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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 |
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 |
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 |
"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 |
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 |
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 |
This was clipped a few days ago. If you didn't read it then, read it now. #weareallHumboldt