Friday's Dump & Chase: Feels Great Being #1

Today food will taste that much better, the air will feel fresher, and work will feel slightly less demoralizing. The Predators are #1 in the NHL with two games in hand.

Nashville Predators News

Is Shea Weber being overworked in Nashville? | TSN
I don't necessarily think Weber and Josi are overworked. But the stats are interesting and probably something to monitor.

From inauspicious start, Pekka Rinne makes MVP case | USA Today
More than a decade ago, then-Nashville Predators assistant general manager Ray Shero needed time to warm to the idea that it had been worth his time to look at a Finnish League backup goalie named Pekka Rinne.

Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators: Q&A with III Communication | Defending Big D
J.R. Lind of Central Division blog III Communication joins us to talk about predators in Nashville, Mike Ribeiro and his multiple paychecks, and the fine distinction between mustard yellow and mucus yellow...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Former North Star J.P. Parise, father of Wild's Zach, dies at 73 | theScore
Rest in Peace J.P. Parise.

Minnesota Wild GM gives Mike Yeo vote of confidence | ESPN
Ah yes, the dreaded General Manager's vote of confidence two weeks before he fires the coach.

Players in NHL concussion case say league should take responsibility | TSN
Nasty case.

NHL Seeks To Dismiss Concussion Lawsuit By Former Players | CBS Minnesota
I can't imagine the case will be thrown out but I'm wrong a lot. Most of the time, really.

The NHL's most overrated and underrated players |
From veterans to youngsters, captains to goalies, Jonathan Willis looks at the players who surprised for being better than than expected and worse during the first half of the NHL season.

Frederik Andersen tributes Teemu in new mask | Puck Daddy
The Ducks goaltender unveiled a new mask for Sunday's Teemu Selanne jersey retirement game at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Canucks honour Luongo with tribute | Sportsnet
Goaltender Roberto Luongo made his return to Rogers Arena for the first time since being traded and got a standing ovation from the fans.

Capitals' Trotz uses battle wound to criticize team's effort vs. Flyers | theScore
Good ol' Trotz.

KHL coach swaps goalies for penalty shot, and it works (Video) | Puck Daddy
The KHL feels like Thunderdome at this point.

Top Goalies of the 2015 World Juniors |
Goalie stats!

The Phantoms are going to St. John's and the travel is ridiculous | Broad Street Hockey
All told, it's an insane 3,600+ mile trip.

NHL Preseason Predictions Check-in | Grantland
A fitting article for today

Willie Desjardins on giving Canucks happy vibes, coaching Ryan Miller and eating sushi | Puck Daddy
"We spoke with him this week about that transition; about joining a team with a fresh set of managers; about coaching the Sedins, Ryan Miller and Zack Kassian; and about how a toxic situation last season under John Tortorella has become happy sunshine under Desjardins."