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Friday's Dump & Chase: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Shark Tank

Last night's shootout victory in Los Angeles was a welcome tonic for a Nashville Predators team looking for positive momentum, which they hope to put to good use tomorrow night as they face the hottest team in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks. Reaction from last night and scores from around the league dominate our morning hockey notes...

Jeff Gross

Nashville Predators News

Quotes from the Preds locker room after def LA 2-1 via shootout - Mayor's Manor
Peks was glad to notch his first W of the season.

Rich Clune says goodbye to the Kings, hello again to Los Angeles - Mayor's Manor
Last night's game was a homecoming for Clune, who had spent the last two seasons playing for L.A.'s AHL affiliate.

Smashville 24/7 - Can Preds build off Thursday’s win?
Last night's game was further proof of something which has been a hallmark of Barry Trotz's tenure here. Even when it looks like the Preds are playing lousy & should be getting their heads kicked in, they don't break ranks.

Dissecting the Predators Shootout Struggles | The Hockey Writers
Given the small sample size that goes along with shootout statistics, it's hard to get too worked up over things. If you flip a coin and it comes up "tails" the first 3 times, are you really concerned that you'll never see "heads" again?

The Best and Worst of AHL Jerseys: Part Deux | Admirals Roundtable
Some way-cool threads herein.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Phoenix Coyotes front office, players reeling as Greg Jamison's bid fades - Phoenix Business Journal
Where will this drama go from here?

Know who isn’t excited about new Toronto arena? Hamilton, that’s who | Puck Daddy
Sorry, Hamilton, it was never meant to be.

NHL - Gary Bettman's 20 years as commissioner have been full of ups and downs - ESPN
Fans may hate his guts, but owners (and players) have to love the results Gary Bettman has delivered for the league.

NHL short season may save coaches on hot seat | Home Ice -
Will teams just wait a few months, or pull the trigger soon on their coaches?

Sharks beat Oilers in regulation, then do it all over again in the shootout - Fear The Fin
San Jose (which hosts the Preds on Saturday) remains the NHL's lone undefeated team, at 7-0-0.

Game 7 Recap: Avalanche douse Flames 6-3 in Calgary - Mile High Hockey
Colorado keeps the Flames firmly esconced in the Northwest Division basement.

Blues at Blue Jackets Recap: Early Lead Gives Blues Another Win - St. Louis Game Time
Just another night at the office for St. Louis, which boasts a 6-1-0 record.

Recap: Florida Panthers End Five-Game Skid, Top Winnipeg Jets 6-3 - Litter Box Cats
Marcel Goc's return to the Panthers lineup led to a big win.

Vokoun Shutout City. Pens beat Rangers 3-0 - PensBurgh
Tomas Vokooooouuuun!

Islanders 5, Devils 4 (OT): Wild first-place battle ends on Brad Boyes winner - Lighthouse Hockey
This win pulls the Islanders up alongside New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins Instant Reactions - Die By The Blade
It was the Thomas Vanek show, as he put up five points in a Buffalo win.

Maple Leafs 3 v. Capitals 2: Highlights And A Look At The Numbers - Pension Plan Puppets
They're getting giddy over Matt Frattin in Toronto.

Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon Still Dominating The 2013 NHL Draft Rankings |
For those of you already looking forward to the draft...

Staged Fights: Good or Bad for the Red Wings? - Octopus Thrower
Red Wings fans aren't quite sure what to make of Jordin Tootoo's propensity to drop the gloves, especially right at the start of a game.

Hockey and ’30 Rock’: Inside plentiful puck references as Tina Fey’s sitcom reaches finale | Puck Daddy
I've never watched this show much, but hey, hockey.

Bleacher Report is coming to a TV near you - Awful Announcing
CNN is smearing as much lipstick on that pig as it can during Super Bowl weekend.

Fantasy Hockey: Joe Pavelski is a stud; Cam Ward is a dud | Puck Daddy
Among the waiver wire favorites, I did recently pick up Joel Ward.

Changes released Thursday across SB Nation - Blog Huddle
A few tweaks have been made to our platform (I dig the color changes in particular).