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Saturday’s Dump & Chase: A Whole New World(s)

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Not much to report with everyone at Worlds or scattered and the IIHF’s new website design being spectacularly useless for getting any kind of detail.

Other News & Notes

All-in? The #ForTheGame movement and the future of pro women’s hockey in North America | Sporting News
I, personally, wouldn’t trust Gary Bettman with a used shoelace, but I admire the courage and regret the desperation of the women who are hoping to trust him with their sports league.

‘We all looked up to him’: mourners reflect on Red Kelly at funeral | Sportsnet.ca
“Family, friends and the hockey world bid farewell to Red Kelly at the NHL great’s funeral on Friday.”

Finnish steel | IIHF.com
My biggest takeaway from this article is that if Finland wins, Kaapo Kakko will dethrone Connor McDavid as the youngest player to ever win gold in U18, U20, and adult World Championships.

Czechs end Sweden’s winning streak | IIHF
Mattias Ekholm may or may not have had a good game (thanks, IIHF site), but Team Sweden did not have a good day.

Slovakia stuns U.S. 4-1 in world hockey championship opener | ProHockeyTalk
Team USA lost too, just in case you were wondering if the teams without any Preds on them were doing better.

(Switzerland has yet to play its first real game.)

Online interest in women’s hockey has risen since CWHL announced its closure | The Ice Garden
As Sydney of The Ice Garden notes, there’s also been a lot more #content generated about women’s hockey since the CWHL announced it was closing. You’ve probably noticed that in these D&Cs.

Truth By Numbers: Who has the edge in the Conference Finals? | Sportsnet.ca
I really regret the lack of a Blue Jackets-Hurricanes Eastern Conference Finale. It would have been so nice for my stress levels.

Stunning numbers through Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
The Carolina Hurricanes have also had some, uh, less-than-great power play time. Also, shooting percentage regression is still a thing in St. Louis.

Inside two women’s hockey reporters’ campaign to save CWHL history | At Even Strength
A really good, thoughtful piece on another perspective of how hockey reporters are supposed to interact with the game–suggesting that it is okay to care–which is also a summary of the attempts to save the CWHL trophies at auction.

Bruins-Hurricanes coaching matchup showcases clear evolution of the job | Sportsnet.ca
There are a lot of interesting coaching narratives this postseason. I have to say, Rod Brind’Amour has pleasantly surprised me as a coach.

Blue Jackets UFA Bobrovsky puts Columbus condo up for sale | Sportsnet.ca
He’s gone.