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Friday Dump & Chase: The Roller Coaster Ride Continues

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Just as they went from a shutout win in Dallas to giving up a touchdown in Vancouver, the Nashville Predators have had their ups and downs this season. Our morning hockey notes consider the question - what sort of team is this, really?

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Stanley Chou

Nashville Predators News

Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships, The Predators Win Neither - Nashville Sports Hub
Sam goes medieval on the whole "defense wins championships" line.

Shaken AND Stirred | a Miniseries (Part 2) | Predators AJenda
AJ, like many of us, is having a hard time getting a handle on this team. They zig-zag from dominating to awful in the blink of an eye.

Nashville Predators irritated by two calls by referee | The Tennessean
Expect Pekka Rinne to get back in there tonight at Calgary.

Zach Boychuk hopes to play his first ‘home’ game in Calgary - Nashville Predators Examiner
Will he get the chance? With Chris Mueller joining the team, someone has to sit.

Also, here's Pete Weber's radio update this morning:


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Gary Bettman: New NHL divisions will have ‘sensible geographic designations’ for names | Puck Daddy
Well, that's about the least exciting thing ever.

Anschutz decides not to sell AEG " LA Kings Insider
One of the biggest names in the sports business decides to stay put.

Rumblings: Interest in Jarome Iginla - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Is this the year the Flames finally trade Iggy?

Kris Versteeg out for year with knee injury, as another trade chip breaks for Panthers | Puck Daddy
Last season the Panthers were perhaps the luckiest team in the NHL, riding a host of overtime losses to the Southeast Division title. My, how the worm has turned.

Alex Sulzer Out For Season After ACL Surgery - Die By The Blade
A tough break for the former Predator.

Willes: Removing Vigneault will do one thing — show the real problem - The Province
The Canucks haven't blown the rest of the Northwest Division away yet, so naturally it's time to start firing people.

Firing Peter Laviolette is not the answer - Broad Street Hockey
They're not exactly feeling the Brotherly Love in Philadelphia, either.

Canucks' Offense Erupts for Seven Goals Against Predators - Nucks Misconduct
For a night, at least, it was all smiles in Vancouver.

Nicole Kirnan, first woman to coach men’s pro hockey team, faced ‘demoralizing’ criticism | Puck Daddy
Now here's a story you don't read every day...

Seattle hockey arena has green seats for fans, no seats for players - SBNation.com
Wowza...

And just in case you wondered if that whole Roberto Luongo/Corey Schneider battle for the #1 job in Vancouver was getting personal...

Lastly, here's Alexander Radulov coming close to playing the puck with his stick... from the bench during the KHL playoffs (as found at Puck Daddy):