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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Save Pocket Pekka

PDO has fallen out of favor among the stats crowd because it conflates two unrelated numbers, but I think we can logically surmise that the Preds need to play better, especially in front of their backup netminder.

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NHL: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville News & Notes

Predators: Kevin Fiala flying after getting past post-injury anxiety | The Tennessean
Fiala with his confidence back is a sight to see.

Turris settling in with Predators on and off the ice -- TSN
"Now he just needs to find some new dog-walking partners." He's come to the right team.

Video: Forsberg Pulls Off Ridiculous Pass in Rout of Canucks | Nashville Predators
Forsberg doesn't always pull off the things he tries, but that he tries them at all is incredible.

Around Hockey

From the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks, teams feel the force of Star Wars fervor | ESPN
No spoilers!!

Alumni Association seeking improved benefits for retired NHLers -- TSN
There are some very easy solutions proposed here, but I find it interesting the NHLPA was not involved in the meeting.

US women’s hockey team to play NWHL team in Olympic tune-up | WJHL
If anyone happens to be in Florida in mid-January, there's something to look forward to.

How Travis Konecny’s trash talking help his hockey | USA Today
Just let me add his name to the list of players I dislike...

Burns’ offensive burden in San Jose - - TSN
Did you know that Brent Burns is older than Shea Weber?

Flames' Sean Monahan flying under the radar as one of Canada's elite players -
Boring Sean Monahan is the only parody account I follow.

Danish hockey team offers to pay players in Bitcoin -