J.J. builds off my post the other day to see how the special teams battle might play out, based on each team's propensity to draw or commit penalties.

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11 out of 12 ESPN talking heads prefer Nashville, and all of those say it will take 7 games.

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Nashville Predators begin practices for playoff opener | The Tennessean
Josh brings your update from Monday's practice.

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It's interesting to hear that Fish's shoulder had been a problem "for a couple years" before he had surgery last summer.

Rinne's humble beginnings lead to greatness - FS Tennessee
Lots of people have humble beginnings, right? How many of them reach the pinnacle of their profession?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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A collection of the wild & wacky from the season gone by.

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I was expecting this to be a lot longer.

Coaching |
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I don't think I've ever seen this before.

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Something for you draft mavens to chew on.

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Leafs get their end-of-season report cards - The Globe and Mail
A "D" for Matthew Lombardi? Surely attendance has to count for something.

Communication and the art of creating confidence - The Globe and Mail
Confidence can indeed mean a lot, as we've talked about already with the Preds' early-season comebacks. It sounds like that's been key in Ottawa, too.