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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Shots Wanted

Without the benefit of the sky-high shooting percentages they enjoyed last season, the dearth of Shots on Goal for the Nashville Predators has their offense sputtering during these early games. Can the coaching staff come up with a solution internally, or will a roster change help shake things up? Our morning notes hit that question from a variety of approaches.

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Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators coaches work overtime to prepare | The Tennessean
There's no rest for the coaches, as they not only try to fix their own squad, but plan ahead for upcoming opponents.

Troubling trends easy to spot in Predators' slow start | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair lists the main areas of concern right now.

Nashville’s hesitancy costing them points early in the season | The Predatorial
Shots Forced? Never heard that one before.

Nashville Predators: Keep Calm And Shoot The Puck - Predlines
Jason takes another angle on the shot problem.

New ice surface will greet Predators upon their return to Bridgestone - Nashville Predators Examiner
With the circus having moved on, it was time to paint the ice yesterday.

Nashville Predators' Rich Clune Steps Into Enforcer Role - Rant Sports
I can only assume that "Jonathan Katje" is the pen name for Clune's mom.

Nashville Predators And FOX Sports Tennessee Announce New Long-Term TV Rights Agreement
No surprise here, but the interesting nugget is that the Preds are claiming an average 1.7 TV rating so far this season. I can't remember seeing them announce regular-season rating at all before.

Eat Some Humble Pie, Preds Fans… - Predneck Nation
I'm with Miranda here, there's no place for riding Coyotes fans for low attendance in Phoenix. Given what's happened over the last several years, why would anyone buy in for a season ticket package there? Until they get the ownership situation resolved, we should be happy that anyone shows up at all.

Vic Bartley: All Star Style |
Patten was on hand to cover the AHL All-Star Game festivities, and caught up with Milwaukee's Victor Bartley.

Possible Call-ups This Week? | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan points out that the AHL schedule makes it even easier for the Preds to call up a forward for a short-term promotion.

Need a Valentine's Day gift idea? How about a new Nashville Predators t-shirt...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ex-NHLPA boss calls Quebec City, Toronto expansion spots | Hockey | CBC Sports
The drive to build a second NHL-size arena in the Toronto area moves another small step forward, with the carrot of a theoretical expansion team hanging in the air.

30 Thoughts: P.K. Subban eyes bigger payday | Hockey | CBC Sports
The can has been kicked down the road in Montreal, writes Elliotte Friedman at the beginning of his weekly 30 Thoughts.

NHL Panic Watch - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Where are the Preds on the Panic Scale?

Minnesota Wild in Trouble? Playing GM - Hockey Wilderness
Fans in other cities are getting uncomfortable, too.

On grinders, reward minutes, and over-playing your bottom forwards | Backhand Shelf
When a team's not scoring, does it really make sense to reduce the scorers' ice time?

A "Hall of Stats" Approach to Hockey - Beyond the Box Score
A baseball guy takes a metrics-based approach to see who might belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The curious case of Dustin Penner, here we go again - Mayors Manor
Penner is once again in the coach's doghouse, having been benched for the last three games.

Jeremy Roenick Stops By Second City, Part 2 - Second City Hockey
Hey, here's my favorite rendition of the Star Spangled Banner of all time...

Wild v Blue Jackets- Game wrap up - Hockey Wilderness
As I pointed out on Twitter last night, Ryan Suter now has as many points (4) as the entire Nashville Predators defense corps put together.

Dallas Stars Fall to Detroit Red Wings, 4-1 - Defending Big D
Stars fans aren't happy, as they were hoping for a better start.

Sharks play terribly but still win because that's how things work this season, apparently - Fear The Fin
Even on the rare occasion of being outshot handily, the Sharks pulled out a victory to move to 6-0-0.

Top Six Minutes - Airplane Pun Edition as the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Winnipeg Jets - Eyes On The Prize
If Andrei Markov can enjoy a healthy season, Habs fans could be in for a fun ride.

Recap: Tampa Bay Strides to Easy Win as Florida Panthers Reel off 5th Straight Loss - Litter Box Cats
The Lightning are off to a 5-1-0 start that has them atop the Southeast.

Resilient Senators notch impressive 3-2 comeback win over Capitals - Silver Seven
Kudos to one of my fantasy hockey goalies, Craig Anderson, for a big effort for Ottawa.

New York Islanders 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1: All systems go - Lighthouse Hockey
A nice road win for the Islanders here.

Rangers Vs. Flyers Recap: Big Win Over Flyers Comes With Unfortunate Cost - Blueshirt Banter
Beating Phialdelphia is always nice for the Rangers. Losing Ryan Callahan to injury? Not so nice.

Matt Frattin Scores with 1.4 Seconds Left in Overtime! - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto avoids the shootout with a dramatic OT goal to beat Buffalo.

Bruins beat Devils 2-1 in the shootout after idiot Bruins fan nearly jeopardizes everything - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Forget the hockey game, there was a shameful episode of hot dog abuse at TD Garden last night.