Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Let Down Up North

It’s not looking great.

Nashville Predators News & Notes:

Five-Hole Friday: A New Hope | On The Forecheck
Rachel takes a look around the league.

Nashville Predators 3, Winnipeg Jets 5: Nashville’s Early Lead Erased in Manitoba | On The Forecheck
The new hope kind of went splat.

Other News & Notes:

The Wakandan National Hockey Team Pt. 2: The Revenge of Killmonger!!! | Raw Charge
If you’re in the mood for something that doesn’t involve the Preds forgetting how to hockey, this is a fun follow-up to last year’s What if Wakanda had an Olympic Hockey Team? (last year’s has more math).

Alex Ovechkin makes some history, is still chasing more | ProHockeyTalk
I feel like that headline could sum up just about everything that Alex Ovechkin has ever done on ice skates. I’m not sure how you make an argument that he isn’t the greatest goalscorer in NHL history, given the era he’s doing it in.

Takeaways: Price, Armia keep Canadiens ahead in tight playoff race | Sportsnet
How do you all feel about the Canadiens’ surprising season so far?

Stacking up on young guns: Team USA’s World Championship Roster | The Ice Garden
The 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships are taking place from April 4-14 this year. If you like cheering for Team USAs that are almost certain to make it to the gold-medal game and have a decent chance of actually bringing home gold, the women’s team is your best bet.

Ottawa Senators Fire Guy Boucher | Silver Seven Sens
Breaking: having a completely useless roster is a bad way to get wins or to have a “winning culture.”

The headline for the video cluster on Sportsnet is “Senators going through an unprecedented series of disasters,” if you were wondering how it looks from the outside (and Sportsnet doesn’t know the half of it). And if you were wondering how useless the roster is...:

Hockey world praises Flames legend Jarome Iginla ahead of jersey retirement | Sportsnet
I’m glad he’s not in a position to be scoring on the Preds every single game, for sure.

Budget restrictions headline CWHL decisions to stream games | The Ice Garden
I get frustrated sometimes with, but at least it’s supposed to work. Since I’ve never made any kind of dedicated effort to follow any CWHL team, I hadn’t realized that they, unlike the NWHL, actually can’t stream most of their games. That’s concerning, and it’s also just plain sad.

Nikita Kucherov scoring update: He’s still doing a lot of it | Raw Charge
Getting the feeling Kucherov might be, um, good.

Injury-ravaged Coyotes lose Derek Stepan for playoff push | ProHockeyTalk
The Coyotes just cannot catch a break. Then again, given the last time the Preds faced them in the playoffs, that’s probably not that big a concern around here.