Friday’s Dump & Chase: TGIF

Thank Goodness It’s Fun. Hockey can be a roller coaster ride, but at the core - it’s fun!

Smashville News:

I am confident that there is an excellent review of last night’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators either to the right of or below this post. Enjoy.

Preds Off Day Discussion |
Interesting conversation between these broadcasters about best teams, best players and the direction of the Predators.

New York Islanders' Barry Trotz 'wasn’t a big fan' of Nashville Predators' Peter Laviolette late-game tactics | Sporting News
Barry, Barry. This sounds a bit like sour grapes. Besides, have you seen our 5v3? It needs all the practice it can get. Also, this team needs practice at keeping their foot on the gas no matter what the score. Maybe you are just mad we embarrassed both of your goalies?

AHL Notebook: Milwaukee, Tucson off to strong starts |
The baby Predators are having a great season.

This is a twofer. The next segment on the Winter Classic and several walk through appearances by Dozer.

Central Division News:

NHL announces tailgating is allowed at the Cotton Bowl for the Winter Classic | Dallas Morning News
This is a win for anyone holding a ticket, but no non-ticket holders allowed. Also, for those who plan to tailgate, the guidelines are included.

After month-long absence, Devan Dubnyk to get back in goal for Wild | Twin Cities
I hadn't realized that Devan Dubnyk was still out due to his wife's health concerns. Here's hoping she is recovering. (Also, there is a very good article on this in The Athletic, if anyone is interested.)

Is it the end for Brent Seabrook and the Chicago Blackhawks? | Chicago Tribune
Well...he has a cap hit of 6.875 million dollars for four more years after this season, so, no?

Girard fined for actions in Avalanche game against Blackhawks |
What is Colorado doing to our little boy? The hit was definitely a bit late.

Other Hockey News:

The top 100 NHL players of the decade | ESPN
This list is as of the end of last season. Five who were Nashville Predators as of last season, one who is now a Nashville Predator and two former Nashville Predators. Two forwards, one goalie and five defenders.

Eichel out for Sabres, point streak ends at 17 games |
Well, rats! Jack Eichel would have tied the team record with one more game.

"Assistant GM Chris Snow has been diagnosed with ALS: "Be positive and hopeful with us, pray for us in whatever way you pray, and don't treat us - most especially Chris - differently than you always have." - Kelsie Snow" More sad news from the hockey world.

NHL Power Rankings - 1-31 poll, plus hopes and dreams in 2020 for all 31 teams | ESPN
I haven't been linking many power rankings, because they have been depressing. Here, at least, the Preds finally crack the top twenty.

I love Andrei Svechnikov's lacrosse goals, but I worry for him | TheHockeyNews
Interesting perspective. Maybe it's better that Filip Forsberg hasn't made this type of goal.

The Business Of Hockey List | Forbes
"Forbes ranks the most valuable teams in the NHL." Nashville at 24th. Seems our value has increased 8% even though we are very leveraged and don't make money. Thank god for concert revenues?

Springfield of AHL to be known as Ice-O-Topes in honor of 'Simpsons' |
I like these jerseys very much.