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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: North Seattle’s Comin’ To Town

Christmas is only 12 days away, but it’s really hard to convince myself of that, despite the occasionally frigid weather, Christmas decorations, and holiday music telling me otherwise.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators' David Poile relishes induction into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
I can't think of many hockey-related achievement awards for which I would not consider David Poile a strong candidate. So well deserved, and I don't believe at all that this is close to the last time we will see Poile at such a ceremony.

Central Division Roundup

Reckoning coming for Jets | Winnipeg Sun
The Jets have feasted on weak competition so far this season and come up woefully short (0-4-1) in 5 games against their current neighbors in the penthouse of the league standings.

St. Louis Blues Are Dangerously Close To Becoming Mediocre | Bleedin' Blue
"The St. Louis Blues seem to be teetering between being one of the worst teams in the league and a mediocre team, but being mediocre is worse than being bad." About sums it up.

Minnesota Wild: The time is ripe to deal Andrew Hammond | Gone Puck Wild
Really doesn't seem like all that long ago that "the Hamburglar" was lighting up the league.

Colorado Avalanche, penalty box shattered in loss to Edmonton Oilers
We've seen our fair share of penalty box-loading in Preds games, but never to the extent that the glass breaks. What an odd phenomenon. Also, the Avs have given up 21 goals in their past four games and surrendered 6 three times over that stretch.

Blackhawks finally snap 11-game streak of giving up first goal | Second City Hockey
They also managed to not give up three goals in the first five minutes.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL Power Rankings: Lightning look unstoppable; Ducks inch their way toward top 10 | CBSSports.com
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if .500 is what the Preds are without Arvy, Fil, KT, and PK (they're 5-5-0 in their last 10), then they're still among the class of the NHL in my book. This article has a conspicuous lack of qualifiers in that area. I'd be interested to see what the Lightning would look like without Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, and either Victor Hedman or Ryan McDonagh for a few weeks.

31 Thoughts: Examining why a Nylander-Pietrangelo deal never materialized | Sportsnet.ca
The potential for offer sheets in the 2019 off-season, more talk about Milan Lucic than I'd ask any reasonable person to stomach, and some praise for Pekka Rinne (though we could always use more of that) in this week's 31 Thoughts.

Hall of Fame referee Paul Stewart wants women officiating in NHL | ESPN
The US Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night was certainly an in-demand event.