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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators vs. Hurricanes Preview: Special Teams | On the Forecheck
Bobby takes a look at the special teams matchup, which, well, it's not great. (The matchup, not Bobby's preview.)

Predators vs. Hurricanes: Five Questions with Canes Country | On the Forecheck
When Bryan suggested we ask about the xG differential, he noted that it wasn't like the Carolina Hurricanes actually needed to be converting on even more of their chances to be absolutely deadly. Andrew's response that they just got Teuvo Teravainen back and that fixed their offense was, uh, well.

Other News & Notes

Predicting Round 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs | Sportsnet.ca
Justin Bourne predicts the Preds get swept.

Why your team can (and can not) win the Stanley Cup this season | ProHockeyTalk
Some love for Juuse Saros.

Why your favourite team won't bring home the Stanley Cup | Sportsnet.ca
On the bright side, Calle Järnkrok had a great season!

...On the dim side, he was second among all Preds forwards in scoring and tied for the team lead in goals.

Which NHL playoff series has biggest upset potential? | ProHockeyTalk
The ProHockeyTalk share their upset picks. The Minnesota Wild have a lot of...I'm not sure "fans" is the right word, but "people who believe in them" for sure.

NHL won't award famed conference championship trophies during Stanley Cup playoffs, league says | ESPN
The wisest move.

Also, I'm still sad the Preds carefully didn't touch the Campbell Bowl in 2017. I wish they'd celebrated that moment more; it was still an accomplishment worth joy.

NHL wants coronavirus-related Canada border answer for Stanley Cup playoffs by June 1 | ESPN
Don't we all.

Senators owner Melnyk won't comment on lawsuits about Caribbean cruise | Sportsnet.ca
I cannot possibly top this commentary:

San Joes Sharks not looking to rebuild after missing playoffs again | ESPN
Well, that's a choice.

NWHL Offseason Primer: Free agency being prioritized over draft | ProHockeyTalk
With the NWHL salary cap doubling, this offseason might get interesting as teams may try to get PWHPA members to join or return.

Buffalo Beauts sign Marie-Jo Pelletier, first of NWHL free agency | The Ice Garden
And the signings have begun, though Pelletier is a returning player.

PWHPA forging ahead without NHL backing of women's hockey | Sportsnet.ca
Interesting that, while the NHL says they aren't able to run a WNHA, Jayna Hefford points out that the PWHPA is already partnering with individual NHL teams. Makes one wonder whether "unable" is really what's going on here. (I'd love to see the Preds get involved with the sponsoring.)