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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Regroup

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One period at a time.

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Central Division News & Notes

Recap: Nashville Predators 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 4: Second Period Collapse Costs Predators | On the Forecheck
If the Predators could remember how to play the Lightning before their next seven games against them, that would be super.

Lightning Round: Curtis McElhinney is back | Raw Charge
RC's HardevLad looks at the Lightning's structure as well as some miscellany.

Red Wings Push Panthers to OT, But Fall Short 3-2 | Winging It In Motown
[gold star sticker] You Tried.

Stars’ Streak Comes to an End on a 4-1 Loss to Hurricanes | Defending Big D
It is January 31, and the Dallas Stars have finally lost a game.

Trocheck propels Canes to big win over Stars | Canes Country
The Carolina Hurricanes, meanwhile, are having themselves a season.

Chicago Blackhawks breaking news: practice canceled due to COVID-19 exposure | Second City Hockey
Chicago has five players on the COVID-19 protocol list, including two skaters who played in Wednesday's game against the Preds. Here's hoping that all of the players on the protocol list, and their families, teammates, and opponents, either remain healthy (the list does not mean they're confirmed to have it) or get well soon.

NWHL in Lake Placid News & Notes

NWHL action resumes Saturday with best-of-three series; seeding round | The Ice Garden
There's more NWHL hockey coming up today and tomorrow to determine playoff seeding, with the Isobel Cup semifinals Thursday and the Final on Friday. There's been a lot of fantastic coverage of the NWHL bubble over at TIG; check out the related stories on this article or browse their site (or scroll down just a little on our home page) if you want to catch up on anything you missed.

NWHL Day 6 Takeaways: Pride pushed to brink, Six keep rolling | Sportsnet.ca
It probably goes without saying, but this is not the season I or probably anyone else expected from the Boston Pride. Are they...are they okay?

The Connecticut Whale are for real | The Ice Garden
I'm trying not to get my hopes up for the one Original Four NWHL franchise yet to win the Isobel Cup--something that every other franchise, including the expansion Whitecaps, in existence before this season has managed--but it'd be nice, you know? They've had a long, hard climb from the team that roared through the 2015-16 regular season and then crumpled in the semifinals.

Digit Murphy's star only keeps shining brighter in the NWHL | ProHockeyTalk
I hadn't thought about the impact a former CWHL coach joining the NWHL might have on the PHWPA members who had hesitations over the NWHL as the only game in town before.

NWHL statement on ending racism is a tentative start | The Ice Garden
The NWHL is currently in the "make racists annoyed" phase, which definitely isn't nothing. TIG's Angelica Rodriguez writes about questions the league still has to answer.

Other News & Notes

Crosby, Ovechkin, McDavid all score OT winners on same night | ProHockeyTalk
The narrative is clicking along in full gear.

Canadiens' Anderson pulled from game vs. Flames with flu-like symptoms | Sportsnet.ca
Really hoping it's the flu, y'all.

Two Golden Knights - Sharks games postponed due to COVID | ProHockeyTalk
So this is for sure not good.

Jets' Dubois stuck in quarantine as federal government mulls exception | Sportsnet.ca
He is...a hockey player. A week later, I am still not clear on what would qualify him for an exception to public safety protocols. He is an entertainer. He is not a medical researcher who urgently needs to get to a lab in Manitoba to finish doing research. He is going to play hockey to entertain and distract NHL fans, which has merit, but...sigh. Sigh.

Kevin Fiala (Wild) suspended 3 games for boarding Matt Roy (Kings) | ProHockeyTalk
Time for the "noted goon Kevin Fiala" jokes, I guess?

That said, in all seriousness, the hit was ugly and I'm glad the Department of Player Safety didn't allow Fiala's usual on-ice role to cause them to dismiss it entirely.

Travis Konecny a surprising healthy scratch for Flyers on Saturday | ProHockeyTalk
I'm not a Flyers fan, but I'm sure they were very calm about this decision.

*checks Twitter* Ah.

Five NCAA standout stars from January play | The Ice Garden
I keep forgetting NCAA hockey is still going on at a lot of schools.

How McDavid's victims on Leafs feel being on wrong end of highlight goal | Sportsnet.ca
"Victims"? Well, I guess it got me to click the article. Anyway, if you like Connor McDavid goals, this sure is one.