Friday’s Dump & Chase: Wheels Down in Dallas

After some unexpected time off and some extra practice time, the Predators arrived in Dallas yesterday looking to make up for lost time.

Nashville Predators News

How the third pair will help the Nashville Predators win this year | On the Forecheck
By far, the best article you will read about the impact the Predators’ new third defensive pairing of Mark Borowiecki and Matt Benning will have on the team this season.

Grading The Best Taxi Squads in History | On the Forecheck
The best taxi squad Bryan left off of this list is "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell. If you wanna get a little more early 2000's, you can listen to the Counting Crows version with Vanessa Carlton.

Poile Talks Taxi Squad, AHL Roster Decisions for Preds
It seems to me like the goal for the Predators organization is to keep people playing as much as possible.

Granlund Practices with Preds, Could Return to Game Action Soon
Mikael Granlund hit the ice with his new/old team for the first time yesterday. He's been up to speed on what's been going on in practice, however, and may see ice time as soon as Sunday against the Dallas Stars.

Preds to Honor Metro Nashville Police Officers Following Wins This Season
I really like that the postgame "player award" draws a deeper connection between the players and the city of Nashville. Considering how close to "home" the Christmas morning incident hit, I've enjoyed the team's response and embrace of the officers involved.

Around Hockey

Ovechkin, three other Capitals out four games due to COVID-19 protocol
Alex Ovechkin is one of four Washington Capitals on the NHL list of players who were unavailable to play or practice Wednesday, in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. I've enjoyed the snark from Ovechkin as much as I've enjoyed seeing the league enforce the protocols.

Dubois benching, OT loss makes for tough night for Blue Jackets vs. TBL
Tortorella benching Pierre-Luc Dubois is a bad look for everyone involved.

Insider Trading: What would happen if a team has too many games cancelled? |
Some good discussion of the title question as well as several other things. Worth a read.

NWHL teams announce final rosters for Lake Placid | The Ice Garden
It looks like rosters are finalized before teams head to Lake Placid. Who are you cheering for?

What NWHL team are you cheering for this season?

Boston Pride1
Buffalo Beauts2
Connecticut Whale3
Metropolitan Riveters3
Minnesota Whitecaps4
Toronto Six0