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Though the Predators seemed calm about the suspension in their press quotes, I hope they take the anger they must be feeling and get lots of points for their friend.

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Smashville News:

Predators surprised by NHL's decision to suspend Filip Forsberg | Tennessean
I'm just guessing here, but I imagine "surprised" is the mildest emotion that the Predators are feeling about this suspension.

Preds Win Thriller Over Islanders After Roman Josi’s Overtime Winner | AtoZSportsNashville
Fantastic finish to a fantastic game last night. What a world we live in where Kevin Fiala now has the most goals on the team!

Preds Fans Looking At Price Increase For Season Tickets | NewsChannel 5 Nashville
At first glance, 2-4% doesn't seem like a lot. But as a ten game STH I can tell you that the playoff increases for non full or half STH are going to mean a choice between the Predators and a real vacation this summer. I know it's the price of success, but having been a 15 game STH since the Plaza Party, I feel like I'm being left behind too. (I won't harp on the high number of empty lower bowl seats at last Saturday's “sellout” game.)

Preds at 2018 All-Star Weekend | NHL.com
"Go behind the scenes with Peter Laviolette, Pekka RInne and P.K. Subban at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay." I'm not sure if this was posted already, but it is fun. I can't believe they left Gnash out of this piece!

Central Division News:

Still searching for goals, Brandon Saad dropped to Blackhawks' fourth line | Chicago Sun-Times
Looks like Brandon Saad is the latest addition to Q's doghouse. I wonder if he wishes he would have been left in Columbus.

Wild to be full strength tonight for just third time this season | StarTribune.com
The article is a few days old. I feel like you could change the team name and the players names and this article could be about half the teams in the league.

Blues see the Central Division race for what it is: 'Nuts' | stltoday.com
Again this week, our division is acknowledged to be crazy, nuts and hard. Some good information here on what the stretch runs look like for the Central Division teams. Fasten your seat belts!

Other Hockey News:

NHL Power Rankings: Mid-season Stanley Cup contenders and pretenders | ProHockeyTalk
The Nashville Predators are ranked fourth with no discernible weaknesses. Not to my surprise the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the top seven. If nothing else, please, please check out number 23.

NHL Trade Buzz: Lineup could be first of changes for Hurricanes | NHL.com
Do you think we made the cut with Nash?

Super Slo-mo: Week 17 | NHL.com
Another week of goaltenders looking beatable. Hi Preds - nice put back Smitty! That's it? Really? Ten goals in two games only giving up two and that's it?

Lack of NHL stars means chance at Olympic glory for unknown players | Los Angeles TImes
Personally, I'm looking forward to the stories of these lesser known athletes. The game times will be brutal though.

NHL executives rave about Seattle | king5.com
I would think with the large number of British Columbia players in the league this could be pretty exciting. It's practically a home game for Ryan Johansen.

Murray-Fleury hybrid jersey proves popular with fans | NHL.com
Personally I like the hybrid jerseys that feature one player's NHL and National team. This mash up feels a little creepy to me. Thoughts?