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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Back On Schedule

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After a week of games on odd nights, the Predators return to action against the Avs.

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Smashville News:

Like A Fine Wine, Rinne Getting Better with Age | NHL - Nothing but praise for Pekka Rinne from his fellow Finns.

Predators Promote 2019 Zoo Calendar | NHL - Mine will be waiting for my husband to pick up for me on Saturday (Christmas gift).

Preds, DNC Unveil Nashville Locker Room Online Store | NHL - I like it. I love it. I want some more of it. So easy to send links of gift ideas now!

I have had this in my hold folder for so long, I forgot all about it. It makes me laugh. I was rooting for Doug and he almost made it! He’s a good boy.

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Come on, dad...just one bite

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Central Division News:

Heika: Players must do their part to prove they belong | NHL - Dallas is weird.

The Nick Schmaltz trade doesn’t help the Blackhawks solve their latest problem | The Chicago Tribune - It does not pay to be an up and coming player in Chicago. All the money is already taken. Sounds like the players were a bit taken aback.

Booed off the ice again Saturday, Blues will try to regroup in workouts before trip | The Saint Louis Post Dispatch - Tough crowd. They just saw a fantastic win the day before. I cannot imagine myself booing the Nashville Predators off the ice.

Other Hockey News:

Philadelphia follows different script, fire GM Hextall and not the coach | USA Today - I chose this article from others as it avoided the “Flyers are not taking enough penalties” narrative. Seriously though, who saw this coming?

Ilya Kovalchuk’s Return to the N.H.L. Isn’t Going as Planned | The NY Times - Color me surprised. Did he watch the playoffs last year?

Ovechkin, Capitals set to face Trotz for first time with Islanders | NHL - Many nice words about Barry Trotz from the Washington Capitals players.

Super Slow Mo: Week 7 | NHL - Okay Slow Mo, here we go. Win my heart back. Well there is Tuukka Rask’s mask, one of my favorites. Hey! A Cody McCleod hit. Hi Craig Smith! Sweet shot. Alert! Alert! We have a goalie save. Hey again! There is a Mattias Ekholm look-a-like playing for the Colorado Avalanche. Waiting....Waiting...Hi Filip Forsberg! That was Fil-thy. Hey! Another Cody McCleod hit. Wait. Was that Ryan Hartman? Nice. Well this week was better, but where were any of Calle Jarnkrok’s hat trick goals. Try harder!

The Canadiens are admitting their mistake by waiving Karl Alzner | The Hockey News - Could this start a trend of mistake admissions? When he clears, he will be paid $4.5M to play in the minor leagues - for multiple years if he is not bought out.

Given checkered NHL expansion history, league treading carefully with Seattle on franchise launch year | The Seattle Times - Yes, let’s do that. I am all for waiting another year to avoid the lockout and allow Pekka Rinne to ride the UFA exclusion wave.