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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Flu Season

After months of fighting the flu epidemic, my body has finally succumbed this week. While the boys rest up on their three-day hockey break, I’ll do the same.

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NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators announce name for new rink in Bellevue | The Tennessean
The creatively-named Ford Ice Center Bellevue will be large enough to host USA Hockey events as well as the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase this September.

Devan Dubnyk says Ryan Johansen is making a 'mockery' of the shootout with slow approach | CBSSports.com
In which a former Nashville Predator and current member of Paul Fenton's Minnesota Predators whines and hollers about the shootout tactics of a current Nashville Predator.

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks take last swing at lineup change to save their season | Chicago Sun-Times
I don't know...with four losses in their past five games and a stranglehold on last place in the Central, it sure seems like the Blackhawks have privately given up on trying that hard to win games.

Colorado Avalanche lose Nikita Zadorov to an upper body injury | Mile High Hockey
This further cements my belief that the Avs will manage to fall short of both the playoffs and good odds in the draft lottery with their own pick. It's their saving grace (and probably their safety net for continuing to chase the playoffs so hard) that they will own Ottawa's very high pick in June.

Dallas Stars: 'We won't forget about that next year': Rowdy finish to Stars-Rangers leaves lingering issues between sides | SportsDay
That was quite a donnybrook initiated by a team going absolutely nowhere this season. Shameful play.

Kevin Fiala shows Wild — and his former team — what he can do – Twin Cities
I'm glad they're happy now...let's check back in a month or two when Minny's season is over.

‘He’s a Jet’: Sami Niku to stick with Winnipeg Jets - Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca
They needed a Silly Names/60 boost.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL Power Rankings: Bruins, Maple Leafs stay hot, overtake Flames and Sharks in top five - CBSSports.com
Checking in at #6 like last week are your Nashville Predators.

Hockey Canada announces roster for Women's World Championships | Sporting News
Canada will be looking for its 11th gold medal since the tournament began in 1990.

Humboldt Broncos: Junior hockey team in playoffs one year after crash | USA Today
The utterly inspirational and resilient club made their league's playoffs just 11 months after one of the most horrific sports tragedies in recent memory, the latest chapter in a story I believe could make an excellent Hollywood film.