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The Nashville Predators have punched their ticket to the big dance. With that out of the way, they can focus on other such honors and advantages they can win.

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Preds Clinch Stanley Cup Playoff Berth
Well, first team of the year to clinch a playoff spot isn't too shabby. Now, we focus on the Stanley Cup. I know some people might say, "No, focus on the conference!" However, if we focus on the cup, everything else should fall in place.

Nashville Predators 4, Colorado Avalanche 2: Predators Clinch Playoff Berth with a Win in Colorado - On the Forecheck
Rachel has awesome recaps--the best recaps. If you couldn't manage to keep your peepers open or control your DVR, catch up on all the action you missed.

CSKA defense keeps Jokerit at bay. Playoffs, Conference SF, March 16 : News : Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
Our golden son, Eeli Tolvanen, and his fellow Jokerit Jokers are down 0-1 in their new playoff series. Is this the beginning of the end for his KHL season? Does that also mean we can expect to see him in gold soon?

Around Hockey

Laine’s record-setting teenage point streak might not be last milestone for sophomore sniper | The Hockey News
Patrik Laine is riding a hot streak and stands a good chance to pick up a lot of hardware at the season's end. However, with a face that screams, "I'll teach you to spin straw into gold if you can guess my name," perhaps he can make his own trophies. (joke credit to @statsrespecter not me)

Ducks D Kevin Bieksa to undergo hand surgery, out 2-5 weeks | NHL | Sporting News
Probably not the biggest impact player, but anytime I see bad news for the Anaheim Ducks, I take small pleasure in it. You can call it death by a thousand papercuts or whatever you want, but anything that further demoralizes a team with questionable morals feel like a victory to me.

The MVP crowd: Top 10 candidates for the Hart Trophy | The Hockey News
No Predators make an appearance on this list. Of course, I think I'd rather have 11 guys that can score 30 or more points than one guy that can score 100.

The Moments | By Jason Zucker
After reading this, I think I'll feel a little bit different about Jason Zucker when I see him on the ice at Bridgestone in a couple of weeks. Always incredible to find out that a lot of NHL players are awesome guys.

NHL Playoff Push: Western Conference race heating up – ProHockeyTalk
This race is getting tight. Who do you think has the best shot at rounding out the round of 16?

The easy but imperfect solution to the goaltender interference issue - Sportsnet.ca
Yes, the proposed solution is easy, but would I don't think it would help as much as he thinks. I actually think it would increase the focus on the officials and lead to a larger idea of what is considered interference.

How less ice time has improved the Winnipeg Jets' defence - Sportsnet.ca
You know what has also helped the Winnipeg Jets? That's right, getting away with assault. May they toil for the rest of the season under the added weight of the #CurseoftheIronHook