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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Liftoff

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It’s playoff season for real.

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

NHL experts make bold 2021 playoff predictions on X factors, best series, more | ESPN
A lot of people have a lot of faith in Barry Trotz's New York Islanders, and more.

One burning question for all 16 teams in Stanley Cup Playoffs | Sportsnet.ca
Ryan Dixon has the most optimistic take on the Predators that I've seen in all the previews I've collected.

2021 NHL playoffs: Picks for each first-round series | ESPN.com
Case in point. Spoiler: the Nashville Predators and the Montreal Canadiens are the only teams where not a single person of the sixteen polled picked the upset.

Blues' David Perron added to COVID-19 protocol list | Sportsnet.ca
Not ideal.

Stunning Numbers from the 2020-21 NHL regular season | ProHockeyTalk
I'm here for Slavin winning the Lady Byng.

Canadiens' Ducharme 'very confident' Shea Weber will be ready for Game 1 | Sportsnet.ca
I really really hope they're not rushing him back again.

Craig Anderson becomes fourth oldest goaltender in NHL history to win a playoff game in relief | RMNB
Today I learned that the 1928 SCF featured a coach stepping in as an emergency backup goalie--and winning the game.

Cooper, Sullivan, Laviolette in consideration for Olympic coaching jobs | Sportsnet.ca
I'd go for Sullivan over Laviolette any day, personally.

2021 PWHPA Dream Gap Tour Preview: St. Louis | The Ice Garden
Tonight and tomorrow, the US Secret Dream Gap Tour Cup is on the line.