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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Preds Return Home, On a Roll

After a long stretch away from home, the Nashville Predators prepare to host seven of their next nine games at Bridgestone Arena, starting with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Can they make headway in the Western Conference standings by defending their turf in Smashville?

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Dilip Vishwanat

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators' Rich Clune gets first NHL goal – and puck, too | The Tennessean
Clune did end up getting himself a keepsake.

What Trotz learned about his team - Predators Insider
It sounds like the coach knows he has a work in progress, and it's coming along.

Pekka Rinne: Nashville's Atlas | Predlines
Peks was the main reason the Preds were even able to make it to the shootout in many of those early games.

Also, here's Barry Trotz doing two segments of radio this morning:

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Insider Trading: Is the NHL going to the 2014 Games in Sochi? - TSN
While NBC is starting to crank the hype engine for the 2014 Winter Olympics, we have to remember that it's not a done deal that the NHL will send its players.

Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study - Deadspin
This is a story we need to keep an eye on from the hockey side, too.

30 Thoughts: Panthers plan to keep Stephen Weiss | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman makes a great observation about the referees. Fans may not like some of the calls they're seeing, but the refs didn't work during the lockout, so they have a bigger challenge getting into the swing of things than many players did.

The Curse of Hudler: Calgary Flames 4 - Detroit Red Wings 1 - Winging It In Motown
Detroit lost to a stinker of a team, on home ice no less.

We Have A Marker Down: Hawks 5 – Sharks 3 | The Committed Indian
Chicago took victory in a battle of the Western Conference's top two teams.

Game 10 Recap: It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets led early against Los Angeles, but couldn't hold on and lost, 4-2.

Alfredsson leads Senators to 4-3 win over the Sabres - Silver Seven
Old man Daniel Alfredsson's still got it.

Flyers vs. Lightning recap: Tom Sestito scores one more goal than Tampa, leads team to win - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers slowed down the red-hot Lightning, 2-1.

Instant Recap: Winnipeg Jets topple Florida Panthers 3-2, ending a three game losing streak. - Arctic Ice Hockey
Bryan Little scored the OT winner for Winnipeg.

Game Recap, Highlights, And Quotes: Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 - Too Easy - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto takes its turn kicking sand in the Caps' faces.

Sharks’ Andrew Desjardins ejected after another phantom hit to the head call (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Yeah, not such a good call here.

P.J. Stock makes things up, gets mad when called on it - Eyes On The Prize
An incredibly rare example of mainstream media members going after each other, as Dave Stubbs calls out commentator P.J. Stock for a hit job on P.K. Subban.

Marc-Andre Fleury: Why the Penguins Should Bench Him - The Hockey Writers
Because he has Tomas Vokoun pushing him, naturally.

Dallas Stars Captain Brenden Morrow Pushes Forward Past Injuries, Critics - Defending Big D
Brenden Morrow isn't the same player he was a few years ago, but he's still an important piece for the Stars.

The top NHL players who’ve yet to score this season | The Eh Game
Well, Jarome Iginla scratched himself off this list last night.

Relax, awards leaving Vegas for just a year - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The unusual schedule this season is wreaking havoc with summer plans.

Backhand Shelf’s shortest Systems Analyst post ever | Backhand Shelf
Outstanding analysis here.

Portland Winterhawks, Kelowna Rockets top BTN Dynamic Dozen ahead of first-place showdown - Buzzing The Net
Preds prospect Brendan Leipsic has the Winterhawks flying high.

Watch the greatest high-school hockey commercial ever filmed, starring Clarkston High (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Well done, lads.