Puck Headlines: Canucks vs. Predators; Red Wings line shuffle

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Puck Daddy reader John S. is not exactly enamored with the Nashville Predators' style of play.

• Wholesale changes for the Vancouver Canucks' scoring lines: Alex Burrows with the twins, Chris Higgins with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond while Mikael Samuelsson will try and locate his game with Cody Hodgson and Tanner Glass. [Province]

• This is Nashville's first home semifinal playoff game, which means the Canadian media gets to write about the arena experience and the franchise's humble beginnings and the Smashville nickname and the volume of the fans and all the usual stories written when a "non-traditional" U.S. market hosts a team north of the border in the playoffs.

• Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien is now on Twitter @ShaneOBrien55 until the account's inevitable deletion. Drunk tweeting is no way to go through life, son. [White Towel]

• When did the Predators go from pretenders to contenders? [Tennessean]

• The return of Dan Hamhuis to Nashville, after he snarked about their attendance in the offseason. [On The Forecheck]

• Report: The majority of Chicago Blackhawks fans are not incredibly shortsighted and stupid. [Between The Circles]

In an incredible twist we first learned about in 2009, Mike Danton tells ESPN his father was his intended murder target. [Dispatch]

• Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock splits Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and Kris Draper says he's in for Game 3. [Freep]

• Alex Pietrangelo's OT goal gave Canada a 4-3 win over those pesky Swiss at Worlds. The Swiss have a player named Felicien Du Bois. If we could swap names, it would be with Felicien Du Bois. Or Darren Rumble.[Y! Sports]

• If Sidney Crosby didn't expect to play this season, why did the Pittsburgh Penguins so heavily publicize footage of his skating and practicing? [The Confluence]

• Professor Lemaire teaches the neutral zone trap. Hilarious. [Japers' Rink]

• Brad Boyes gets his report card for the Buffalo Sabres. [Die By The Blade]

• Speaking of report cards, this one on the Pittsburgh Penguins forwards is pretty amusing. [Get To Our Game]

• Nice piece on Wayne Fleming's inspiration for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [NHL.com]

• In which the San Jose Sharks are still considered "chokers." [Houses Of The Hockey]

• Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with a sprained neck after he chickety-checked himself and riggity-wrecked himself vs. Philly. [Bruins Blog]

• Kevin Mc. fulfills our prediction last night and comes through with the Mike Richards/Adam McQuaid matador Photoshop. Ole! [Crap I Made]

• "For the life of me, I can't understand why anyone would be steadfast in the notion that the NHL fixes playoff games through its officials and then still watch." [THN]

• The City of Glendale has paid the National Hockey League the $25 million that was due Tuesday. [TSN]

• The AHL is waiting to see what happens with NHL relocation to Winnipeg before figuring out the fate of the Moose. [QMI]

• As pigheaded Americans, most of this reads like Greek, but how can we not link a headline like "Is Stephen Harper really Calgary Flames Mascot Harvey the Hound?" [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

• Down Goes Brown presents the application to be on Team Canada's team at Worlds. [DGB]

• Somewhat hockey related: NBC misses out on the big PAC-10 television contract. [Puck The Media]

• More NHL.com headline puns. Getting mighty lazy with the Flyers ones. [The Royal Half]

• Finally, Mike Reno is the lead singer (and drummer … how very Phil Collins) of the seminal 1980s Canadian rock band Loverboy, which gave the world such high-voltage tunes as "The Kid Is Hot Tonite," "Working for the Weekend" and "Lovin' Every Minute of It." This Vancouver Canucks playoff anthem sounds like none of that. Unfortunately.

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