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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Anticipation

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The Preds have won two in a row, and the countdown to All Star weekend is in single digits. Can the Preds fully break out of their slump before the break? How much alcohol will the visiting media consume by themselves? Was buying that many tickets to the fan fair for just myself really necessary? For all this and more...we have to wait. Fiddlesticks.

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Nashville News & Notes

Phil Bredesen's arena idea forever changed Nashville | The Tennessean
The story of how Nashville acquired its first class arena.

Ryan Johansen enjoys smooth transition to Predators | The Tennessean
"I think you just look at the opportunity that I've been given," Johansen said. "They believe in me being a first-line center and I believe in myself in doing that job for this team."

Monsters Blanked By Admirals | Lake Erie Monsters | Lake Erie Monsters
Mazanec earned his third shut out of the year as the Admirals beat the Monsters 1-0.

Analyzing Johansen's Impact on Nashville's Power Play | Today's Slap Shot
I look forward to Johansen scoring more at even strength, but he's been stellar on the powerplay.

Around Hockey

Ovechkin Spotted Getting Gas To Plow Neighbors' Driveways; Is Unafraid Of Blizzard Because "We're From Russia" | Deadspin
Sometimes your "Man on the Street" turns out to be Ovechkin.

Tkachuk humbled by No. 1 ranking on CSS list | NHL.com
The number one-ranked North American skater is writing a guest blog leading up to the draft.

NWHL All-Stars envision bright future for new league | WKBW
The NWHL is holding its first annual All Star game today.

Florida Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad harps on his passion for seashells in hilarious interview | For The Win
I could make a joke about believing he's 100% serious, but it sounds more like he's auditioning for a part on Letterkenny Problems.

20 years later, a look at the FoxTrax puck’s complex legacy | The Hockey News
HD television is the best thing to ever happen to hockey.

U.S. Wins 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge | USA Today
The US got the 3-2 overtime victory over Canada in the final to avenge their round robin loss and took home the championship.

Beauts’ Pfalzer warms to role of women’s hockey ambassador | The Buffalo News
"There’s a lot of pressure put on her to be the first captain in Beauts history and be the hometown girl and the hometown hero so to speak, but I think she’s done a great job balancing all that with hockey."

Linus Omark lights stick on fire, wins KHL All-Star shootout (Video) | Puck Daddy
Johnny Hockey, I have complete faith in you.

The Panthers dominated last year's Cup finalists on consecutive nights | CBSSports
I don't give the Panthers nearly as much credit as this article does, but they are definitely a whole new team with Ekblad back in the lineup.

Struggling Habs hang on to defeat Maple Leafs in shootout | TSN
Lupul talked a bit of trash in the pregame, but the Habs reminded him he still does play for the Leafs.

Inside Team North America's roster building meeting | ESPN
TL;DR When can I buy a Jones jersey?