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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Our Preds' Heads Are Falling Off!

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I've had it with this start! We have no Joey, we have no Smith, our Preds' heads are falling off!

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I don't know why but whenever I think about my frustration with the start to this season my mind goes straight to this scene from Dumb and Dumber:

In all seriousness, it's too early to get too down about it but the Preds dropping three straight early still isn't fun to experience as a fan. It doesn't get any easier tonight as the Predators go up against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. All we can hope is Craig Smith and Ryan Johansen had a 24 hour virus and are being IVed as we speak. Keep an eye on the AHL transaction list and Twitter to see if the Preds make any call ups.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators lose to Red Wings, drop third straight | The Tennessean
The Preds (outside of their powerplay) have gotten off to a cold start this season. Losing Johansen and Smith to sickness in the first period of last night's game didn't help in the slightest.

Ultimate Standings: Predators winning on and off the ice | ESPN
In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Nashville Predators climbed 21 spots on the back of No. 1 rankings in fan relations, affordability and stadium experience. There's one positive for the day.

Carrie Underwood on Strong Marriage: Put Family First | Taste of Country
Fish has been playing great on the ice. He's not doing too bad for himself off the ice either.

No. 8 Terriers Blank Sacred Heart, 7-0, in Home Opener | The Official Site of Boston University Athletics
Dante Fabbro, Patrick Harper, and Boston University dominated Sacred Heart last night. Fabbro recorded his first goal in a Terrier uniform while Harper notched two assists. They will face off against Quinnipiac tonight in what should be a much tougher test. [Highlights]

Gophers Fall in Home Opener | University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site :: Ice Hockey
The Gophers lost to St. Cloud State University in their home opener. Predators prospects Tommy Novak and Rem Pitlick both notched two points each with a goal and assist and two assists, respectively. They will face off against St. Cloud State once again tonight. [Highlights]

Cataracts whiten Chicoutimi | Le Courrier de Saguenay
Predators prospects faced off as Samuel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes took on Frederic Allard of the Chicoutimi Sangueneens. Girard put up an assist as Shawinigan would go on to win their TENTH straight game. Girard is leading the way for the top ranked Shawinigan Cataractes with 3 goals and 12 assists in only 6 games. [Highlights]

Around the World of Hockey

Five fearless NHL predictions: Tampa Bay Lightning will catch fire, Brad Marchand will score 40, Montreal Canadiens are playoff-bound
Interesting...

NHL set up for slew of season-changing goalie moves | New York Post
I'm really excited to see what happens in Pittsburgh and Tampa where they will have to choose between their tried and (somewhat, in the case of Fleury) true goaltender and their young up and coming potential starts. That's a drama in and of itself.

Score one for untraditional hockey markets: Arizona desert gave the NHL its next big star | Tampa Bay Times
Other than the fact they gave him to Toronto... yes, score one for untraditional markets. Speaking of untraditional markets...

Kings’ Nic Dowd only 2nd 3rd [don't forget about Jared Ross who is also from Huntsville] Alabama native to score in NHL | Press-Telegram Sports
"We’re definitely an Auburn War Eagle family just because my brothers went there..." Say no more my home town brotha!

Rink Reflections: NHL season kicks off with parity and an upside-down Pacific Division - SBNation.com
There's only one remaining undefeated team in the NHL and it is... (Unless you are closely following the NHL scores and standings you will probably never get this one.)

[Las Vegas] Team Name Unveil Ceremony Date Officially Set | SinBin.vegas
The name and logo will be unveiled on November 22nd.

5 NHL players off to fast starts with new teams | CBC Sports
Eric Staal and Thomas Vanek are having quite the starts to their seasons. It will be interesting to see if this is just a momentary relapse of good play or if either can put together respectable seasons for their new clubs.

Dale Weise suspended three games by the NHL | NHL.com
Remember when the Predators were heavily connected to Dale Weise?? 'Member?

Gretzky’s insider tales put today’s NHL into perspective | Toronto Star
I really, really want to read this book.

NHL fan stashes nachos under urinal, disgusts humanity | Yahoo Sports
The jersey he is wearing is possibly the best part.

Teemu Selanne given key to city of Winnipeg | NHL.com
The most ridiculous thing is someone asked him if Laine could break his 76 goal rookie record. HAHAHAHA.