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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: ‘How bad is it, Doc?’

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While our heroes get ready for tonight’s game against the Isles, the rest of the league has seemingly been bit by the injury bug.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Three possible destinations for Nashville Predators winger Craig Smith | AtoZ Sports Nashville
Our old friend Alex Daugherty looks at some possible landing spots for Craig Smith if the Preds decide to move him.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Iowa Gaining Ground | On the Forecheck
After suffering back-to-back losses, the Ads sit only seven points ahead of the Iowa Wild in the standings.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Update: Jay Bouwmeester conscious, alert after suffering ‘cardiac episode’ during Blues-Ducks game | The Hockey News
In a statement released Tuesday night, Blues GM Doug Armstrong announced that Bouwmeester suffered a “cardiac episode” and was undergoing further testing. He was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center.

A further update from the Blues:

Shea Weber’s season reportedly over, future in question due to foot injury | Yahoo Sports
Our Dad is broken, and it may spell doom for the Predators’ future salary cap.

Or, well, you know, maybe not.

Kevin Fiala has goal, two assists, as Minnesota Wild beat Vegas Golden Knights | TSN
Hey, remember Kevin Fiala?

He’s is currently en fuego up in Minnesota.

Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson (ankle) likely out 2-3 weeks | ESPN
No Seth Jones or Cam Atkinson for the next three weeks. Things are about to get dicey up in Columbus.

With Connor McDavid sidelined, it’s time for Leon Draisaitl to put the Oilers on his back | The Hockey News
Edmonton’s playoff hopes took a hit with news that Connor McDavid will be sidelined for at least two weeks, but the Oilers have a security blanket in the shape of Leon Draisaitl and now is his chance to show he can carry the club in its time of need.

Oilers place James Neal on injured reserve, recall Tyler Benson | Sportsnet
Draisaitl, for your sake I hope your back is really strong.

Jets announce extension for head coach Paul Maurice | Sportsnet
The Winnipeg Jets have signed head coach Paul Maurice to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

Rumor Roundup: Maple Leafs, Wild not done dealing, Panthers’ Hoffman could be trade bait | The Hockey News
The Maple Leafs and Wild were front and center in two pre-deadline trades, and it might not be the last we hear from either team before the freeze.

Red Wings’ Brendan Perlini exits game after Sabres skate cuts nose | ESPN
Wings forward Brendan Perlini has been cleared to travel with the team after requiring stitches to close a deep gash that coach Jeff Blashill says just missed the player’s right eye.

Colorado Avalanche F Nazem Kadri to miss 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury | TSN
Sheesh.... you know, there’s an awful lot of injury news today.