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The World Juniors are a great opportunity to celebrate freedom and watch Canadians get really intense about eighteen year olds. The US won their opener against their foes to the north and are back in action on Monday facing Sweden.

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A slightly out of date photo of Auston Matthews
A slightly out of date photo of Auston Matthews
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Nashville News & Notes

Three reasons for Predators' lackluster offense | The Tennessean
A rundown of how the Preds offense has been less than stellar.

Checking in on the Cody Hodgson Experiment | Today's Slap Shot
My grade: "Eh."

Predators' Swedish players form family far from home | The Tennessean
The Swedes make pasta and discuss being besties.

World Junior Championship

Top prospect Auston Matthews among 10 reasons to follow the World Juniors | CBSSports
Why you should watch: it's a fun way to get a first look at the upcoming draft and being able to tweet out patriotic gifts is a favored pasttime.

United States beats Canada in world junior hockey championship opener | ESPN
From my eye, the game was pretty even, with bounces going the winner's way after a couple of powerplay goals on bad calls.

IIHF World Junior Championship: Five things learned from Day 1 | NHL.com
The status of Swedish forward William Nylander will be critical for their team and the rest of the tournament.

Alcohol banned from stands at world junior hockey championship | The Globe and Mail
Mitten flasks may be the most Canadian thing I've ever heard of.

Around Hockey

Different Paths: How does the Islanders' rebuild stand up to its peers? | Lighthouse Hockey
"Winnipeg's rebuild has been almost boringly steady". Definitely boring.

Gostisbehere's recovery and rise to stardom inspired by sister | Philly.com
Shayne Gostisbehere's sister was a key factor in his road to the NHL.

History made by two former Union hockey players - Times Union
Two Union grads are living the dream in the NWHL.

Glenn Center is Everblades hockey’s boom box | Naples News
An ECHL game music director shares how he got the gig and his tricks to keep it fresh.

Habs ask Kassian not to report to AHL affiliate (Updated) | ProHockeyTalk
There is "information [Therrien] can't divulge right now", but Kassian has been asked not to report to the IceCaps.

Scouts make Kopitar and Toews comparisons with Auston Matthews | Puck Daddy
No pressure, kid.

2016 NHL draft: Deeper class than originally expected | USA Today
The 2016 draft may shake out better than originally predicted, but we won't know for a while. Maybe take a break, eat a sandwich, come back in 2020.