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Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Shockingly, ESPN Bozo Knows Nothing About Hockey

Let's distract ourselves from the Nashville Predators' recent struggles by hurling our invective at a more appropriate target - ESPN, and it's shabby treatment of all things NHL.

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Nashville Predators News

Postgame quotes - Predators Insider
Barry Trotz called that roadie "a trip from hell"... and he's right.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Stephen A. Smith rants on ties in hockey, which don't exist anymore - Awful Announcing
This is jaw-dropping stuff, but I'm sure he gots lots of high-fives in the ESPN cafeteria.

NHL veteran Dominic Moore opens up about his wife, their life and her death - The Globe and Mail
This is incredibly heartbreaking... take a few minutes and read this, if nothing else, in this morning's notes.

Chicago Blackhawks' start is truly rare - USA Today
These are historic times for the Hawks.

Evgeni Malkin’s brilliant goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, an annual tradition (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
This is pretty darned incredible.

Avs' dilemma: With Ryan O'Reilly back, is it time to move Paul Stastny? - The Denver Post
Is this a call David Poile should make?

Zach Boychuk On Waivers, Should The Rangers Take Another Shot? - Blueshirt Banter
Hey, here's a scratch-off ticket lying on the sidewalk...

Jussi Jokinen at the "Center" of Controversy - Canes Country
Is this a guy the Preds should sniff around on?

Kyle Wellwood is unappreciated and undervalued - Arctic Ice Hockey
You know, there's a guy I wouldn't mind seeing in Nashville's bottom six.

Tye McGinn's face is 8 different shades of purple - Broad Street Hockey
Yup, that's a hockey player.

Patrick Kaleta Suspended Five Games For Hit On Brad Richards - Die By The Blade
Well deserved, in my book.

PDO numbers by NHL team - Mar 4 |
For those of you wondering if the Preds have just been victimized by poor puck luck... sorry.

Hockey Myths Exposed – Small Players are a Detriment to a Team | Hockey Independent
I would agree that for skill players, size shouldn't get in the way of opportunity, but for those who make their living banging along the boards, it sure comes in handy.

Clune brothers heading to Staples Center for Kings v Preds - Mayors Manor
Clune the Elder took the ice last night, while Clune the Younger watched.

Word Association: Kings players share thoughts on Predators - Mayors Manor
This is one of the more novel approaches to a game-day preview I've seen...

Sports analytics and the MIT Sloan Conference - Grantland
In which Craig MacTavish (via a link to a tweet) says one of the most depressing things I've ever read. If NHL teams are seriously paying people to do "GVT stuff"... *shudder*

Looking at the 5 best General Managers in the NHL | Backhand Shelf
Until they actually achieve something on the ice, it's downright preposterous to include New York Islanders GM Garth Snow as an Honorable Mention here.

Cam Ward Out 6-8 Weeks With MCL Sprain - Canes Country
Dan Ellis, the spotlight is all yours.

Want to Play in the NHL? Better Hope You Were Born in the Right Month | Playbook |
This runs somewhat along the lines of analysis done by Malcolm Gladwell, I believe.