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An ugly start, a glorious comeback, and a midnight letdown. Back to back west coast starts are just brutal.

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Nashville Predators 4, San Jose Sharks 5: California Dreamin’ | On the Forecheck
That's twice now that the Sharks have come back to bite Nashville late in the game.

I know the lineup has been shuffled but this has been the worst hockey I’ve seen from the Preds in a long time. Hopefully they’re all just as tired as we are from staying up too late playing Fortnite (but we’ll get to that later).

The game ending could have used a re-write but at least we got this...

Hi Rocco!

The story behind the catfish toss that sparked a Nashville Predators rally in Dallas | AtoZ Sports
“We all threw the catfish”

This has all the makings of a hockey version of a Friday Night Lights reboot.

NHL Power Rankings: Can Anyone Catch Up With Nashville? | SI.com
Nashville found their groove early and now it seems like they might be losing it a bit.

The team still needs some work. They can’t coast through the rest of the season with a slim lead in the standings and hope to make a deep playoff run.

I’d recommend starting with the power play.

NHL - Debating which team has the best group of defensemen in the league - Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks | ESPN
It depends on what parts of the game you watched last night...

*whispers* But Josi is still better.

NHL On NBCSN: Sabres finding success after plenty of change | Yahoo Sports
I mean at some point it becomes “change or be relocated”.

Plot twist: Carter Hutton brings the Buffalo Sabres back from the brink of extinction.

Ousted Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville a strong fit for Seattle’s incoming NHL team | Seattle Times
Seattle is playing themselves if they think Quenneville is going to be unemployed until the Seattle Expansion.

Honestly the fact that he’s gone this long without a new gig is surprising.

NHL executive questions whether KeyArena remodel will be completed by start of 2020-21 season | Seattle Times
Meanwhile Seattle will also be lucky if their arena is done by the expansion.

What is their plan, play all of October on the road?

As the NHL gets younger, vets note Fortnite, other video games encroaching on team bonding | The Washington Post
But haven't parents been blaming video games since the beginning of video games for their kids’ lack of social skills? Is this really that big of a problem?

I’ve never played Fortnite, but I know plenty of people who do and they still function just fine.

Tom Wilson of Washington Capitals returns | ESPN
And gets into fight...as he does.