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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Assigning Blame

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For Saturday's game, I'm going to say the gold helmets are cursed and the hockey gods aren't happy with the schtick too far. Earlier in the day, though, the Penguins decided the move they had to make was fire Mike Johnston, who is definitely 100% completely responsible for everything terrible in Pittsburgh.

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Nashville News & Notes

Nashville Predators visit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt | The Tennessean
Wilson went with "the sparkly red [hat]" instead of antlers.

Predators Players Visit Children's Hospital | News Channel 5
The 365 Fund has raised over a million dollars since 2010. I think that's pretty good.

Outdoor Skating at Bridgestone Winter Park to Offer a Foundational Experience | Nashville Predators
I skated outdoors plenty as a kid, I don't get what the fuss all about...oh you mean on a lake or something?

Barret Jackman, Kane Streak Continues - ESPN Hockey Today

Barrett Jackman stopped by the ESPN Hockey Today podcast and was very complimentary of Jones.

Around Hockey

Mike Sullivan Named Head Coach of Pittsburgh Penguins - Pittsburgh Penguins
"Don't let the door hit you on the way out" was tactfully omitted from Rutherford's statement.

Mike Johnston isn't the only person to blame for Penguins' struggles | CBSSports.com
Johnston was bad, but the Penguins' roster wasn't doing him any favors, either.

Penguins had no choice but to fire Johnston | ESPN
I'd like a time machine to take a brief trip to immediately following their inevitable first round exit.

Why Ryan O’Reilly solves math equations while he works out | The Hockey News
Now I'm even more sad we didn't acquire him.

Women’s hockey league continues to build awareness | The Buffalo News
Getting a new league off the ground comes with a lot of challenges.

Virginia Beach arena developer to ‘aggressively’ pursue NHL team | ProHockeyTalk
Yeah...good luck adding another eastern time zone team not located in Canada.

NY Rangers making ‘mistakes and more mistakes’ on defense | Puck Daddy
The Rangers are last year's Habs with a slightly less god-like performance in net.

Phil Esposito celebrates 25 years of Lightning | Tampa Bay Times
By my calculations, the Preds are a bit behind schedule.

Gotta See It: Backes & Benn have a captain vs captain fight | Sportsnet.ca
Since we didn't get to see Weber vs Landeskog again.