Monday’s Dump and Chase: California Dreaming

The Preds head out west this week. It’s time for some late games.

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch up on that hour you lost yesterday morning. The fact that it’s still light at 5:00 makes it all worth it!

Around the League

Howell, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, dies at 86
Harry Howell, a Hall of Fame defenseman who played more games than anyone in the history of the New York Rangers, died Sunday. He was 86.

Senators learning difficult lessons while preparing for future
What comes next for the Senators? They will have to cede their first round pick to the Colorado Avalanche in this year’s NHL Draft, so there’s understandably some anguish in the fanbase.

Stanley Cup Playoffs countdown: Lightning chasing history
Playoff push storylines...the most interesting of which is whether Columbus will implode or get it together.

Inside the frustrating, inspiring mess that's women’s pro hockey - Sportsnet
Make this your Monday long read.

What to expect from Quinn Hughes if he joins the Vancouver Canucks -
With Michigan's season over, what can we expect out of Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes?

Injury Report: Updates on Leafs’ Gardiner, Jets’ Byfuglien, Flames’ Neal -
Here's a Canadian-specific injury update.

Points Club: The NHL's 31 team leaders, from Anaheim to Winnipeg - TheHockeyNews
It's the Joey and Josi show for Nashville.

Ask Me Anything: The NHL playoff format's damaging ripple effect - TheHockeyNews
Will the NHL Playoff system ever change?

Puck rock: A look at some of the best musical tie-ins in hockey history - TheHockeyNews
Music and hockey...the best!

Shane Wright is granted exceptional status and is ready to take on the OHL - TheHockeyNews
Exceptional status in the OHL is granted very, very rarely. Keep an eye on this kid.

Top college free agents who could sign with NHL teams
One of Dante Fabbro's teammates appears on this list. Will GMDP pursue any of these college stars?

Binnington persevered to become catalyst for Blues
Here's a bit of background on rookie goaltending sensation Jordan Binnington.

The best hair at the Minnesota boys' high school hockey tournament
Hockey is a big deal in Minnesota. This high school hockey tournament features the best hair flows you'll see this week. My favorites are the mullets. This is the kind of personality that hockey needs.

Wysh List - Five rule changes that make sense
ESPN's Greg Wyshinski proposes some rule changes here. What do you think about teams picking their face-off dot on the power play?

Kotkaniemi's defensive prowess helping drive Habs -
Montreal has been a bit of a surprise to everyone this season. Here's an in-depth analysis of the defensive ability of the Habs' rookie centerman.

Canucks sign defenceman Quinn Hughes
Quinn Hughes just signed his entry-level deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Winning Play: Timo Meier maximizes his game in win over Blues - Fear The Fin
The Preds face the Sharks this week. Our counterparts at Fear the Fin take a closer look at the development of Timo Meier.

Have a great week, folks! Get that coffee ready for this week’s 9:00 and 9:30 Central puck drops.