Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Testing...Testing...

We’ve got links this fine weekend—finally.

Nashville Predators 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1: PLAYOFF BOUND | On the Forecheck
Yesterday was a mess of technical errors on our backend from start (links post) to finish (game recap), but the Preds were not plagued by technical errors, and clinched a playoff spot. More to come on that this morning.

Predators clinch playoff spot; Penguins, Maple Leafs win division titles | ProHockeyTalk
Lots of things got locked down last night. Only one playoff participant (the fourth Canadian playoff spot) remains uncertain.

Report: John Tortorella informs Blue Jackets he won't return next season |
Congratulations to our friends over at the Cannon, who are almost certainly thrilled about this.

Head coach Rick Tocchet unlikely to return to Arizona Coyotes |
Are...are the Coyotes okay?

McDavid caps historic season with breathtaking performance on national stage |
I don't know how the NHL looks at the spectacular per-game numbers players put up in shortened seasons and doesn't go "hmm, maybe the 82-game schedule is too much wear and tear for our players?"

Canadian PWHPA teams are set to play in Calgary | The Ice Garden
Exciting news for Canadian women's hockey fans.

PWHPA’s Dream Gap Tour in St. Louis rescheduled for May 16 and 17 | The Ice Garden
And for US women's hockey fans! Streaming information has not yet been released about the St. Louis games, if they'll be available to stream at all.

NHL to relax COVID Protocols for fully vaccinated playoff teams | ProHockeyTalk
On the one hand, this makes sense; on the other hand, there's likely to be bad feeling about it from the Canadian teams (who suffered from rollout delays).

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin discussing future with ownership |
I don't know if Bergevin is necessarily worse at being a NHL GM than whoever would replace him, but he very much doesn't seem like a kind human, and I don't like him, and I'd like the Montreal Canadiens better if he were gone. So that's my take on that.

Overlooked performances on the 2021 Connecticut Whale | The Ice Garden
Alas, poor Whale. We were rooting for you! (Bryan has a headache somewhere and he doesn't know why. Some of us were rooting for you, Whale!)

2021 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Isak Rosén (F) | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Eric previews another young talent.

New York Rangers’ expensive statement galvanized support for George Parros |
I miss Tom Cigarran.

Michal Kempny gets injured by ice scraper during Hershey Bears game | RMNB
*flings hands in air* 2021, man.

Have a good Sunday, and watch out for ice scrapers!