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Nashville Predators News

Eeli Tolvanen Loaned to Jokerit for Start of 2020-21 Season | On the Forecheck
The loan will last until NHL training camp begins.

Please do not panic about this. Please.

Media & Politics | Best of Nashville 2020
Just a shameless plug - there are a few categories available to vote for your favorite Preds coverage/reporters and we'd LOVE it if you did!

Admirals Podcast: Name That Admiral
Another episode of a great show covering the Preds' AHL affiliate!

HC Avangard | News | "We still have work to do." Comments after the victory over Severstal
Fire up Google Translate for this one—there is a short interview from Predators prospect Semyon Chistyakov here.

2F3D Hockey: Breakout & Transition | The Hockey Tactics Newsletter
Here's an excerpt from this excellent post by Jack Han regarding transition play if you aren't already convinced:

"Roman Josi is bar-none the best transitional defenseman in the world. Yet his secret is blindingly simple: sprint the middle of the ice on 50/50 pucks."


Bryan’s “Sobering Truth about Nashville” Tweet of the Week


Hockey Is For Everyone

Opinion: With Mike Milbury’s latest, my patience for excused misogyny is gone | On the Forecheck
“I am done staying silent as a fan and as a journalist when it comes to disrespect toward women.”

I'm going to continue to boost this piece, because Sarah did a wonderful job and it bears repeating.

Stick to Sports - Episode 58: Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back

From the episode summary: “On this episode we spoke with Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson, authors of Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back. We talked about the book process, topics within the book, the Olympics dilemma and more.”

Hockey Culture: Darnell Nurse shares instances of racism in minor hockey
Darnell Nurse talks with Anson Carter about instances of racism that he experienced while in minor hockey, and the diversity on the Edmonton roster.

Video linked below:

Michelle Karvinen signs with HC Lugano | The Ice Garden
Karvinen lands in the SWHL after reports connecting her with the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.

We Are Sport: Diversity & Leadership (26/08/2020) Wed, 26 Aug 2020 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite
Join Canadian Women & Sport and She's4Sports for a conversation about how movements for equity in sport are changing what visionary leadership looks like.

2020 Top 25 Under 25 | No. 4: Daryl Watts | The Ice Garden
Watts is back in the top-10 after leading NCAA Division I in scoring for the second time

2020 Top 25 Under 25 | No. 5: Victoria Bach | The Ice Garden
The BU alum made a strong showing in the few games Team Canada was able to play.


Analytics Corner

NHL Playoffs Stats Recap: August 25, 2020 | On the Forecheck
Your home for the statistics and graphs for every playoff game, every night.

Hockey Graphs Newsletter
Some of the best minds in hockey analytics will be featured here; in fact, the first edition comes out this morning! Sign up now!

Assisting the analysis of hockey prospects using Recurrent Neural Networks | Hockey Graphs
The NHL Draft acts as the proverbial reset of the NHL calendar. Teams re-evaluate the direction of their organizations, make roster decisions, and welcome a new crop of drafted prospect into the fold. Very technical, but extremely thorough work done here that I highly recommend.

Reacting to Game 1 - Low Cycle
Shawn Ferris has another great piece on Game 1 of Boston vs Tampa Bay—he's an incredible, smart writer, and should be an instant follow too. Subscribe to his substack here: https://lowcycle.substack.com/

More than meets the eye test | Asking For Directions
Learn about the people who put their hockey analytics & strategy ideas out there for the world to ponder.


Bryan’s “Wait, what?” Tweet of the Week


Around the National Hockey League

Maple Leafs trade Kasperi Kapanen back to Penguins | NBCSports
Kapanen is headed back to the team that drafted him in 2014 after the Maple Leafs sent him in a trade as part of a six-player deal with the Penguins.

There was a very brief ten-minute period where we all thought Toronto was trading for Jack Johnson and it was the highlight of my day.

Blue Jackets' John Tortorella fined $25,000 by NHL | NBC Sports
John Tortorella earned his second fine by the NHL this season after cutting short his postgame media availability following Columbus' loss to Tampa.

Sean Monahan could be the big center available in the offseason for the Sabres
Chad DeDominicis (formerly of Die By The Blade) has done incredible work on his new site at Expected Buffalo, and here's another great piece.

How Long Will the New Jersey Devils Keep P.K. Subban? | All About The Jersey
When the New Jersey Devils traded for P.K. Subban in June 2019, the fans were elated. One awful season later, and the excitement was a relic of the past. This post goes into how long will the Devils keep Subban, with an overview of how he did in 2019-20 and why he may not be dealt until 2022.

My take: SIGH.

2020 NHL playoffs - Stock watch for all 24 postseason teams | ESPN..com
Who has raised his profile this summer? Who has fallen down a notch or two? Here are the players, coaches and others who fall into each camp around the league.

Our good friend Greg Wyshynski (we'll just ignore his remarks about Ryan Ellis) has a great summation of the remaining teams.

Locked on Bruins
An episode with Emily Cave (wife of the late Colby Cave)—really great listen, and I highly recommend it.

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning preview: Back-to-backs in the playoffs are now a thing | Raw Charge
This will be the Lightning’s biggest test of the playoffs.

Did the game go as predicted by @laurkelly24?

Three Bruins prospects who should start the 2020-21 season in the NHL | Stanley Cup of Chowder
A representative at all three positions who could crack the NHL roster next year in Boston.

Golden Knights vs. Canucks — Game 2 Preview: Vegas looks for another complete effort | Knights On Ice
The Knights have a chance to take a 2-0 series lead.

Stargazing, A Dallas Stars Podcast – Episode 102: Chaos Squad | Defending Big D
The Stars are cooking, the Avs are out of sorts...what’s up? Join Wes and Robert as they explore the risks and rewards of high-danger hockey.

3 Reasons Why the Vancouver Canucks Can Beat Vegas | The Quickie Podcast | Nucks Misconduct
These three things need to happen if they want to pull off a shocking upset, once again.

Philadelphia Flyers analysis: Should fans worry about Claude Giroux? | Broad Street Hockey
Are you worried about the Flyers’ captain? Please someone check on Eamon.

Avalanche not happy Lindell 4-2 Stars goal counted in Game 2 | NBCSports
The Avalanche were not happy that the Esa Lindell 4-2 Stars goal counted in Game 2. They seemed unsatisfied with the goal review, but it counted.

Speculation: Ryan Pike on Johnny Gaudreau to San Jose | San Jose Hockey Now
Ryan Pike & Sheng Peng talk about the Calgary Flames trading Johnny Gaudreau to the San Jose Sharks. Would Timo Meier or Kevin Labanc go the other way?


Song of the Day

I just discovered this the other day and oh my God if this doesn’t describe my ADHD-riddled brain to a T (especially the second verse).