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Red Wings pass Preds for 4th place: Thursday's notes

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The Nashville Predators are looking up at the Detroit Red Wings in the standings once again, and if they want to finish ahead of their rival for the first time ever, they'll have to start with a victory over Dallas tonight.

But you don't have to tell them that. Our morning hockey notes begin with a look at how closely the Preds are keeping tabs on things...

Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Predators admit to scoreboard watching in finals games of regular season
So when are these guys going to join one of our Out-of-Town Scoreboard Watch threads? Or have they already?

Radulov revels in opportunities to add to Predators offense | Nashville City Paper
"Revels", great word choice there. Rads' reaction to his shootout goal Tuesday night says it all.

Nashville Predators players held varied summer jobs in their youth - Nashville Predators Examiner
Pekka Rinne working in a kindergarten?

Nashville Predators' Martin Erat having breakout season | The Tennessean
With two games left, can Marty hit the 60-point mark?

Nashville Predators wait to see if Pekka Rinne will start after illness | The Tennessean
Will Peks play tonight, or get a bit more rest and play Saturday? Stay tuned...

ITG Network – Not all Jock Taxes are Created Equally
As tweeted by agent Allen Walsh, Octagon's Tax Director isn't happy about the Tennessee Privilege Tax.

Photos From Tuesday’s Win Over Charlotte | Admirals Roundtable
#1 is prime "caption contest" material.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Franzen Actually Scored? Oh Yeah, It's April: Red Wings 3, Blues 2 (SO) - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings fell behind 2-0 in the third period at St. Louis before coming back to win in a shootout. Brad Stuart took a nasty hit into the boards, however, so his status will bear watching.

KuklasKorner : Video- Perhaps The Bad Goal Of The Year
Wow, it's like Christmas in April, as Vinny Lecavalier scores the easiest goal of the season in last night's Tampa loss at Montreal. This is why I always like to see guys follow through with at least some forechecking pressure when the goalie is about to handle the puck.

An Emotional Gretzky Talks About His Father's Illness -
Walter Gretzky, Canada's ultimate Hockey Dad, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Big Data Hackathon offers tech-savvy hockey fans a chance to have their say with Oilers management | Edmonton Journal
You can hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor all over the Oilogosphere.

The Blackhawks Are a Championship Team, If Goaltending Stands Tough | The Hockey Writers
In other words, the Blackhawks Are Not A Championship Team.

Tyler Myers Injury Is "Bad," Says Ruff - Die By The Blade
A tough break for a Buffalo Sabres team which still is in the hunt for the playoffs.

Behind the Numbers: The Wild West, Who Do you Fear? Part 2 - Nucks Misconduct
Voters at SB Nation's Vancouver blog see Nashville as a major threat.

On The Changes In NHL Contracts, Part 1 - The Copper & Blue
Appraising the extent to which long-term cap-friendly contracts to star players have changed the NHL's salary landscape.

Vincent Damphousse informs Habs he doesn't want GM job - The Globe and Mail
Cross one prominent Francophone off the list.

Details Emerge About NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage " Puck The Media
NBC sounds pretty serious about airing the playoffs through its network of channels.