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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Credit For Preds' Roll is Widespread

With the Predators riding a 3-game win streak into a much-anticipated home game, the mood is high in Smashville. As the old saying goes, "Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan." Our (belated) hockey notes today give pats on the back to several Preds...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators find wins in line tinkering | The Tennessean
As long as the points are piling up in the standings, guys are generally fine with lines being jumbled around.

Nashville Predators' Kevin Klein stays out of box with skill, savvy | The Tennessean
Kleiner gets some love for what he doesn't do out there.

Nick Spaling's diary: End of road trip means its time to set up apartment | The Tennessean
What is it with Spals and defensemen? The other day we read about him living with Shea Weber during the lockout, and lately he's been staying with Roman Josi.

Paul McCann - Game Night in Smashville... at last!
Paul is ready to give the old pipes a workout tonight.

Shea Weber's production expected to increase - Fox Sports Tennessee
Look on the bright side, it can't decrease, right?

Predators' newest tough guy finds a new way to agitate | Nashville City Paper
Fresh off his goal Tuesday, Richard Clune enjoys the spotlight.

Trotz: Hornqvist "doing quite well" - Predators Insider
Encouraging words on Patric Hornqvist's recovery.

Smashville 24/7 - Blum relishing opportunity
This is pretty much Blum's last, best chance to make the Predators' roster full-time, and so far, he's doing well.

Grinder Hockey Should Be Cherished | Predlines
Certainly the muckers & grinders have their place on a team, but can the game trend too far in that direction?

Unsung Heroes: Yip, Spaling and Hannan | The Predatorial
The foot soldiers get their due.

Metro Council signs off on arena improvements, other spending | The Tennessean
The $7 million project to rework the south entrance at Bridgestone got the formal go-ahead.

Former Ads help Preds break out | Admirals Roundtable
A celebration of the "road to Nashville goes through Milwaukee" theme.

Find the best deals on tickets to tonight's Preds vs Kings game at TiqIQ!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Plight of the goalless: the NHL’s 10 most surprisingly unproductive players | Puck Daddy
Familiar names dominate this list, with Batman & Robin both appearing in the Top 5.

Kimmo Timonen contract extension near, according to reports - Broad Street Hockey
The former Preds captain looks like he'll finish his career in Philly.

Ben Lovejoy traded to Anaheim - PensBurgh
Another minor trade indicates that the market is starting to warm up...

Ryan Johansen Sent to Springfield of the AHL - The Cannon
The young Columbus center needs a bit more seasoning, apparently.

Calgary Flames lose Miikka Kiprusoff to lower-body injury; can they survive without him? | Puck Daddy
Kipper has long carried a heavy load in Calgary, so the Flames could be in for major trouble here.

The Quiet Room: Broken faces and how to fix them | Backhand Shelf
Hockey can be a grizzly business at times.

After serious injury, Blake Geoffrion insists he’s not retiring: ‘I’ll come back from this’ | Puck Daddy
Obviously we all wish the best for Boomer as he continues his recovery from a skull fracture.

Video: Tomas Plekanec's breakaway attempt was pretty awful - Puck Drunk Love
That's no understatement...

So You Want to Be an NHL Fan - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
A handy guide for the football fan in your life who has been suffering withdrawal symptoms this week.

Rumblings: Third referee, Caps looking, Wild changes - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Expanding video review to include penalty calls such as hits to the head? I can't say I'm a fan of that idea...

Brandon Dubinsky hit with $10K fine for Rob Scuderi hit, first under new NHL CBA | Puck Daddy
Congratulations of a sort to Brandon Dubinsky, who earns a dubious honor.

What NHL officials did during the lockout - Battle of California
I question the academic rigor of this study, but it's worth a laugh.

Systems Analyst: When you’re in man-on-man coverage you should probably man your man | Backhand Shelf
All you Ryan Suter haters will love this.

History Lessons: The Holdout | Backhand Shelf
E puts the P.K. Subban episode into historical perspective.

What Do Injuries Up the Middle Mean for the Edmonton Oilers? | The Hockey Writers
Optimism has been building in Edmonton, but injuries could sabotage their attempt to return to the playoffs.

Player priorities seem to be shifting from the logo to the namebar | Backhand Shelf
Is old-time hockey comradery dead?

NOTE: Rather than include Game Recaps in the morning Dump & Chase, I've added a box to the front page of the site which gets updated each morning with recaps from around SB Nation.