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Monday's Dump & Chase: It's a Matinee Kind of Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is typically marked by some afternoon hockey games, so in addition to the Preds & Blues at 5:00 p.m. (preview here), there are two Eastern Conference tilts beginning at noon (Jets at Bruins, Lightning at Islanders). Remember, kids, NHL Center Ice is free through the end of the month...

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Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Benching Craig Smith And The Boring Moralism Of Trotz's Doghouse - Nashville Sports Hub
Sam's spitting mad over the 3rd-period demotion of Craig Smith on Saturday night.

David Climer: Nashville Predators feel pressure to win | The Tennessean
Will the longtime presence of the existing coaching staff and many of the players help the Preds in the early going?

Nashville Predators say power play holds early advantage | The Tennessean
Ooh, there's an update on Gabriel Bourque (whose speed would be most welcome on the third line).

Predators ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper shares three observations from Saturday night's game.

Smashville 24/7 - Defensemen gaining chemistry on the fly
The new defense pairs seem to have had a good Game One.

Ads swept in two at Abbotsford | Admirals Roundtable
To be fair, the Admirals skated without three defensemen who played major roles for them in Blum, Ellis & Bartley.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks Postgame: Banner Night Goes Awry - Five For Howling
At least the fans in the desert got to see that Pacific Division championship banner raised to the rafters before Chicago took a 6-4 decision.

Dallas Stars Downed By Wild, 1-0 - Defending Big D
Zach Parise scored his first goal for Minnesota.

Sharks recover from terrible start to douse Flames in opener - Fear The Fin
San Jose had their opener yesterday, and handled Calgary 4-1.

Oilers Re-write The Script, Come Back To Win In Shootout - The Copper & Blue
Edmonton topped Vancouver, with Ales Hemsky stealing the show.

Despite getting dental work done on Saturday, Stars’ winger Reilly Smith sees action vs. Wild | Dallas Stars Blog
Because he's a hockey player!

Neal, Malkin Continue Hot Start in 6-3 Win Over Rangers - PensBurgh
The Penguins are off and flying.

Stafford, Ott Set Different Tone For Sabres In 5-2 Win Over Flyers - Die By The Blade
Buffalo got their season started on a high note, handily defeating Philadelphia.

Joffrey Lupul's Contract Value: Point/Counterpoint - Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs committed to a new 5-year contract for Joffrey Lupul - was it the right move?

Ratings win for NHL: 2013 openers give NBC record regular-season numbers | Puck Daddy
Nice ratings for Opening Day, but hockey still has a long ways to go.

Exploring NHL Helmet Decals - Blog -
A sampling of stickers adorning buckets around the league.

And lastly, to get those hockey juices flowing... here's Hockey Night in Canada's intro video for the season: