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The Preds packed two points for whatever tropical hangouts they have in mind.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Buffalo Sabres 1, Nashville Predators 2: Preds Pick Up Two Points Before the All-Star Break | On the Forecheck
If you missed last night's game, Bryan has your recap of the Preds' tense win.

Other News & Notes

‘Move over, Mario!’: Alex Ovechkin scores hat trick in consecutive games, is now one of the top 10 greatest goal scorers ever | Russian Machine Never Breaks
What is there left to say about Ovechkin that hasn't already been said? He is truly incredible.

Canucks earn place atop Pacific with solid stretch before All-Star break | Sportsnet.ca
Ah yes, just as we all expected.

USA Hockey announces roster for February Rivalry Series | The Ice Garden
It makes sense that national teams would have to defer to NCAA teams with regards to player availability, but it feels strange that the Rivalry Series scheduling works out like that.

Stars’ Stephen Johns activated after missing almost 22 months | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
This is really good news. Johns has been out with post-concussion headaches, and it's great to see him doing better.

Canadiens showing no quit despite improbable path to playoffs | Sportsnet.ca
It's not like they were showing quit before, Carey Price just imploded.

Elvis Merzlikins on fire for Blue Jackets | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Elvis has entered the building, and he has three shutouts in his last four games.

Andersen, 'immature' Maple Leafs must look in mirror during bye week | Sportsnet.ca
Frederik Andersen isn't bad, but none of Toronto, the Maple Leafs, and his own later-season performances have been doing him any favors.

Panthers down another goalie, injured Driedger to miss weeks | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
At least it's not like the time Roberto Luongo had already been pulled due to injury and came back when his backup got hurt to prevent the goalie coach from having to go in. Not quite, anyway.

The Wraparound: an introduction | The Ice Garden
The Ice Garden is introducing a weekly links and musings post, if you feel like checking out a roundup of stories about women's hockey put together with commentary more informed than mine is.