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Monday’s Dump & Chase: Home Stretch

Predators near season’s end with five-game homestand beginning Tuesday.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT): Disappointing loss still nets Preds a point - On the Forecheck

Not the best game, but traveling for the second half of a back-to-back is tough.

NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four

Denver takes down Minnesota State, 5-1, to win 2022 DI men’s hockey national championship - NCAA.com

Minnesota State dominated the first period but, once Denver got their first goal, they started buzzing up and down the ice. A case study for coaches in “Play All Three Periods” if there ever was one. Congratulations to both Denver and Minnesota State on their excellent seasons.

The Machine Stalls, 20 Minutes Short - College Hockey News

“Once we gave up the first one, I thought we started leaking oil a little bit and couldn’t stop the bleeding.” -Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings.

Michigan’s Beniers signs NHL deal with Kraken, forgoes junior, senior seasons with Wolverines - College Hockey - USCHO.com

A number of the incredible amount of prospects playing for Michigan have signed NHL deals following their defeat to Denver in the semifinals.

Minnesota State star goalie Dryden McKay wins Hobey Baker Award - espn.com

A Hobey Baker finalist last season as well, McKay, 24, has not been drafted by an NHL team and is a free agent.

Around Hockey

Winnipeg Jets keep slim playoff hopes alive win over Ottawa Senators - TSN.ca

With nine games remaining the Jets’ (34-28-11) playoff hopes are slim to none, but they’re keeping things intriguing.

Even in a loss, Oilers prove they can compete in ‘playoff-style’ games - sportsnet.ca

Playoff style games are boring. Nobody wants to watch a grind-it-out fest for 60 minutes. I want to see the best talent in hockey being their best competing against one another.