Saturday’s Dump and Chase: Good Pre-Game Lunches and Naps

Saturday links for your rainy Saturday.

Nashville Predators News

Why the Ryan Ellis breakout is (mostly) for real - TheHockeyNews
THN takes a close look at our Human Rocketship, Ryan Ellis. He’s definitely due for a career season.

Youth Hockey Player Becomes First to Complete All of Preds Programming
A local kid has made history as the first to complete all of Preds youth hockey programming.

Around the League

Gudbranson traded to Ducks by Penguins
The Ducks shore up a bit of their blue line and Pittsburgh receives a minor-leaguer and a 7th round pick. I’m not sure what the goal for Pittsburgh was here, though. They still have Jack Johnson on their team.

NHL, Flames, Jets unveil scholarship ahead of Heritage Classic
It's incredible to see hockey helping out deserving students.

Blues, Bruins Cup Final rematch will be 'emotional game,' Berube says
The Bruins are probably trying to erase the memory of Game 7 from their heads. Can the Blues overcome the Bruins again?

Dubnyk returns to practice with Wild, likely will miss one more game
Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk is out for at least another game after sustaining an awful-looking injury against Edmonton.

Maple Leafs, Marleau's most memorable moments from Toronto tenure -
While Patrick Marleau is right at home again in San Jose, his time with Toronto was quite impactful.

Analyzing the NHL's luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far -
Nashville's high shooting percentage is explored here.

Truth By Numbers: Is Calgary's Gaudreau-Monahan duo struggling? -
Calgary has looked a bit rough to start the season. Can they pick up the pace? Some other interesting tidbits are discussed here too.

Jets struggling to rediscover contender identity with gutted blue line -
As much as we love Anthony Bitetto in Nashville, he's just not a top 4 defenseman. The Winnipeg blue line is in rough shape.

Urgent need to fix Canadiens' penalty kill clear after loss to Sharks -
After struggling on the power play last season, the Canadiens have improved their work on the man advantage. However, their penalty kill is awful. How do they fix these PK woes?

Can Semyon Varlamov return to top form with the New York Islanders? - TheHockeyNews
The Mitch Korn method might be exactly what Semyon Varlamov needs.

Future Watch: The 10 AHLers off to hot starts in 2019-20 - TheHockeyNews
Which prospects are tearing it up in the AHL? Take a look here. No Admirals appear on this list.

Friday Five: Biggest 'Homers' to start the NHL season -
I'd love to see Justin Williams make a return to the Hurricanes. He resumed skating last week. Will he sign a new contract soon?

What will Regina have in store as host of Heritage Classic between Flames, Jets? - Video - TSN
Tonight is the Heritage Classic in Saskatchewan. The Jets and Flames will face off on a beautiful outdoor rink.

Winnipeg Jets forward Mason Appleton breaks foot playing football -
I guess the only good thing about this is that Appleton is a forward and not a defenseman. Winnipeg can't take any more damage on their blue line.

Make sure you get in a good pre-game meal and nap. Puck drop is at 6:00 CST tonight!