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Friday’s Dump & Chase: On The Road Again

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The Preds are hitting the road this weekend for a little west coast swing.

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Nashville Predators 6, Washington Capitals 5: Offense Comes Alive in High-Scoring Win l OnTheForecheck
This one got rowdy, and just when it looked like the Preds were going to slide into habits of old, they pulled out a win. Goals from Ryan Johansen, Nick Bonino, Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm, and a big first goal in gold for Matt Duchene.

If every game is like this one, we’re in for a fun season.

Daniel Carr in, Rocco Grimaldi out, Calle Jarnkrok to top line for Predators l The Tennessean Rocco Grimaldi was a game-time decision that saw Daniel Carr making his regular-season debut for the Preds, and he did just fine. I imagine we’ll be seeing more of him.

[Video] Filip Forsberg sets Predators franchise record l The Tennessean
I was hesitant about breaking up Forsberg, Johansen, and Viktor Arvidsson, but as it turns out he’s still Fil and still doing Filip Forsberg things right next to his new line mates.

Big Data Is Coming to the National Hockey League l The Wall Street Journal
I remember reading about this earlier this year and it looks like it could happen as soon as this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll see how it goes...

Kings coach has an ominous message for his players after blowout loss to Canucks l Los Angeles Times
Coming into this season after being one of the worst teams in the league I expected the Kings to at least beat the one team in the league I usually forget exists 70-something games out of the season. Alas...

Meanwhile the Ducks are trending to be the only team in California that remembered how to play hockey this season. What a time!

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus small-sample revelations for every team | ESPN
This list has the Preds falling from number 5 to number 9, but I’m assuming this was mostly drafted before they scored 19 goals in four games to start the season. If not...stats and sample sizes are garbage and the Preds rule all!

Sakic excited about NHL Stadium Series at Falcon Stadium | Denver Post
Try not to focus on the fact that the LA Kings are still bad and get to play in a stadium series, and try to focus on how happy the Avs are they get to play in one at home.

NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league | USA Today
Adding dogs to the rosters is the best thing that’s ever happened to the league and I’ll drop gloves with anyone who disagrees. Hockey pups forever!

NHL, Disney Streaming Services introduce new digital experience for fans | NHL
If Disney can just add a NHL add-on to their streaming subscription I can cancel everything else and live happily ever after.

Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal GK Petr Cech inks deal with English hockey team | ESPN
It’s like a reverse European version of Happy Gilmore.