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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Wild ’n Out

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In which our heroes prepare for a home game against the Wild, Mikko Rantanen is ‘week-to-week’ with a lower body injury, and Aleksander Barkov is somehow still underrated.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Rinne, Preds, 365 Fund Donate Over $500,000 to Children’s Hospital | Nashville Predators
Good guy Rinne doing good guy Rinne things. Can he please be my dad?

Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis off to strong start, leads team | Tennessean
I think Ryan Ellis definitely took a lot of the criticism from last year to heart. He’s been excellent so far this year, as he currently leads the team in points with 12 through 9 games.

Dubnyk to miss WIld game against Predators with upper-body injury | NHL.com
No Dub-step tonight. So you know we’re about to get stonewalled by Stalock.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen week-to-week with lower-body injury | Sportsnet
Ouch.

NHL.com players poll: Barkov of Panthers most underrated | NHL.com
Ahem....

BARKOV IS NO LONGER UNDERRATED YOU CLOWNS. HE’S BEEN “UNDERRATED” FOR LIKE THE LAST 3 SEASONS.

Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews calls out team after Bruins loss | Sportsnet
With all the debates raging around the Toronto Maple Leafs these days, there is one topic where you’ll find unanimous consensus. They’ve played better than the results have shown.

Also, can you imagine getting called out by someone who looks like Auston Matthews? How could you even keep a straight face?

Sharks’ Logan Couture torches teammates for ‘selfish shifts’ | Yahoo Sports
Speaking of call outs...

Montreal Canadiens F Tomas Tatar suffers LBI blocking shot in practice | TSN
Given the injury history behind his shot... this had to be Shea Weber, right?

Salary erosion: Six big-money veterans struggling to produce early in 2019-20 | The Hockey News
Sergei Bobrovsky has been off to a rough start since signing a mega-deal with the Florida Panthers over the summer. He’s just one of many veterans on big-money deals that need to find their groove after slow starts to the season.

Cracks starting to appear in Oilers lineup despite strong season start | Sportsnet
It seems that the Heel James Neal can’t score multiple goals every game.

Winnipeg Jets claim D Luca Sbisa off waivers | TSN
Well... it looks like the Jets will turn to just about anyone in order to cure their defensive struggles.

Surging Sabres not fearing repeat of last year’s collapse | Pro Hockey Talk
10 games in, the Sabres are leading the Eastern Conference with a 8-1-1 record. Surely nothing could go wrong, right?