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Wednesday's Dump and Chase: Scenic Western Canada

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Tonight the Predators begin a long road trip in scenic Western Canada. From the mountain peaks of British Columbia and Alberta to the vomit covered streets of Winnipeg, Western Canada is filled with both beauty and treachery. The Preds are all too familiar with the treachery as some of their worst losses in franchise history happened in Canada's boring middle part. Still, Weber n' Friends will look to continue their strong start against teams they should be able to beat. The first test will be the lowly Edmonton Oilers who enjoyed a strong 3-0 win against Montreal on Monday.

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Nashville Predators News

The Predators' Land of No Return: Western Canada | Predlines
In case you were overly optimistic about the Preds road trip, here are a number of depressing games Nashville has played in Western Canada.

Cullen returns as Predators send Stalberg to Milwaukee | WKRN News 2
So many things happening at once.

A Trade Is Bound to Happen in Smashville | The Hockey Writers
Colin Fitts suggests the Preds get Yakupov but the Oilers have said they aren't trading him.

Long hours, 1,800 pounds of gear, keep Predators on the road | The Tennessean
Ever wonder how the bright yellow sausage is made?

The Predcast, Season 3 - Ep. 7 | The Predatorial
Predcast!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Edmonton Oilers’ sane stance on not trading Nail Yakupov | Edmonton Journal
Smart choice for Edmonton.... For now.

Gordie Howe has serious stroke, recovering at daughter's home | ESPN
Get better soon, Gordie.

Sabres' start sets course for draft lottery | TSN
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Illegal hits are down, but will it stay that way? | ProHockeyTalk
By the end of the season every player will have at least two suspensions, maybe three.

Why wasn't Chris Kreider suspended? | Sporting News
If you don't quite understand why Kreider wasn't suspended after being tossed from the game, this is a good explanation along with the DoPS video.

Fact or Fiction: 3 players to watch using advanced stats | theScore
If you need some fantasy hockey help.

30 Thoughts: Leafs' Carlyle not all to blame | Sportsnet.ca
The always anticipated 30 thoughts by Elliotte Friedman.

Randy Carlyle is right: Jake Gardiner does need to play tougher | theScore
Two sides to every story.

Second Thoughts | College Hockey News
Great article by Ryan Lambert about puck luck and some college hockey knowledge. This one is a bit longer.

Duke of Broadway: Anthony Duclair proving ‘talent has no age’ | Puck Daddy
Great read about a kid who is a must watch.

Anthony Duclair Only Owns One Shirt | The New York Rangers Blog
Duclair had his first NHL goal in the Rangers comeback against the Wild and he celebrated by washing his shirt.

Columbus places Bobrovsky on IR | ProHockeyTalk
The Blue Jackets are one injured group.

Anze Kopitar, the Kings cap issue for one day | Puck Daddy
It as an interesting day for the Kings, who played with 19 players last night. Here is why.