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David Legwand practices with 4th line: Monday afternoon notes

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A temporary(?) demotion for David Legwand, a pat on the back for Shea Weber, and continued controversy over the decisions made by Brendan Shanahan, Lord of Supplementary Discipline. Those stories kick off your afternoon hockey notes...

Nashville Predators News

Gill skates for part of practice - Predators Insider
Is the big guy getting closer, perhaps? Also, check out the forward lines from practice, it looks like Barry Trotz gave Leggy the business for his gaffes yesterday, and Tootoo might well be back on the scratch list. Stay tuned for tomorrow's morning skate, obviously.

Inside Smashville " The morning after: Predators cash in on their chances, retake home ice advantage
Assorted observations from Game 3, including a warning that the Preds need to avoid some of the silly penalties they got away with yesterday.

Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass Podcast – First round series vs. Detroit
For your listening pleasure, while we all wait for Game 4 tomorrow.

Weber showing he's immune to outside distractions -
Calm, cool & collected. Should we expect anything different?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Brendan Shanahan considered Shea Weber suspension, explains controversial Carl Hagelin and Matt Carkner bans | Puck Daddy
While explaining his recent decisions, Shanahan cites the lack of injury to Zetterberg as the main reason why Weber drew only a fine.

Shanahan no longer loved in Detroit - The Globe and Mail
You can't accuse Shanny of being biased toward his former Red Wings teammates, at least.

After Daniel Alfredsson confirms concussion, Senators coach confirms he could play in Game 3 | Puck Daddy
Yes, you read that right.

NHL fines Konopka $2500 for chirping, Senators $10k for shenanigans - Silver Seven
The NHL's cash register is really dinging these days.

NHL being dragged back into the dark ages - The Hockey News
Another hockey writer who can't stomach the violence. Personally, I think perceptions and expectations have changed far more recently than the game itself has.

Sidney Crosby's wild side isn't helping Pens - The Globe and Mail
Pittsburgh's captain is only leading them to an early out.

Jaroslav Halak Injury Just Latest Twist In Brian Elliott's Story - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues' backup is being called on once again...

Tim Thomas will be trolled by Obama mask, White House sign toting Capitals fans | Puck Daddy
OK, this is pretty good. Well done, Caps fans.

Playoff Ratings Up 50% on NBC " Puck The Media
Things are looking good for the NHL on TV.

The Best Efforts of Ordinary Men | Backhand Shelf
An ode to the unpredictability of the playoffs, and how effort and will can triumph over skill.

Fighting normally decreases, not increases, in the postseason | Backhand Shelf
What's with all the fisticuffs?

Toronto: Where Do They Go From Here? | The Hockey Writers
For starters, they should fix that god-awful penalty kill. It shouldn't be that hard.

Lastly, here's some (admittedly low-quality) video of the scene inside Joe Louis Arena yesterday leading up to the start of Game 3. Thanks to OTF reader Drake for passing this along: