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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Embracing Evil (for tonight)

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Okay Philly. We don't like you. However, we can relate. You know how you have seen your trademark food become bastardized across this great land? Yep, we can relate. And remember when you defeated your arch nemesis back in 2012 in the playoffs only to succumb to eventual defeat and a downward spiral? We can relate. The point is... tonight.... we accept you for who and what you are. We wish you well. As our friends at Broad Street Hockey would say, "GO FLYERA!"

Really. Flyera. Look it up.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Smallest Predator Viktor Arvidsson has big game | Tennessean
It has taken a while, but his game is starting to take shape.

Timonen, Ronning Reflect on Time in Nashville - Nashville Predators - Features
If only Kimmo went with Nashville last year instead of Franson....

Other Hockey Stuff

NHL aims to reduce goaltender equipment for next season - Article - TSN
My question is where does Garth Snow stand on this? He's the guy who had the mutant shoulder pads when he played.

Marc Bergevin should keep his coaching options open - Sportsnet.ca
This team is dumb.

Blue Jackets' Dalton Prout suspended 1 game for sucker punch | USAToday
Sucker punching a guy while wearing a kevlar-lined glove should warrant more than 1 game, in my opinion.

Blues still perplexed by goalie interference calls | stltoday.com
Ken.... your team allowed seven goals to the Flames. SEVEN. And by the way, how weird is it that a team with Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, and other weapons that no Blue has recorded a hat trick this year. They had... heh, seven last year.

Dallas Stars: Heika: More questions than answers for Stars following 5-2 drubbing at hands of the Kings | SportsDay
This is your must-read of the day. The Stars started this game by splitting up Benn and Seguin, and playing Seguin on Spezza's wing. For all the top-end talent the Stars have, Lindy Ruff sure likes to complicate things... or try to send a message to his 1C that a little defense would do some good.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Recap: Caps Punch Playoff Ticket 2-1 - Japers' Rink
Barring a disaster, the Caps are winning the President's Trophy. This trophy will be the first of any kind for Barry Trotz.

Red Wings' atrocious start proves costly in loss to Flyers | MLive.com
Also, Anthony Mantha is a monster on skates.

Wild gives up late goal in regulation, loses late in overtime to Ottawa - StarTribune.com
Jared Spurgeon had a bad plan. Rather than use his quickness and guile to win the puck or force a pass, he took to the ice to block a shot. And another. And another.

RandBall: What is minimum requirement for Wild to keep Torchetti, Fletcher? - StarTribune.com
Found this in the side panel... grab some popcorn and enjoy.

NHL general managers not expanding on head-shot rule | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
That's a bummer. For the first time in a while, Jarmo Kekalainen had a great idea and it was torpedoed.

No Guarantee Blue Jackets Will Bounce Back Next Year - TSS
Nope, that's a balanced division with a lot of scoring talent, and the Jackets have some stupid contracts and holes to fill.

NHL - Morning 3-on-3 -- Is Jonathan Quick the best American-born goalie ever? | ESPN
I've heard worse arguments, but I'll take Mike Richter for that title.... for now.

'Rat Man' Mellanby hopes Panthers build new memories - Sun Sentinel
Florida Man scored two goals with stick that killed a rat in the locker room, becomes symbol for the team.

Trocheck leads Panthers to 4-1 victory vs. Canadiens | Miami Herald
Vincent Trocheck has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Cats, who are looking more and more like a team that could win a round.

N.F.L. Shifts on Concussions, and Game May Never Be the Same - The New York Times
"An N.F.L. executive’s acknowledgment of a link between football and degenerative brain disorders could have ripple effects throughout the sport." Let's not kid ourselves... hockey isn't far behind the NFL in this category.

Not Hockey

The Majority of Americans Are Internet Commenters, Research Says | Jezebel
That explains this upcoming election.

76ers fans chant 'Trust the process' and 'We've got draft picks' while getting blown out by the Nets - SBNation.com
This is the best smack I've heard in a while. But I'm surprised the Nets fans didn't respond with something about Joel Embiid being the next Greg Oden.

Listless Play Dooms Vanderbilt in 70-50 First Four Loss to Wichita State - Anchor Of Gold
I'm pretty sure Phil Housley could've got Vandy to the Sweet 16, or at least out of the PLAY-IN GAME.