Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Do or Die

With five very winnable games left before the All-Star break, it’s time for our heroes in gold to act.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

What must new Nashville coach John Hynes address in order to get the Predators back on track? | The Hockey News
Goaltending, penalty-killing, and overall defensive play.

But hey, you already knew that.

Nashville Predators Acquire Forward Michael Mccarron | On the Forecheck
All right... so, Michael McCarron. Let’s get to know him.

Here are the pros:
1. He’s YUGE
2. ... Did I mention that he is YUGE?
3. Okay, so he’s kind of just a big body, and that’s it.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Recalls & All-Stars | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Milwaukee had one of its toughest stretches this season, putting up a 2-2-1 record.

Other Hockey News & Notes

NHL All-Star Game jerseys honor St. Louis music scene | ESPN

Hurricanes bring back Justin Williams on one-year $700K deal | Sportsnet
Old Man Williams has returned to Raleigh. Right at the midway point of the season, too. Who could’ve seen that coming?

Shesterkin makes 29 saves in NHL debut, Rangers hold off Avalanche |
Call up Connor Ingram, you cowards!

Rangers’ Lindgren to have hearing for illegal check to head | Sportsnet
It’s probably kind of rough to potentially get suspended after getting the absolute tar beat out of you by Nazem Kadri.

Midterm Report: Grading the performance of notable free agent signings with their new clubs | The Hockey News
“Has (Matt Duchene) been an offensive leader? Technically, yes. He’s tied for tops in scoring among Predators forwards with 28 points. But he’s also on pace for 59 points and Nashville was likely hoping for something more in the 70-point range, which is what he posted last season. He’s been sidelined for two games, but if Duchene can continue to produce like a top-six forward, the Predators will be happy. They’re still left searching for that No. 1 pivot, though.”

Penguins’ Jarry, Letang to replace Korpisalo, Guentzel at All-Star Game | Sportsnet

Yay... more Penguins.

Could the Edmonton Oilers use Jesse Puljujarvi as a trade chip? | TSN
I feel like people have been asking this exact same question for like a year now.

Sharks’ Logan Couture in walking boot after exiting with injury | ESPN
Logan Couture was helped off the ice with an apparent knee injury in the second period of Tuesday’s game and did not return.

I really feel bad for Couture, because it seems like he gets the hell beat out of him each and every year.