Thursday's Dump and Chase: Fiala Needs Miracle Max

After Kevin Fiala's knee turned in ways unknown to humankind, the Predators eked out an important 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. There's no way he comes back. Smith or Jarny, please get healthy.

Series Update

Eastern Conference

WSH 0 - PIT 0

OTT 0 - NYR 0

Western Conference

STL 0 - NSH 1

ANA 0 - EDM 0*

* = I went to bed. Sorry guys, law school finals are a thing.

[Editor's note: Edmonton won.]

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators 4, St. Louis Blues 3: Vernon Fiddler Scores Late To Win Game 1
I don't know about you guys, but this was the most nervous I've been watching the Predators in a long, long time.

Why Predators-Blues game was further delayed after Fiala injury -
I've never seen a knee move like that. Don't expect him back this postseason and, more importantly, hope his knee returns to full strength as soon as possible. His game is very lateral and knee-reliant.

Jake Allen takes blame for Predators’ game-winner vs. Blues | ProHockeyTalk

Predators at Blues game one preview: Forsberg v. Tarasenko - St. Louis Game Time
Oddly, neither player was a huge factor. I have nothing but respect for Tarasenko though. You all see him help move Fiala's stretcher with Arvidsson off the ice? He's a class act. Hell, I was mad at Watson for his little cheap shot at him.

Around Hockey

Capitals eager for shot at redemption - NHLcom
Here's hoping Barry Trotz makes his first conference final.

Babcock, McLellan, Tortorella finalists for coach of the year - CBC Sports
As a Blue Jackets fan, it should be Babcock. Torts may be considered a favorite, but he's just a bad coach who "somewhat" changed his image and rode an unsustainable shooting percentage to a good record. That being said, Werenski and Bobrovsky are phenominal.

Loyalties of Canadian hockey fans divided entering next round of NHL playoffs - Montreal Gazette
Allez Predators! Am I doing this right?

Kucherov: Some Bolts got paid, quit working - TSN