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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Befuddlement

NHL simple stat-keeping doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me sometimes.

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay has scored all of 11 more goals this season than Nashville. They have 9 players with 10+ points; the Preds have 11. They have 5 players with between 15 and 19 points; the Preds have 7, with similar numbers of players with 10-15 points. Can someone explain to me, then, how the Lightning have players with 24, 38, and 40 points while our leading scorer has 14-14--28? They have two 20+ assist players while no Pred has more than 14. Do the Preds pass less, or are some arena staffs more liberal with giving out assists? Sorry for this rant; I digress....

Nashville Predators News

Before Preds Face Newest NHL Franchise, Rewind to First Nashville Season |
I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that Pete Weber is one of my favorite people in this big hockeyverse. Hearing audio from those infant days of the Predators sent chills down my spine...a lot has changed since then, but Pete's enthusiasm is forever unwavering.

Predators: Austin Watson learns from recent NHL suspension |The Tennesseean
Watty certainly seems to have learned a lesson from his suspension last month and seems reluctant to commit further offenses. Seems at least on the surface like the Department of Player Safety was effective in this case.

Central Division Roundup

With aging, expensive core Blackhawks’ window is closing fast | ProHockeyTalk
So much fun to read articles from major publications that forecast the death of Chicago's dynasty. Relevant: at the time of this writing, the Caps are beating the Hawks 6-2.

Dallas Stars: Stars turn 'big test' vs. Nashville into one of their most embarrassing losses | SportsDay
This is kinda fun, no?

Harsh words from veteran Ryan Suter after Wild's latest loss
BOOOOOOO--*ahem*. Sorry, force of habit.

Schenn gets hat trick in Blues win against Canadiens |
In case you were tired of reading about the struggles of our fellow Central division teams, for some reason.

Red Wings end 7-game losing streak as Jets' offence stalls | NHL on CBC Sports
Ah, that's more like it.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL - Will you care about the men's Olympic hockey tournament if neither NHL or KHL players participate? | ESPN
What a silly query. ESPN doesn't *really* care about hockey either way.

Flames' Jaromir Jagr day to day, will miss game vs. Leafs |
Get well soon, My Immortal.

Scheifele, Wheeler pushing each other, Jets to new heights |
I know they're in our division but this is nifty, since Wheeler is on my fantasy team.