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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Hit 'Em Early

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Playing the Kings in the first round might not be ideal for the Preds, but at least they can play them before they hit their stride. Even if they were to play the Ducks in the first round they would probably have to go through LA in the second round. Let's accept reality. It will probably be LA.

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Predators News & Notes

Predators 2016 Playoff Opponent Update | Nashville Predators
No one said getting to the Cup would be easy.

Mike Fisher, Predators prep for run at Stanley Cup | The Tennessean
I'm excited about this team. Whether they can actually come out and perform is a completely different thing but they are set up to potentially do so.

Fan Appreciation Night Capped Off by Traditional Game-Worn Jersey Giveaway | Nashville Predators
Whoever got the Forsberg jersey on the night where he scored his 33 goal of the season struck Gold.

Around the World of Hockey

Co-founder of NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program under investigation for care of Boogaard | TSN
Boogaard failed 14 out of 19 drug tests and was still allowed to play. Yeah, I would say that warrants an investigation.

NHL young stars due 2nd contracts this summer | CBC Sports
Filip Forsberg. Lock em' up.

A painful list of injured NHL playoff stars | Sportsnet
Let's stay healthy boys. Shall we?

Will new, hockey-friendly T-Mobile Arena help Las Vegas land an NHL expansion team? | ESPN
I'm really excited about hockey in Las Vegas. There will definitely be a road trip made at some point to this new arena.

Adam Oates will drag the NHL toward a new frontier | Sportsnet.ca
Basically, Oates wants to introduce personal coaches to improve players' smarts instead of just having them simply playing shinny and working out over the summer. Not a bad idea.

NHL Draft 2016: Predicting Where Elite Talent Will Land in 1st-Round Mock Draft | Bleacher Report
I think it's about time that NHL teams stop going out of their way to draft that 6'5" hulking power forward to the point where they pick them earlier than they should. The 6-foot fast and smart forward has just as good or better of a chance to be successful in the NHL.

NHL broadcast deal turns sour for Rogers | Montreal Gazette
Bidding high on Canadian hockey broadcasts in a year when all 7 teams missed the playoffs was a fatal move, Cotton.

Devils prospect Pavel Zacha could make NHL debut vs. Leafs | Sportsnet
Highly touted New Jersey Devils' prospect Pavel Zacha could be making his NHL debut on Saturday against the Leafs.