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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Saturday Slumps

Another Saturday Night in Smashville. Another half-hearted performance.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators 2, Columbus blue Jackets 5: Nashville’s Win Streak Comes To An Ugly End | On The Forecheck
The division lead was within the Preds’ grasp yet again, and yet again they decided to lay an egg. This team is infuriating at times.

Preds Official Podcast: Nichol Shares Expectations for Fabbro, Pitlick | Nashville Predators
Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis discuss the significance of the Predators clinching their fifth consecutive playoff berth, while Admirals GM Scott Nichol explains why the club signed Rem Pitlick and Dante Fabbro.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Vince Dunn scores late in OT, Blues beat Devils 3-2 | ESPN

Canadiens remain in playoff hunt with win over Jets | Sportsnet
Every cloud has a silver lining, I suppose.

Alex Ovechkin scores 50 goals in a season for the eighth time in his career | The Washington Post
I’ve said it many times before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times before I leave this Earth. He’s the best goal scorer of all time. Period. End of discussion.

Longtime N.H.L. Powers Adjust to the View From the Bottom | The New York Times
If any of you need a pick me up this morning, The New York Times threw a big, 1000+ word, pity party for the Ducks, Kings, and Blackhawks yesterday. I mean, just look at how delicious this lede is.

“From 2009 to 2018, the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks combined for 27 playoff appearances, nine trips to Western Conference finals and five Stanley Cups. With one week left in the N.H.L. regular season, the Kings sit last in the conference with the Ducks directly in front of them, while the Blackhawks find themselves in the Central Division cellar for the second straight season.”

Coyotes sign forward Nick Schmaltz to seven-year extension | Sportsnet
Speaking of Chicago, the former Blackhawk will reportedly carry a cap hit of $5.85 million.

NHL Power Rankings - the hidden MVP for all 31 teams | ESPN
At what point does Mattias Ekholm stop being underrated? This is a classic case of Barkov-syndrome, where people keep saying that a certain player is underrated year after year after year.

Andreas Athanasiou Is So Frickin’ Fast | Deadspin
So Detroit should definitely be tanking at this point of the year, but Andreas Athanasiou and his rocket-boosted skates don’t give a damn about your tank.

Blackhawks’ DeBrincat fires his way into noteworth company with 40-goal sophomore season | The Hockey News
*Sigh*... This guy is going to be a thorn in our side for a long time going forward.

Sabres demote former 1st-round pick Thompson | ESPN
Woof... 2019 has not been kind to the Buffalo Sabres. Tage Thompson, who is in the midst of a 23-game goal drought with the Sabres, has been sent down to the minors.