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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Recharge

Please excuse my crankiness. I simply detest 9:00 PM puck drops.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Can Predators be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? | Sportsnet
For any of you analytics nuts out there, this is the article for you. Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire dives into the underlying numbers to find out if the Nashville Predators are contenders or not, and what exactly is plaguing the power play.

Getting to Know You: Brian Boyle | Nashville Predators
Did you know that Brian Boyle is one of 13(!) children?

Preds Official Podcast: Mike Fisher Chats Fatherhood; Poile Talks Trades | Nashville Predators
Man...they really missed an opportunity here to ask him about his stance on medical marijuana.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Oilers’ Gretzky puts money where his mouth is with latest moves | Sportsnet
In acquiring Sam Gagner and hitting the reset button on Jesse Puljujärvi, interim general manager Keith Gretzky is showing that he’s putting his money where his mouth is.

New York Islanders to play potential first round series at Nassau Coliseum | ESPN
If the New York Islanders make the playoffs, they’ll begin their postseason run playing their first-round home games on Long Island at the Nassau Coliseum, which is great news! Unfortunately if the Islanders make it past the first round, all subsequent home games will be played in that abomination known as The Barclays Center.

All signs still point to Simmonds exiting Philadelphia | TSN
TSN still has Nashville and Winnipeg as contenders in the Wayne Simmonds rental sweepstakes, but ultimately I think he’ll land in either Tampa Bay or Boston if he goes anywhere.

Skinner focused on present in Buffalo rather than future | ProHockeyTalk
This sounds like a guy who knows that he’s going elsewhere.

The Lightning’s dominance might cost Kucherov the Hart Trophy | TheHockeyNews
So can’t win the Hart if your team doesn’t make the playoffs, but if your team makes the playoffs too easily you’re also disqualified from the trophy? Who came up with these arbitrary unwritten rules? Goldilocks?

NHL First Timer: Episode 4 |
I absolutely love these. Admitted hockey hater Paul Marlow attends his first NHL game as Paul Bissonnette and former soccer star Jay DeMerit try to change his mind.

Sabres’ Kyle Okposo Knocked Out Of Game After Taking One Punch From Rangers’ Tony DeAngelo | Deadspin
Given Okposo’s medical history, he really shouldn’t be fighting anyone.