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The lineup may look a little different, but the Preds are still suffering from woes of old.

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Hockey News & Rants

Nashville Predators 0, St. Louis Blues 2: Frustrated Preds Shut Out in St. Louis | On The Forecheck
This one was ugly. Juuse Saros deserved much better.

Predators: Wayne Simmonds gets familiar with Nashville teammates | The Tennessean
I think Simmonds will fit in well here. He knows P.K. Subban; they’ve played together before. He’s played for Peter Laviolette. He made some moves last night on the power play. In a better game I’m excited to see what he can really do.

Predators power-play helped by Wayne Simmonds, Mikael Granlund trades | The Tennessean
Wayne Simmonds took a shot on his first power play with the Preds, which is already a huge improvement.

Huge.

Penguins vs. Blue Jackets 2019 odds: Pittsburgh underdog at Columbus | SBNation.com
Oh man. The irony of this headline and what actually happened...

CBJ’s playoff dreams are dead...for now.

Could Corey Crawford's Return Spark A Blackhawks Rally For A NHL Wild Card Spot? | Forbes
Despite how awful the Blackhawks have been, if Crawford is healthy and they can squeeze into the playoff race, they could be dangerous.

I’m a broken record, but never underestimate Chicago.

2019 trade deadline grades for all 31 NHL teams | ESPN
I do believe Columbus grades a lot lower after Tuesday night’s loss.

Just...ouch.

Innovations allow NHL to stage outdoor games almost anywhere | Chicago Tribune
Capable of having outdoor games almost anywhere, you say?

“All right, well, make sure Chicago is willing to play almost anywhere and book it.” – The NHL, probably.

Staal agrees to two-year contract with Wild | NHL
Because why not?

The NHL says hockey is for everyone. It’s Kim Davis’ job to help make that a reality | For The Win
The league taking more social responsibility to move in a more socially conscious direction is a good thing. Openly admitting to mistakes shows they’re taking it seriously.

Lightning don’t mess with success prior to Trade Deadline | NHL
Why should they?

It’s a lot of effort just to win the Presidents’ Trophy and then lose in the second round.

Which NHL teams hold most draft picks after 2019 trade deadline? | SportsNet
You get a draft pick, and you get a draft pick, and you get a draft pick. Draft picks for everyone...well...not everyone.