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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: I Guess the NHL Starts Today?

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Gals, guys. We made it and the excitement is building by the minute. While the Preds don't kick their season off until tomorrow, there are a few great games happening tonight to help you get ready. Use today to stock up on your favorite game day beverage, prepare a season opening meal (I'm making poutine with tater tots and bacon gravy), and be sure to treat yo'self.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators Set 2014-15 Opening Night Roster | Nashville Predators
Just clicking the roster is exciting. But who will be scratched. Another Preds blogger had an idea about who that might be.

New Predators Mike Ribeiro, James Neal poised to lead offense-The Tennessean

That's certainly the expectation.

The Predcast, Season 3 - Ep. 5: 2014-2015 Season "Preview" - The Predatorial

I get smarter with every episode. Thanks, guys!

Preds Host 'Meet The Team' Party - Nashville Predators

Were you there?

Predators place Stalberg, Cullen on IR | Kentucky.com
Frustrating way to start the year for Stalberg. Matt Cullen, on the other hand, is probably overdue for a hip prosthetic.

Nashville: the scene of the ‘Legwand hat trick’ | Ottawa Citizen

Very difficult to repeat.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

What Puck Daddy could have asked Hilary Knight | Puckology
Clare Austin provides great crticism and her own list of questions. If you haven't read the Puck Daddy interview, here it is. I agree with Austin. It does have a very amatuerish feel.

Place Your Bets: The NHL Awards Breakdown -Grantland

We'll have our own predictions up a little later today.

GIONTA NAMED SABRES CAPTAIN | Buffalo Sabres
Hooray for formality!

Bettman loves view from on top of the hockey world | FOX Sports
Whether you like him or not, the NHL has never been more popular or successful.

Meet the 32-year-old blogger/enforcer that just made the Bruins | ProHockeyTalk
Interesting story but Robins' usefulness won't be much of one.

Teravainen ‘a little disappointed’ about not making ‘Hawks | ProHockeyTalk
It's a little harder to swallow when you have to go to Rockford, Illinois.

OHL and CMHA launch mental health program in wake of player suicide | Daily Courier
This was from Monday but I think is worthy of another read.

Six Capitals Predictions to Warm Your Heart | Russian Machine Never Breaks
Will the Trotz coached Caps be as good as RMNB predicts?

Alexander Burmistrov is pretty much asking for a second chance | Dmitry Chesnokov
Imagine begging to play for the Jets. But the Jets aren't smart so they probably won't sign him.

Steve Mason is the Flyers' most important player | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
No pressure behind that defense, Steve.

5 bold predictions for the 2014-15 NHL season | theScore
I'm excited for #2 and #3.

Canadiens-Maple Leafs Preview | Montreal Gazette
Preview of the early game tonight.

Tale of the Tape: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers | Along the Boards
Preview of NBC's early rivalry game.

Canucks-Flames Preview | FOX Sports
No Tortorella for between period antics.

Preview: Sharks at Kings | Sports - WPTZ Home
If there were ever a night for Joe Thornton to score four goals, it's tonight.