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Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Glory and Tragedy

The Nashville Predators will close out the regular season tonight with the presentation of the President’s Trophy, but the ripples of sadness from the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash will be felt across entire reach of the sport.

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NHL: Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Humboldt Broncos’ Bus Crash

"Multiple fatalities" confirmed in Humboldt Broncos bus crash - Article - TSN
A terrible tragedy is rocking the hockey community as the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has been involved in an accident resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries. Please send your prayers to the players, coaches, staff and the families of all those involved in this horrific catastrophe. This story is still developing as I submit this.

Nashville Predators News

Nashville mayor pays shipping for catfish sent to NHL office by angry fan
She did what most of us wanted to do. I'm glad she got reimbursed and not arrested...considering what happened in Pittsburgh last year.

Uncommon path should ease NHL learning curve for Tolvanen
Great article about Eeli Tolvanen. I hope we get to see the fireworks before his 9 games are up. I've got the chant ready (in English and Finnish) just in case. Daa dirlin dirlin daa.

Deep roster from savvy moves opens wide window for Predators – ProHockeyTalk
Our depth and how we got it is reviewed in this article. While the article is very complimentary of of Peter Laviolette, the man behind the man, as we all know, is David Poile.

Here’s some more words from the man himself:

Predators will feel at home in playoffs after winning Presidents' Trophy
Home ice all the way to the big dance. Smashville, you know what to do. Bring your "A" cheering game. Leave your "woos" for the bachelorette parties on the pedal taverns. Our last rehearsal starts tonight at 7:00.

Speaking of Pre(d)sidents, could this be a Catfish habitat?

Magic Number Tracker: Finish Line - On the Forecheck
To quote Coolio, "Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'".

Predators in the Wild: Vae Victis Edition - On the Forecheck
Check out Hayley's outstanding look back on the last few months!

The Weekender: Coda - On the Forecheck
Dan Bradley's always entertaining thoughts on the upcoming postseason, some Craig Smith love, cats vs dogs, and dynasty building in this weekend’s, The Weekender.

Join On the Forecheck’s Bracket Challenge!

NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge
On the Forecheck is excited to announce our own Stanley Cup Bracket Challenge! Follow the link, create an account and join our challenge! You can also join from the NHL app on your phone.

Our League: On The Forecheck

Password: forecheck

Do you think you have what it takes to be the King or Queen of the Forecheckers? Think you know more than Kate R and Bobby Misey? I guarantee you'll beat me...handily. How high will you finish? Bring all your family and friends!

Our first place finisher will be featured in an exclusive "Fan Spotlight" article over the summer! Imagine the fame, notoriety, and riches that will come your way! Win or lose, we've loved the Predators, argued, agreed, celebrated, and mourned all season long together. Let's have some fun and talk some smack (and give us some reasons to watch the Eastern Conference games). Bracket should be up by April 9th, so go ahead and join now!

Around Hockey

NHL announces possible Game 83 if Flyers and Panthers tie in standings - CBSSports.com
A statistician's wet dream could enact an Extinction Level Event from the perspective of the league by triggering an 83rd game. Take a look at how the final playoff spot would be determined. Keep in mind that the Philadelphia Flyers only need a point tonight to stop the playoff from happening. Of course, it would make a great story line...and we all know how much the NHL likes the Florida Panthers story line right now.

Sedins give Canucks fans a final magic moment
Daniel Sedin and his genetic replica, Henrik Sedin, had an incredible finish to their final home game in Vancouver. In retrospect, it was so perfect, it almost seemed like it could have been orchestrated...but we could never accuse the NHL of that kind of stuff.

Shameless Plug

I post on twitter under the handle @SCSOTF. When my life allows it, I try to live post during Preds games, occasionally say something entertaining, sometimes give live updates at practice, and my son has formed an adorable friendship with Ryan Ellis. Give me a follow if you need more nonsense in your life. If you want really insightful analysis, you should follow my occasional writing partner, Kate R, who can be found at @statswithkate.

Speaking of Ryan Ellis,

Minutiae

-If you have to stay up and work on something, ask Alexa to play some old school rap. Amazon music has several great playlists...tell your young’uns to earmuff it.

-Are you headed to the game tonight? If you win any of the Fan Appreciation promotions contact me on twitter and maybe I can work out a story on the experience.

-Have any awesome experiences at home games or other Predators events this year? Want to say thanks or give some credit where credit is due? Contact me on twitter for involvement in a potential story.