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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: The Swing Game

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Tied 2-2 and trying to take the advantage at home, or down 3-1 just trying to stay alive? What’s it gonna be, Preds?

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Nashville Predators News

Predators vs Jets: Winnipeg shocks Nashville with Game 3 comeback win | The Tennesseean

Just in case you forgot exactly what the Preds _shouldn't_ do tonight.

Predators need to regroup vs. Jets, not replace Pekka Rinne | The Tennesseean
I don't agree that Pekka has been "right around average", especially in this series, but this is a decent response to silly fan narrative that Pekka should be (or has a chance to be) replaced in these playoffs.

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks were painfully close to winning 2018 NHL draft lottery | Second City Hockey
Looking at this article it sure seems like they were. We can all wipe the sweat off our collective brow, however.

Did the Stars just hire the Jason Garrett of hockey? New coach Jim Montgomery likes to preach 'The Process' | SportsDay
But did the Stars properly emphasize the Process when they were in the Process of hiring Montgomery? Asking the real questions now.

Jets deliver another classic performance in pleasing series with Predators - Sportsnet.ca
"Pleasing" because they had a goalie absolutely commit highway robbery for them in Game 1 and benefit from some good fortune and an opponent meltdown in Game 3? Alrighty then.

Around the Hockeyverse

Wilson suspended three games, out for Capitals in Game 4 | NHL.com
Wouldn't have really expected more than three games this time of year. Good job DoPS. You didn't totally blow it!

The Great Hate: Animosity between Caps, Pens taking spotlight off of showcase series for NHL | The Hockey News
"It seems that no playoff series can truly begin anymore until both teams get a nice, healthy hate-on for one another and start dragging the game down into the mud."

And hey, the refs heavily policing the first couple games of the series could really help with this, but what do I know?