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Saturday's Dump & Chase: The King is Dead

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A day after Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs, so to were the perennial Stanley Cup contending Los Angeles Kings. Hopefully it's the Predators that are taking on the victorious San Jose Sharks.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators return to Anaheim in search of offense | The Tennessean
The Predators looked pretty decent last game (compared to Tuesday). They've just got to get more high danger chances and convert.

Predators' Ryan Johansen, James Neal struggle to score | The Tennessean
That would be huge if they could start producing. Johansen and Neal were supposed to be key cogs on this team but they've only combined for a goal and an assist in the series.

Around the World of Hockey

NHL Playoffs Takeaways: Kings are out; Flyers steal win to stay in it | CBSSports.com
It's truly amazing that the Philadelphia Flyers are still in it.

Frei: About those obnoxiously late NHL playoff game start times... | The Denver Post
Chicago broadcaster Pat Foley's rant about late starts in the Blackhawks-Blues series was right on point and it applies to the Predators-Ducks series, too.

NHL player has had enough of this stupid, malfunctioning water bottle | SB Nation
Don't ever spray Frans Nielson with a water bottle.

Brothers Marc and Eric Staal enjoying the Cup chase together with New York Rangers | ESPN
Are they really? They do realize they are down 3-1 don't they?

Coach's challenges have NHL fans in an uproar | CBC Sports
Overall I don't mind the coach's challenge even though it isn't perfect. I'm with GDMP. Hopefully it can eventually be part of Toronto's job to make sure the goals were results of legal plays.

No Canada: NHL playoff ratings plummet north of the border | Yahoo Sports
That's what happens when every team in Canada is either terribly constructed, rebuilding, or both.

Five NHL players we'd love to see raise 2016 Stanley Cup (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Big Shea, Jagr, or Ovi.

Top 10 NHL Free Agents - Unrestricted | My NHL Trade Rumours
I'd love to see the Predators add size, speed, and scoring to their top line left wing position. It's sad because Jimmy Vesey was the perfect guy to do that.