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Dirk Hoag started writing about hockey online back in the mid-1990's, for sites such as the (long-gone) In the Crease and In 2005, he started On the Forecheck as a general NHL blog, which became, over the course of time, dedicated to Nashville Predators coverage and statistical analysis of the league at large.

Specific aspects of this analysis have been distributed widely (such as the NHL Super Schedule) and cited by mainstream media outlets. Penalty Plus/Minus was even credited with helping Sean Avery win an arbitration case against the New York Rangers.

In October of 2012 he also launched a personal site, Working the Net, dedicated to sharing advice on how to grow an audience online with blogging & social networks and a variety of personal ramblings that don't fit within the confines of OTF. Among other hobbies, he also runs the Family Cruises Guide, to help families sort through the complexity of planning an awesome vacation.

You can follow him on Twitter (@Forechecker), email him at, or view his profile at LinkedIn.

Noonan & Rissling sign entry level contracts

The Nashville Predators are continuing their off-season work by signing defensemen Garrett Noonan and Jaynen Rissling to their entry level contracts today.

The Most-Googled NHL Stars

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Preds pull off another trade with Washington

The Nashville Predators made their first trade of the off-season today, sending their 7th-round draft this summer to the Washington Capitals to acquire defenseman Jaynen Rissling.

Red Wings vs Bruins Preview

Can former Nashville Predator David Legwand lead his hometown Detroit Red Wings to victory in the playoffs?

Kings vs Sharks Preview

The Battle of California is rejoined as the Kings and Sharks relive last spring's seven-game war.

Wild vs Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche went on a worst-to-first tear this season under rookie head coach Patrick Roy. Can their story continue with a successful playoff run?

Blackhawks vs Blues Preview

Two old-time Norris Division foes meet up in a titanic 1st-round matchup.

NHL Playoffs Game Thread: And So It Begins...

Three games kick off the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs this evening, beginning with the Canadiens and Lightning.

Flyers vs Rangers Preview

Two bitter rivals meet for the 11th time in playoff history as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers square off in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Ducks vs Stars Preview

Living legend Teemu Selanne makes his final playoff chase with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks, as they face a Dallas Stars team which is very much a work in progress.