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Thursday's Dump & Chase: The Season of Spring

Spring is a time where trees sprout their young leaves, and there'll be plenty of young Leafs in Nashville tonight.

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Nashville Predators News

Game Day: Preds at Bruins - Nashville Predators
When Peter Laviolette steps behind the bench to coach his Nashville Predators on Thursday night, he'll be doing something only 27 before him have ever accomplished - coach his 1000th NHL game.

Will remaining schedule strengthen Predators for playoffs? - The Tennesean
Those games against the Blues and Wild loom large on the calendar.

Around Hockey

Hockey Players Aren’t Tough | The Players' Tribune
New York Islanders' Anders Lee chips in about how lucky hockey players are that we only have to deal with concussions and broken bones in comparison to medical challenges others face.

Mirtle: Already the Maple Leafs’ best player, Auston Matthews should be their next captain – The Athletic
I was startled and searched their roster for someone else, but nope he'd probably be the best fit.

Pacioretty: I never want Markov to retire | theScore.com
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

Emergency Backup Goalie Takes Zdeno Chara Slapshot To The Goolies - Deadspin
For all sorts of reasons, NHL teams occasionally dragoon a local, non-professional player into emergency practice goalie duty, just because they need a warm body. For the Bruins this afternoon, that’s Massachusetts State Police trooper Keith Segee, who appears to have played a couple of DIII games more than a decade ago.

Exclusive: Federation to cover NHL costs at 2018 Winter Games - IOC | Reuters
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has agreed to pay NHL players' travel and insurance costs to try to lure them to the 2018 Winter Olympics but team owners have set more commercial demands, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday.

Oilers to wear orange in playoffs, beyond - Article - TSN

What, blue was good enough for Gretzky but isn't for McDavid?

How hockey players from a Montreal beer league ended up facing off in North Korea - CBC News
The weirdest and coolest piece of news you'll read all day.