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Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Las Vegas, Leaving

40 seconds away from victory, we rolled the dice one too many times and crapped out. Unfortunately, the house (and by house I mean the Nashville Predators) didn’t win. I bet no one thought I’d use gambling lingo! Well, surprise!

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Nashville Predators
Viktor Arvidsson celebrates after slaying Malcolm Subban in a duel.
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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators 3, Vegas Golden Knights 4 (SO): Preds Rally But Fall Short - On the Forecheck
Miss the game? Fall asleep waiting for the 3rd period? Forget to set the DVR? Check out our recap!

Predators fans salute Neal |
...and then he scored a goal...against us...and I wasn't sure how to feel.

And then, just like that, he was suddenly just a guy on a different team.

(Cries, hides James Neal jersey)

Arvidsson's gritty goal down low |
Viktor Arvidsson scores what I would consider to be, thus far, my second favorite goal of the year. (the first was the OT breakaway against the Los Angeles Kings)

Around Hockey

You Might Know Me as Ghost | By Shayne Gostisbehere
Interesting perspective on being a healthy scratch and rehabbing an injury. And dreams...those are good, too.

Five-game losing streak sees struggling Blackhawks off to worst start of Toews-Kane era | The Hockey News
It's always nice to read about bad things happening to the Chicago Blackhawks. On a side note, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at work. Winning sweater? Patrick Kane jersey.

How good are the red-hot Kings, really? – ProHockeyTalk
The term "championship window" is thrown around in here a few times. I can't saw I'm sure I agree. Mainly because I can't stay awake long enough to watch them play and the DVR is full of Hallmark Christmas movies.

Nazem Kadri's advice for Matthew Tkachuk: 'Wake up' -
As a teacher of students Matthew Tkachuk's age, I totally understand what Nazem Kadri is saying. Of course, I also understand the tendency of kids that age to not listen very well to anything people tell them.

Is Vegas for real, and where do the Golden Knights go from here? -
If you're as annoyed as I am by the constant (and often misguided) yammering of the Golden Knights social media guy, you may be wondering how much longer you have to listen to it. This is a pretty good article to answer those questions. Of course, thus far, the VGK have exceeded expectations.

In Case You Missed it this Week

Should We Worry About Pontus Aberg? - On the Forecheck
Aside from the fact that he may have murdered a guy on the ice last night, will Aberg be the difference maker we want (and need) him to be?