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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Happy Predsgiving!

Today I’m thankful for a Nashville Predators hockey club that is 63-24-10 (including playoffs) since last Thanksgiving.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators mailbag talks pet peeves, Ryan Johansen singing, more | The Tennesseean
New guy on the block Paul Skrbina answers questions about the power play, the difference between covering the Preds and Blackhawks, and anecdotes from the locker room in his Thanksgiving Eve mailbag.

Nashville Predators 4, St. Louis Blues 1: Fourth Line Breaks Through and Rinne Sets Record in Victory | On the Forecheck
Forsberg, Gaudreau, Ellis, and someone else whose name escapes me dented the twine, and the Preds moved their season points total to a league-leading 33 in 22 contests.

Central Division Roundup

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen fined by NHL for embellishment | The Denver Post
Still searching for answers on why an embellishment call and penalties for tripping, hooking, and the like can be assessed on the same play.

Laine's two goals not enough as Flames top Jets 6-3 |
Flames star netminder David Rittich saved 37 of 40 Jets shots on goal and got help from 5 first period goals by his teammates to beat the Flames 6-3 in Calgary.

Staal's late goal saves Wild in 6-4 win over Ottawa |
After nearly squandering a 4-1 second intermission lead, the Wild overcame allowing 3 goals in the first 13 minutes of the third period to get a win over perhaps the most woebegone franchise in the league.

Crosby scores in return, Penguins pound Stars 5-1 |
The Pens had only earned 4 points in their past ten games going into last night's contest, but they help the Preds out by beating the hockey club from Big D.

Capitals win 3rd straight game, top Blackhawks 4-2
Growing accustomed to needing a telescope to see aaaaaaaallll the way down to the bottom 10 of the NHL standings where the Blackhawks have made their home for nearly a calendar year now sure is fun.

Around the Hockeyverse

Bruce Boudreau has coached nearly 900 NHL games, but he had never done this before | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
After the Sens' comeback effort to start the third period, Boudreau pulled his goalie with the game tied for the first time in his 867-game coaching career.

Why have so many coaches gotten fired? Who's on the hot seat now? Who are the top rising candidates? |
A year after no coaches were fired in-season since the NHL expanded from six teams, four organizations have already bid adieu to their lead man behind the bench with just 25% of the 2018-19 season in the books..

Hurricanes set shots record, hand Maple Leafs rare road loss |
Truthfully, I expected to see some outrageous shot total for Carolina, but in truth the record was for first period shots on goal: 29 for the Canes. Toronto only managed 30 all game.