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Craig Smith may make playoff debut: Friday afternoon notes

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Practice lineups from today and yesterday indicate that Craig Smith may make his playoff debut tonight as the Nashville Predators seek to knock the Detroit Red Wings out of the playoffs. That note leads off our afternoon hockey notes, but there's a whole lot more!

Nashville Predators News

A chance for Craig Smith - Predators Insider
Release the Honey Badger!

Trotz says Gill is out - Predators Insider
Interesting wording here: When asked if Gill was out, Trotz said, "yes." Well... could that change by game-time?

Preds ping-pong snub leaves Red Wings with paddles but no balls - Nashville Scene
You just can't let a story like this die, can ya?

Who's got the best playoff beard in Smashville? | The Tennessean
Exercise your right to vote.

Smashville 24/7 - Preds want a fast start tonight
I think the cliché-o-meter is going to blow a fuse before the puck drops tonight.

Anatomy of a Playoff Goal: NSH vs. DET - Goal 3 - Mile High Hockey
That goal is like a gift that keeps on giving.

How often do NHL teams come back from down 3-1? - The Globe and Mail
In case you were wondering...

Playoff Preview - JSOnline
Tonight, the Milwaukee Admirals begin the Calder Cup playoffs against the Abbotsford Heat.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Flyers vs. Penguins, ECQF Game 5: Give them hope, take it away - Broad Street Hockey
Can the Flyers finish off Pittsburgh tonight?

Retirement? Nicklas Lidstrom still has wait-and-see attitude | Detroit Free Press
Could this be Nick Lidstrom's last NHL game? Possibly, but nobody will know for sure for quite a while. I'm guessing "No".

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Predators Game 5 game-day updates: Gill out? Wings loose, ‘earning benefit of doubt’
An array of Detroit updates, and some bitterness over the relative freedom with which people can toss seafood onto the ice here in Nashville.

It's Official: Landeskog Nominated For Calder - Mile High Hockey
For my money, Landeskog should win over Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Henrique.

Ovechkin says ‘it doesn't matter' if he's benched - The Globe and Mail
At least Alex Ovechkin knows how to handle a benching at playoff time.

Dale Hunter Hockey - Japers' Rink
Is it time to start buying what the new Washington coach is selling?

Bettman: Teams' complaints about suspensions 'gamesmanship' - The Globe and Mail
I, for one, am shocked at these allegations.

Down Goes Brown: Brendan Shanahan's latest suspension video seems different somehow
As always, DGB brings the funny.

Hockey Prospectus Radio: Episode 15 ("Trying To Out-Flyer The Flyers")
Let hockey nerds fill your ears.

Molson sends Cammalleri his jersey from last game with Habs - The Globe and Mail
Well ain't that touching.

Andy McDonald Talks About Finding His Confidence - St. Louis Game Time
A healthy Andy McDonald has been a tremendous boost for the Blues.

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