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While Lavy, Pernell Karl, and Pekka are in Tampa Bay, Ryan Ellis has returned and is catching fire.

The Human Rocketship has returned and he’s ready to launch.
Michelle Smith

Nashville Predators News

P.K. Subban's defense for Predators worthy of NHL All-Star recognition
Great article about P.K. Subban and his defensive and offensive strengths. Also, P.K. has some great responses to criticism in here.

Nashville Predators Top 25 Under 25: Revisited - On the Forecheck
A mid-season update on this very comprehensive masterpiece. Take a look at how much some of these guys have moved on the list. Take special note of last year's draft picks. How soon will we see one of them in gold?

Preds fan flies to Nashville to attend game during team's road trip | FOX Sports
You want to feel good about the entire Nashville Predators organization? Read this article! You want to remind yourself of the importance of measuring twice and cutting one? Read this article!

The Weekender: Where the Boat Leaves From - On the Forecheck
Some interesting trade talk, Tolvanen, and a Lord of the Rings reference.

BarDown Mascot Rankings: NHL All-Star Edition - Article - Bardown
This is the hockey mascot only edition. I think Gnash is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Speaking of Gnash, he got to exact some sweet revenge on the extra lame Pittsburgh Penguins mascot, Iceburgh, during the Mascot Dodgeball game. The Western Conference mascots went on to win this in 5.

HUGE congratulations to Matt Irwin and his wife, Chantel as they welcome their son, Beckem. Please, do yourself a favor and click for the second picture to see that Beckem looks exactly like his Dad.

Around Hockey

NHL All-Star Game: Top moments from the Accuracy Shooting competition (Video) – ProHockeyTalk
This event has been updated with LED targets. As long as there are no PEDs, we should be fine.

NHL All-Star Game: Top moments from the Fastest Skater competition (Video)
A trip down memory lane. Can anyone dethrone Connor McDavid this year?

Report: Rangers ready to sell ahead of trade deadline | theScore.com
Could the Predators end up with a little help from somebody on this team? What would we have to give up to score Mats Zuccarello?

Reborn Stamkos powering Lightning to top of NHL standings
This article helps me remember that a devastating injury isn't the end of the world for a player, or for a team. Steven Stamkos discusses his recovery and rebirth following several injuries and setbacks.

Bogosian to have hip surgery, will miss rest of the season – The Buffalo News
So many injuries and missed games. Such a big cap hit!

A Little Extra

Hey, my family got to go to practice the other day with the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy. We knew just where to sit and my wife got a few cool pictures of the guys. I thought I would share them. I will point out that Ryan Ellis threw my 3 year old a puck and also that my 8 year old nabbed a puck from a stray shot by Viktor Arvidsson. I will have to say that Ellis really seems to have a heart for children.

P.K. took a shot at my daughter through the glass.

P.K. Subban stick checks a young fan.
Shaun C Smith
Ryan Ellis takes a shot at Pekka Rinne during practice at Bridgestone Arena on January 20th, 2018.
Michelle Smith
Anthony Bitetto and Roman Josi look directly at the camera during practice at Bridgestone Arena on January 20th, 2018.
Michelle Smith