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Friday's Dump & Chase: Bring Out the Torches

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The Preds second half has been a big letdown. But anyone who thought the good times would continue from the first half of the season needed to temper their expectations. This team was due for some sort of fall in the standings especially when you consider their division. But now people are calling this season a failure and I think that's a bit much. The playoffs may not be nice to the Preds but their potential 106 point season, +27 goal differential, and first post-season berth in two years is not a failure compared to where they were last year.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators Sign Forward Steve Moses | Nashville Predators
Look forward to seeing you next year, Steve.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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St. Louis Blues edge Chicago Blackhawks; Blues clinch division | FOX Sports
Jaskin, Allen lead Blues past Blackhawks 2-1.

Junior prospects Fabbri, Barbashev could join Blues for playoffs | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fabbri and Barbashev are currently involved in the playoffs with Guelph and Moncton, their respective clubs.

Kings eliminated from playoff contention with 3-1 loss to Flames | LA Times
The Kings became the first reigning Stanley Cup champion to fail to make the playoffs in the following season since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007.

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Jim Fox will be the league's commissioner.

Tyler Seguin on personal success, missing the playoffs, Valentine's Day punking (Puck Daddy Interview) | Puck Daddy
The more we see of Seguin now the more I think Bruin's current management is a bunch of boring, cranky old men.

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Radek Bonk's Mullet going full Shirely Jackson for new post Senator's celebrations.

Jaromir Jagr moves into 4th place on NHL's all-time points list | theScore
Here's to 10 more years of Jagr.

Pens GM Rutherford isn’t big on votes of confidence | ProHockeyTalk
Even a feigned vote of confidence is better than "votes of confidence mean nothing" from cranky grandpa Jim.

Luongo and Panthers beat Bruins 4-2 | Stanley Cup of Chowder
Another "mentally tough" team loses control of their playoff fate.

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The always fun Down Goes Brown writes about the best and worst parts in a pretty boring year in the NHL.

Ekblad having a Calder-calibre season | TSN
Remember when Forsberg and Rinne were locks for the Calder and Vezina? We were so much younger then.

Red Wings Clinch A Playoff Spot | Winging It In Motown
Congratulations to the Red Wings. Again.

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After a solid three years of "The KHL isn't as bad as it used to be," it now appears the KHL is, in fact, as bad as it used to be.