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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Real* Live Hockey!

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The Predators' thrilling 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was only about 70% of what you should see in a regular season hockey game, but every bit of it was exciting. You could throw any of the players in the lineup into a regular season roster with limited complaints (sorry, Cody Bass and your game winner) and the veterans were getting it done. This season is going to be something to watch.

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I'm not sure why the Predators chose to do this now, but I have no complaints.

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His role is to be inexplicably overplayed by a coach who's unwilling to give young defensemen not named van Riemsdyk any ice time.

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Stars' centermen are dropping like flies.

Rookies to watch: Matthews, Laine lead 2016-17 class | SI.com
There are a lot of pedigreed rookies coming into the league this season, but it's always the unexpected ones that make the best stories.

Maple Leafs vs Sabres Could Be NHL's Next Great Rivalry | Today's Slap Shot
Well, they and their fans already hate each other, so it will just come down to the media acknowledging that it's a rivalry. Are any of their games scheduled for Wednesday?

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