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Preds get back to work: Sunday's notes

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The Nashville Predators got back to work today with a practice at Bridgestone Arena, after which Barry Trotz faced the assembled media. Follow after the jump for the video of that press conference, and a host of hockey notes to help you while away this Sunday afternoon...

Nashville Predators News

Predators' challenge: Find balance of practice, days off - The Globe and Mail
Teresa Walker reports on how the Preds plan to avoid a slow start in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Nashville at Detroit - Game Four Scoring Chances - The Copper & Blue
Scott's count of scoring chances highlights the goaltending difference in the series.

Paul McCann - Back to Work - Scenarios, Photos, Torres and Notes
Paul touches all the bases in today's notes.

Smashville 24/7 - Preds defense steps up in first round
Ryan gives all the defensemen glowing reviews.

Nashville Predators look toward second round of NHL playoffs | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper lays out some of the things the Preds need to work on in the days ahead.

Pekka Rinne, goaltender value in the short-term and SOAG | Backhand Shelf
An interesting shot at quantifying goaltender performance.

NHL13 Cover Vote Presented by BlackBerry
Today is the last day to stuff the ballot box for Pekka Rinne to make the next round in EA Sports' vote for the NHL 13 cover. You can vote as many times as you like, so get clicking!

David Legwand hopes Friday night was not the end for Nicklas Lidstrom - Nashville Predators Examiner
I'd bet that Lidstrom will be back, between the fact that he was still playing on a bum wheel in the playoffs, the opportunity Detroit has to reload, and the upcoming Winter Classic.

The Conacher cringe; he could’ve been a Milwaukee Admiral | hockeygalmilwaukee
A facepalm from Stephanie here.

Also, check out Barry Trotz's press conference this afternoon after the team practiced:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

ECQF Game 6: Flyers Dominate 5-1, Knock Out Penguins in 6 - Broad Street Hockey
It's party time in Philly, as they knocked out the Penguins convincingly.

Anderson, Spezza lead Senators to 2-0 win over Rangers, Sens take 3-2 series lead - Silver Seven
Will Canada's hopes rest with Ottawa?

On to the Next One: Blues Eliminate Sharks with 3-1 Win - St. Louis Game Time
Woohoo! I nailed one!

Not Today: Hawks 2 - Yotes 1 (OT) - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks took Phoenix to overtime for the fifth straight game in this series, and won on a sick shot by Jonathan Toews. Game 6 comes up next in Chicago, with Phoenix leading 3 games to 2.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Panthers 3, Devils 0 - Game Five Recap - Litter Box Cats
Florida takes a 3-2 lead, and has the chance to knock out the Devils in New Jersey.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Changing of the guard in Western Conference - ESPN
These are revolutionary times in the West.

Real NHL - TV Ratings Disaster Looms - Canada NHL |
Expect more hand-wringing over possible matchups like Nashville/Phoenix or Florida/Ottawa.

Senators Set To Extract $300 Million From Madison Square Garden Shareholders - Forbes
Giving Darren Rovell competition here in the Absurd Financial Analysis of Sports category.

Throwing It all Away - The Spin
Did the Chris Neil/Brian Boyle hit deserve similar treatment as Raffi Torres/Marian Hossa?

Tea with Ms. Conduct: Flow it, show it, talkin’ about hair | Backhand Shelf
A heaping helping of hockey hair.

Canucks’ Bieksa does interview as Ryan Kesler, claims America ‘is where the real hockey fans are’ | Puck Daddy
Oh my...

Justin Faulk is a "Special" Player - Canes Country
Finding some consolation in Carolina's season.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings | Puck Daddy
For those of you who dig the playoff eulogy series...