Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Is there a cursebreaker in the house?
After a bad road trip, another Saturday night home game tipped the Preds into their first losing record of the season. That and more in today’s links.
Nashville Predators News & Notes
Nashville Predators 2, Chicago Blackhawks 7: The Curse of Saturday Night | On the Forecheck
As Bryan kept pointing out last night, Roman Josi scored his hundredth career goal in that ugly, ugly loss. Also as Bryan pointed out last night, it's understandable that nobody really felt like talking about it.
Anyway, Shaun has your recap.
Other News & Notes
Coyotes' Kuemper fights Tkachuk as Arizona shuts out Flames | Sportsnet.ca
Really, who among us has never wanted to throw Matthew Tkachuk across a room.
The Buzzer: Eichel scores 4; Milestones for Stamkos, Coach Q | ProHockeyTalk
...wait, Derek Grant (of "intent to blow" fame) scored a hat trick?
NWHL announces more investors, closing of funding round | The Ice Garden
Money is good and all, but I don't love the lack of transparency here.
Maple Leafs have received trade calls on Tyson Barrie | Sportsnet.ca
Hopefully if they do trade him they get back a defender that Babcock is willing to use, while Barrie goes to a team that actually wants to see him play the way he always has.
The Takeaway: Fast starts and top performances at the international break | The Ice Garden
Some NCAA news and a promising peek at the Czech women's hockey program. The game is only going to be stronger the more teams are competitive internationally--no team should be automatic for a medal. Finland making the gold-medal game over Canada last Worlds was great; Finland winning gold over the USA would have been better.
Anyway, Czechia crushed everyone at the Five Nations Tournament, which included usual automatics Finland (bronze) and Switzerland (fourth)--something to keep an eye on in future best-on-best play.
Sabres coach Ralph Krueger: Rasmus Dahlin 'will learn from' benching | Sportsnet.ca
Krueger says it was "a coaching room decision, not against Rasmus at all, it was for the other guys to just tighten things up and it worked." But, y'know, it was Dahlin, not "the other guys", he benched, so uh.
Paul Bissonnette to get chance to back up lacrosse boast | ProHockeyTalk
You know what, sure. Also, good grief, Bissonnette is only 34?
Hart gives special gold stick to family after tragedy | NHL.com
There’s a Philadelphia-area initiative to have kids with cancer design sports equipment for professional athletes. You can, uh, probably guess how this story goes from there. :(
MacKinnon on Calvert injury: 'I can only imagine if that was LeBron James' | Sportsnet.ca
Hey, guess what's still a terrible rule? The one where they won't stop play when someone gets hurt if the opponent has the puck. Especially if it's a DZ injury, the player is risking additional injury from, you know, lying there on the ice while the opponent moves the puck at high velocities along the ice.
I certainly don't wish a second injury on anyone, especially since it's the NHL and I don't know if even that would matter to them, but I don't know what it's going to take. If they're worried about embellishment, that's already a penalty! Just call it if someone stays down for the whistle but isn't hurt!