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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Where Art Thou Craig?

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The Nashville Predators were without Craig Smith for Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks and lost. That puts their record at 0-4 when the speedy sniper is out. I'm not saying he's that important but the Predators look like a different team when he's in the lineup.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators Recall Aberg from Milwaukee | Nashville Predators
Pontus Aberg seemed like he was going to make his first NHL start when he took line rushes and then the Predators did the old switcheroo and put Eric Nystrom into the game. That's probably for the best even though Nystrom isn't that great. In the playoffs I'd much rather have a known quantity who is not that great than an unknown quantity who has never played an NHL game.

Around the World of Hockey

Norris Trophy Finalists: Doughty vs. Karlsson vs. Burns | Yahoo Sports
No Roman Josi or Shea Weber but that is hardly surprising nor can you argue against it. You have to wonder if either will ever win the Norris. It's a good thing Josi is still young.

Polarizing Russian star Alexander Radulov to make NHL comeback | CBS Sports
I can't wait until Radulov faces off against Big Shea.

N.H.L. Draft Lottery Promises a Bit More Excitement This Year | The New York Times
For those who do not know the draft lottery is tonight. This year will be fun to watch with there being a clear top three and the top three spots up for draw.

Ducks GM Bob Murray: Players 'have to be held accountable too' | Sportsnet.ca
Despite that great season the Ducks had it was pretty plain that Boudreau wasn't the guy to take them deep into the playoffs.

NHL playoffs: Analytics stats predictions for West | Sports Illustrated
One of the best offenses remaining against the best defense remaining. This is going to be a great match up.

NHL, players association expansion draft agreement is good news for Bill Foley | Las Vegas Review-Journal
The one thing I don't like about the rules is that a team like the Minnesota Wild (who has 5 players with No Movement Clauses) will likely be left completely untarnished as opposed to the Predators (who only have one player with a No Movement Clause.)

Brian Burke bashes NHL Draft Lottery system, wants new rules | Puck Daddy
I agree. A team like Edmonton shouldn't get rewarded for continued failure.

2016 NHL awards finalists | USA Today
I've never been a big fan of the awards. They are too driven by the visibility of the players to the national market.

3 Potential 2016 NHL Draft Steals | The Hockey Writers
In case you wanted to start brushing up on draft prospects.