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Friday's Dump & Chase: Crystal Ball-Sales Are Booming

With the opening of the NHL season just a day away, fans and writers alike are making their predictions for what this shortened season might look like. The nice thing is, with only 48 games on the schedule, random variation will play a larger role than usual, giving all of us an easy excuse...

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Nashville Predators News

NUMBERS PAINT THE PICTURE - PREDS 48 GAME "SPRINT" - The Game
Willy Daunic looks back at how the standings read at the 48-game mark last season, to consider what that might mean for the road ahead.

Nashville Predators Preview: Don't Worry, Be Happy - Predlines

With a title like that, a healthy dose of optimism is to be expected.

The Predatorial’s 2013 NHL Staff Predictions | The Predatorial
Check out a quintet of forecasts here.

Nashville Predators' top line wants more goals in 2013 | The Tennessean
That would be nice, but do people realize the Preds had a very high shooting percentage as a team last year, and that's not at all likely to repeat?

Nashville Predators' prospect goalie learns in camp | The Tennessean

After a call-up from Cincinnati to participate in camp, Zoltan Hetenyi is Hungary for more (sorry, just couldn't help myself there).

Predators relish opportunity to face off against someone they 'hate' | Nashville City Paper

Can Columbus get the juices flowing?

Chris Mason Out To Prove You Can Go Home Again | PuckScene.com
Get ready for that familiar voice doing the 3rd period bench interview.

Hockey is "back." Deal with it.- Predneck Nation
Miranda chirps back at NHL naysayers.

Mid-season report card: Defensemen | Admirals Roundtable
High marks for Victor Bartley here.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

WCHA Hockey: Alabama-Huntsville invited to join the conference - Western College Hockey Blog
Positively ginormous news for UAH hockey, which has been seeking a conference home for a looooong time.

The View from 111: Hockey Is Back, and All Is Good. Or Is It?
Yes corporate sponsors may have been maintained, but at what cost? They don't just clamor to get back in the building like fans do.

Ted Leonsis will allow Alex Ovechkin go to 2014 Sochi Olympics - Washington Post
Whether or not the NHL agrees to such a deal, the Capitals' owner will let his captain go.

Team Captains: Who They Are And What They Do - Predlines
A handy guide for the neophyte.

Central Division: New Faces To Watch - Predlines
The guy to really keep an eye out for is in St. Louis.

Igloo Dreams: NHLPA makes questionable call on rookie cards
You trading card mavens can make more sense of this than me.