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More hockey tonight as the boys in gold finish up their back to back.

Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Smashville News:

As always after a Monday night game - please check the game recap either next to or below this article for all the highlights or not of Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators.

Predators’ Pekka Rinne no longer thinking about retirement | SI.com - A few good tidbits in here on Pekka Rinne’s post-hockey thoughts. I always hoped he’d stay full time in Nashville, but that doesn’t seem to be the plan.

2018-19 Future Goals Program | NHL.com - The Nashville Predators participate in the Future Goals project. It aims to help kids learn STEM skills through the game of hockey. In this clip, Freddy Gaudreau and Miikka Salomaki help kids hone skills. Freddy seems like a very good teacher.

Weekly Edge: Role players stepping up for Predators with skill players out | A to Z Sports - Alex with a look at how Nashville is keeping the wheels on while so many big producers are sidelined.

This week our boys are all tuckered out after a walk with mom. If you follow Madison’s Instagram stories and it is still up, check out the picture after they fall asleep. Too cute!

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Tired from our walk with mom today

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Central Division News:

Crawford’s concussion sees Blackhawks’ season go from bad to worse | The Hockey News - I really, really hope this is a minor injury. Also, I really, really hope he evaluates his long term health risk before coming back this year.

Avalanche duo joins elite NHL company featuring Gretzky, Lemieux and Crosby | The Denver Post - Sincere congratulations to the top line of the Colorado Avalanche. This is some legendary work. That being said, can you imagine where the Avalanche would be if they had top line injuries comparable to ours?

‘I just feel like I fit here’: Winnipeg Jets coach talks tradition, hockey and home | Globalnews.ca - Nice interview with Paul Maurice. I have to admit my first question would be if he ever is asked if he is related to Gene Kranz. (I’ll wait while you Google.) It’s swell that he and his family love Winnipeg - somebody has to right?

Other Hockey News:

Flyers Relieve Dave Hakstol of Head Coaching Duties | NHL.com - Okay. This article was from Monday afternoon. Was everybody following along on Sunday? First this news broke (way early one would assume). Then an hour later there was an article saying MAYBE there would be a firing. Three hours later came a report quoting the Philadelphia Flyers as saying “Dave Hakstol is our coach”. Then no comment all Monday morning as it was reported a press release was being prepared. Maybe the next folks under review should be in the PR department.

NHL’s Seattle expansion will fuel Canadians’ Gary Bettman fury | The Star - A look at what Gary Bettman has done and how to expand the NHL. Apparently it’s not going over as well in Canada as in the US.

Super Slow Mo: Week 10 | NHL.com - And away we go! Hi Austin Watson! Nice Tip! Random Ice Girl moment. Waiting.....Hi Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok! Welcome back Kyle and what a tip Jarny! More waiting....Hi Pekka Rinne! Oops. You and Juuse Saros had plenty of highlight saves last week though. Yawn. Ends with the cutest little Detroit Red Wings Fan. Are the guys NHL.com consider worthy of highlights coming back soon?

Devils place G Cory Schneider (abdominal strain) on IR | NHL | Sporting News - Poor Cory Schneider just cannot stay healthy. I always remember him mic’d up during the breakaway challenge at the Nashville All Star game. (On youtube.)

An NHL Player With an Unusual Side Gig: Writing Children’s Books | Wall Street Journal - ”The Maple LeafsZach Hyman wrote three children’s books while in the process of scoring 89 points in 210 NHL games.” This is so cool!

Seattle’s future NHL franchise name possibilities, ranked from Cougars to Kraken | Sporting News - Why is it that the Owners can’t see that the Kraken would sell an amazing amount of out of market merchandise? It isn’t any more minor league than the Golden Knights or the Wild or the Avalanche or the Stars. Come on Seattle! Give the total NHL fan base what they want!

Secrets to the Canadiens’ surprising success | ESPN - ”Montreal is one of the happiest surprises of 2018-19. What have been the biggest factors for its strong performance thus far?” Your thoughts on the answers? I think Carey Price has been fine, but $10.5M good....no.