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Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Get Excited Again (Maybe?)

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Action around the league kicks back into gear now that the Christmas holiday has passed. The Predators play the Wild tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The last meeting between these two did not go well.

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NHL hockey returns today! All the bad feelings are erased and we can be excited again, right?

Nashville Predators News

Keller scores twice, US beat Latvia at WJHC - Article - TSN
The US pulled away after Latvia had the score tied early. Most importantly, Predators draftee Patrick Harper scored the opening goal:

Other Hockey News

Strome leads Canada to WJC opening victory over Russia - Article - TSN
Russia made a game of it at times, but Canada is ultimately too much to handle.

Sweden rout Denmark in WJHC opener - Article - TSN
Rasmus Dahlin, probably the 1st overall pick in 2018, looks like he could be an incredible defenseman in the NHL someday.

World junior championship 2017 preview: United States | The Hockey News
A nice preview of the USA squad. I like the depth at forward. Could be interesting to see if some unknown guys step up on the lower defensive pairings. Goaltending could make or break a medal finish.

Jaromir Jagr leads 3 Stars of the Week
We all continue to be in awe of Jaromir Jagr.

Mike Sullivan gets three-year contract extension
To say this guy has had quite the year is a gross understatement. Takes over an under-performing NHL team in December 2015, makes the playoffs, wins the Stanley Cup, is now guiding a talented hockey team led by the world's best player on the way to another Cup run, and then he gets a three year extension.

Hit or Miss: Where do the Avs shots go? - Mile High Hockey
A nice breakdown of the Avs shooting so far. Would be interesting to see something like this for the Preds...

This Season's Best Acquisition: Columbus' Brad Shaw
So is Brad Shaw the one responsible for the Blue Jackets' league-leading 104.4 PDO?

Hurricanes Expectations for 2017
If the Canes are shopping Ryan Murphy, I wouldn't turn that down. He's cheap and the Predators have had most of their injury problems on defense.

The Provies: Henrik comes strong, a unicorn jersey, a Drancer mystery and Sven gets whiteboarded
I wouldn't abandon ship on Jake Virtanen so fast. He's got time to improve. Being on a bad team makes everybody bad.