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Friday's Dump and Chase: Four Games Left

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There are four games left in the regular season and the Preds are tryings to work a few key players back into the lineup to have them ready for the playoffs.

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Nashville Predators News

Franson and Santorelli with the Nashville Predators | Predlines
Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli have been with the Nashville Predators for a good amount of time now, so how have they been this season in Music City?

Predators hope returning players readjust quickly | The Tennessean
Neal, Weber, and Cullen all took part in practice.

Stars: Scouting the Enemy | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals have points in their last three games and play Travis Morin and the Stars tonight.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Blackhawks clinch playoff spot with win over Vancouver Canucks | Second City Hockey
Don't look now, but the dead-in-the-water-a-week-ago Blackhawks have won three in a row, including Thursday night's tilt in which they clinched a playoff spot.

Wild lose 3-2 to the Rangers | Hockey Wilderness
Rangers have clinched first place in the Metropolitan division.

Blues beat Flames 4-1 | St. Louis Game Time
With injuries forcing star players out, Hitch shuffles lines and secures playoff spot.

Valeri Nichushkin Returning to Lineup | Defending Big D
He's played four games until he had to have hip surgery.

Goal Anatomy: Kreider's Winner | Arctic Ice Hockey
Great breakdown post about Chris Kreider's game winner against Winnipeg the other night.

Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg Jets suspended four games for cross-checking | Department of Player Safety News
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been suspended for four games, without pay, for cross-checking New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller.

Tanner Pearson Signs A Two-Year Contract Extension | Los Angeles Kings
Panner Tearson.

Coach stripped half-naked in wild Russian hockey bench brawl (Video) | Puck Daddy
Meanwhile, Andrei Razin was flexing to the crowd as his shirt, tie and jacket were ripped off during the fight, while also sporting a cut about his left eye.

Why I love tanking and hate Adam Gold’s solution for it | Puck Daddy
Yet another tanking article. This one is pretty good though (and long).

Evander Kane, problem child? | Sportsnet.ca
Great piece.

A look at the NHL's deadline deals a month later | NHLNumbers.com
Ah yes, the dreaded Chris Stewart working out after a trade. Assuming they do, it will be interesting to see what kind of contract Minnestoa offers him.