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Things are still pretty tight here in the Central Division, but the playoff race is heating up around the NHL. Which teams will squeak in, and which teams will be mad about a lost coach’s challenge from October?

Nashville Predators v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

Nashville News & Notes

What the (Blank)?: NHL All-Star Edition | By P. K. Subban
Fortunately he's better at hockey than answering multiple choice questions.

Predators haven't created separation in Central Division standings | The Tennessean
Can the Central Division please stop being so extra?

Predators waive Cody McLeod; Filip Forsberg nears return from injury | The Tennessean
Despite McLeod having no place on the roster, I'm quite surprised they waived him.

Preds Staff to Build Home, Provide Hurricane Relief During All-Star Break | Nashville Predators
They're working with relief efforts in both Houston and Tampa Bay.

Kariya Returns to Nashville Fond of Days Spent with Preds | Nashville Predators
I wonder how high scoring will have to be in the NHL for someone on the Preds to break his 85 point record.

Around Hockey

Countdown to TradeCentre: About that Nylander speculation... -- TSN
One day I will stop pronouncing Xavier Ouellet's name as "Javier".

Kasperi Kapanen still fighting to carve out role with Maple Leafs - Sportsnet.ca
He's an NHL player but there are about four grizzled vets Babcock would rather play.

Brandon Dubinsky leaves Blue Jackets’ road trip due to ‘personal issues’ - SBNation.com
Very very curious.

What will rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid look like in 10 years? | ESPN
If you were in the mood for some fanfiction.

Sharks' Joe Thornton out for several weeks with knee injury | USA Today
This isn't good news for the Sharks.

Rangers in danger of slipping out of playoff race – ProHockeyTalk
Oh, such a shame....