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Goaltending takes the spotlight: Tuesday afternoon notes

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As the Western Conference prepares to move to the Conference Semifinal round, the talk today is all about goaltending. All four teams which are still alive owe much to the work of their keepers, while the conference's highest-paid netminder may hit the trade market this summer.

All this and more Predators TV rating news after the jump...

Nashville Predators News

Red Wings/Predators Sets CNBC High on Friday " Puck The Media
543,000 watched the Preds close out Detroit in Game 5.

Paul McCann - Finally... an opponent.
Paul takes his first look at the upcoming series.

The Intel on the Coyotes - Predlines
Dan looks forward to a worthy opponent.

Smashville 24/7 - Series preview: Predators vs. Coyotes
Ryan sees the Preds as the hungrier team.

Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass Podcast – First round recap
Buddy's back in the saddle.

Poile thinks Predators are primed for long run -
Head here for video from Poile's media session this morning after his GM of the Year nomination was announced.

Weekend leftovers - JSOnline
Dave Boehler shares a number of items from Milwaukee's opening playoff losses. They are down 2-0 to Abbotsford in a best-of-five series.

Slowing Down Krys Kolanos | Admirals Roundtable
Is this even possible?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Luongo willing to waive no-trade clause - The Globe and Mail
Will Vancouver find a taker for an excellent goalie (who takes far too much of the blame in Vancouver), but is on a 12-year contract?

Brophy on Quick: The man behind the mask -
In L.A., we've been hearing for it seems like forever that Jonathan Bernier would be their goalie of the future, but Jonathan Quick has seized the moment.

Western Conference playoff winners show power of goaltending - Puck Drunk Love
The question is, which goalies will fall back to earth first? These guys aren't going to cruise above the .940 mark for long, no matter how good they are.

Los Angeles Kings Are Now Favorite In Western Conference - St. Louis Game Time
Ken Hitchcock makes a laughably poor attempt at portraying his Blues as an underdog.

Down Goes Brown: Behind the scenes at the Raffi Torres suspension hearing
"1:17 p.m. - To ease the tension, everyone has good laugh about how much the window-washer working on the outside of the building looks like Shea Weber, since he's tall and he has a beard and his "squeegee" is Henrik Zetterberg's face."

SLAM! Sports - Former NHLer opens up about battle with Parkinson's
Steve Ludzik comes forward with news of his disease, after a decade of keeping it quiet.

Masterton Trophy Finalists: Daniel Alfredsson vs. Joffrey Lupul vs. Max Pacioretty | Puck Daddy
Here you go...

NHL General Manager of the Year: Why Paul Holmgren deserved to be a finalist - Broad Street Hockey
You can certainly make a good argument here.

On composure, momentum and crafting a narrative around playoff hockey - Broad Street Hockey
Especially at playoff time, writers can make a mountain out of a proverbial molehill.

A changing of the guard in the NHL - The Globe and Mail
The times, they are a-changin'.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins | Puck Daddy
More Philly/Pittsburgh hate.

Should the Stars consider changing team colors? - The Dallas Morning News
For a franchise which is launching a fresh start, it wouldn't be the worst idea.