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This is the third time the Predators will have met the Ducks in the playoffs, but the first time out of the first round. I'm optimistic, but you can never predict what the playoffs will bring.

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For Predators, Ryan Johansen trade gamble paying off big | The Tennessean
I think having Mike Fisher in the room has been invaluable completely apart from his on-ice production.

Predators' evolution carries them to NHL Western Conference final | The Tennessean
Pekka, honey, Trotz lost in the second round again.

Conn Smythe Power Rankings: Two captains stand above the rest - Sportsnet.ca
Two captains and two goalies.

A Home Playoff Game Is A Big Advantage — Unless you Play Hockey | FiveThirtyEight
So far, home teams have a .500 record these playoffs.

The Complete Encyclopedia of John Tavares telling the Toronto Maple Leafs to get lost [Updated 5/10/17] - Lighthouse Hockey

This is really impressive. Not like it puts a damper on TavaresWatch, though.

Dreger | I Think Eberle Has Probably Played Last Game For Oilers | Fan Rag Sports
Eberle hasn't been bad, but he has definitely underperformed his contract, and they need the money with Draisaitl's negotiations this summer.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton will need to overhaul the defense | Newsday
Yes, because they're terrible.

Sobotka fits firmly in Blues' plans | stltoday.com
Not only did he play a full season in the KHL, then the playoffs in the NHL, he's headed to France for the World Championships.

Stars couldn't contain excitement over Ducks series win | NHL.com
Their conditional pick will coordinate nicely with the third over all.

Here’s how the Capitals doomed themselves on the goal that ended their season - SBNation.com
This goal was so, so strange.

Botterill to use Penguins’ NHL-AHL relationship as model for Sabres | ProHockeyTalk
It makes sense that when your farm team is crappy and unsuccessful, there are probably not many good players making their way up to the big club.

Alex Ovechkin played through 'pain-numbing injections' - CBC
Not surprising. I assume his knee was also being held together with duct tape.