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Friday Dump & Chase: Preds Move Forward After Train Wreck vs Phoenix

While the hockey world anxiously (*yawn*) awaits the decision by Dan DeKeyser on which team he will sign with, the Nashville Predators are trying to rebuild from last night's 7-4 stinker against Phoenix. With no Mike Fisher on the ice at today's practice, I wonder how quickly Craig Smith will be brought back from Milwaukee...

There's no time for moping, as the Preds skate at Colorado Saturday night.
There's no time for moping, as the Preds skate at Colorado Saturday night.
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Nashville Predators News

Feisty exchange during warm-up motivated Coyotes - Nashville Predators Examiner
Did Rich Clune stir up a hornet's nest last night?

A Loss of Words: The Disgruntled Predators Fans - Predneck Nation
The boos last night at Bridgestone Arena were unusual, but well deserved. Can they prove to be a catalyst, however?

Paul McCann - Ugh! aka Keep Calm
You can count on Paul for a dose of optimism.

Rinne still hitting all the right notes in Nashville - NHL.com
As Sam pointed out yesterday, Pekka's still having an OK season, it's the penalty kill which is dragging his overall numbers down. Save percentage on the PK is one of those things that bounces around unpredictably from one season to the next, but plays a huge role in a player's results.

Mike Fisher Leading Nashville Predators By Example - Predlines
A love letter to the Preds' alternate captain, who hopefully didn't get hurt too badly by the puck which hit him in the hand late in last night's game.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli on losing out on Flames’ Iginla: ‘we had a deal’ | Puck Daddy
It sounds like it was Iginla himself who pulled the rug out from under the Bruins.

Jarome Iginla is a Penguin...Now what - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh fans have an embarrassment of riches to watch up front.

My Iggy Moment: The Shift - Matchsticks and Gasoline
They'll always have this moment in Calgary...

NHL TV ratings up nationally, locally after lockout — and Penguins lead way - NHL - Sporting News
I will confess to be surprised by the implication in here, that the Predators average more than 21,000 households watching a broadcast (they're not included in the Bottom 5).

And lastly... witness the insane talent of Pavel Datsyuk: