Saturday's Dump & Chase: Afternoon Game!!

Can we just all agree that afternoon games are awesome? You wake up, get your morning chores done, get some lunch, and BOOM...the Predators are right there on your TV. Not only that but we've got plenty of Predators-related links for you all to view today to waste time before the game starts.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Projected Lineup: Devils vs. Predators
With Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, James Neal, and Colton Sissons all out, the Predators still have a bit of a carousel going with Milwaukee. In fact, their entire fourth line started the season in the AHL.

Preds Practice Ponderings: December 2 | Nashville Predators
Mike Liambas discusses potentially getting into the Predators' lineup today.

Statistics Indicate Preds Strong Play Here to Stay | Nashville Predators
Willy Daunic looks at the stats that reflect the Predators success this past month.

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Roman Josi and Yannick Weber describe the challenges presented by the visiting Devils.

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Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis set the stage for a special matinee weekend in Smashville.

Point Streak Ends; Ads Lose 4-1 in Cleveland | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals lost in regulation for the first time since their home opener. Losing is never fun but that's a very impressive streak.

Gophers Top OSU in B1G Opener | Gopher Sports
Rem Pitlick tallied three assists while Tom Novak was able to add a helper. Both are having very solid seasons for the Golden Gophers.

Preds, Celebrities Gather to Strike Out Cancer | Nashville Predators
The Predators continue to have a great impact in the community.

Bridgestone Arena Countdown to 20 Years: 2002
It's hard to believe Bridgestone Arena has been in Nashville for 20 years.

Predators' Filip Forsberg feels breakthrough coming | The Tennessean
Definitely not a question of if but when for Forsberg.

Predators update statuses of James Neal, other injured players | The Tennessean
As mentioned, the Predators are very banged up going into the weekend.

Pekka Rinne first Predator named NHL's 'First Star' of month
It's the first time in team history that a Predators player has received the honor and it was more than well-deserved.

Preds Color With Kids For The Holidays | NewsChannel 5
The Preds are good peoples.

Subban, Ekholm growing into one of NHL's top defensive pairs | FOX Sports
; ) @Chris Martel

Buffalo preps Vesey for what he'll hear in Nashville | Nashville Post
Saturday, December 17 boys and girls. Mark your calendars and ready your windpipes.

Around the World of Hockey

Are there any great teams in the NHL? | USA Today
I don't think it's that there aren't any great teams in the NHL. I just don't think there are many really bad teams.

NHLPA rejects NHL's offer of Olympic participation for CBA extension
To be fair it was a terrible offer that many players laughed at.

Avalanche's struggles at home put it at bottom of NHL | Denver Post
For all of the offensive firepower they have, they simply aren't a complete team.

Winnipeg Jets phenoms Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele wow teammate Blake Wheeler with flying starts | ESPN
The Jets are a perfect example of how teams are built nowadays. They have drafted well and are now getting some dividends. The best has yet to come. Oh, and Laine is an absolute monster.

Who have been the unluckiest shooters in the NHL? (Trending Topics) | Yahoo
No surprise that Filip Forsberg is the cover photo.

CHART: Americans are catching up to Canadians in the NHL | Business Insider
I like it!

Revisiting NHL playoff predictions for Canadian teams | TSN
The Canadiens definitely aren't the same team that didn't make the playoffs last season. Shea Weber, Alex Radulov, and a healthy Carey Price have all been game changers.

'Rational arguments' favour NHL going to 2018 Olympics | CBC Sports

It would be really frustrating to see the Predators not go to the Olympics.