clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Monday's Dump & Chase: East of Eden

New, comments

After 8 consecutive games against the Western Conference, the Preds kickoff a week of 3 straight against that Lesser Conference: the East. Don't forget that for tomorrow and Thursday's games that means a 6:30 pm start (as opposed to the standard 1 am start times against most of the West). Whenever the Preds travel East I‘m always brought back to one single question...why are we still in the West? I mean yes, I love the rivalries, I love the completion, but seriously, why? I give full props to the NHL, the new Divisions are far better than the old ones, but with the distribution of teams, isn’t the East-West divide thing a little outdated? This isn’t the 1700's where anything past the Ohio Valley was 'out West' so let’s stop pretending it is. What would be wrong with a Southeastern Division of Carolina, the Florida teams, Dallas and Nashville? I acknowledge that the ratings black hole this would cause makes this a pipe dream, but can we at least do something about the whole Easter Conference, Western Conference thing? Anyway, while the Preds still remain close to the top of the Continental North America Conference Standings, it will be a nice change of pace to see some fresh blood against the Eastern Seaboard and Ohio Conference. Enjoy the week folks!

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Predators’ Paul Gaustad teaches Calle Jarnkrok faceoffs-The Tennessean

If there's anyone to do it...

HometownHockey – WATCH: Rocket Man

Shea Weber almost never made it at all.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL) sign active duty Air Force Lieutenant, scores in first game | Puck Daddy

Awesome story!

Kane, Versteeg lead Blackhawks over Stars - Sportsnet.ca

The Stars are really hurt'n...

Will Marc Staal join his brothers in Carolina? - Hockey World Blog

Why would he want to go to Carolina?

Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher scored from a weird place | Post-to-Post

Sheesh...

Sharks' Grosenick sets records in NHL debut shutout | theScore

Dream come true.

Gordie Howe's son: Mr. Hockey's condition 'definitely headed in the wrong direction' | theScore

Thoughts and Prayers.

Who are the best penalty killers in the NHL? | Puck Drunk Love

No Weber? discuss below.

Montreal Canadiens Clean House by Losing Bourque, Moen-The Hockey Writers

Seems to be working for them, but they still lack any depth.

Bjugstad, Boyes Lead Panthers' 6-2 Rout of Ducks - ABC News

Way to ruin Perry's return, go Panthers!

What happened to the once-great Quebec goalie factory? | Post-to-Post

I blame Nick Cage.

Late Pat Burns' Hall of Fame induction is deserved honor for former cop, coach of the year - ESPN

What an amazing person.

Bloopers Reel: Linesman Wipes Out While Other Official Announces Penalty (GIF)-RNMB

Muhahahah

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta learns has cancerous tumor removed from thyroid; could be playing again next week | FOX Sports

Terrifying, I hope he makes a full recovery.

Top five teams getting points from players making $1M or less | Post-to-Post

The Lightning are LOADED

WATCH: Panthers' Vincent Trocheck destroys water bottle on goal shot - CBSSports.com

WABAMMMM