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Friday's Dump & Chase: I Want to Believe

There have been few documented accounts, but last night there were two one Predators PPG sightings in Arizona. Many have speculated we'd see them soon enough, others have doubted their existence at all. The last documented case was on Nov. 20th, three weeks to the day of last night's sighting. It was so long ago we can't positively say it was a PPG; no one can remember things that long ago. It's literally impossible to remember anything three weeks in the past. While the Preds PP still looked futile, I believe they can still turn it around. At least I want to believe.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators' penalty kill playing tough | The Tennessean
The Preds PK is trending in the right direction. It hopefully will bring long term optimism for the special teams.

This Week in Preds History: (Dec. 7 - Dec. 13) | Nashville Predators
Remember Mike Dunham? Also, Marek Zidlicky was a prospect at one point. He's currently 1,000 years old.

Nashvill Predator of the Week | Predlines
The Nashville Predators had another successful week, but who stood out the most for Nashville?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Babcock denies report he’s on verge of signing contract extension | ProHockeyTalk
Calls it a "fantasy." Interesting word choice...

Taking the Salary Cap Temperature of the NHL | Grantland
The Blues and Blackhawks are on this list. The Preds could have nearly $33 million in cap space next year with five RFAs and six UFAs.

Ryan Garbutt suspended 3 games for Byfuglien check | CBC Sports
Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended for three games Thursday by the NHL for an illegal check on the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien. Will spend next three games sitting on his garbage butt.

Fired Senators coach MacLean easing into the jobless life | ESPN
MacLean will find another job pretty quickly, but will his propensity to isolate certain players be an issue that follows him around?

UND nickname task force sets meeting in Denver | Daily Reporter
A group is trying to come up with a different nickname for University of North Dakota.

Shooting tendencies tell different stories for Flames, Stars | TSN
A look at Dallas' inability to defend has them giving up high quality shots and Calgary not being able to shoot from good scoring areas.

Potential Las Vegas expansion team owner a driven man | ESPN
Businessman Bill Foley is driven to bring an expansion team -- and no less than Stanley Cup success -- to Las Vegas, writes Scott Burnside.

Avs’ McGinn possibly done for year following back surgery | ProHockeyTalk
After just 19 games played too. I hope the best for McGinn.