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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Clinching SZN

The other day, I found a report I did on penguins when I was in the first grade. I showed my children...they made me burn it on the spot.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
My son got to choose the picture today.
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Nashville Predators News

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Please, More Rockford | On the Forecheck
While it once looked like Milwaukee's season would end early, they now find themselves in a tight race for a spot in the playoffs. With Miikka Salomäki and Austin Watson in town for conditioning, can they make it happen?

Super 16: Penguins surge in rankings | NHL.com
This is fair and honest assessment of the Nashville Predators right now.

Masterton Trophy nominations announced | NHL.com
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey. I've got to like the Predators chances when they nominate someone as incredible as Rocco Grimaldi.

Around Hockey

Capitals clinch playoff spot, spoil Hurricanes’ final Storm Surge – ProHockeyTalk
A loss to the clinching Washington Capitals meant there would be no storm surge for everyone's favorite bunch of jerks.

Healthier defense would make Byfuglien-sized difference for Jets | ProHockeyTalk
Ugh, not this guy again.

Blue Jackets thrash Canadiens, bump Montreal from 2nd wild-card spot | Sportsnet.ca
The Columbus Blue Jackets really needed to win this game. I, for one, can't understand why a team that made such bold moves at the trade deadline is in such a predicament in the first place.

Panthers' Brady Keeper hoping to inspire indigenous people in NHL debut | Sportsnet.ca
Sixty three cents in his pocket and an NHL contract in his luggage. This is a feel good story.

Stars' Ben Bishop day-to-day after suffering lower-body injury | Sportsnet.ca
This is probably not the time you want your starting goalie out. This is probably also the time the Predators don't want the Dallas Stars' backup goalie in.

[Ed: If you, like me, went “oh NO, AGAIN?” when Shaun said that because you’d lost track of whether the Preds and Stars played each other seventeen times or just sixteen back in February, they are in fact done going head-to-head for the regular season.]

Strange But True Stats: NHL numbers for the curious fan | TheHockeyNews
Some interesting numbers here. Take a look at the Predators entry!