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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: The Long and Lonely Road

Four games into a six-game road trip, it feels like it’s been ages since the Predators played in front of the home fans.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Filip Forsberg is the most irreplaceable skater on the Nashville Predators | A to Z Sports Nashville
He'S NoT A StAr HE's jUsT a GOoD PlAyeR

Nashville Predators 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT): Forsberg Scores in OT, Preds Win Third Straight | On the Forecheck
The Preds did their best to let Chicago stay in the game, but a dominant 60 seconds of possession in overtime led to a victory for the good guys.

Central Division Roundup

Predators 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT): Toews, Seabrook, Bears LB Roquan Smith | Chicago Sun-Times
TL;DR: The Blackhawks are successfully walking the depressing tightrope between being a good team and being a contender for a top draft pick...exactly where their Central division rivals love for them to be.

Dallas Stars: Analytics have this year's Dallas Stars all over the NHL map. But what numbers really matter? | SportsDay
Dallas' CF%, SOG%, and SCF% are all bottom five in the West, yet they currently remain third in the division with 50 points in 44 games. Remember when the Avalanche led the league and then collapsed after their PDO regressed? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Back to business as usual for Blues: They dodge prosperity by losing at home | stltoday.com
I'll be perfectly honest, I have spent most of this hockey season forgetting that the St. Louis Blues exist.

Around the Hockeyverse

Bettman gifts expansion Seattle a draft and all-star game | CBC Sports
The Seattle SuperSeahawks have been promised an All-Star Game and NHL Draft within 7 years of their first season, 2021-22.

31 Thoughts: Pettersson, McDavid could test year-end awards thinking | Sportsnet.ca
Award season, angry coaches, trade speculation, and more in this week's 31 Thoughts.

NHL Power Rankings: Golden Knights jump into top five as Flyers approach league's cellar | CBSSports.com
Tampa Bay is ridiculous right now, but the rest of the cluster of teams that round out the top 10 are so close that it makes for great speculation early in the second half of the season.