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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Pre-”Postseason” Season

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The birds are chirping, Marchand is too, other teams are fighting for that which the Good Guys have already attained....it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators aren't suffering from complacency as NHL playoffs near
The Preds know the task at hand: win as many games as possible, or risk going on the road in later rounds. The competition should be stiff enough to keep the team from cakewalking until mid-April.

Nashville Enters Playoffs With Strongest and Deepest Team in Franchise History | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Dey good

Central Division Roundup

As stars age and decline, Blackhawks' short-term plan seems more like a prayer | Chicago Tribune
ICYMI: Dey not so good.

Dallas Stars: The key to Ken Hitchcock's style of coaching is something he might not have just yet with the Stars | SportsDay
"Ken Hitchcock defends his style as a lot like what Pittsburgh runs or Tampa Bay or Nashville." LOL

Brodeur named Co-GM for Team Canada | NHL
Blues Assistant General Manager Martin Brodeur is heading to Denmark for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jets organization says around 1,200 playoff tickets available for Round 1 games | Winnipeg Free Press
A million OTF bucks to whoever goes to one of their playoff games and chants "LET'S GO THRASHERS" the whole time.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery | Sportsnet.ca
Realizing I hardly know what it's like to be a fan of a hockey team that has no real vested interest in the draft lottery results...

Could Connor McDavid win the Hart Trophy on a non-playoff team? | Sportsnet.ca
Is his name still Connor McDavid? Is he still Canadian? I think we all know the answer is yes, he could. Fingers double super crossed that he doesn't though.

NHL Hart Trophy race: Nathan MacKinnon, Taylor Hall hold slim edge in MVP free-for-all | NHL | Sporting News
Well I'm sure they'll have plenty of time at home to practice their acceptance speeches before the NHL Awards.