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Monday's Dump & Chase: Preds Prep for Back-To-Back Sets This Week

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This week features two sets of games on back-to-back days for the Nashville Predators, between today's game at Colorado/tomorrow at home vs. Detroit, and a Friday/Saturday set against Vancouver and at Detroit. Over the course of this season the Preds have nine such sets of games, so how they perform under these conditions will go a long way to determining their fate this season. Your morning hockey notes look at how a variety of players are pitching in to team success so far...

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - Expectations of Ellis continue to rise
I have to say, I love it when Ryan Ellis sneaks down from the point. It reminds me of this.

Rinne's recent play worth the price of admission for Predators fans | Nashville City Paper
He makes only half as much as Shea Weber, but Pekka Rinne has easily been the team's MVP so far.

Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque shows playmaking ability at net | The Tennessean
Gabby's starting to hit his stride.

The Secret Life Of Shea Weber: Strip Two | Predlines
Have a cup of weirdness with your Monday morning.

Milwaukee bounces back to take 2 of 3 in hat trick weekend | Admirals Roundtable
A 3-1 victory helps wash the taste of that bitter 8-2 loss from Saturday night.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dowbiggin: Malhotra a revolutionary figure in the game of hockey - The Globe and Mail
A nice celebration of how fancy stats highlight the value of a Manny Malhotra, and how defensive-zone specialists (like Paul Gaustad) have arisen recently.

Predators at Avalanche, Game 14 Preview - Mile High Hockey
Our SB Nation buddies in Denver are pretty glum about how the Avs have played lately.

J.S. Giguere rejoins Avs after visiting terminally ill mother - Denver Post
Colorado's backup goalie is going through a difficult time, as his mother enters the final stages of Alzheimer's.

Wade MacLeod suffers seizure on ice; AHL teams suspend game, as Brandon Manning tweets regret (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
A terrifying incident here, obviously we all wish the best for MacLeod's recovery.

Watch Finnish star Alexsander Barkov skate in backwards for nasty shootout goal (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Spectacular? Sure, but when you're allowed to reverse course with the puck and draw it back like he does right before shooting, the goalie is pretty much helpless.

Max Pacioretty suffers another freak injury - Eyes On The Prize
Yowza, this is nasty.