Friday’s Dump and Chase: Open for Business? Or Fire Sale?

Everyone is back to the usual routine after a day of very little in the way of good news

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators ‘not contemplating’ coaching change, GM says
The Nashville Predators are not planning to make a coaching change, but could make roster changes via trades, general manager David Poile said Thursday.

2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Gigapixel Fan Photo
Pretty cool website for those of you who went to Dallas—find yourself in the crowd in a totally not-going-to-be-used-for-advertising-purposes tool.

Micah Blake McCurdy Revisits and Expands on Statistical Look of Peter Laviolette’s Coaching Impact
This is a very good thread—even if you are not well-versed in all of the terms and statistics used here, the takeaway message should be clear: Peter Laviolette has suppressed offense on every team he’s coached.  

Presenting the NHL Analytics All-Stars -
Travis Yost of TSN re-arranges the All-Star rosters using analytics from Evolving Hockey and, and, surprise, Nick Bonino finds his way into a spot over a certain Blackhawk that was the center of quite a Twitter debate this week.

Stars’ Corey Perry to have hearing Friday for actions in Stars game |
The Dallas Stars forward is facing discipline for elbowing against Nashville Predators defender Ryan Ellis in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday.  Personal note:  GOOD.

Meme of the (Brand New) Decade

U.S. National Teams Taking Care of Business

USA wins the 2020 U18 World Championship, 2-1 in overtime - The Ice Garden
An overtime thriller is the latest chapter in the US Canada rivalry—our friends at the Ice Garden recap the US Women's latest gold medal in a exhilarating overtime matchup.

News From Around Hockey

United States got away from identity in loss at World Junior Championship
The United States men’s junior team failed to establish a rhythm and play to its identity during a 1-0 loss against Finland.  The U.S. looks to finish 7th or 8th overall in a disappointing showing with arguably the tournament’s most talented roster.

Blackhawks assistant Crawford returns from suspension
Marc Crawford is back as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks and hoping some good can come from his month-long suspension from the team.

Frolik, Scandella, Reilly in separate trades
Michael Frolik was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, Marco Scandella was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, and Mike Reilly was traded to the Ottawa Senators in separate deals Thursday.