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Friday's Dump & Chase: Injuries Piling Up Around the NHL

Now that we're one month into the season, the depth of many teams is truly being tested as injuries are taking their toll. The Predators have been relatively fortunate on that front so far, but our around-the-league notes begin with three teams who had key players go down last night...

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov.
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Nashville Predators News

NHL Lockout Not Hurting Nashville Predators - Nashville Sports Hub
Many were worried about the damage the lockout might inflict on smaller markets, but Nashville is thriving, writes Robby.

'Klein gains recognition for his ability to go unnoticed by referees | Nashville City Paper

David Boclair celebrates Kleiner's greatest virtue as a player - how he plays major minutes against quality opponents, but doesn't take penalties.

Nashville Predators' Jonathon Blum learned from demotion | The Tennessean
Blum's getting every-night work these days, something which looked unlikely just a few weeks ago.

Smashville 24/7 - Preds getting pucks, bodies to net
Patric Hornqvist's return bodes well here.

Paul McCann - Two Coach Stories - Firing and Challenges
Paul sounds off on Lindy Ruff and the idea of coaches being able to challenge a call.

Ads take big step back at Lake Erie | Admirals Roundtable
After losing by six goals Saturday night, the Admirals repeated the feat in a 7-1 thumping.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Artem Anisimov stretchered off after freak injury vs. Red Wings (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Anisimov hit his head on the ice last night as Kyle Quincey fell on him, leading to a scary scene.

Twitterverse reacts to Taylor Hall’s hit on Clutterbuck: "Vicious, dirty hit." | Edmonton Journal
Will the NHL suspend one of its bright young stars?

Matt Read injury: Flyers forward out six weeks with muscle tears - Broad Street Hockey
Torn muscles in the rib cage? Ouch...

Canucks At Predators Game Preview: Tearing Up The Highway Like A Big 'Ol Dinosaur - Nucks Misconduct
Our comrades up in BC have their Game Preview ready. Ours will come later this morning.

Brian Burke Hired As Ducks Part-Time GM ... er ... Professional Scout - Anaheim Calling
He's baaaaaack...

Investing in Analytics | MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Fancy stats must be integrated into a team's decision making process in an organized fashion if real value is to be derived from it, writes Benjamin Alamar, Professor of Sports Management at Menlo College.

Did Jim Matheson Out the Oilers? - The Copper & Blue
A fascinating gaffe by an Edmonton sports writer has fans wondering whether the Oilers might have been guilty of tampering the Justin Schultz signing.

Why hockey fans don't care if you like their sport. |
Now that the lockout is over, we can all feel better about that "hockey fans are the greatest" thing.

Nonis: Teams have inquired about Connolly -
Crank up the trade speculation... Tim Connolly could provide bit of offensive punch in the right situation.

ESPN's John Skipper: "We are doing hockey highlights." - Awful Announcing

No, it's not just hockey blogs which perceive a slight from ESPN.

Kazzinc-Torpedo’s ‘death by firing squad’: Weirdest hockey postgame celebration ever (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy

Freaking Weird.