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Monday’s Dump and Chase: The Canadian Road Trip Continues

The Preds face the Maple Leafs tonight in the hockey hotspot of Toronto.

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Nashville Predators News

NHL Central Division Roundup: Week Thirteen - On the Forecheck
Kate has your Central Division Roundup for last week.

Ads Undefeated in New Year
Emil Pettersson scored two goals and added an assist to help the Milwaukee Admirals to a 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday. Here’s the recap.

Preds Roundtable: Josi, Ekholm | NHL.com
In this weird therapy session-eque video, Hal Gill explains to Willy Daunic why Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm have become the Preds’ two best defensemen at creating offense.

Around the League

Hurricanes hand Senators eighth straight loss
It sounds like Matt Duchene and Mark Stone need rescuing from Ottawa.

Ehlers out at least one month for Jets with upper-body injury
Nikolaj Ehlers will be out at least one month for the Winnipeg Jets. This is a pretty big loss for our Central Division foe.

Pettersson has sprained knee, could be back with Canucks in two weeks
Ok, no injury is good. However, this is way less bad than we all originally thought. Canucks fans were acting like Jesperi Kotkaniemi amputated Pettersson's leg on the ice.

Canadiens defy low expectations with surprisingly solid first half
I'll admit that I didn't think Montreal would be this good midway through the season.

Maple Leafs' Michael Hutchinson to start on Monday vs. Predators - Sportsnet.ca
Michael Hutchinson will make a third straight start Monday in place of injured No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen and backup Garret Sparks when Toronto hosts the Nashville Predators tonight. The newcomer has not lost for the Leafs yet.

2018-19 NHL Midseason Awards: The trophy picks so far - TheHockeyNews
The Hockey News picks the 2018-2019 award winners here. I'll admit that I've been reluctant to talk about Pekka Rinne's incredible season lest I curse him, but Rinne should remain a Vezina candidate this season.

Contract talks for Senators' Matt Duchene have cooled off - Sportsnet.ca
I know a team that could use a mint-condition Matt Duchene.

World Juniors: underdogs no more, Finland wins gold again - TheHockeyNews
It's pretty good to see Eeli Tolvanen and the rest of the Finnish team wearing gold medals. The game itself was a thriller, with the United States battling back to tie the game in the third period.

World juniors: underdog Kazakhstan relegates Denmark - TheHockeyNews
The young men from Kazakhstan played their hearts out and were rewarded.

Opinion: Keep Chicago Blackhawks out of Winter Classic for time being
We've been saying this all along: stop giving the Blackhawks the Stadium or Winter Classic Games. The Chicago Blackhawks have played outdoors six times and are 1-5 in those games, including 0-4 in the Winter Classic. Give another NHL team a chance.

The Preds face the Maple Leafs tonight at 6:00 in Toronto. Look for the preview later today!

Have a great week, folks!