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It's time for the leaders to lead.
It's time for the leaders to lead.

For those of you who complain that they never get the attention they deserve, the Nashville Predators are the talk of the hockey world this morning. Did David Poile make the right call in sitting out Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game Three (tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central, CNBC)? How will the rest of the team react? Who will get an opportunity to play? Can they climb back into this series against a mirror-image opponent?

For now, we've got lots of questions, and few answers.

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Nashville Predators News

PuckCast: Episode 1 – Hockey Night in Nashville’s Robby Stanley |
Patten & Robby commiserate over recent events.

Nashville Predators suspend Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn | The Tennessean
Buried in here, Josh Cooper gets further comment from Keith Jones about his segment trashing Radulov's play.

Nashville Predators skate into familiar territory | The Tennessean
Familiar... but not in a good way.

Barry Trotz to top players: It's time to be at best | The Tennessean
Don't let the two party monsters take all the blame.

Predators look to do better even after losing two to discipline | Nashville City Paper
I was wondering if any of the players would express disappointment in AK46 & Radulov.

The View from 111: The Leadership Challenge
Mark notes that this is the time for the team captains (principally Shea Weber) to stand up and lead. One could raise questions about how strongly they've set the tone in the locker room, to have AK46 & Rads go AWOL like that.

Smashville 24/7 - Character, resiliency to be tested in Game 3
There's no question, the Preds' backs are up against the wall.

Inside Smashville " Nashville looks to get back to ‘Predator hockey’ in Game 3
Out of Craig Smith, Matt Halischuk & Jordin Tootoo, which two get in? My money's on Halischuk & Tootoo.

Alex and Andrei Sitting Out Game Three (and that may be OK) - Predlines
Dan relishes a return to the Preds' pre-deadline style of play.

Defining The Right Thing - The Spin
Damian Cox wonders what happens in Game Four.

Predators take bold step in suspending players during playoffs - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek brings an insightful point to this discussion regarding selfishness and a lack of trust.

CISCO NHL Live - Josh Cooper Video
Coop got his time in the limelight as well, discussing in part the implications for tonight's game.

CISCO NHL Live - Terry Crisp Video
Crispy joined NHL Live to talk about yesterday's big news. You'd have to think he's seen a thing or two like this over the years...

Alexander Radulov/Andrei Kostitsyn Suspension: The Real Story - Five For Howling
The Dude has a theory.

Nashville Predators do the right thing with suspensions | The Tennessean
Climer gives David Poile credit.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

New Jersey Devils Decisively Defeat Philadelphia Flyers with Four Third Period Goals in 4-1 Win - In Lou We Trust
Well, the Devils seemed to do OK without their Russian sniper.

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators: Take The Show On The Road - Five For Howling
Them Coyotes smell blood.

Coyotes worried about themselves, not suspended Preds -
Phoenix has to love the fact that all the focus is on Nashville's turmoil right now.

Marc Bergevin named new Montreal Canadiens general manager | Puck Daddy
A bit of a dark horse gets the nod.

The inevitable all-groin post: Apologies in advance. | Backhand Shelf
Remember a couple years ago, when it seemed like the Preds had a flurry of groin pulls during the opening weeks of the season?

Canadiens will buy out rest of Scott Gomez’s terrible contract, according to report | Puck Daddy
The end of a bad story may be in sight for Montreal.

The battle begins: Who had the best playoff beard of all time? - The Globe and Mail
It has to be Lanny McDonald.

The NHL's Most Interesting Name Final Bracket: (3) Peanuts O'Flaherty vs. (7) Fred Sasakamoose - Arctic Ice Hockey
Who will meet Zarley Zalapski in the final?

2012 IIHF World Championships: The Pretenders - Puck Worlds
Can Marcel Goc lead Germany to victory?

Replacement Level Goaltending in the NHL - The Copper & Blue
These seems like a pretty reasonable guesstimate.

Sami Lepisto of Blackhawks tweets disgusting leg bruise after blocked shot in playoffs (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Ow, ow, ow... I had a bruise like this once after taking a slap shot in the thigh in a beer-league game, pretty gross stuff.

Systems Analyst: Bad identification on a re-group and a talented offensive play equals Rangers goal | Backhand Shelf
Justin carves up the Washington D just like the Rangers did on this goal.