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The Preds are 1-0-0 since I started my new job on Monday morning. Perhaps a portent of new things to come in Nashville?

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Nashville Predators News

Predators Sign Dante Fabbro to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract | NHL.com
It finally happened! The young defender from the Preds' 2016 draft class set personal bests in points and assists with a 7-26–33 stat line in his junior year at Boston University. Welcome to the organization, Mr. Fabbro!

The Predators' consistency with playoff berths is an impressive feat | A to Z Sports
Alex reminds us that despite rightfully high expectations among the fanbase, the Preds' history of just making the playoffs is something to be appreciated. Only three teams have a longer postseason berth streak than the Preds, and only three have as many or more trips to the playoffs since '03-04 than Nashville's twelve.

Central Division Roundup

Elimination lurks, but Blackhawks still dream of playoffs | Chicago Sun-Times
Tune in tonight to see the likely-final nail in the coffin of the Blackhawks' playoff hopes, as they play an elimination game of sorts against a Sharks team that scored 12 total goals in the first two meetings between these clubs.

Dallas Stars: There's one team the Stars (or anyone in the West) should not want to face in the playoffs | SportsDay
The answer is not Winnipeg, but in the increasingly likely event that we see a Jets-Stars first round series, Dallas has won three of four meetings this year. I'd be quite happy to let them dispatch Winnipeg for us. The Stars aren't an "easy" opponent by any means, but I personally like how the Predators match up with Dallas better than with 'Peg.

The 2018-19 Wild: Extremely unlucky or just not very good? - StarTribune.com
"the gap between the Wild’s actual 5-on-5 goals and expected goals is 37.62 goals – by far the largest negative margin in the NHL." This being the case, I would think that the answer is that the Wild are both extremely unlucky and not very good.

From last in the NHL to brink of the playoffs: What a long, strange trip it's been for Blues | St. Louis Blues | stltoday.com
St. Louis is trying to become just the sixth team in 20 years to go from last in points after January 1st to still making the playoffs. They're very close to clinching that reality.

Numbers favour Jets if playoffs bring rematch with Predators | Winnipeg Free Press
Yeah, well...you greatly overuse the letter 'U'. Ha!

Around the Hockeyverse

Stanley Cup Playoff Buzz: Maple Leafs look to pick up ground in Atlantic | NHL.com
Get caught up on the playoff picture and storylines as we near the final week of the NHL regular season.

Questions a new Senators president might have for Eugene Melnyk, NHL | Sportsnet.ca
Question 1: How are you so damned inept?

Question 2: Did you enjoy giving away the best lottery odds in the 2019 draft for a player who won't even be on the team anymore when the 2019 draft comes around?