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Let's accept the likely reality: The Predators will likely play the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.

Yep. Might as well make a scene tonight.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Ready for Potential First-Round Preview Against Kings - Nashville Predators - Features
It's a shame they didn't post the lines. Phil Housley centered the second line.

5 things to watch as Predators' regular season nears end | Tennessean
Tonight could be a dress rehearsal.

Predators' Weekly Player Grades - First Line Picking Up - TSS
At long last.

NCAA hockey: Northeastern draws North Dakota; BC, Harvard square off | Boston Herald
Harvard draws the Eagles of Chestnut Hill. Good luck(?).

Other NHL Stuff

Avalanche move into wild-card spot with win over Oilers - Sportsnet.ca
The dream lives on!

Drouin scores twice, Syracuse downs St. John's - Article - TSN
Yep. He's coming back to Tampa Bay. Book it.

Just How Good is Auston Matthews? - Along the Boards
We've seen the two Finns creep to the top of the draft boards, but Auston Matthews would do a lot of good in a market like Arizona or Columbus.

Bruins Notes: Examining Boston’s Final Nine Games As B’s Head Back East | Boston Bruins | NESN.com
That's a helluva playoff race in the Atlantic. I'm still holding out hope that an all-Florida series happens (in the second round).

WATCH: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane takes huge hit from Wild's Dumba - CBSSports.com
Dumba lined him up perfectly.

Jason Chimera headbutts in a goal versus the Penguins and it counted - SBNation.com
Glad this is legal. Not like it mattered, as Pittsburgh took out some rage on Washington.

Milestones mounting as Bishop stands tall | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
The narrative that Ben BIshop is "shaky" is still funny.

Florida Panthers new line of Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell with Nick Bjugstad finding chemistry | Miami Herald
Size, scoring, and depth... that's how banners are won.

Swedish player given two-year suspension for cross-checking | The Hockey News
Your move, NHL. In fact, suspend Alex Burrows retroactively before he gets waived.

Dallas Stars: New defenseman Kris Russell helps bring curious change of key stat for Stars | SportsDay
Only one team gives up more high-danger scoring chances than the Stars. And Kris Russell doesn't play with the puck. It's a great fit.

Capitals' Mike Weber ejected for boarding Penguins' Rust - Sportsnet.ca
We've reached a point in the season where players are just waiting for the playoffs, and will continue to hurt people until that point.

Not Hockey

Gregg Popovich's Scheming Threw The Warriors Off Their Game | Deadspin
Veteran move, Pop.