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This Girard kid probably ought to stick around for a while.

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NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville News & Notes

Nolensville kids surprised, thrilled by visit for street hockey | The Tennessean
The Preds have been doing these for years, but I didn't know how the organizational process worked. Very cool.

Predators Reveal Anthem Singer Winners | Nashville Predators
I have no opinion on the winners, other than being confused by there being all of them.

Did Stars' Hanzal deserve major he got for hit on Predators' Weber? -
Yes. It doesn't matter if the player is bent over at the waist, stop laying unnecessary hits on the crown of his head.

Around Hockey

Smaller defensemen are finally getting their due in the NHL | The Hockey News
“You can score goals if you’re a D-man, too,” Dahlin said. “But D-men have the puck more. Before, ‘D’ was all hitting, but now they have to control the puck so I like it very much.”

The 5 Toughest Players I’ve Ever Faced | By Mark Scheifele | The Players' Tribune
Lots of usual suspects, and Roman Josi! He definitely took a lot of lessons from Shea Weber.

Seven surprising small sample size stats to start the NHL season -
Too much attention (as in, any) attention given to plus-minus, but a lot of interesting snippets here to keep in mind.

The complex calculation of a coach’s challenge - TSN
There is a lot of risk assessment involved in the job of a NHL coach, but the miscalculation by Philadelphia's coaching staff on Tuesday night was egregious.

Two NHL players caught a giant sea monster on their day off | For The Win
...Of course it was those guys.

NEWS: Team USA 2018 Olympic Jersey Leaks? - HockeyJerseyConcepts
I have no idea how legit this site is, but if these leaks are real you don't need to worry about spending money on a Team USA jersey this year.

Nail Yakupov needed 4 games to match his goal total from last season -
It's way too early to declare his career recuperated, but I hope he succeeds.