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The playoffs are approaching, and the Predators are gearing up.

Nashville Predators v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images

Nashville News & Notes

Now we finally know how to plan our lives for the next few weeks.

Predators vs. Hurricanes: A Look at the Hurricanes Forwards | On the Forecheck
A wealth of depth upfront propelled Carolina to a division title, and may be the key to a Cup win.

Nick breaks down the offensive firepower the Predators will face in the first round against Carolina.

Hurricanes Penalty Kill vs. Predators Power Play | Canes Country
The Canes boast a top-three penalty kill in the NHL, which will surely be an advantage against the Predators’ 24th-ranked power play.

Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s a painful read, but our frenemies at Canes Country aren’t wrong. Special teams could play a big role in how round one plays out.

Playoff Preview: Hurricanes defensemen vs. Predators forwards | Canes Country
For years the Carolina Hurricanes defensive unit has been the talk of the town. But after turnover and trades, how do they stack up against the Preds’ forward group?

If the Predators want to make a statement against a tough opponent like Carolina, they are going to need the forwards to step up. But how do they stack up against defenders like Slavin and Hamilton? Canes Country shares their perspective.

Woo Proud to be Owner of Preds as NHL Celebrates Asian Heritage Month | nhl.com
Member of Predators Ownership Group, Warren Woo is Proud of Team, Asian-American Heritage

Great read for APIHM!

Wolves clinch another division title | chicagowolves.com
“It feels pretty good,” said Wolves head coach Ryan Warsofsky.

Some very familiar names—Sean Malone, Phil Tomasino, Frédéric Allard, Anthony Richard, and Tommy Novak—helped the Wolves clinch their division.

Hockey News & Notes

USA Hockey Announces Roster for 2021 U.S. Men’s National Team | usahockey.com
USA Hockey announced today the 26 players that will comprise the U.S. Men’s National Team set to compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Not only will you get to watch former Pred Colin Blackwell play, but you may also get to see some of Latvia, and that is a gorgeous country.

Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2021 Least Valuable Player | The Cannon
Whose bad season impacted the team the most?

An interesting take on the season-ending “awards”.

Overlooked performances on the 2021 Buffalo Beauts | The Ice Garden
Matteau, MacDougall, and MacPherson were all key contributors for the Beauts.

Goalie Burt Having A Ball At Fenway Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Ice Garden has a great series of articles about overlooked performances for each of the six NWHL teams—be sure to check them all out.

Super 16: Golden Knights No. 1 in final NHL.com power rankings of season | nhl.com

The Predators rank...uh...considerably lower than the Golden Knights.

Mood Music

All this previewing has me wondering—are y’all ready for this?