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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Backups Are Important, M'Kay?

Our hockey notes this morning begin with a look at one of the least heralded, yet perhaps most important moves of the 2012 offseason for the Nashville Predators, bringing goaltender Chris Mason back into the fold as Pekka Rinne's backup.

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Mase will be glad not to have Patric Hornqvist crowding his crease on game nights.
Mase will be glad not to have Patric Hornqvist crowding his crease on game nights.
Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators backup goalie Chris Mason sees intensity pick up | The Tennessean
Chris Mason knows how to prepare on a daily basis to be the best backup he can be.

Nashville Predators Training Camp Continues Today At Bridgestone Arena - Predlines
Jason shares observations and a few pictures from yesterday's skate.

Smashville 24/7 - Smith, Hornqvist primed for big seasons
Always bet on the shooters.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: 2013 NHL Season Preview - Western Conference
Oh, snap: "Nashville Predators - Reports indicate that the team's rivalry with Detroit has become so intense and all-consuming that some Red Wing players are even vaguely aware of it."

Hybrid icing will have to wait; the AHL has dropped the rule for the rest of the 2012-13 season | Edmonton Journal
With the NHL beginning its season, it makes to have rules in sync so that players being called up aren't thrown off.

Potty Mouths: The SB Nation Hockey Blog Profanity Rankings - Battle of California
A handy guide to help you gauge the differences between our various SB Nation hockey communities.