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Predlines Headlines: Admirals Playoffs; Coach’s Challenge


Last night, the Nashville Predators minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, concluded the home portion of their regular season with a fifth-straight win.

Though postseason trips have been absent recently in Nashville, they’ve been consistent in Milwaukee, and a hot Admirals team now looks ahead to their first round matchup. The influx of talent in Milwaukee is encouraging for the Predators and how young guns like Calle Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg are used next season by a new head coach in Nashville will be interesting to watch.

Today’s Predlines Headlines: 

Admirals forward Taylor Beck recently told Daniel Lavender of Admirals Roundtable that Milwaukee’s four lines might be other team’s first lines. Pretty bold words by the forward who has spent some time in Nashville the past few seasons.

Lavender recaps the Ads 5-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers in their final home game (one more contest overall).

Beck might want to tone things down a little bit with the “fourth line equals others’ first line” comment–but hey–winning breeds confidence and it’s encouraging that the Admirals have it going into the playoffs. 

Yesterday, I posted my story about Craig Smith’s career year and shared the forward’s thoughts on what he’d like to do for an encore. Whether or not the 24-year-old center can hit 30 or even 40 goals next season could go a long ways in determining Nashville’s fate and that’s one of Dirk Hoag’s comments as well in a recent piece at OnTheForecheck. 

5 challenges facing the Predators next head coach.

This is an excellent piece and if you missed it this week be sure to give it a read. Dirk’s right in saying that the Predators need a coach that will push the team forward offensively, and that starts with Smith’s play. 

Finally, there’s been a recent (and very disturbing) trend in the NHL playoffs , and well, it involves a man’s nether regions…

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined $25,000 for his “dance move.” And Bruins forward Milan Lucic’s wallet is $5,000 lighter after spearing Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser. (Puck Daddy)

So yeah…I’ve said enough already. 

 

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