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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: One For The Dagger

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For the first time in history, Nashville had a reason to cheer for the Chicago Blackhawks. Frenemies for a night wasn’t half bad, but let’s not make it a habit.

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Hockey News & Rants

I’d rather be a Hawks fan than a Blues fan any day, but that’s just me...

Roll the links...

Predators: Stanley Cup Playoffs not affected by first in Central | The Tennessean
"Part of the journey, is the end"

But seriously this team has been a ride this season. They still don't make any sense, but we'll see which Preds team prevails in the postseason.

Last year’s “shutdown line” is back and helping the Nashville Predators win games | AtoZSports
While I don’t think Austin Watson will be the ultimate spark this team has been missing, I do think his work with Colton Sissons and Nick Bonino will help the Preds in the postseason.

NHL Power Rankings: Blues crack top 10, Capitals overtake Bruins as playoffs near | CBS Sports
The Blues cracked something...

Yeah, I don’t know...I got nothing. Please stop winning?

Philly...do Nashville a solid one time tonight?

NHL Playoff picture after Tuesday: Canadiens gain crucial ground | NBC Sports
Meanwhile in the east...

This postseason could potentially see a lot of upsets.

NHL, NHLPA reportedly agree to extend current Stanley Cup playoff format through 2019-20 season | CBS Sports
Just in time for everyone to get angry about the playoff format again after the postseason potentially sees a lot of upsets.

NHL player tracking system plans to use 'obsolete' optical option | ESPN
The game is about to get a lot more interesting.

Or maybe not...some games are just bound to put you to sleep.

NHL App Now Supports CarPlay Ahead of 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs | Mac Rumors
Traffic in Nashville is already a disaster. Anything to help make it less of a disaster during the playoffs can’t be bad...can it?

This is going to be bad, isn’t it?

15 minutes of ... insane - From accountant to NHL goalie | ESPN
While we’re still giving the Blackhawks a pass for a hot minute, and pretending we don’t want to crush what’s left of their season come Saturday night, let’s take a minute to remember this is still one of the coolest stories ever.

Ovechkin in pursuit of Gretzky for NHL career goals record | NHL
What, only 237 more goals...

If it was anyone besides Ovechkin I would laugh, but considering he’s averaging, what, like 100-200 goals a season these days, I think he can manage.

4 NHL storylines worth following as Stanley Cup playoffs loom | CBC
A Jets slump you say? This time of year that’s a big problem to have.

I know the Preds haven’t been consistent but I’d rather see them pick up steam rolling into the playoffs than peaked too early and running out of gas in the first round.