Thursday's Dump & Chase: Prepare for Pekka's Pre-Season Premiere

Frederick Breedon

The lineup has been published (PDF) for tonight's Nashville Predators/Tampa Bay Lightning pre-season game at Tampa (no TV, but see comments below for radio coverage), and besides the possibility of a Seth Jones/Shea Weber defense pairing, it looks like Pekka Rinne will get his first game action since having hip surgery in May, as the only two goalies listed are he and Carter Hutton. Typically these early exhibitions involve goalie switches along the way rather than having one guy go the whole 60 minutes. So let's keep our fingers crossed...

Nashville Predators News

Portland Winterhawks lead the way in a look at the WHL’s contenders - Buzzing The Net
Well, they'll have Brendan Leipsic coming back, so it's no wonder.

Also, assistant coach Lane Lambert joined 102.5 The Game yesterday morning with an update from Florida:


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

#NHLrank: Forwards - ESPN
ESPN.com ranks the top 100 forwards in the NHL, and nope, no Preds.

Top 10 NHL Stanley Cup Contenders for 2013-14 | The Hockey Guys
Nope, no Predators here, either.

New Year's Resolutions for the NHL Fan - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Deep thoughts from Down Goes Brown...

Video: Crab on the ice in Baltimore - DC Sports Bog
Seafood on ice, a hockey tradition.

Jamie Benn expected to be named captain in Thursday press conference | Dallas Morning News
While Brenden Morrow still hasn't found a team for the upcoming season, the Dallas Stars are ready to name a new leader.

Punishment of concussion-inducing hits has limits - The Hockey News
Hockey is a rough game, and there will always be dangerous hits.

NHL enforcers are disappearing, and it doesn't have to be easy - NHL - Sporting News

One thing I do like about this Preds roster? There's nobody on the team primarily because of their ability to punch guys in the face. There are several who can scrap if they need to, but no designated "enforcer".

Video- Watch As The New Scoreboard For The Avalanche Is Installed - Kukla's Korner

Real pretty, but I sure hope the visitor's score section can handle double digits.

Winnipeg Jets agree to contract extension with GM Kevin Cheveldayoff | Illegal Curve Hockey
Two years into a 5-year contract, and the Winnipeg GM gets an extension? That seems a bit odd for a team which hasn't really done much.

What's the most memorable coaching rant? | SportsonEarth.com
What, no Marc Crawford talking about the steel plate in Scotty Bowman's head?

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