Monday's Dump & Chase: Knowing is half the battle

And now we know the opponent. That's great. What's even better is that we have a whole week to prepare.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Beneath the Ice (S2:E12) 30 & 30 | PredsTV
James Neal. Puppies. Jorts. And more Swedes. And the heartbreak with Jarnkrok talking about Ekholm moving away made my tear ducts work.

Instant Analysis: Predators Take on Ducks in First Round - Nashville Predators - Features
Including the awesome .gif of Fisher doing dental work on Kevin Bieksa.

High and lows of Predators' regular season | Tennessean
This is very honest. "It ain't all flowers / sometimes you gotta feel the thorns."

Ducks Clinch Pacific Division, Jennings, Defeat Capitals 2-0 and Will Face Nashville In Round One - Anaheim Calling
John Gibson is being denoted as the starter.

Predators' second half rescued inconsistent season | Tennessean
"The Predators' 16-6-6 record in their final 28 games pushed them into the playoffs."

Other NHL News

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: First round previews -
As of 11:30 at night, no preview for our series is up. But it's still a good starting point.

Is Claude Julien done in Boston? |
It's not like Boston has made other smart moves as of late.

Las Vegas owner chimes in on NHL expansion - Article - TSN
Bill Foley sounds like me when I was five, dreaming of owning a team and going crazy with some crayons. I love it.

Murray steps down as Senators GM, Dorion takes over -
This comes days after their owner raised a fuss. Interesting. Bryan Murray is a respected gentlemen of the game, and good to know he's still in the building in Ottawa (or at least near Ottawa).

There is no rift between Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban - Eyes On The Prize
Sure, but perception is reality to a bunch of old guys in suits.

Breaking down Pavel Datsyuk's contract with Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press
And of course this column mentions Stamkos.

Flyers vs. Islanders recap: Add 2 more points and some pizza to a successful regular season - Broad Street Hockey
That's freaking awesome. Pizza is a delicious food, and is especially great to share with more than 2 people.

Panthers open Stanley Cup playoffs against New York Islanders | Miami Herald
The Panthers are younger, possibly deeper, protect their goaltender, and have the right kind of veterans. But the Rangers won the cup in 1994 so you can't count them out.

Lightning’s inconsistent season a memory as playoffs begin | and The Tampa Tribune
With all of their injuries mounting up, Cooper muttered "General, I have no division."

First round matchup between Dallas-Minnesota will bring intensity both on and off the ice | SportsDay
As much as you folks don't like Dallas, seeing a younger, better team leaving Parise and Suter in the dust would make for a satisfying handshake line. Crying Joe Thornton may finally be knocked off his pedestal.

Blues' Reaves ready to bring grit to series against Chicago | Blues |
Mark this down: The Chicago Blackhawks want to win the series against St. Louis. The Blues want to kill the Blackhawks. Both can technically happen in the same series.

NHL -- 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers | ESPN
This may be the most violent series in the East. And that's not even considering a return of Zac Rinaldo.

Not Hockey

Jordan Spieth Wasn't Much For Talking After His Masters Collapse | Deadspin