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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Earning the Attention

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For the first time in a calendar year, the Nashville Predators are getting attention for being a good hockey team and hitting their stride at the right time. And what's even better? The players are back to having fun and it's showing on the ice. For all the impatience the media, fans, and at times the players showed... the management and coaching staff stuck to their guns. Tip your cap, and enjoy the ride.

And somehow, Kari Lehtonen finished the game.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes
AKA: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF DAVID POILE

Predators beat Stars for season-high fifth win in a row | Tennessean
Beat up on the Blackhawks, Blues, and Stars in the process of winning the last 5 games.

Preds Await Vesey's Arrival as Postseason Push Continues - Nashville Predators - Features
This is scary. No one behind a mic/keyboard is more optimistic that Vesey is coming to Nashville this spring, but David Poile is really going all-in with this. Read.

NHL's 3 stars of February: Ryan Getzlaf, Alex Ovechkin, Filip Forsberg - ESPN
More Filip Forsberg love.

C'Mon Ref: Rapid-fire round of three incidents - Article - TSN
Of course a Blues fan is irate about Saturday's game.

The Mega-Powers EXPLODE!

In 22 seconds, McDavid reminds everyone why he was No. 1 (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ouch. 22 seconds. No joke.

First act in McDavid-Eichel show a masterpiece - Sportsnet.ca
OH THE HUMANITY.

Connor McDavid 1, Jack Eichel 0: Oilers win in rookie showdown – ProHockeyTalk
In fairness to Eichel, he didn't have as many former top-5 picks playing on his team.

Other, Less Important NHL News

30 Thoughts: Wrapping up the NHL trade deadline - Sportsnet.ca
"Looking back at the NHL trade deadline: Why didn't the Canucks trade Dan Hamhuis? Why did Jim Nill prefer Kris Russell? Plus, Elliotte Friedman looks ahead to the World Cup roster announcement and a potential shift on the international scene."

Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Caps Comeback to Beat Pens 3-2 - Japers' Rink
Now THIS game was great TV. The Pens and Caps hate each other, and that's never going to stop.

Conner Bleackley and How Arizona Won Boedker Trade - TSS
Love it. LOVE IT.

What the heck is going on with the Vancouver Canucks? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's a blast to watch it burn, though.

Botchford: Canucks strike out instead of striking a deal | TheProvince
They're trying to make Hamhuis into a hero for staying.

Savvy sellers can exploit the NHL’s financial environment - Article - TSN
In today's NHL, you need to make hay when the sun shines. And the sun shines when your roster is young and fulla productive players.

Cap-strapped Blues stand pat | Morning Skate | STLToday.com
The Blues weren't smart enough to circumvent the salary cap.

Blues Vs Senators Recap: (Not So) Super Bluesday - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues went to a shootout to get a win over the Sens. And that's fine with me too.

Wild returns to playoff spot with win over Colorado - StarTribune.com
This helped open up some space between Nashville and the 2WC spot. Awesome.

Hurricanes 3, Devils 1 - Canes Country
Derek Ryan, the Natural.

Ranking Chiarelli's First Trade Deadline with the Oilers - The Copper & Blue
Not bad, but all he swapped out were role players. Again.

An open letter to Jonathan Drouin - Raw Charge
John Fontana is one of my favorite SBN writers. This is good stuff.

Not Hockey

Minnesota Suspends Three Players For Remainder Of Season After One Tweets Sex Tapes | Deadspin
Was a boat involved? Or is that just a professional team thing in Minnesota?

The 23 most perfect offenses in the history of college football - SBNation.com
I would take the 1995 Huskers against any college football team. Ever. That team was a cold-blooded, soulless killing machine.

Chris Evans Didn’t Want Matt LeBlanc On New Top Gear: Report | Jalopnik
Don't call it Top Gear, please.