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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Putting It Together

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We're in the home stretch, and now is the time for coaches to finalize their lineups for the playoffs and hope their deadline acquisitions develop some chemistry. The Central is in a bit of a rocky spot, with Dallas suffering a revolving door of injuries and Chicago's annual late season slump looking a bit more genuine than usual. I like what we've been seeing from Nashville. Remember, there are no back-to-backs in the playoffs. Or three-on-three. Let's do this.

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Nashville News & Notes

Predators reminded of back-to-back pressures | The Tennessean
Trotz says nice things about Mattias Ekholm.

Despite Slump Fisher A Vital Piece Of The Puzzle | TSS
His drop in production isn't really a "slump", but Fisher is still a valuable member of the team.

Predators' Johansen meets high expectations since trade | The Tennessean
In a strange way, I think the weight of expectations on him in his transition to Nashville relieved the pressure he was feeling.

Around Hockey

Which defencemen are the best at exiting the zone? | Sportsnet.ca
Ekholm gets a nod, buried amongst the usual stuff when it comes to analytics and defensemen.

Fluto Shinzawa: How NHL teams are trying to better use and understand analytics | The Boston Globe
Some really interesting information about how organizations are using statistics.

LOOK: The Panthers are giving out Kevin Spacey heads | CBSSports
No one understands it, but it's amazing..

Vaclav Nedomansky was hockey's first true defector | ESPN
According to this article, he's a currently a scout for Nashville as well as Team Europe for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

2016 NHL draft: Playoffs are around the corner | USA Today
My interest in following the draft is confined to World Juniors and what happens on the draft floor, but next year's top five features no Canadian born players, for what that's worth.

‘I can’t really picture myself missing Game 1,’ says injured Seguin | ProHockeyTalk
At some point he'll start wearing safety equipment. Maybe he can get Benn to wear a visor.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf pleased with the state of the Ducks | Los Angeles Daily News
The battle of California is weirdly zen.

Syrian refugees experience hockey for 1st time in Mississauga | CBC News
That's pretty neat.

With One Season Down, Women’s Pro Hockey Looks To Expand | Only A Game
Buffalo's starting goaltender commutes from Pittsburgh every weekend.

NHL scores 2016: The Central Division is just as human as the rest of the league | SBNation
I reject this narrative and substitute it with my own. #ConferenceIII for life.