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I was reminded of this little ditty by a recent discussion on whether a certain Preds defenseman is/will continue to be better than a certain former Preds blueliner...

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Nashville Predators News

Predators Announce Fan Programs for 2018-19 Season | NHL.com
The Preds have announced 17 official watch parties for away games at three different bars around the Nashville area, as well as a new program that gives college students discounts to Preds games and other benefits.

Austin Watson suspension: 27 games after misdemeanor domestic abuse | The Tennesseean
Austin Watson has received his punishment and will be sidelined for approximately 1/3 of the 2018-19 season. He can hypothetically rejoin the club for its December 3rd contest against the Buffalo Sabres.

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks' aging core desperately seeking a rebound this season | Chicago Sun-Times
Conversely, fans of other Central Division teams are desperately seeking a return to the good old days of the 1990s and 2000s when the Blackhawks were thoroughly unremarkable.

Colorado Avalanche beat San Jose Sharks 6-3 to close Vegas Rookie Faceoff | Mile High Hockey
Once again, the best takeaway from stories like these is that hockey is just around the corner! Just 3 weeks to go til the season opener!

Minnesota Wild to female fans: Your big purse is now a problem | Minnesota Public Radio News
A bit surprising to see backlash over a policy that is becoming more and more common across all of sport, but the author makes plenty of valid points.

Defenseman Schmaltz signs two-year deal with Blues | stltoday.com
A decent depth signing by St. Louis with the new season just around the corner and a less-than-stellar defensive group in the locker room.

Around the Hockeyverse

Bruins, Flames arrive for China Games | NHL.com
15 hour flights are bad enough, but it's even worse when you have to travel all that way before remembering that you're still teammates with Brad Marchand.

Stanley Cup Final odds: Here's who's favored to win it all in the 2018-19 NHL season | CBSSports.com
The Preds come in tied for fourth with Vegas and Washington at 11/1 odds. Hey, that's my birthday!

Jalen Ramsey hints at NHL collaboration after saying he could make league in six months | CBSSports.com
I'd better not comment, as a Ramsey hater who would be delighted to see him get plastered to the boards by any number of larger, physical NHLers.