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The Preds played on Monday but not yesterday and don’t play again until Friday...it’s mass hysteria!

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Nashville Predators News

Broadcaster Blog: Remembering the First Win in Preds History | NHL.com
It's always a treat to read the recollections of a broadcasting legend! I look forward to reading and sharing these pieces from Pete Weber throughout this 20th anniversary season for the Predators.

Preds Fourth Line Key Contributors to Fast Start | NHL.com
The Rinaldo-Sissons-Salomaki line has been quite effective early on in the season, surpassing many expectations Preds fans might have had at least for a certain 1/3 of that line.

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on track to return Thursday: 'We expect him to play' | Chicago Tribune
For those who wondered if he'd ever recover and return from his severe concussion issues of last season (or those who miss chanting his name at Bridgestone), this is welcome news. It remains to be seen, however, if nearly a year away from actual game action keeps him from starting off as well as Chicago needs.

Depth Scoring: Dallas, We Have a Problem - Defending Big D
Questions in Dallas as the Stars have been outscored by a combined score of 7-1 in their past two contests at Ottawa and New Jersey.

Zach Parise is Showing Minnesota He is Back - Hockey Wilderness
I mean, it's cool that he was a point per game player ten years ago, but at age 34 it's reasonable to assume that his current pace (1-6--7 in six games) is unlikely to continue over the next six months of the season.

Late mistake by Parayko costs Blues in 3-2 loss to Montreal | STL Today
Wow, way to call out Colton Parayko...(reads article)...okay, well I suppose it was warranted.

Jets turn on fun to flush away frustration from ugly loss | Winnipeg Free Press
Whatever it takes to recover from a 5-4 OT loss when you were leading 4-1 going into the 3rd period, I guess.

Around the Hockeyverse

31 Thoughts: Matheson suspension a potential sea-change moment - Sportsnet.ca
McDavid is ridiculous in a good way, the Senators are trying not to be ridiculous in a bad way, and Calgary has re-opened talks of a new arena with the Flames...all in this week's edition of 31 Thoughts.

Ducks sign LW Nick Ritchie to 3-year deal | NHL | Sporting News
Breaking: Nick Ritchie will be dumb and have a punchable face for (at least) three more years.