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Monday's Dump & Chase: Average

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Just be average, baby!

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The Predators continue to be an average team, despite the preseason high hopes. There's just not enough good shooting, not enough scoring chances, not enough consistent defensive play, and, because of all those things in tandem, not enough wins. If they want to turn it around, they'd better start soon. Or get used to being average.

Nashville Predators News

Beneath the Ice (S3:E3) Rivals | NHL.com
This episode features the Preds 3-1 win over the Blues. Plus, Matt Irwin explores some woods.

Predators' P.K. Subban assesses game-deciding play vs. Blues
There's a lot to assess, but basically that play was a product of the way the team is currently constructed. Just hope that the good outweighs the bad in the long run.

Other Hockey News

Hurricanes close homestand with fourth straight win | NHL.com
Win or lose, Mark Scheifele puts up some points, man.

Blue Jackets sink Capitals with late goal | NHL.com
Backstrom was called for a high stick with 1:34 left in the game, only his stick did not make contact with an opponent. Alexander Wennberg scored the game winning goal on the ensuing power play for the Blue Jackets. Another blatantly wrong call by the refs ends up costing a team a win.

Andrew Hammond clears waivers as Senators continue roster tweaks - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
The Hamburglar clears waivers. And so the Predators continue to watch well qualified backup goaltenders come and go.

Johnny Oduya placed on IR, Stars can’t catch a break | The Hockey News
Patrick Sharp in, Johnny Oduya out. Also they called up Julius Honka, who has a fantastic hockey name.

Five easiest wins after Rask posts 11-save victory | The Hockey News
As soon as I saw this list, I knew Nashville would make an appearance... and not for a good reason. Oh man, 2001, do I not miss you at all.

Wayne Gretzky to appear in episode of 'The Simpsons'
I'm linking to this only to make this point: this was the #4 story in ESPN's "NHL News" section.

Maple Leafs' Kadri on Emelin cross check to van Riemsdyk: 'We'll remember' | MAP
Oh good, here we go with another early-season-contrived-controversy-to-set-up-a-later-postseason-contrived-controversy.

Bruins’ David Krejci feels he’s turning the corner | Boston Herald
How in the world is Krejci a $7 million center? I just don't see it.