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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Duality

The Preds can be both a good team and have a special teams problem. They can also have the best record in the league, yet leave us wanting more with the on-ice product. More than one thing can be true at the same time.

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NHL: Nashville Predators at New Jersey Devils Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville News & Notes

Smith, Weinberg Raise Funds for Best Buddies, Jam with E Street Band | Nashville Predators
Pretty cool.

Predators: Pekka Rinne returns to practice; Juuse Saros still ready | The Tennessean
Rinne is eligible to return at any time, but there is no indication yet when that will be.

Around Hockey

Crease Concerns: Five netminders struggling to find their game - TheHockeyNews
The Edmonton media's refusal to call out Cam Talbot's poor play is quite something.

Meet the woman whose mandate is to help the NHL grow -
She spent twenty years in the finance industry.

Exuberant Marner meshing well with even-keeled Tavares -
“In the morning he’s pretty tired," Marner said while gazing over to the 28-year-old Tavares, who was slowly taking his equipment off at the next stall. “He doesn’t have a lot of energy and usually I’m bouncing around. He told me today that sometimes he wants to punch me, sometimes he loves me. For me, I just come here and be the Energizer Bunny and make sure I’m keeping him young.”

Capitals’ Wilson set to appeal 20-game ban, again – ProHockeyTalk
The meeting with the independent arbitrator is set for Wednesday.

Should teams pull their goalie on the power play? | Hockey Graphs
"Goals For per 60 at 6v4 are nearly twice that of 5v4, while Goals Against per 60 are more than eight times higher when teams play with an extra attacker."

NHL Weekly Reader: Your guide to stealing tossed pucks from children | ESPN
I never got any pucks or baseballs as a child :(

Maddie Rooney Reflects On Year of Olympic Glory and Other Awards | USA Hockey
She's back at college this fall after winning gold.