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Yesterday may not have been the Predators' best game stats-wise, but we’ll take the two and move on.

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Smashville News:

Nashville Predators 4, Colorado Avalanche 1: Rinne Backstops Preds to Road Victory | On the Forecheck - Kate recaps yesterday’s matinee with the Colorado Avalanche. While not pretty, it still counts for two. Also, as Kate says, “PEKKA. RINNE.”

Laviolette wins 600th as Preds beat Avs | TSN.ca - Congratulations to Peter Laviolette on becoming the second US-born coach to reach 600 wins! Now go get Torts!

The power play is the most frustrating attribute of this year’s Predators | A to Z Sports - Our friend Alex with interesting, and by interesting I mean dismal, statistics on the Nashville Predators' power play.

The Week That Was: Chapter 15 | On the Forecheck - It was a mixed bag for the Nashville Predators in Week 15.

One from the archives this week. Look at my man Doug run!

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Central Division News:

Blackhawks assistant Barry Smith moving to front office after NHL All-Star break | Second City Hockey - Deck chairs continue to move on the USS Chicago Blackhawks.

A mountain to climb awaits the Dallas Stars on the other side of the NHL All-Star break | SportsDay - Check out the tone as the article begins and how it circles around to end.

Fenton is Hoping Rask will be the next Niederreiter, and he’s wrong. | Hockey Wilderness - A look at the Nino Niederreiter trade for Victor Rask from our compatriots at Hockey Wilderness. Let’s just say they are not impressed.

Other Hockey News:

St. Louis named special teams consultant with Blue Jackets | NHL.com - ”Former NHL forward Martin St. Louis was named special teams consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.” Wait. There are special team consultants to be hired? Why do we not avail ourselves of this resource?

Understanding trade rules and the NHL trade deadline | DK Pittsburgh Sports - This is a great, easy to understand primer on rules for the trade deadline. It includes clauses, salary retention, waivers, player reimbursements and more. Enjoy!

McKenzie on Oilers: ‘Bleak situation in Edmonton | Nichols on Hockey - Wow. Just wow. I know it’s a lot of guaranteed money, but I have wondered why Connor McDavid didn’t go for a shorter term. Maybe he put too much weight on the playoff appearance?

Super Slow Mo: Week 15 | NHL.com - The write up says there will be Predators highlights, so here we go! Waiting....Hi Viktor Arvidsson. Nice tip—better celly. King Henry with the goalie save! Hi Pekka Rinne. Rats. Waiting....Kuzy celly—love it! Oh Filip Forsberg! Filthy goal that should be X rated. Hi Juuse Saros. Oops. Hello Pekka Rinne. Rats again. I am not sure that netted out as a highlight reel.

Pavelski builds on humble roots to become all-star at 34 for Sharks | NHL.com - I am a Joe Pavelski fan (as long as he’s not playing the Predators). I did not know most of this background.

Look for Seattle NHL team to hire a GM this summer rather than next | The Seattle Times - Interesting choice. Hire this year or wait to see who else is available next year. I didn’t realize how many experienced people were available. I say go early so you can then lock in Coach Q.