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The Preds have another huge game tonight.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Ellis Could Return to Preds Lineup as Soon as Friday | NHL.com
If he is returning, I really hope he's healthy enough to do so.

Predators' Ellis 'not bitter' at Perry after hit | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Well, that makes one of us.

Trade Deadline News & Notes

NHL players talk about what it’s like to get traded | Sportsnet.ca
I’m pretty good at remembering the human angle on things like injuries, but definitely not so good on remembering the human angle on trades. (Part of it, admittedly, is that in a job where the minimum wage is north of seven hundred thousand dollars, I feel like it makes a little bit of sense to do that job where you’re asked to.)

NHL teams get jump on deadline with flurry of trades | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Nick has a piece on potential trade targets coming later today, and GMs kept rudely trading players he was writing about while he worked.

How past five Stanley Cup champs approached NHL Trade Deadline | Sportsnet.ca
An interesting case for Team Stand Pat.

Looking at the best defencemen available at the 2020 NHL trade deadline | Sportsnet.ca
I think any of these are risky options for the Preds to go for right now, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't prefer to watch some of them over Jarred Tinordi, Dan Hamhuis, and/or Yannick Weber.

Other News & Notes

PWHPA to play Dream Gap Tour stop in Japan | The Ice Garden
This is the Dream Gap Tour's coolest stop yet.

Canadiens scratching Lehkonen from win over Capitals was peculiar | Sportsnet.ca
Based on Julien's philosophy that players should perform well while playing ill or seriously injured, and the way this article praises Artturi Lehkonen himself for having done so earlier this very year (kids: please don’t play injured, it doesn’t make you a more virtuous person), maybe someone ought to check to make sure he's still alive?

Why Jamie Benn avoided suspension for hit | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Amazingly, they wrote this article with this headline and managed not to use the phrase "Because the Department of Player Safety is a frigging joke" at any point.

I get that Paul Kariya doesn't want to have anything further to do with the NHL and I don't blame him, but I'd much rather see him or someone else like him (if you’ve got another multiple-time Lady Byng winner whose Hall-of-Fame career was cut short due to head injuries in your other pocket) running DoPS than George Parros.

Alex Ovechkin finally scores career goal number 699 | Russian Machine Never Breaks
It feels like it'd been about twenty years since Ovechkin's last goal.

NWHL Goal of the Week: Leary puts on a show | The Ice Garden
Everyone likes highlights, right?