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Monday's Dump & Chase: Statistical Analysis Goes Boink

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Fansided decided this week to make a statistical Power Ranking of all 30 NHL franchises based on their history. The concept is pretty basic; points were awarded for division wins, conference titles, Cups, etc. If you’re a Preds fan you can probably imagine that Nashville wasn’t going to be ranked very high, but as anyone who has watched hockey here over the last 15 years could tell you, things have been anything but dismal. Yet for some totally non-statistical, judgment-based reason, the Nashville Predators have been deemed the least successful all-time NHL franchise. This is completely ridiculous. I’m not suggesting the Preds are among the elite teams of hockey, or even that they are above average, but to suggest they are dead last is pathetically wrong. They are 100% statistically better than the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets (both listed ahead of them) who together have a combined total of 3 playoff appearances and one division title to the Predators’ 7 playoff appearances in the same number of years. The Predators are also a far better organization than the cash strapped Coyotes, who in twice the length of time the Preds have been around have amassed only 8 playoff appearances and one division title. Yes, we haven’t won a division title, but HAVE YOU SEEN WHO WE PLAY AGAINST?? This is an example of pathetic journalism (They didn't even get the number of playoff appearances for Columbus right, not to mention the clear overall lack of knowledge about each franchise) but this just goes to show again the lack of love Nashville will always get as a non-traditional hockey town. Viva La Predators! The best is yet to come.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators training camp progress report -The Tennessean

A quick look at what's been going on at camp.

TSN.ca's 2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Nashville Predators - TSN

An interesting look at some of the numbers from last year.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Stewart turns up the intensity as Sabres fall to Leafs  - The Buffalo News

I'd work hard so I would get traded too.

Lightning's Anthony DeAngelo draws Dan Boyle comparisons | Tampa Bay Times

Lots of buzz about the Tampa team these days..

Pierre McGuire Endorses the Kings, and All of The West - Rink Royalty

Such a daring and shocking pick Peirre...

Lightning owner plans to keep spending, wants Stamkos around for the long haul | theScore

If they keep spending will the fans finally emerge? (What happens may have repercussions for how much Nashville's ownership is willing to fork out)

So, who wins the Alex Goligoski/James Neal trade now? | Post-to-Post

I say the Preds, but no one asked me.

The lure of Cup riches kept Marian Gaborik in Los Angeles: 'I've made enough money' - Yahoo Sports

Don't hear that every day...

Another injury befalls Penguins forward Beau Bennett - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The season hasn't even started yet and the Penguins are as usual already hurt.

Shane Doan has seen it all in 20 years with Coyotes - AZ Central

This man's been in the league longer than I've been alive...wow.

Siegel: Tallinder’s tryout bid with Leafs suddenly in jeopardy - TSN

Final rosters soon to be announced.

Caps' O'Brien playing 'like a dog on a leash' | Comcast SportsNet Washington

What an amazing moment for a young player (who is also younger than Shane Doan's career as well)

Liam O'Brien's journal: The CHL is a business - Sportsnet.ca

Another story about the hockey process from the Caps prospect.

Maple Leafs exercise patience with prospect Biggs | Toronto Sun

How long can they wait on him to workout?

Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin look to turn a new leaf with Islanders - Newsday

Can they pull it off?

Torrey Mitchell just doesn’t get it, so he should sit | Post-to-Post

Some people just won't or can't learn.

2014-15 NHL Preseason All-Star Teams - SI.com

Shea Weber made the first team, nice to see at least some experts value him properly.

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