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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators reach new low point in the Peter Laviolette era | A to Z Sports
I've sworn off the "this is fine" dog after getting some criticism for using it earlier this season when Forsberg and Duchene were both injured, but I will go so far as to say things are not super great right now.

What’s wrong with the Predators? | ProHockeyTalk
As we all know, and as NBC writer Joey Alfieri points out, a lot of things have been going wrong. The stats for the Preds' "top," which is to say highest-paid, forwards are a little cherry-picked (Forsberg: no points in his last three games; Johansen: one goal in his last seventeen games), but it is true that all of these guys don't suddenly suck.

Predators Reassign Santini to Milwaukee |
Now call up Allard or Davies.

Other Tennessee Hockey News & Notes

Ford Ice Center Bellevue to Host Country Classic Women's Hockey Tourney |
This is going to be fantastic, though the "Country Classic" is a little bit...sigh. Still, the tickets will be cheap and the hockey will be good.

Other, Non-Tennessee Hockey News & Notes

What we can learn from past five NHL seasons of coaching changes |
Just, you know, in case you were wondering. For any reason. Maybe you have a friend you were asking for?

Rebecca Morse flourishing in return to the blue line | The Ice Garden
Stories about players moving between defender and forward are always really interesting to me, theoretically a big fan of positionless hockey but practically someone who gets stressed out when defenders aren't, well, defending.

Garnet Hathaway says his suspension for spitting ‘was tough to swallow’ | Russian Machine Never Breaks

Oh no.

Truth By Numbers: Examining Pageau's stunning November with Senators |
Cale Makar is ridiculous.

Beyond Benn and Seguin: Breaking down Stars’ hot streak | ProHockeyTalk
First of all, you'd think Stars management would learn, eventually, to stop blaming Seguin and Benn every time the team isn't doing well. Second of all...wait, does the Stars' goal song have LYRICS? (I don't know, because I have a migraine and listening to people scream "DALLAS! STARS!" against a beat that hard isn't something I feel like doing to myself tonight, but it has a title, so that suggests there might be lyrics.)

Flames’ Treliving points finger at himself with team mired in losing streak |
He did trade for Milan Lucic, on purpose, but this is actually a really refreshing take. I don’t think I’d have the courage to go out in front of a pack of reporters and say I’d been, quote, “horses--t” at my job and it wasn’t anyone else’s fault.

Team USA announces 2019 Winter Camp roster, schedule | The Ice Garden
Things did not go so well for Team USA in their latest outing against Team Canada; they're going to be looking to improve before Worlds this winter. Spring? Whatever.

NHLPA to challenge Jets on Byfuglien suspension | Winnipeg Free Press
The moral of the story definitely seems to be "always report your workplace injuries," but the Jets suspending Dustin Byfuglien because he didn't get permission to have surgery to treat an injury is such a weird aspect of professional sports.

Can surprisingly scrappy Senators find right competing-rebuilding balance? | ProHockeyTalk
Ah yes, "surprisingly scrappy," the phrase calculated to make every heart go pitter-patter. (In seriousness, though, good for Sens fans; they deserve some happiness in their lives.)

Frederick beer league team creates incredible Maryland Crabs jerseys | Russian Machine Never Breaks
These are about fifty times better than two of the four outdoor jerseys the NHL has rolled out this month, still at least twenty times as good as the Stars' Winter Classic jerseys, and not even on the same plane of existence as the Kings' Stadium Series jerseys.

LEAKED: 2020 LA Kings Stadium Series Jersey | SportsLogos.Net
Uh, feel free to go back up and look at that Maryland Crabs jersey again now.