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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: April Madness

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With all four division champions out in the first round, this might already be the most unpredictable NHL playoff season ever. A shame that the Preds had to be on the wrong end of such history, but I'm *mostly* over the icky feeling that follows the end of a season.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators disappointed after earliest playoff exit since '15 | USA Today
Priorities to fill Poile and Lavy's calendars for the next fiveish months.

One change that the Nashville Predators shouldn't make this offseason | A to Z Sports
I saw a stat yesterday that the Preds have more wins (both in the regular season and in the playoffs) than any team in the Western Conference since 2015. Peter Laviolette shouldn't be fired, but some heat should be applied to him and the assistant coaches as they look for answers to why this season ended up being so mediocre on the whole.

Central Division Roundup

Chicago Blackhawks, assistant coach Don Granato ‘mutually part ways’ | Second City Hockey
Chicago's other assistant coach, Sheldon Brookbank, has mainly worked with the defense and penalty kill, so does that mean that Granato can coach the PP? Get that man an interview.

[Ed.: Just because someone coached the Chicago Blackhawks’ power play doesn’t mean they can coach a power play.]

NHL: San Jose Sharks-Colorado Avalanche series schedule | Mercury News
The Sharks and their bewildering goaltender will have their work cut out for them against this Avs team that has really turned it around over the past couple of years.

Wild young guns playing as high-scoring first line for Iowa Wild's playoff run - Story | KMSP
Members of the Minnesota Wild have been able to run amok over the Milwaukee Admirals through the first two games.

Blues like the timing of starting their series Thursday | St Louis Post-Dispatch
I don’t like either of these teams (note my intentional omission of any Dallas-centric news articles) but this is an interesting matchup, though I wish for both teams to be cursed with persistent itchiness that doesn’t go away.

YOU BE THE BOSS: What should the Jets do now? Take our survey | Winnipeg Sun
Trade the goat-man Patrik Laine to Nashville for Kyle Turris, first of all...

Around the Hockeyverse

Part of Seattle's NHL future is honoring its hockey past | USA Today
This is some neat stuff. The Seattle Totems is at least as good if not better than any suggestions i can come up with for the new team name.

Messier NHL Leadership Award finalists unveiled | NHL.com
Yeah, I did a double-take at Wayne Simmonds' name, but he's done a lot of good work in Philadelphia. It's a shame that he was practically the definition of a failed rental in Nashville.

Apparently The Regular Season Is Irrelevant In The NHL | FiveThirtyEight
You don't need me, or Josh Planos, to tell you that just the first two weeks of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been bananas throughout.