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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Fire.Emoji

I had my share of unhappy thoughts when the US Mens’ Team dropped their opening game to Slovenia, but it paled in comparison with the rest of the internet.

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Predators' thrilling comeback symbolizes resilience, potential | The Tennessean
"Before he exited the dressing room, Laviolette left this with his players to chew on — play to your potential and we easily can score three goals."

Olympics Coverage

Olympics 2018: What do Team USA’s and Russia’s upset hockey losses mean? -
It means we extra have no idea who's going to medal.

Column: Olympic hockey with all the excitement of the AHL | Sports |
At least Anze Kopitar is happy.

Meet the newest women's hockey star, Alina Muller | Fansided
The Swiss player is setting all kinds of records at the Olympics and will be in the NCAA next year.

How to Fix Olympic Ice Hockey - The New York Times
There are some interesting ideas here, but I can't imagine any of them happening.

Around the NHL

David Perron on Why Players Resist Analytics & Player Tracking | HockeyBuzz
This is an interesting conversation with Perron about player understanding and usage of analytics.

Report: Kings shopping for mid-level scoring winger after Phaneuf deal |
Like say a Marian Gaborik?

Yeo hopes best is yet to come for Tarasenko | St. Louis Blues |
This is the most "bzuh?"-worthy thing I think I've seen Yeo say.

The Blackhawks have fallen; here's how they will get back up | ESPN
How about they just stay down...

Under new owner, Hurricanes embrace Hartford Whaler history | NBC Sports
I don't have any real opinion on this besides that it's cool how active the new ownership has been trying to revitalize the franchise.

‘Snow Must Go:’ Islanders fans raise money to protest GM – ProHockeyTalk
One retweet by Greg Wyshynski later and they hit their goal.

Penguins GM confident team will add centre before deadline -
Does his name rhyme with Smatt Smullen?