Sunday's Dump & Chase: Keeping an Even Keel

Sure, it looks like the Preds are gaining on the slumping divisional spots, and have set a new franchise record for games earning at least a point. Forsberg is back on the sophomore version of his Calder revenge tour, and the first line has chipped in a couple of goals too. But it's important to

Nashville News & Notes

Preds are poised to make noise as they’ve turned the corner | The Game
In case you need some unwavering optimism.

Smith And Wilson's Paths Diverging This Season | Today's Slap Shot
Wilson only missed twelve games, which is a lot fewer than it seemed.

Predators beat Avalanche, add to wild-card cushion | The Tennessean
If they can learn resilience and bottle it for the playoffs, I like their chances.

Nashville Predators Foundation hosts wine festival | The Tennessean
Drink wine and watch the Preds get revenge for Malkin's sneaky overtime trip at the same time.

Around Hockey

3 Ways To Cope With Your Hockey Team | The Hockey Writers
I hope to not need this advice in a few weeks.

Biggest GM fail at trade deadline; NHL's worst contract |
Somewhat surprisingly, Weber was not mentioned.

Steve Mason: 'I've been counted out a lot during my career' | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
There really isn't a goalie controversy in Philadelphia (for once), but they have to ask Mason about it anyway.

Video: Line brawl erupts between Ducks and Kings | ProHockeyTalk
Kings: did you really want to take Bieksa off the ice for the rest of the game?

The NHL's top scorers are still being shut down like never before | CBSSports
The NHL may not have a scoring problem, but the number of players with gaudy point totals is lower than ever.

Sabres GM Murray says team is pushing Moulson to get into better shape | ProHockeyTalk
I'm pretty sure it has less to do with his fitness level and more to do with age in general, but spinning it as a "him" problem instead of a "they" problem (his contract is bad) is fairly predictable.

Behind the scenes on an NWHL road trip with the Riveters |
Getting a per diem: what professional hockey's all about.

Which teams need Auston Matthews the most? | USA Today
Any team besides the Oilers. Or the Leafs. But any other team.

Jets to host Oilers in Heritage Classic | TSN
I can barely stand to watch Hockey Day in Canada features; I think I'll be skipping this outdoor game.

NHL working on cameras for crossbars, blueline |
I'm in favor of these challenges being determined more accurately, but I'm pretty disenchanted with the coach's challenge itself.