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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: The January Slog

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I’m not much of a January person. The contrast to the anticipation and fun of the holidays is mind numbing. Hockey-wise, it’s too late in the season to be care free, but too early for the playoff run-up intensity. Bah Humbug!

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Smashville News:

Predators Acquire Forward Cole Schneider from Rangers | NHL.com — AHL moves are happening.

The Week That Was: Chapter 14 | On the Forecheck — Christopher checks in with why the Nashville Predators’ grades went way up last week.

Renaissance Road Warriors: Preds Photo Blog | NHL.com — Brooks Bratten has been adding photos and commentary to this piece during the latest road trip. C’est fini.

Nashville Predators: Viktor Arvidsson Needs More Love | Puck77 — ”In Josh Tessler’s newest post on Puck77, he talks about Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators and explains why he needs more league wide recognition.” He’s a thirty goal scorer NHL!!!

Weekly Edge: Let the Nashville Predators trade rumors commence! | AtoZ Sports Our friend Alex here with trade potentials, optimism about the road trip and nice words about Ryan Johansen.

Dog pictures just make me sad right now, but I wouldn’t leave you without a picture of the boys. You can totally tell who is the older dog by the manner in which they wait for their treats.

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Central Division News:

Coyotes-Blackhawks trade history a coincidence, say GMs | SI.com — “In the past 17 months, Arizona and Chicago have completed four trades involving 16 different players—and both GMs say it’s a coincidence.” Um hum. My favorite part is the first paragraph. I don’t believe in coincidence, so...

How Blackhawks power play went from dead last to NHL’s hottest | NBC Sports Chicago — Look, Predators—if these guys can turn it around so can you. Note that there is no mention of 20 passes to and from the point in the description of the Hawks’ power play.

Stars coach Jim Montgomery calls out ‘culture of mediocrity’ | USAToday.com — “Stars coach Jim Montgomery expressed frustration over an inability to ‘change the culture of mediocrity’ in Dallas after a loss to the lowly Blues.” Now the coach is piling on. When do the players get a chance for a rebuttal?

Ducks trade Andrew Cogliano to Stars for Devin Shore | ESPN.com — Here we go. This will help. Will this help? I got nothing.

Other Hockey News:

The Hurricanes are proving they have what it takes to snap their nine-year playoff drought | TheHockeyNews — Normally I would say “Could this be the year the ’Canes make it back to the playoffs?” After Sunday, I’m a believer.

What is the best line in the NHL right now? | ESPN.com There isn’t really any debate here, just statements. Every one of them took a different line, with one person hedging his bets with yet another distinct line. Our buddy Greg Wyshynski likes him some JOFA though.

Islanders rebound by pounding NHL-best Lightning | New York Post — You Go Trotzy!

Super Slow Mo: Week 14 | NHL.com — Here we go! Hi Pekka Rinne – nice photo op. A rare (double) goalie save. Hi Viktor Arvidsson – Arvy! Arvy! Arvy! Hello again Pekka Rinne – oh no. Hi Seth Jones – nice butt shot. Another rare goalie save – and it’s Pekka Rinne! Jake Allen, what are you doing out to the face off circle? (And we think Pekka rambles!) Nice recovery though. Hello yet again Peks – oh no again. Hi P.K. Subban – love the celly.

Burns, son Jagger, skate out on ice together for 1,000th game celebration | NHL.com — So cool. Remember little Jagger from the All Star game Breakaway competition? He took the pass from little Pavelski and scored the goal. Then he skated over to the camera and dropped the mitts. He finished it up with high fiving all the players. What a cutie! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Goalie and skater drop the gloves in junior hockey bout | Yahoo Sports — You don’t see this every day. The goalie got an extra penalty for taking off his helmet before the fight. Really? How is he supposed to see and how is the skater gonna throw without breaking his hand?