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Monday’s Dump and Chase: The Elixir of Life

After reading Ryan Ellis’s story about his rehab after knee surgery, it should be incredibly evident that Associate Captain Ellis is the ginger-bearded hero we need in 2018.

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The Preds have a bit of action this week before the All-Star Game break. Tomorrow, they face off against the ridiculously good Tampa Bay Lightning before a quick trip to New Jersey for a Thursday night tilt against the Devils.

The weather is fluctuating. The government is doing/not doing some...stuff. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl...AGAIN. (sorry not sorry) In hockey, we have hope.

Nashville Predators News

My Story: An Arduous Journey Back to Recovery
Ryan Ellis shares his incredible story in this piece. Take a look at Ellis' recovery and rehab here. His motivation to return to the ice really shows what he’s made of.

The Great Goalie Rankings: How the NHL's 31 starting netminders stack up | The Hockey News
Our tall Finnish hero is second on this listing only to Andrei Vasilevsky. Rinne’s play as of late has been merely above-average, but he continues to post solid numbers and make key saves to keep the boys in the game.

Poile, Laviolette Mourn Loss of USA Hockey's Jim Johannson
Here’s some thoughts from GM David Poile and HC Peter Laviolette on the sudden death of Jim Johannson. USA Hockey would not be where it is without Johannson. His loss will be felt.

Around the League

What's behind the Avalanche's incredible turnaround season? -
Young Samuel Girard, catalyst for success.

Henrik, Daniel Sedin looking for 1 more contract with Canucks, per report -
The 37-year-olds want to have one last shot at Stanley Cup glory. They will continue to set records and pave the way to their Hall of Fame nomination.

Pavelski tabs Sharks honoree to take face-off against Crosby
I took some time to watch the short videos of Hayden on the Sharks' Twitter page. This kid is having the experience of a lifetime. Be sure to check out this story. Mad props to the Sharks, who I ordinarily don't like.

Report: Canadiens' Price suffered chronic fatigue at start of season -
This doesn't sound like too much fun for Carey Price. It's good he got the help he needs, but it's not likely he can save the Canadiens by himself.

Konecny's OT goal lifts Flyers past Capitals - Article - TSN
I can't call Philadelphia a legitimate threat yet (and I could be wrong), but they're having a quiet resurgence as of late.

NHL - Why the Boston Bruins are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender
Boston can be considered a legitimate threat, and it's no secret.

Ondrej Palat out “indefinitely” for Tampa Bay Lightning, returns to Tampa for further tests - Raw Charge
From Tampa Bay's Raw Charge, here's an update on Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and whether he could be available for Tuesday's game against Nashville (unlikely).

Have a great week, folks. In addition, I finally saw “The Last Jedi” on Sunday, so may the force be with you. Below is a porg to make your Monday better.