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Hey now, hey now, the dream is over*...

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Nashville Predators News

The 2017-18 Nashville Predators: Looking Back and Looking Forward - On the Forecheck
Need a pick me up? Our very own Rachel K has just what the doctor ordered!

Rinne feels responsible for Predators loss to Jets in Game 7
Here's a pretty good round up of post game comments by Pekka Rinne and P.K. Subban. I'm proud of P.K for stepping up and defending him. I'm also glad to hear that Peter Laviolette came in and gave him a hug, because that man looked like he needed one.

The Journey Through Grief: The Six Needs of Mourning - Center for Loss & Life Transition
I'm not trying to make light of death, but many people are having a very hard time with the transition from being "in the hunt" to being "on the golf course". Try to figure out where you are on the stage progression and see what you can do to make it through the process.

Prediction: This won’t end well...

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Predators: This season in final analysis: Failure, with benefits
Thoughts from Joe Rexrode on the topic du jour.

Predators: 3 reasons why Nashville was eliminated from NHL playoffs
I don't disagree with Adam Vingan. I think he speaks the truth quite often and this is one of those times.

Predators pay price for home-ice failures against Jets
Check out these 5 Keys to a Home-Ice Collapse...then move on quickly.

Nick Bonino Added to 2018 U.S. Men's National Team
Do you want more Nick Bonino? I know I do! Well, we don't have to wait until next season, we can watch him at the IIHF Worlds. US schedule is included in this article.

IIHF - Two Preds for Switzerland
This has a lot of people talking. Kevin Fiala was part of a line that noticeably underperformed during the playoffs. Roman Josi was either "Beatles coming to America" hot or "Vanilla Ice reimagines 'Ice Ice Baby' as a rap-rock song" cold. Maybe a different level of competition will bring about a better result.

Predators set TV ratings record in Game 7 loss to Winnipeg Jets
Nashville continues to show love for the Nashville Predators. Maybe, at some point, our status as a "Hockey Town" will stop being questioned.

Mayor Briley lost a hockey bet to Winnipeg's mayor that saw him surrender his Twitter account for an hour.
With stereotypical Canadian niceness, the tweets were not a savage troll job. Realistically, things got really boring, really quick.

Around Hockey

Capitals vs. Lightning: Three questions facing each team – ProHockeyTalk
Considering Game 1 is already in the books, I'd say both teams will still have to answer a lot of these questions. Most importantly, I'd add that a great question for the Tampa Bay Lightning is, "Is anyone going to play in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy?"

Jets face quick turnaround to host Vegas in Western finals
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have been resting for what seems like a month now. I'm interested to see the difference between the "fresh from the battlefield" Winnipeg Jets and the "chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool and shootin' some b-ball outside the school" Golden Knights.

NHL makes history with new blood in conference finals - ABC News
Having some new and different names in the mix for each conference's championship may be depressing because the Nashville Predators are out, but I think it's actually good for the league. New teams getting a shot satiates old fans and helps cement the love of hockey in new fans.

"Mama Luccia! Mama Luccia!" | by Brooks Orpik
Most of what Brooks Orpik says about their two previous playoff runs would be good lessons for the Nashville Predators and the entire fan base to read. Take a deep breath, let it soak in, and carry on until October.

In totally unrelated news, Happy Birthday to my wife (next Friday). I’m sorry the Predators couldn’t get you that trophy you wanted, but they said they’d try again next year.

*I am aware of the actual lyrics to the Crowded House song.