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The results are in, and they are predictably not stellar. Unfortunately, the chili pepper rating system only applies to professors, since that might be the thing that could put the team over the top. Handsomeness/60: at least they're leading the league in something.

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Nashville News & Notes

Fifteen with Scott Ford | Admirals Roundtable
Admirals Roundtable has a Q&A with Milwaukee Admirals player alumni (and current coach) Scott Ford.

Predators Simply Average At Season's Midpoint | Today's Slap Shot
The powerplay is a bright spot in a sea of really gross mediocrity.

Grading the Predators' first half | The Tennessean
I've never begged a professor for a grade just so I could pass, but this kinda sounds like that to me.

Around Hockey

Sun Devils' Partnership With Coyotes A Boon For Both Sides | Arizona State Sun Devils
There's so much more to growing the game than just filling up an NHL arena, and the Coyotes are doing good things in the desert.

Former Maple Leaf Brandon Kozun enjoys life in KHL | Toronto Star
Playing in Europe is a fairly underrated option for players who would otherwise get pigeonholed as non-scoring fourth liners in the NHL.

Crosby coming alive under Penguins' new coaching staff | Sportsnet.ca
Is Crosby performing better? We don't actually know yet, so stay tuned.

Why next few AHL games are critical for Jonathan Drouin | USA Today
Yzerman allegedly wants a young defenseman for the struggling player, and it's up to Drouin to prove he's worth it.

NHL scores 2016: Streaks continue for Blackhawks, Sabres in Chicago's 3-1 victory | SBNation
So the Kings are winning the Cup in June?

NHL - Shayne Gostisbehere is fitting in nicely with the Philadelphia Flyers | ESPN
The story of how the Florida native accidentally became the Flyers' most promising young defenseman.

Oilers’ McDavid won’t be back before All-Star break | ProHockeyTalk
The Oilers are still technically in the playoff hunt, but they won't get McDavid's help for a few more weeks.

U.S. Skates Past Russia, 6-0 | USA Hockey
The US U18 Women's team is 2-0 in the preliminary round and will face Canada on Monday.

WATCH: Brent Burns passes to himself, embarrasses Leafs for goal | CBSSports
Brent Burns leads the league in goals by a defenseman, but even more so than in Erik Karlsson's case, that's debatable.

Ovechkin scores No. 499 in Caps' OT win | TSN
He can score #500 at home, but I expect, like breaking his last record, it won't be that easy.