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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: IT’S HERE, Y’ALL

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The sun is shining and the Nashvillians are sweating it out in 80 degree temperatures, but it matters not. HOCKEY IS BACK IN SMASHVILLE TONIGHT!

NHL: Preseason-Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Predators' season-opening roster set | Nashville Post
That moment when you realize that Roman Josi (481) has only played 150 games more for Nashville than the Prince (331). O.O

Broadcaster Blog: Scott Hartnell Retires | NHL.com
Nashville/hockey legend Pete Weber reminisces on the Nashville career(s) of Scotty Hartnell.

Central Division Roundup

NHL Central Division preview: Blackhawks have their work cut out for them - Chicago Tribune
Jimmy Greenfield muses over Chicago's chances at a playoff spot and possible run following the 2018-19 season. I gotta agree with Jimmy's prediction of a 6th place finish for Chicago:

"Not much went right last season for the Hawks, but they also didn't make many changes. A healthy Corey Crawford is necessary to return to contention, but that's far from certain. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith need to play like the future Hall of Famers they are."

Colorado Avalanche 2018-19 roster analysis: What Nathan MacKinnon and Co. bring to the Avs this year – The Denver Post
Unless what they bring is one or two top defensemen, it's hard to see a much better overall result for the Avs than what they achieved last season.

Get a 4.99 dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts day after Blues score 4
The Blues are emulating the Preds' promotions department with an amalgamation of the Wendy's and Dunkin deals.

Jets' Laine mocks Canucks' ban on Fortnite game: 'They need something to blame' | CBC Sports
Goaty McGoatface bringing the heat.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL bold predictions: Way-too-early division picks, Stanley Cup winners for 2018-19 season - CBSSports.com
CBS' analysts see the Central Division race as a coin flip between Nashville and Winnipeg. They also seem to like Nashville or San Jose to meet Tampa or Toronto in the Stanley Cup Final.

Wilson punished with $1.2M fine, 20-game ban in bid to stop violent hits - TSN.ca
Wilson may not have quite the reputation for dirty play that Zac Rinaldo has, but I'll be damned if he's not doing his best to close the gap.

NHL likely to return for regular-season game in Germany | NHL.com
I have a pair of friends (the ones whose wedding caused me to miss the 2017 Western Conference Final) who just moved to Cologne. What a small world!