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Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Getting the Band Back Together

Making frequent trips to first place is great. Taking up a permanent residence would be better. As all our pieces come back into place, what kind of damage can this team do?

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NHL: Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks
There was a lot to celebrate when Johansen and Hartnell got back into the fray.
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Nashville Predators News

Predators soar to top of Western Conference despite loss of Ryan Ellis
I'm excited for Christmas, sure. I'm also excited for Ellismas. What gifts do you think he has tucked away in his beard for us? Goals? Assists? Blocked shots? Go ahead and decorate your trees and hang your hockey gloves by the chimney with care.

Patience with Aberg Beginning to Pay Off for Preds
"Said [Pontus] take it slow, and it'll work itself out fine

All we need is just a little patience" -W. Axl Rose (brackets by me)

The Weekender: Burning Bright - On the Forecheck
Again, always love when I can link to this. Dan Bradley has all my respect. Lots of love given to my former home of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Canadian Juniors make final cuts, set roster - Article - TSN
Did Predators prospect Dante Fabbro make the cut or get cut? They're going to test the (frozen) waters against Czech Republic and Switzerland before play begins.

Around Hockey

Canadiens expect 'cool' experience against Senators
The ‘much anticipated’ clash of the 25th ranked team and the third worst team! OUTSIDE!

Melnyk says he won't sell team, talks relocation - Article - TSN
A very candid interview. Interesting to note that the ticket struggle predates the current season nastiness they seem to be mired in. Could the Senators be heading to Seattle? I appreciate an attempt at an alliterative agnomen alteration resulting from reckless relocation.

Seesaw season has Penguins pondering trade – and that’s not bad given Rutherford’s record | The Hockey News
Imagine what he could get for a Sidney Crosby on the open market!

Callahan out indefinitely for Lightning
I'm guessing this won't have the largest of impacts on Tampa Bay's dominance. Am I wrong?

NHL: Edmonton Oilers activate Cam Talbot from injured reserve list | Edmonton Sun
Just in time to not get wrecked by the Predators.

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What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing: The Myth of Enforcer Culture - On the Forecheck
My frequent writing partner wrote this great article almost as a counterpoint to last week's article on a similar topic. I'm curious where everyone's opinions on this topic fall. Also, Kate always has awesome stats and explanations on the ol' twitter. Give her a follow @statswithkate

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Oh, and happy 8th birthday on Monday to my daughter, Cadie, who’s only allowed to say “sucks” at Bridgestone Arena (which gets awkward at Disney events). We’ll be there to celebrate on Tuesdsay!