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There's no other way to say it: The Nashville Predators Hockey Club are rolling right now. Rinne? He's back. Forsberg? Wrecking stuff. Smith? Skating harder and creating space. And the last 3 wins have came without Shea Weber, so guys like Anthony Bitetto (WHO WRECKED DIMITRI JASKIN 3 TIMES YESTERDAY) and Petter Granberg have stepped up.
And guess what? We're going back to the playoffs. Book it.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators' Filip Forsberg records second natural hat trick in a week - CBSSports.com
Sure, let's bask in this.

Filip Forsberg's Hat Trick Lifts Predators Over Blues 5-0 - ABC News
ABC News (through the AP and local good guy, Chip Cirillo) has a story on Filip and the Preds. Had to link that.

Filip Forsberg Sets Predators' Hat Trick Record - TSS
Filip Forsberg is a reminder to all teams at the deadline: be careful.

Confident Predators win fourth in a row | Tennessean
And doing it without Johansen and Neal at their apex. Scary.

Also, have some fun with this. We've been on the other side of games like last night, so we can laugh a little. Pang and John didn't have a great afternoon.

Other NHL Stuff

Penguins trade for Justin Schultz; a worthy gamble? | USAToday
Is he made of glass? That's what the Penguins are looking for.

Florida Panthers lose but make three deals within an hour as Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell and Jakub Kindl acquired | Miami Herald
"Hudler and Purcell are expected to play alongside center Nick Bjugstad on Florida’s third line; Kindl could jump in on Florida’s third-defensive pairing."

Rangers’ front office has more to think about after road statement | New York Post
And guess who had the game winner?

Statistically Speaking: Panthers load up - Article - TSN
The numbers say the Panthers were very smart yesterday.

Coach's Corner: 'You never get rid of a guy like Reimer' - Sportsnet.ca
Cherry was hot about the James Reimer trade. I understand it, but if you're going to be terrible for another couple of years... why pay the big money for a goaltender?

Takeaways on a flurry of pre-deadline NHL trades - Sportsnet.ca
The Panthers are aiming to win a round, and I love it.

Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 3 SO | Dubinsky nets lone SO goal | BlueJackets Xtra
Hartnell had three penalties. Buyer beware.

NHL - What we learned from the Colorado Avalanche-Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series game | ESPN
Detroit did us a favor. Chances are... we're going to the playoffs.

Video: Young Avs fan tells Jeremy Roenick to hit the gym and it was the greatest – ProHockeyTalk
Probably good advice for a lot of us.

NHL Three Stars: Zibanejad's quick, natural hat trick; Rinne rolls again | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Two out of three ain't bad. And you have to see what Zibanejad did in order to bump Forsberg off the top spot.

Capitals Place Brooks Laich on Waivers - Japers' Rink
Tough day for Caps fans.

Not Quite Hockey

Dancing Kevin: Progress means losing more than weight | The Columbus Dispatch
Keep grinding, Kevin. Popcorn is your friend.