Sunday's Dump & Chase: Fingers Crossed

So Nashville is pretty firmly set in the first wildcard (opponent pending), but players have started dropping like flies around the league. We've just got to ride it out and make it there. (Get well soon, Ellis and Bitetto.)

Nashville News & Notes

Predators seek momentum before playoffs begin | The Tennessean
I don't know about momentum, but I'd like a little bit of confidence and getting our defense back in order.

Craig Smith Has Met Expectations Through His Career | TSS
No one but us knows who he is, but Honey Badger don't care.

Bask in the powerful beauty of this Shea Weber slap-shot goal | SBNation
The one beautiful thing from that game.

Predators playoff tickets on sale Wednesday | The Tennessean
If you can make it, it's gonna be good time.

Admirals returning to playoffs | The American Hockey League
And Nashville's farm team gets in on the fun!

Around Hockey

NHL scores 2016: Bruins win but keep toying with playoff elimination | SBNation
I'm ok with this.

Nazem Kadri disagrees with fine, ready to move on |
Maybe he should stop diving. Just a thought.

Pens' Fleury out with second concussion | TSN
The hits just keep coming for the Penguins.

Lightning's Steven Stamkos out 1-3 months with blood clot in arm | CBSSports
That's really terrible news, seguing into free agency speculation.

Report: Datsyuk may leave for Russia after this season (and Red Wings would be stuck with his cap hit) | ProHockeyTalk
Losing Datsyuk would be bad enough, but his cap hit would be brutal.

Saad's 1st career hat trick helps Columbus beat Carolina 5-1 | USA Today
Someone remind Saad about Matthews and tell him to save it for next season.

U.S. Defeats Canada, 4-1, To Win 2016 IPC Pan-Pacifics | USA Hockey
The USWNT is also in action today at the 2016 Women's World Championships.

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid and Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett were minor hockey linemates | Edmonton Journal
The world of players who eventually make the NHL is very, very small.

Being a junior hockey prospect is hard work | Toronto Sun
The less said about my high school fitness competition rankings, the better.

A Spring of Discontent for Canadian Hockey | The New York Times
I'm pretty sure the NYT gets just as much glee out of Canadian teams' endless futility as I do.