Friday's Dump & Chase: Improvements need to continue with PP and Faceoffs

A lot was made about the improvements the Preds would or would not make to their struggling power play. They answered with two PP goals. But the Predators PP has been bad all year so more work is still needed and it will get a shot against the Blue's 20th ranked PK. Another area the Predators sh

Nashville Predators News

Laviolette's changes work for Predators | The Tennessean
It was a good showing for the power play but it hasn't been good all year. The changes will be tested on Saturday against a Blue's PK that is 20th in the league, but has some great personnel.

Shea Weber relegated to the second power play unit? It appears so. | Rinkside Report

The PP needed a shakeup, but I wouldn't have predicted this.

Nashville Predator of the Week: Week 4 | Predlines
Take a wild guess.

Contract Tracker | Nashville Predators
The Preds made their own CapGeek except it's just the Preds and it's on their site.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Vladimir Tarasenko's Breakout Start Putting Him in the Hart Trophy Conversation | Bleacher Report
It's not just that Tarasenko has been scoring. It's how he's played with and without the puck, scoring in different situations from different areas, and that he makes it look easy.

NHL jersey ads 'coming' says league exec | CBC Sports
I've always considered this inevitable, but I never would have thought the NHL would be the League to break the North American mold.

Maple Leafs forward Ashton suspended 20 games for violation of drug policy | Medicine Hat News
So that's why I had an inhaler while playing hockey as a kid. I always thought it helped me breath.

OHL players suspended for Tinder abuse | CBC Sports
The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Peterborough Petes centre Greg Betzold and Belleville Bulls forward Jake Marchment for 15 games each after screenshots emerged of the players using vulgar and abusive language in conversations with women on the social media site Tinder.

Patrick Roy is calm, despite slow start by Avalanche | ESPN
"It was fair to expect a bit of regression from this club this season..." No kidding.

Hot shooters, Hiller have Calgary cruising |
Mason Raymond and Co. have been punching above their weight early this season. Jonathan Willis breaks down that hot start and explains why it might be enough to get Calgary into the playoffs.

30 Thoughts: It's not going to be easy for Nolan |
Ted Nolan’s competitive. He knows this could be his last chance. The Buffalo Sabres are comfortable with one more ugly year. Nolan isn’t. It’s not going to be easy.

Thoughts on Thoughts | theScore
Justin Bourne's thoughts on Friedman's 30 thoughts. I'll soon start my thoughts blog "5 Hockey Ruminations."

Agent: Voynov’s ‘rights are being infringed,’ will look to lift suspension | ProHockeyTalk
"There comes a point where you just can't sit back." Uh, ok.

AHL to eject goalies for purposely knocking net off |
In the words of Doug Stanhope, "someone has to be the Vice cop and break up the party."

Stars' dynamic duo Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn clicking on and off the ice | ESPN
Great interview and article.

Playing the percentages with the Avalanche and Devils | TSN

Yay numbers!

It takes a physical player to know one | Comcast SportsNet NE

Waiting for the "Raffi Torres hired by Player Safety" announcement in the next couple of years.

Daniel Winnik moving, talking after terrifying flip | Sporting News
Terrifying thing to see. I'm amazed and glad he's doing alright.

What’s Going On in the NHL Central? | Grantland
"Of all the Central surprises we’ve seen, the rise of the Nashville Predators may be the one that could have legs."

Adjusted Save Percentage: Taking into Account High, Medium, and Low Probability Shots | WAR On Ice
Goalie analytics are on the horizon. This is a great.