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It’s that time of year where everyone wants to speculate wildly about who will win what, and we’re constantly reminded of how many Cups teams out of playoff contention have. It’s such a magical time of year.

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Hockey News & Notes

A Survey Of Pekka Rinne’s Case for the Vezina Trophy | On the Forecheck
Here's everything that should be taken into consideration about the Vezina race.

Now keeping that in mind...

#Pekka4Vezina

Preds Foundation, Make-A-Wish Grant Preds-Themed Wish | NHL
The Preds organization does so much. Even if you don’t like hockey or the team you have to respect what they do for the community. It’s really amazing.

Four things we learned in NHL: Luongo joins elite company | SportsNet
I feel like it’s important to always mention Luongo has the best Twitter personality in the league. There’s also some much deserved praise for Rinne and the Preds in here too.

NHL - Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman, Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty among top Norris Trophy candidates | ESPN
Drew Doughty could play four games, shatter his leg into a million pieces and they'd still throw the Norris at him. I know he's a great defenseman, but I'm not singing the Doughty praise. Maybe someone will make me a believer one day.

Also - "Duncan Keith is unequivocally having an off year" is in the running for biggest understatement of the season.

NHL wants situation room, not referees, to determine goalie interference | CBC Sports
"Managers want consistency" but so do we! SO DO WE!

I really thought George Parros was going to bring change to player safety, and I'm sure he has, but there's no consistency here either. If nothing else I hope Poile asked Parros for a side by side presentation of why Forsberg received a suspension, but Cobb put Jarnkrok out of commission and no one batted an eyelash. The people wanna know Georgie!

NHL - Center Ryan Getzlaf on Anaheim Ducks chasing another Stanley Cup, how parenthood complicates hockey | ESPN
"ESPN: How much do you pay attention to the standings?"

I would have tacked on "Are you afraid you'll be ousted by the Nashville Predators for the third straight post season?" But that's just me.

Ryan Donato shines in his NHL debut | Boston.com
Scores a goal in his NHL debut and is immediately sent back to classes the next day. Sometimes the NHL is just fun.

NHL Playoff Standings 2018: Latest Stanley Cup Odds and Wild-Card Predictions | Bleacher Report
I imagine we'll see some order shuffling between the Pacific and the Western Conference Wild Card spots before it's all said and done.

Did Washington’s governor leak the name of Seattle’s expansion NHL team?| CBS
And we thought Vegas had some terrible name ideas. Needless to say people were not thrilled...

Fans are already upset with the potential Seattle NHL team name | For The Win
Not thrilled! This is my favorite part of expansion talks. I live for the name drama, it gives me life!