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The Nashville Predators as a model NHL franchise: Friday afternoon notes

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The Winnipeg Jets cite Nashville as the model for how they want to build their franchise, both on the ice and off.
The Winnipeg Jets cite Nashville as the model for how they want to build their franchise, both on the ice and off.

Our afternoon hockey notes begin with the business side of the Nashville Predators. Last night, we touched on their franchise-best 25th sellout, but today, we have word that the newest success story in the NHL owes quite a bit to the Nashville model...

Nashville Predators News

Winnipeg Jets won’t receive revenue sharing - The Globe and Mail
The Winnipeg Jets sold out every game and had relatively high ticket prices, so this isn't a shock - but the fact that they modeled their business on the Nashville Predators might be.

Awesome T-Shirt Cannon Party Interrupted By Nashville Predators Game | The Onion
Oh, those wacky Onioneers.

Preds On The Glass: Western Conference NHL First Round Building Availability
Interesting stuff to keep in mind here - the dates and events which could influence the playoff schedule.

Smashville 24/7 - Sizing up potential playoff meetings with Detroit and Chicago
Ryan breaks down the option between meeting the Blackhawks & Red Wings in the first round.

Predators Saturday lineup may depend on outcome of earlier game - Nashville Predators Examiner
This makes sense, because if Chicago beats Detroit, the results of the Preds' game won't matter.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh has Cube Fever.

The Hippodrome: Barry Trotz's Bow-Wow Bungalow | Pith in the Wind
J.R.'s tour of the Nashville sports world starts off with a look at the Colin Wilson controversy.

Here's Newschannel 5's story on Fan Appreciation Night, in case you didn't get to the arena for the festivities. I kept looking through here to see if Phil Williams showed up to get his face painted:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Sharks’ Ryane Clowe receives no supplemental discipline for playing puck from bench vs. Kings | Puck Daddy
I'm not surprised at this, as it was just a two-minute penalty which was overlooked, with no player safety issue involved.

Clowe: ‘I was lucky it didn’t cost the team. It was definitely a brain cramp at the time’ | Working the Corners
Amazingly, Ryan Clowe can now recall his activity on the bench last night.

Does NFL Bounty Scandal justify NHL's Injury-Disclosure Policy? | Hockey Gear HQ
The NHL introduced a policy in 2008 to allow teams to keep injury information secret, and in light of the NFL Bounty Scandal, that isn't likely to change.

The Pens-Flyers brawl, the NHL playoff push, and a visit to the Frozen Four - Grantland
Katie Baker's weekly trip around the NHL places the Edmonton waiver fiasco alongside other recent front-office faux pas like Nashville's qualifying offer incident last summer.

Drink from 21-foot-high Stanley Cup in Times Square, courtesy of NBC Sports | Puck Daddy

Handing out NHL awards a complicated matter - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek walks through the logic he used in filling out his ballot.

NHL awards: Stats geek vs. old-school reporter - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Neil makes a typical stats-geek mistake regarding annual awards. They are meant to signify achievement, not just underlying metrics that bode well for future results. Picking Carl Hagelin for the Calder is ridiculous.

Coaches begging for supplemental discipline is the new crowd calling for a penalty | Backhand Shelf
Just wait until the playoffs start...

Flyers vs. Penguins: Let players rest Saturday? - Broad Street Hockey
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh meet on Saturday... and will face each other in the 1st round of the playoffs, too. Awwwwwkward!

The Worst |
It must be depressing to be an Oilers fan.

Behind the Numbers: Why the Canucks need the All-American Line - Nucks Misconduct
Arguing in favor of Booth-Kesler-Higgins as the combo Vancouver needs.

Comment: Blows to the Head : The New Yorker
This commentary from The New Yorker is incredibly misinformed on just about every level.

Friday's Injury Updates - Price, Stepan, Parenteau, Visnovsky... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
For those of you still alive in fantasy hockey playoffs, we're down to crunch time.