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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Big Returns Lead to No Returns

Big names were back on the ice, but goals and wins were not.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Predators activate P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson from injured reserve -
Maybe you live under a rock and hadn't heard this yet, but P.K. Subban and Viktor Arvidsson made their returns from the injured reserve list. Although it didn't translate into a win (or goals) it was nice to see them back.

Dallas Stars 2, Nashville Predators 0: Holiday Hangover - On the Forecheck
Miss the game last night? Don't bother watching it on your DVR, CBrooks has your recap right here! (Seriously, don't bother watching on your DVR.)

Around Hockey

Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews among captains for NHL All-Star Game -
Nathan MacKinnon has ascended to the Central Division Captain's throne. Who will represent the Predators?

Canadiens' Price sidelined with lower-body injury -
I'm going to assume this injury has nothing to do with Yannick Weber's recent engagement to Carey Price's sister.

Flames Takeaways: Gaudreau's painful hat trick could prove costly -
One of my favorite things is seeing goals scored on one of my least favorite athletes. Considering Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick against Connor Hellebuyck, I would should have watched this game at home instead of going to Bridgestone Arena, where a hat trick would have won the game.

Canada survives much stiffer test from Swiss after dominant opener -
“It was nothing to yodel over, but Team Canada survived another huge effort by the mighty chocolatiers from Switzerland on Thursday to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championships.” (I didn't write this, but I felt I couldn't improve on it...either way, Canada is dominating the world juniors.)

Penguins lock up Jake Guentzel with five-year, $30M extension – ProHockeyTalk
Seems like a bit much for Jake Guentzel. My guess is they wanted to avoid arbitration this summer and moved up a little more so they knew what they would have to work with capwise.

Lightning's Steven Stamkos breaks down wild win over Flyers | NBC Sports
Yes, depth, certainly not Nikita Kucherov (or Stamkos himself).

KHL team, CSKA Moscow appears to be preparing for a potential NHL lockout
Interesting take and certainly something I hadn't considered, but CSKA Moscow is already (and has always been) a powerhouse. It seems like they're just making smart moves for a potential future opportunity.

Year in Review: Top 10 NHL stories of 2018 - TheHockeyNews
None of these mention the Predators, but one of them does mention firing coaches. As of last night, Preds twitter was calling for Coach McCarthy's head. What say you?