Quick Hits: One Day Away

March 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist (27) stops short in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Hockeytown, No Limits

Helene St. James: Playoffs means it's Johan Franzen's time for Red Wings | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I sure hope so.

Jimmy Howard faces pressure | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Pekka Rinne is the better goaltender...but that doesn't mean Jimmy can't beat him. When Tiberius is on, there aren't many goalies better than him between the pipes.

Red Wings don't view themselves as playoff underdogs as they try to reverse late-season slide | MLive.com
So the Wings don't think they're underdogs...

Captain Lidstrom says Wings are underdogs against Predators
...but they are underdogs?

RED WINGS: Cleary cleared for Game 1; Helm hopeful for Game 2 - macombdaily.com
Not going to lie...truly shocked that Helm is expected to play game two. I thought for sure we wouldn't see him until late in round one or the second round if the Wings made it that far.

Around the NHL

9 Years in 9 Months: Predators on the Precipice - On the Forecheck
A look at the Predators journey from a respected team to a legit threat this postseason.

NHL Worst Awards 2011-12: Puck Daddy dishonors hockey’s blunders and busts | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
We've seen everyone's ballots for the the Hart, Norris and Selke...but Puck Daddy takes a look at the worst of the 2011-12 season.

Open Letter To Leafs Fans - Pension Plan Puppets
PPP's response to the MLSE's letter to Leafs fans about their unacceptable season.

If Toews returns, Chicago will have a star-studded top PP unit | ProHockeyTalk
Toews return could be the difference between the Blackhawks beating the Coyotes or dealing with another first round exit.

Sting forward Yakupov heads final NHL draft rankings
Final draft rankings are out. Take a good look at these names because we'll be seeing one of them on the Blue Jackets six times next season.

Let's Go Red Wings.

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