Friday's Dump & Chase: More of the Same

Stop me if you've heard this before: the Minnesota Wild pot a couple opportunistic goals and then trap their way to a victory. Or, the Predators vastly outplay their opponents but a few boneheaded moments doom their outcome. Or, the Predators get multiple empty net goals against. I could write s

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It's really hard to believe he's 24.

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I hope Girard gets to turn Team Canada down next December.

How backup goalie Chad Johnson came to lead Flames | USA Today
I'm sure being local doesn't hurt.

Letang out a ‘couple of weeks’ with lower-body injury | NBC Sports
I'm honestly surprised whenever I turn on a Penguins game to see Letang actually in the lineup.

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You're certainly not going to sit him in favor of our old pal Carter Hutton.

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He's also a noted animal lover and Harry Potter aficionado.

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There's plenty of drama for the scoreboard watchers amongst us.

Is It Time to Make Jeff Skinner Captain? - Canes Country
He should be given the captaincy solely based on how often he scores on the Preds.

Bob McKenzie's rant on the Florida Panthers situation | Maple Leafs Hotstove
This is a mic drop worth reading about whatever the heck is going on in Sunrise.

Is Sidney Crosby's incredible goal-scoring rate sustainable? -
TL;DR: Crosby is really, really good.