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While the Nashville Predators prepare for Game Four tomorrow night, don't forget that there are plenty of other happenings going on in the hockey world, too. Not only do we have three other exciting Stanley Cup playoff series going on, but captains have been named for the American and Canadian teams heading to the IIHF World Championships.

We've got all that and more after the jump...

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Nashville Predators News

Suddenly, they look like the Predators again! - Predlines
A sight for sore eyes, writes Dan.

Nashville Predators might sit Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn again | The Tennessean
There's no change in the message from yesterday.

Nashville Predators offer Alexander Radulov valuable lesson with win | The Tennessean
Last night's win wasn't only important in terms of this series, but it also serves as an endorsement for the Trotz/Poile regime, writes David Climer.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Dark Blue Jacket: Jack Johnson: Team USA Captain once again
Why does this strike me as really, really odd?

Getzlaf named Canadian captain for hockey worlds - The Globe and Mail
This sounds more like it...

Braden Holtby’s parents win playoff MVP for hockey mom, dad reactions (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Forget adorable... did anyone catch video of the fans giving the business to Coyotes in the penalty box last night?

How You Feeling Blues Fans? - St. Louis Game Time
The Preds passed their test when down 2-0... how will St. Louis fare on the road?

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Vs. Capitals - Game 3 Notes - Blueshirt Banter
Those triple-OT classics put the bloggers into overtime, too.

McKenzie: Could Rangers have won battle but lost war? - TSN
Sure it was epic, but will that game sap New York's strength for the long haul?

Ilya Bryzgalov Proves Stealing Games Is Not a Reasonable Expectation - Broad Street Hockey
And you thought watching the Preds in the playoffs was nerve-wracking. | Russia: Enigma wrapped in a blah blah blah
The Oilers are staring at the prospect of drafting Russian star Nail Yakupov. Should they shy away, given all the bad press Russian players have been getting lately?

How to Watch the NHL Playoffs When Your Team Misses the Cut - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
A kindly guide to pass along to friends elsewhere.

B.D. Gallof: As Things Die In Nassau County, A Hope Grows In Brooklyn For The Islanders " CBS New York
Dark tidings for the Islanders' future on Long Island.

ESPN doesn’t hate hockey, or so it claims | | The Sherman Report
No, they just choose to ignore it in favor of sports that they have broadcast deals with.

Good Timing for a Small Cup Finals | Jerseys and Hockey Love
James says the NHL shouldn't stress out if a team like Nashville or Phoenix make the Stanley Cup Final.

Hockey returning to Pennsylvania city that helped inspire Slap Shot - The Globe and Mail
But... who own the team?

Raffi Torres, NHLPA appeal 25-game suspension to Gary Bettman; why it’s the right move | Puck Daddy
Applying scrutiny to supplemental discipline decisions is fine, but Torres' history really works against him here.

Is Matt Duchene Still on Track? - Mile High Hockey
Three seasons in, how is the new franchise center working out in Colorado?

How NHL Teams are Constructed: Is There a Best Way? - Canes Country
Apply Betteridge's Law.