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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Final Preparations

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One more day to go before our game 1. Excited? Nervous? Confident? All of the above?

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Pekka Rinne accepts pressure of Predators' playoff run | Tennessean
Good. I hope he's motivated, hungry, and focused.

Fisher Nominated for Clancy Trophy by Teammates - Nashville Predators - Features
Mike Fisher is worthy of whatever praise the locker room gives him.

Are the Predators good enough at home to go anywhere in the postseason? | Nashville Post
"Nashville's 23 wins, 53 points fewer than most of the franchise's previous playoff teams"

Ducks Stuff

Rickard Rakell, David Perron and Kevin Bieksa trying to get healthy fast for Ducks - The Orange County Register
Injury and status updates, smoke and mirrors, etc.

Perron, Rakell, Bieksa and Vatanen all Take Part in Full Practice Wednesday - Anaheim Ducks - News
Their practice lines show that Perry has been moved away from Getzlaf, despite playing beside him the last 7 games.

Other NHL Stuff

Kings GM pushes for Doughty to win Norris; change voting process | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Wow, Poile should've whined and tried to guilt more people into voting for Weber a couple years ago.

Zatkoff emerges the unlikely hero after his patience pays off - Sportsnet.ca
NHL backup goaltenders either sound like European royalty, or short order cooks.

Backes lifts Blues to OT win in Game 1 | Blues | stltoday.com
And he did it in a very Backes-like style. Glad to see a van Riemsdyk make an impact in the postseason, finally.

Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh Penguins out for Game 1 vs. New York Rangers | ESPN
There's probably a few Rangers fans who feel bad and/or guilty about celebrating that MAF was hurt.

Rangers vs. Penguins 2016 final score: Jeff Zatkoff steals the show as Pittsburgh lights up New York, 5-2 - SBNation.com
"This was definitely not the goaltending match we were expecting."

First strike: Lightning take Game 1 from Red Wings – ProHockeyTalk
HELL YES THEY DID.

Statistically Speaking: Shots and percentages in the first round - Article - TSN
So far, his expected models are 3-0.

Not Hockey

Who Was The Actual Best Player In The NBA Every Year During Kobe Bryant's Career? | Deadspin
I'll be looking forward to this article being written about Crosby someday.