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Saturday's Dump & Chase: The Rigorous Road of the NHL

This morning, our around-the-league notes begin with two different approaches to how NHL players try to maintain peak performance levels in the face of scheduling and travel burdens that include frequent late-night flights and games on back-to-back days. Relaxation, diet & exercise can accomplish much, but sometimes a little pharmaceutical assistance is required...

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Nashville Predators News

Erat fine after leaving practice - Predators Insider
Please be OK, Marty.

The 303:30 – Preds’ struggles, Titans’ punter Brett Kern and Ads prospects with Ryan Miller | Section 303
Jeremy & Codey are back behind the mic, musing over whether an AHL callup might help the Preds these days.

Ads can’t climb out of 5-0 hole | Admirals Roundtable
Milwaukee went for a rough ride last night against the Chicago Wolves.

The Best and Worst of AHL Jerseys: Admirals Finale | Admirals Roundtable
The Ads have sure had some odd looks over the years...

Orlando Solar Bears get their championship banner – 12 years after winning title | Puck Daddy
The head coach of that team? Nashville's own Peter Horachek.

Also, here's an excellent segment from Thursday's Thom Abraham Show, featuring an extended conversation on the state of the Preds:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Preparing yourself for games on back-to-back days | Backhand Shelf
Back-to-backs have a real effect on team performance, dropping expected winning percentage by about 5%.

NHL drug testing committee looking at Ambien use - NHL -
In light of all those back-to-backs and other travel issues, perhaps the biggest performance booster is a drug that helps players get some sleep?

Keeping Coyotes in Phoenix is proving tough sell | Hockey | CBC Sports
If Bill Daly says Phoenix is a hill the NHL is willing to die on, you know it's time to bring in the moving vans.

The Quiet Room: Cruddy injuries around the league | Backhand Shelf
Jo's injury updates are always worth checking out.

Did Jackets’ Dorsett bite Blues’ Stewart after their fight Thursday night? | Puck Daddy

Backchecking Hard Is For Suckers |
Tyler dissects the "lazy Russian" diatribes hurled at Ilya Kovalchuk during the Stanley Cup Final.

KHL.RU - official site - Excellence rewarded. KHL-TV scoops broadcasting award
Congrats to KHL-TV, which won the Big Digit (seriously).

Blues At Red Wings Game Recap: Blues Lose 5-3, Backes Ejected For Hit To The Head - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis fans have reason to gripe over an awful call which gave Detroit a 5-minute power play in the third period.

Dallas Stars Beat Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 In Shootout - Defending Big D
Dallas rolled out a young 6'7" defenseman in this game, Jamie Oleksiak.

Canucks Top Hawks; Welcome to the NHL, Rookie! - Nucks Misconduct
Jordan Schroeder won this one for Vancouver in a shootout.

Happy 22nd Birthday Kyle Palmieri, Ducks Forward Nets 2 In Win Over Wild, 3-1 - Anaheim Calling
The Ducks have moved to 4-1-1.

Recap: Capitals 3, Flyers 2 - Japers' Rink
Might the combination of Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin get things rolling in Washington?

Game 7: Tampa Bay Lightning versus Winnipeg Jets - Raw Charge
I'd say the Lightning are on fire, having won their fifth straight game, but that doesn't make sense.

Game 6 Recap: Hurricanes 1, Senators 0 - Canes Country
Dan Ellis pitched the shutout for Carolina.