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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Preds Stalking the Playoff Pack

Despite struggling to put the puck in the net, the Nashville Predators are managing to hang around the playoff pack in the NHL's Western Conference, thanks to tight defense and outstanding goaltending, which has helped the Preds make it to overtime in 5 of 8 games so far. Will these bonus points pay off down the road? They'll need to, as teams like Anaheim and Edmonton attempt to earn their way back into the playoffs at Nashville's expense. Our morning hockey notes include recaps from a wild night of NHL action.

Our Pekka, who art in goal... hallowed be thy name.
Our Pekka, who art in goal... hallowed be thy name.
Christian Petersen

Nashville Predators News

Sharks surprised at Smith’s struggles - Predators Insider
Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish say good things about how Craig Smith prepared for the season.

Nashville Predators Road Trip: What A Turnaround | Predlines
Back-to-back shootout victories have a way of improving the mood.

Need a gift for Valentine's Day? Go with a new Nashville Predators t-shirt...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Blackhawks 2, Flames 2 (Blackhawks win game of bags 1-0) | The Committed Indian
Chicago pulled into the top spot in the NHL with a shootout win at Calgary, moving them to 7-0-2.

Game #9 Recap - Who Are These Guys, And Can They Come Back Please? - The Cannon
Do the Blue Jackets have a "3rd jersey" thing going on? They beat Detroit 4-2, thanks in part to two goals from Artem Anisimov.

Hatty For Bonino In Ducks 7-4 Win Over Kings, Lose Fowler Indefinitely - Anaheim Calling
The Ducks are off to a rollicking start, but losing Cam Fowler to injury could put a halt to that. He's young, but plays a lot of minutes for them on the blueline.

Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes Recap: Coyotes Play Full 60 for Shutout Victory - Five For Howling
The Coyotes snuffed out the Stars, 2-0.

Oilers at Avalanche Recap: Avs Remain Perfect On Home Ice; Bury Oilers 3-1 - Mile High Hockey
Nail Yakupov scored his 5th goal of the season, but that was it for Edmonton.

Rangers Vs. Lightning Recap: Secondary Scoring Pushes Rangers Past Lightning 3-2 - Blueshirt Banter
Steven Stamkos scored twice, but that wasn't enough for Tampa Bay.

Flyers vs. Hurricanes recap: Perfect power play pushes Flyers to win No. 3 - Broad Street Hockey
Philadelphia scored thrice on the power play to win 5-3.

Pens blow by Devils 5-1 - PensBurgh
Sidney Crosby got his 4th goal of the season as Pittsburgh rolled.

Extended Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens shell the Buffalo Sabres - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal got two goals each from Rene Bourque and David Desharnais.

Randumbness? The new NHL is less predictable than you think - Colby Cosh -
The "loser point" has kept the Preds near the playoff pack, but together with the shootout, it obscures the difference in talent level between teams.

N.H.L. Grapples With Applying Its Own Concussion Protocols -
The Gabriel Landeskog story presents some troubling concerns for NHL teams.

Photo: Ice in at Soldier Field for Hockey City Classic | The United States of Hockey
In a couple weeks, Predators prospect Zach Budish leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers into a big outdoor game in Chicago against Wisconsin.

Block party " LA Kings Insider
Darryl Sutter uses the Preds as a teaching example for his Kings.

Linus Omark scores with chip move in Swiss league (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
I believe this is called "filthy".

And last night on Coach's Corner, Grapes had a lot to say about Jordin Tootoo (but didn't note that it was his birthday):