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Tuesday’s Dump and Chase: Get Your Motor Running

Dear Predators, both offense and defense need to be ready to roar at puck drop. This is the playoffs - 30 minutes won’t win. Sincerely, A Fan

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Smashville News:

Predators Leave Nashville, Head To Denver For Games 3 & 4 | NewsChannel 5 Nashville
I love this tradition! Good job everyone who made it out to the airport to wish players, staff and broadcasters the best of good luck.

Preds Sign Forward Tyler Gaudet : NHL
Probably a depth contract for the Milwaukee Admirals, but you never know. I always love the non-drafted success stories a la Freddy Gaudreau.

They Said It: Top Preds Quotes Ahead of Game 3 | NHL.com
Say what you will, but our guys are always right on the bullet points. (As well they should be since the points seem to be the same every game.)

Predators: They start in a fog, betray Pekka Rinne, lose game 3 to Avs | Tennessean
Really, after staying up past one to watch the game and find a review for the D&C, I have nothing to add. There is no sugar coating here and he's right. Time to take care of our business.

And now for our weekly dose of cuteness - Dozer getting pets and in the second picture, Doug sets sail on an adventure.

Pool day with mom & dad

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Central Division News:

The ultimate hockey fan cave might be in O'Fallon, Mo. basement | St. Louis Public Radio
I could actually see us doing this in a part of our finished basement - we just don't have enough memorabilia!

Dallas Stars: Stars need next coach to do what Ken Hitchcock wouldn't | SportsDay
If this is the case, it doesn't look like Barry Trotz would be a good fit for the next coach.

St. Louis Blues season in review | stltoday.com
St. Louis Today brings a well written and fairly comprehensive review of the roller coaster season of the Saint Louis Blues. What do you think, will Carter Hutton re-sign or move on?

Disruptive air travel makes road games all the worse | Winnipeg Free Press
"I’ve never really been in the business of making excuses." Then he does. I don't disagree that the travel had some impact, but give credit to the Minnesota Wild. They played like a team possessed in Game 3.

Other Hockey News:

Golden Knights knew Kings couldn't sustain early push, finish strong for 3-0 series lead | Las Vegas Sun Newspaper
CC: Nashville Predators. The Jets will be coming even harder and with more scoring talent than L.A.

NHL playoffs: Linesman Steve Barton suffers serious leg injuries | USAToday.com
"Linesman Steve Barton will need surgery on a dislocated knee cap and torn quadriceps suffered when he nicked a Columbus forward's skate while skating backwards." Wow! That's a lot of injury for a little contact. Steve Barton has had a tough season. All the best for a quick recovery.

Capitals optimistic about comeback entering Game 3 against Blue Jackets | NHL.com
They may be the only ones.

Doomsday rankings: Which winless playoff team has the worst comeback odds? | The Hockey News
Three guesses and the first two don't count. I totally disagree with Toronto as the best odds of this group. He must either be a Maple Leafs fan or writing for them.

Super Slow Mo: Playoffs Week 1 | NHL.com
Hi Ryan Johansen on the Hulu commercial! Hello for old time's sake James Neal's red beard. Hello Mike Fisher - Lookin' good! Hi Pekka Rinne - Awesome! Hi Filip Forsberg - Un-&%&-ing believable! Hi again Peks - Somebody give the man a little help please! Hello David Pastrnek - Nice try but you aren't Filip Forsberg. Hi P.K. Subban and Peks - Sweet!

Humboldt crash: A tiny town tries to cope through unimaginable tragedy | SI.com
This was clipped a few days ago. If you didn't read it then, read it now. #weareallHumboldt