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Saturday's Dump & Chase: It's Opening Day for the NHL!

Are you ready to drop the puck? It's going to be a full day for the NHL, with the first faceoff a full 5 hours before the Predators and Blue Jackets battle at Bridgestone Arena...

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Jonathan Daniel

Nashville Predators News

On the Forecheck's Dirk Hoag on blogging, Predators' return - Nashville Business Journal
Blogging won't exactly land me on "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", but that's not why I got into it in the first place. Thanks to Jamie McGee for reaching out for this interview.

The Hippodrome: There's A Fever In The Puck House Now | Pith in the Wind
J.R. points out that language in Tom Cigarran's statement to Preds fans can sure make it look like the Preds were on board with the lockout, contradicting many others who chose to believe that they were just bystanders in the whole thing.

Nashville Predators hope Ryan Ellis can assist on offense | The Tennessean
I've got him as a depth guy on my fantasy team, so I sure hope he cashes in.

Icebreaker: Predators will finally answer big question tonight | The Tennessean
Are they ready or not? One has to wonder if the relatively low roster turnover will help the Predators play well together early on.

Travel hurts West teams more than East | The Tennessean

Hmm... I wonder where these AP writers got the travel mileage numbers for this story? I don't see any attribution...

All the key story lines to get you ready for the (wildly abbreviated, probably totally insane) NHL season - Grantland

Katie Baker touches on items from all around the league, and includes a (much appreciated) nod to my Super Schedule.

Even for veterans, the first game of the NHL season is special - Nashville Predators Examiner
The adrenaline junkies are about to get their first fix in a long time.

Playing the point on the power play suits Sergei Kostitsyn just fine - Nashville Predators Examiner
Is SK74 part of the solution on the back end of the PP?

Three Minutes With: Scott Hannan… | Section 303
Hannan's familiarity with Shea Weber should help him fit in on the Nashville blueline.

Willy Daunic gets input from Rob Vollman of Hockey Prospectus on the issue of the Preds' poor possession numbers from last season.

Why Shea Weber Needs To Win Against Columbus - Predlines

Methinks Jason is over-cranking the hype machine a bit much here.

Smashville 24/7 - Will Preds power play success carry over?
Jacob Underwood points out the hole left behind by Ryan Suter.

Mid-season report card: Forwards | Admirals Roundtable
Well done, Mr. Mueller & Mr. Van Guilder.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Your Guide to NHL Opening Day - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The first game starts at 2:00 p.m. Central, with the Kings & Blackhawks on NBC.

Puck Daddy chats with Dustin Brown about Stanley Cup hangovers; playing the villain role; and LA Kings being confused for Sacramento Kings | Puck Daddy
The defending champion L.A. Kings could be set up to contend for several more years, but will they be ready to go from Game One?

Hockey Operations Update: Standard of Enforcement and New Rules -
Get up to speed on a few new wrinkles in the rule book (hat tip to Kukla's Korner for sharing this).

Wade Redden, Blues Agree In Principle To Contract - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues made a low-risk, high-reward move here, rescuing Redden from the scrap heap.

Canucks re-sign Alex Edler to a 6 year deal - Nucks Misconduct
A staple of the Vancouver defense gets a sweet contract extension.

Incorrect things you will hear: "In a 48-game season, every game counts" | Backhand Shelf
Cam argues that we may know by the halfway point which teams are going to make it.

Pre-Season Injury Update: Western Conference | Backhand Shelf
The Canucks in particular are missing two important forwards, Ryan Kesler and David Booth.

The Best NHL Goaltenders Between the Lockouts - Eyes On The Prize
What will we end up calling the era from 2005-2012? Anyways, here's a look at the top 'tenders from that time.

james mirtle: 2013 NHL teams by weight, height and age - A hockey journalist's blog
Man, those Sharks are chubby!

Sports Radio Interviews " Rick Nash Believes it’s Tough to Build Chemistry in a Lockout-Shortened Season
Nash certainly doesn't have any excuses now that he's in New York.

Red Wings Roster: Patrick Eaves Cleared to Play - Winging It In Motown
Good news for the Detroit forward who was felled by a Roman Josi slap shot.

And lastly... ESPN mixes hockey & the Muppets to perfection: