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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Going Back To Cali

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The Predators are looking to make a triumphant return to the West Coast.

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The Predators' last meeting in California was a dumpster fire, to put it bluntly. While we don't need to revisit old wounds, the team's West Coast swing has me feeling nostalgic for the playoffs. Between sleep deprivation and some of the most emotional moments in franchise history, California will always have a tiny little piece of Nashville's hockey heart.

Anaheim is up first tonight. Get your coffee and your work excuses ready, it's going to be a late one.

Did the Ducks ever find Corey Perry?

Hockey News

How the Predators handled aftermath of widespread illness - The Tennessean
We might be chuckling already about the food poisoning incident but the team was all hands on deck. Literally. Chris Mason showed up to the arena with gear in-case he needed to be signed to an emergency contract to back-up Juuse Saros. Good to know the Predators have a crisis plan.

Down Goes Brown: 8 teams left out of NHL's outdoor game fun - Sportsnet.ca
Give Nashvillians what they want...for a Nashville team to win at Nissan Stadium. *Ducks*

WATCH: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop loses front teeth after taking shot off mask - CBSSports.com
Ben Bishop gets his teeth knocked out, hands them to the trainer, and keeps playing. Brian Boyle might be the nicest teammate ever for helping Bishop pick his teeth up off the ice. This is so hockey it hurts.

Chicago Blackhawks own the worst thing in NHL right now - Yahoo Sports
No, it's not Patrick Kane. The Chicago penalty kill has seen better days.

Penguins' Sidney Crosby returns to lineup Tuesday - NHL on CBC Sports
The Penguins captain made his season debut with a power play goal. Not bad Crosby, not bad.

NHL in Las Vegas: President Kerry Bubolz sets plans for expansion | SI.com
Las Vegas hires former Cleveland Cavilers marketing executive as the first franchise President.

NHL, NHLPA inspect Pyeongchang facilities - Article - TSN
How much longer are they going to drag this out? If the NHL really wants to expand to new countries the Olympics are the best way to achieve that.

Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski, the other 19-year-old American rookie, showing he belongs - USA Today
Comparing Werenski to Auston Matthews is a bit of a stretch, but I guess they both have the "save the franchise" gleam to them.

Shea Weber scores on shot after destroying Brayden Schenn's stick - Fansided.com
The Shea Weber Slapper may be going mainstream *sobs*. Good for Weber, I'm glad to see he's still doing his thing and it's working out for him.

How Jaromir Jagr Continues to Defy Age and Chase NHL Records - Rolling Stone
Someone at Rolling Stone must really enjoy hockey. In the last few months they've covered P.K. Subban, my personal favorite hockey lifestyle brand Violent Gentleman, and now Jaromir Jagr. As a kid who grew up with Rolling Stone covers on my walls, seeing worlds collide is pretty cool.

San Jose Sharks face Anaheim Ducks in return home | FOX Sports
The Ducks have had a rocky start and San Jose is coming off of a long road trip. Hopefully they'll fully exhaust each other and the Predators can wreck havoc on the Pacific Coast over the next few days.