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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Prepwork

The Predators have two games to experiment before the first round of the playoffs. Since I think both playing the Blackhawks and traveling out west are terrible, I hope they just keep testing out new lines and players.

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Nashville Predators News

Elite 101: Nashville Predators Edition - Roman Josi | The Players' Tribune
Don't mind us while we try and figure out how to get Josi to write for OTF.

Around Hockey

Frozen Four preview: Notre Dame OK with underdog role: ‘We’ve been there before’ - USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online
You better believe that the United Center is going to be packed with Notre Dame fans.

Clarke MacArthur’s surprising return provides spark as Ottawa Senators halt skid by blanking Detroit Red Wings 2-0 - Montreal Gazette
After it felt like the sky was falling down, the Senators are back up to second in the Atlantic Division.

Riding the five stages of ‘grief’ over the NHL’s decision to skip the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Yup.

Big Read: Jake Gardiner proves the risk is worth the reward - Sportsnet.ca
Fun long article on Gardiner. I think it overhypes him a little, but it is an article about a guy who plays for Toronto.

Why the Boston Bruins will be dangerous in the Stanley Cup playoffs - ESPN
Hahahaha. Nope.

Ryan O'Reilly calls Sabres' playoff drought 'pathetic' - CBC
He's not wrong.

Henrik Zetterberg gives fan signed stick after spilling beer | Ottawa Citizen
"Bro of the Year" award recipient right here folks.

Sabres' Okposo hospitalized and in intensive care - The Buffalo News
Scary. Hope he recovers quickly.

Letang to Undergo Surgery for Herniated Disc in Neck - Pittsburgh Penguins
Apparently he's been playing through the injury since February. This is a big blow to the Penguins' Stanley Cup hopes.

Marchand to have hearing for spear - TSN
Give Marchand credit, most people who become superstars change who they are.