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The Preds have never played a game this late in the calendar year. It's like an adventure!

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Nashville News & Notes

Predators' Austin Watson succeeding in physical role | The Tennessean
Watson has more than twice as many hits as any other Predator.

Predators don't have to dominate face-offs vs. Ducks, but improvements needed | FOX Sports
I'd like them to inch closer to 50%, at least, or lose draws less cleanly.

Another reason for Predators’ playoff success? A red hot penalty kill | ProHockeyTalk
I am not in favor of jinxing things, especially when the Preds first two series were against teams that just couldn't score.

Former Preds Captain Tom Fitzgerald Rooting on Preds | Nashville Predators
"You develop your own players from within and then when it's time to add a piece or two, you're not sacrificing your principles for it," Fitzgerald said.

James Neal stepping up game for Predators in playoffs | NHL.com
I've been happy with his play all post season, but getting the overtime winner was extra sweet.

Montreal Children's Hospital sings 'Happy Birthday' to PK Subban | NHL.com
I did not watch this, because I did not want to cry.

Around Hockey

Ottawa Is a Different Type of Hockey Town - Silver Seven
"Come play for us, sure our weather is bad but at least we won't make up stories about your love for food trucks!"

Team USA surges to down Latvia at world championships | USA Today
The Americans haven't been playing particularly well during this tournament, but they have a good record. They take on Slovakia this morning at 9:15.

Canadians try to regroup after stunning loss to Swiss | Toronto Star
Allez Suisse!! I always enjoy when Canada's lackadaisical attitude toward this tournament bites them.

Match Made in Heaven: Stars, Shattenkirk & Hitchcock | The Hockey Writers
Don't the Stars have enough offensive defensemen who don't play defense?

FireAntz hockey team changes name to Marksmen | Fayetteville Observer
Sure, there's a lot of good reasoning behind the rebrand, but it's the *FireAntz*.

Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman sets record straight – Chicago Sun-Times
....Yeah, sure.