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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Picking and Choosing

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Many of us are guilty at trying to envision the best, realistic scenario to get the Preds through the playoffs. And for some, there's a debate on who the best matchup would be. The Stars? Maybe. The Kings? They have a good record in April and May recently. But with the Stars clinching the playoffs first and looking like the eventual division champs (unless St. Louis finally gets motivated), that 1WC spot is back to looking like an okay place to be.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

NHL Power Rankings: Fear the Preds | SI.com
I'm not sure how a team can be ranked second in one power rankings post, but like 12th and 14th in others. It's like there's no science behind it. Oh well. Here's the daily affirmation we all need.

The Best And Worst 1st Round Predators Matchups - TSS
We'll get to know Dallas real good before the season ends.

Predators face difficult lineup decisions | Tennessean
Don't get me started.

Other Hockey Stuff

Five reasons the Dallas Stars are back in the Stanley Cup playoffs | SportsDay
How hard did you laugh at #4?

The other side of the goalie equipment debate - Sportsnet.ca
Today's must read and must watch; this is a great visual aide.

Craig's List: Canadian teams will fare well with this class - Article - TSN
As much as we know about Auston Matthews, the two big Finns may be equally as good.

Capitals vs. Senators Recap: Caps Assassinate Sens 4-2, Claim Top Seed - Japers' Rink
Masterful headline.

NCAA Hockey 101: Minnesota-Duluth and the not-so-stunning turnaround | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Duluth is in the same bracket as Harvard, and that would be a potential Saturday matchup.

Inside the NHL: Bruins report, Vezina winner and most disappointing teams - ESPN Video
Ben Bishop should definitely be getting some Vezina consideration. Not sure about the Habs being the most disappointing, but that's an acceptable answer.

Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross pulled from lineup after being charged with 'revenge porn' - Second City Hockey
Not a great look to say the least.

Flyers lost. That was bad. - Broad Street Hockey
NSFW.

Sens owner Melnyk says ‘there’s nobody safe’ after disappointing year – ProHockeyTalk
Perhaps a trade is in order? Their forward core is very redundant.

Smith-Pelly making the most of fresh start - Article - TSN
Devante Smith-Pelly may end up being one of the pieces the Devils build around, and that's a far cry from being ran out of Montreal.

Is Mark Scheifele ready to be the Jets' No. 1 centre? - Sportsnet.ca
The Jets are an interesting team to watch going forward, and they see the different paths the Predators and the Wild are on. Poile outdueled Fletcher, never forget that.

WATCH: Blue Jackets' Boll ejected for late hit; Tortorella seems mad - CBSSports.com
Your call? And let's all enjoy the Fonzi Rage Monster at his finest.

John Tortorella joyfully fist pumps and fist bumps after Blue Jackets buzzer-beater goal - SBNation.com
And now, HAPPY TORTS.

Not Hockey

Report: Tesla Is Using Google Glass to Build Cars More Efficiently | Jalopnik
Up until recently, the most effective use of Google Glass was by our own Kris Martel.