If Vancouver wins, they will make it a lot harder for Boston to come back and can start to focus on trying to wrap the series up at home in game five if not in Boston.
Boston will have a tough row to hoe if they don't win tonight's game to take away home ice advantage from the Canucks. If they are to have any hope of winning the series against arguably the leagues best team, they have to win this game.
Dan Hamhuis appears to be out with a "lower body"injury but Vancouver has been great at mixing and matching from the nine defensemen that have been used in the playoffs. Game time is at 7 p.m. Central on NBC.
Make the jump for today's News and Links...
In Pred Nation...
Mike Russo indicates that Peter Horachek is being considered for the coaching job with the Wild in addition to being on the list in Dallas. I can't find my source but I have read that Florida may also be interested since Mike Santos is there now. I would really be surprised if Peter does not find a new home for next season.
Amanda DiPaolo has an article on Marcel Goc at her new home Inside Smashville. Congrats to Amanda for breaking free of her former corporate site. I'm expecting big things from her now that she is on her own.
Dirk Hoag has an interesting idea in how a step back may help Anders Lindback's career in the long run.
Jeremy Gover is up to numbers four and five in his top fifteen countdown of Predator moments.
Predatorial says David Poile will be busy before July 1. He also has the Awards Show and Draft to contend with in addition to signing players.
Patten Fuqua has the report card on one of my favorite Predators, Nick Spaling, at On The Forecheck.
Sam Page looks at the side benefit of adding
Josh Cooper looks back at the seasons of Kevin Klein and the departed Alexander Sulzer.
Music City Mindset's roller-coaster makes it to the playoffs in part six.
The Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL schedule with the new realignment is already out.
While Dan Hamhuis was missing Manny Malhotra was there at the Canucks practice yesterday.
Nucks Misconduct gives a behind the scene view of the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Green Men held a press conference yesterday to announce that they had cooperate sponsorship to travel to Boston for games three and four.
Jack Edwards is way over the edge on this commentary about Alex Burrows, biting, and breastfeeding.
Around the NHL...
The presale of season ticket in Winnipeg passed the 7100 mark yesterday before the final 5900 tickets go on sale to the public today. I'm betting that the will be close to the 13000 ticket goal before the weekend is over.
The Buffalo Sabres re-signed Drew Stafford for $4 million a year for four years.
With so much focus on the sale of teams in Atlanta and Phoenix, folks forget about the situation in Dallas. PHT has the latest update.
Ryan Porth does an analysis of potential offseason movements among free agent defensemen. He also takes us through all the realignment possibilities and I agree that Columbus to the East would be the best for the Predators and the Western Conference.
Michael Langlois wonders if the end is near for J.S. Giguere.
The Montreal Gazette chronicles the history of franchise moves since the expansion era began. The recent period between the Whalers move to Carolina and the Atlanta move is the longest period with no pure move since the original six expanded.
Chris Botta has the latest on the two Isles prospects named Kirill including Petrov staying in the KHL for another year and the odd-boy Kabanov going to Montreal in the QMJHL dispersal draft. That sounds like trouble to me.
Tapeleg looks at the great resource that the Colorado Avalanche has in Social Media and the fact they do nothing with it.
Binghamton evened the Calder Cup series 2-2 with a 3-0 win over Houston last night. Game five is today before the series moves back to Houston for the final two games.
Odds and Ends...
The Tennessean reports that the alleged gang related shooting in Centennial Park on Wednesday was predicted on Twitter with a unique hashtag.
The annual "You are so Nashville..." contest is on again at the Nashville Scene.
Here is what the high school class of 2011 looks like demographically and in attitude.
I ran across a service called TripDibs that lets you buy an option of a reduced price on hotels and make a reservation at that price later.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass