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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Crack the Whip

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Something we haven't seen from Coach Laviolette this year? That snarl, intensity, and anger at the team when they screw up during the game. Thanks to the coach's challenge, Lavy isn't able to rip this team properly during the game like in the good old days of 2014-15. We've seen how they play when their coverage is good and they spread out the opposition's defense, but sustaining it takes effort. However, we're approaching critical mass. It's time.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Rinne takes the loss, but teammates share blame in his slide | Rinkside Report
"In stopping just 23 of the 26 Chicago shots he faced Tuesday, Rinne’s save percentage for 2015-16 fell to .901, which would be the lowest of his eight NHL seasons."

Blackhawks pillage Predators for (team-record) 12th consecutive win – ProHockeyTalk
"Dark times for Nashville." Eh, things are better than they were 2 weeks ago.

The worst contracts in the NHL, team by team | Sporting News
They picked Weber as the Preds' worst. But who they picked at #2 is kinda silly. Especially given current events.

Blackhawks, Predators head in opposite directions | Tennessean
The team played flat, and never dug out of their hole. First time we've said that in... 5 days.

Rumblings: Predators, Wild looking to add offense | ESPN
I'm kinda scared at the next move, to be honest.

Other Hockey News

30 Thoughts: It's time to move on from the John Scott saga - Sportsnet.ca
More on the John Scott saga, a conversation with the Sedin twins, one GM's take on Jonathan Drouin and more.

Michel Therrien and life on the hot seat - Article - TSN
How much longer will he last? One has to wonder.

VIDEO: Enforcer Brian McGrattan knocked unconscious in AHL fight - CBSSports.com
Get well, Big Ern.

John Scott will captain Pacific Division All-Stars | 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend
Neither side wins, at this point.

The Internet beat the NHL and made John Scott an All-Star - SBNation.com
Except the internet. You did it, Internet!

LeBrun - Oilers Were Not Shopping Nugent-Hopkins - TSS
O RLY.

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Special Teams Specialty in Caps 6-3 Win - Japers' Rink
After part of the first period, the Caps remembered they're the Caps.

The Philadelphia Flyers might have the best goaltending in the NHL - Broad Street Hockey
Yep. You read that right.

NHL All-Star Fan Fair to include 'cascading fountain' of Velveeta cheese | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Seriously? Velveeta? Where's the Mrs. Grissom's pimento cheese fountain/swimming pool?

Lightning topple Oilers 6-4 to win sixth straight | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Guess who has Chicago next.

Not Hockey

JIM HARBAUGH'S GUIDE TO DATING - Every Day Should Be Saturday
ROMANCING WITH AN ENTHUSIASM UNKNOWN TO MANKIND.

For the first time in a decade, you can see 5 planets aligned without a telescope - Vox
For the first time in more than a decade, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter will all be visible at once in the night sky.

Watch the new trailer for Suicide Squad | The Verge
Harley Quinn >>>> everything.