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Nashville News & Notes

Ostrava 2021 Worlds schedule released | International Paralympic Committee |
Top eight-ranked teams to compete for a world title and qualification slots for Beijing 2022 from 19-26 June in Czech Republic.

The 2021 Para Hockey World Championships are coming up in June, and OTF will have all your coverage, including the strong Nashville ties on the US National Team.

Nashville Predators on cusp of NHL playoffs: How it could fall apart | The
Here are the scenarios that could keep the Nashville Predators out of the NHL playoffs.

Rooting against the Dallas Stars is a hobby of mine, but it may be time to take it to the next level.

Hockey News & Notes

Matthews scores 40th goal of season for Maple Leafs in his 49th game |
Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in his 49th game.

Matthews has been busy this season.

IIHF - Canada rallies for gold |
Canada wins gold for the first time since 2013, while the Russians are still looking for their first U18 victory since 2007.

Congratulations to our neighbors to the north on their U18 men’s gold medal win.

Why Capitals-Rangers opened with a massive brawl after Tom Wilson’s hit |
Presidential alert: the boys are fighting!

This is the story that has dominated hockey headlines, and it isn’t a good look for the league.

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich suspended one game for high-sticking Capitals' Anthony Mantha |
Wednesday's game had a total of six fights as the Rangers sought revenge for Tom Wilson's actions from Monday night. Wilson was fined $5,000 on Tuesday for punching Buchnevich in the upper back while he was on the ice, but went unpunished for injuring Rangers star Artemi Panarin in the scrum that followed.

The fallout continues from Wilson’s cheap play earlier this week.

Rangers fined $250k for statement | Blueshirt Banter
"It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role..."

Is it? IS IT???

NHL Power Rankings: The MVP Edition |
With only a handful or less of games left across the league, the resumes have been built and the cases made. Who deserves the recognition in 2021?

I don’t think you need to be Scooby Doo to figure out who the MVP for the Predators is this season.

Secret Deodorant, Sportsnet announce PWHPA Secret Dream Gap Tour in Canada |
Secret Deodorant and Sportsnet announced Thursday their partnership to deliver exclusive English-language TV and streaming coverage of the Canadian leg of the Secret Dream Gap Tour, showcasing the superstars of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA).

So ready to watch the PWHPA!  Speaking of women’s hockey...

How the COVID-19 pandemic widened the gender gap in hockey |
"Our whole year has just been facing adversity nonstop," veteran U.S. defenseman Kacey Bellamy said.

Bobby Ryan: Yzerman’s 2021 Free Agent Priority #1 | Winging It In Motown
Bobby Ryan should be a lock for a 1-year contract in Detroit.

Detroit is already looking towards the future and a strong argument is made for what needs to happen first.

Buffalo Beauts honor memory of superfan with new award | The Ice Garden
In memory of Deb Cresanti, this new trophy will honor the Beauts player most dedicated to the Buffalo and Western NY community.

Say what you want about Buffalo sports, but the franchises in Western New York love their fan bases. This is a sweet example.

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