With today's morning skate an optional affair on both sides, we won't have any further information on possible changes to line combinations heading into tonight's Game 4 between Nashville & Detroit. The one thing we do know, however, is that Hal Gill is still out of action, even though he hit the ice today.
Read on for an early edition of your afternoon notes...
Nashville Predators News
Gill to miss Game 4 - Predators Insider
He took part in the morning skate, but still isn't quite ready to go. The good news is that there's a two-day break before Game 5 on Friday, so maybe he'll be OK then. Will Ryan Ellis or Jack Hillen get the chance to play tonight?
Game 4 Television Network/Channel Information in Nashville Predators Market Area - Nashville Predators
Here's your channel guide for tonight's game.
Greetings From Smashville! K2 Summit Edition | The Hockey Writers
Jas enjoys seeing the muckers get their time in the spotlight.
Preds' Weber deserves Norris over Karlsson - sportsnet.ca
Ryan states the case for Webs, as I did as well last month.
Breaking Down the Matchup: Milwaukee vs. Abbotsford | Admirals Roundtable
Can the Admirals withstand the Heat? Jason takes a look at Milwaukee's first-round opponent.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
NBCSN Up Again On Night Three as Kings/Canucks Sees a Spike in Viewership " Puck The Media
Before you buy into all the hand-wringing over the state of the game, and the horrible violence we're seeing in some of the series... the bottom line is that viewers seem to love it.
Down Goes Brown: Inside Gary Bettman's playoff pool draft
Fun stuff as NHL luminaries make their playoff picks...
Exit Vigneault? Maybe so - The Province
Why wait until the Canucks are actually eliminated? Tony Gallagher gets the jump on the "fire the coach" columns.
On Captain Jack and The Wiz: The Future of the Blue Jackets' Leadership - The Cannon
Once they ship Rick Nash out of town, where should Columbus look for leadership?
Boston College recruit Austin Cangelosi scores crazy ‘chip and flip’ overtime winner in USHL (VIDEO) - Buzzing The Net
This is an amazing thing to try as you're entering the zone... personally I'm surprised we don't see more of it as a breakout maneuver, as you can freeze a defenseman due to the natural reaction to try and swat the puck out of the air.
Driving Play: Odds And Ends On First Round Series
Read into these what you will.
Ted Black Versus The Media: How A Simple Press Conference Turned Into A Huge Ordeal - Die By The Blade
The fans in Buffalo aren't being served well as the local newspaper and the Sabres continue their feud.
NHL Power Forwards: Ovechkin, Cole & The Rest - The Copper & Blue
Before looking, take your guess as to which Predator makes this list.