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Friday's Dump & Chase: Batten Down the Hatches

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I hope everyone's got french toast ingredients and liquor for the upcoming snowpocalypse. Even though I am a firm believer in the Church of the Snowdome, when projections start throwing around numbers like 9-12" I get a little nervous. Fortunately, the Preds are on the road in western Canada this weekend, so I can watch on tv while it snows as much as it wants.

There will not be a snow slide at the NHL Fan Fair. It's really for the best.
There will not be a snow slide at the NHL Fan Fair. It's really for the best.
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Nashville News & Notes

Finding a Winger for Ryan Johansen | Today's Slap Shot
He works well with Neal, but who skates on his left wing? Decisions, decisions.

Shea Weber of Nashville Predators credits teammates for NHL All-Star Game spot | NHL.com
Shea Weber grants Robby Stanley a Q&A.

Video: Johansen Gets "Rickrolled" During Home Debut | Nashville Predators
This was pretty great.

Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley, Chris Young named celebrity coaches for 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game | NHL.com
The NHL announced the celebrity coaches for the All Star Game. I have no opinions on this, and judge those that do.

Around Hockey

Yzerman: Never said Drouin trade was imminent | TSN
SO MUCH DRAMA.

NHL Blog Council: How many goals will John Scott score at the All-Star Game? SBNation
Some of the minds of SBNation hockey discuss expansion and other topics.

Kings' Milan Lucic loving life in Los Angeles | ESPN
Southern California is great. They may have to take three minute showers and worry about falling into the ocean, but at least they aren't on a winter storm watch.

U.S. Tops Russia to Advance to WSHC Title Game | USA Hockey
The US Men's Sled Hockey team will face Canada in a championship rematch on Saturday. Canada edged the US in the round robin in a shootout victory.

Huge If True: What should Bruins do with Loui Eriksson? | Puck Daddy
Weirdly, the Preds feature heavily in this trade speculation.

Late-bloomers and hidden gems help Blackhawks cope with the cap | Chicago Sun-Times

Panarin could have made more money elsewhere, but he probably wouldn't be running away with the scoring lead for first year players.

‘It’s not fun’: Ducks push Wild’s losing streak to five games | ProHockeyTalk
The only thing that gets me through as a sports fan is schadenfreude.

Carey Price's recovery now 'slower than expected' | Sportsnet.ca
While Price isn't done for the season (yet), the Habs probably are.

Andrew Ference of Edmonton Oilers to have season-ending hip surgery | NHL.com
The Oilers haven't been good for a while, but are they always this injured?

Dallas Stars’ John Klingberg has grown into a huge defensive talent | Edmonton Journal
Jim Nill is a very, very lucky general manager.