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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Hat Trick Wasted

In which our heroes waste Filip Forsberg’s stellar effort, Zack Smith breaks his face, and Byfuglien gets his 500th point.

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NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Oilers 5, Predators 3: Filip Forsberg has hat trick; Leon Draisaitl scores twice | Tennessean
A largely abysmal effort begets a largely abysmal result.

Somebody get the rest of this team a ladder so they can climb off Forsberg’s back.

Who has been the most surprising player for each team to start the season? | TheHockeyNews
“An injury to Pekka Rinne has thrust Juuse Saros, the heir apparent to the Predators’ crease, into the spotlight. And boy, has he delivered. Heading into Tuesday night, Saros had won all four games he in which he had appeared, posted one shutout and had an outstanding .945 SP. He was beaten five times on 32 shots by the Sharks on Tuesday, but Saros’ early performance has only furthered his standing as the heir apparent in Nashville.”

Other Hockey News & Notes

Senators’ Zack Smith suffers broken bone in face | Sportsnet
Skate to the face. OUCH.

NHLPA files appeal on behalf of Tom Wilson | TSN

Byfuglien’s late goal sends Jets past Wings | TSN
That’s 500 career points for Dustin Byfuglien.

Victor Hedman leaves game vs. Vegas |
The reigning Norris trophy winner left the game in the 2nd period after taking a big hit from Ryan Reaves.

Who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s faking it in the NHL so far | Pension Plan Puppets
‘A look at which teams in the NHL have started well, who haven’t, and who is hiding their real face behind a mask.’