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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Looking for Sparks

Now that Shea Weber is making key offensive plays for the Nashville Predators on a regular basis, hope builds that other players such as Craig Smith can start scoring, too.

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Nashville Predators News

Smith Finally Finds Back of the Net |
Will last night's goal get the Honey Badger rolling?

Smashville 24/7 - Hornqvist creating chances for Preds
Patric Hornqvist has wasted no time at all getting right into the thick of things.

Smashville 24/7 - Mason talks blown call in Colorado
Chris Mason discusses Monday's controversial play.

Breaking down Matt Duchene’s goal that wasn’t in any way illegal, nope, nothing to see here | Backhand Shelf
Relive the agony in excruciating detail.

Nashville Predators: 1st Intermission Report Card | Predlines
Since it's hockey, doing a review 1/3rd of the way through makes sense.

Pekka Rinne is best option for Nashville Predators | The Tennessean
After Monday's stinker by Chris Mason, David Climer is ready to see Peks pretty much play every game going forward. #smh

Is Pekka Rinne the most valuable player in the NHL? -
A pretty good argument is made here.

Thoughts On Today’s Transactions | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Patrick Cehlin has been struggling, to say the least.

Beyond the Bradley Center: Turning Points and Paul Fenton talk | Admirals Roundtable
Jason wonders if the way Milwaukee rebounded from a Saturday night blowout might bode well for the rest of the campaign.

Also, listen in to Barry Trotz's appearance on 102.5 The Game this morning (2 segments):

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Zamboni waterskiing? Former NHLer David Ling pretends to ice-ski during broken glass delay (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Well done, sir.

Larry Brooks: Injury to Rick Nash hurting New York Rangers, head injuries around league hurting NHL -
Is the Rangers' big winger suffering post-concussion symptoms?

Court of Public Opinion: Was Hansen’s blow to the back of Hossa’s head intentional? | Backhand Shelf
Marian Hossa left last night's Chicago/Vancouver game, and hopefully won't be out long.

The Death of the Hurry Up Face-off - The Hockey Writers
There was a great example of this last night, where a linesman took forever to drop the puck.

Down Goes Brown: Other letters that NHL teams have recently sent to their fans
The Colorado Avalanche entry here is especially good.

Who tells hockey writers to die in Aurora-like shooting massacres? Pediatric doctors, apparently | Puck Daddy
Twitter has a rather impressive ability to put idiots in the spotlight.

Rumblings: Can B's lure Alfredsson away? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun gets the trade speculation simmering...

The Seven Levels of Dirty Hockey - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
A handy reference here from DGB.

How reliable is the shot tracker? - Eyes On The Prize
The NHL's in-game data gathering is embarrassingly bad at times.

The Quiet Room: Shut your filthy mouth | Backhand Shelf
This goes out to all the disgusting potty-mouths who bite other players.

Is It Possible To Accidentally Break A Player's Jaw With A Two-Handed Stick Swing? - Deadspin
Um, absolutely.

Devin Setoguchi fined $8108.11 for Kyle Quincey Hit - Hockey Wilderness
That'll teach him.

Jay Bouwmeester: Raising the Bar for Playoff Futility - The Hockey Writers
It's amazing to see Bouwmeester having played more than 730 games without ever getting a chance at the playoffs.

Boston Bruins visit Newtown, lend support to Sandy Hook shooting victims (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
A good day for the Bruins and the people of Newtown.