Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Green Light?
All signs seem to point to the Predators playing tomorrow night. Here’s to hoping that another shoe doesn’t drop in the meantime.
Nashville Predators News & Notes
Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett to depart for Nashville Predators | Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Preds have made a personnel move on the business side of things, hiring away Tampa Bay Lightning spokesman and executive vice president Bill Wickett. Wickett will serve as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the Preds starting on March 8th.
So are the Predators playing tomorrow night?
According the John Hynes, it sounds like the Preds' game with the Stars on Friday is good to go. Both teams with full teams practicing.— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) January 20, 2021
John Hynes confirms no #Preds players in the Covid protocol. Mikael Granlund is still in quarantine for immigration.— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) January 20, 2021
We also got this beautiful nugget from Ryan Johansen yesterday, prompted from a question by OTF’s very own Shaun C. Smith.
.@SCSOTF's question to Ryan Johansen, in which Johansen discussed his "orangutan arms" #Preds pic.twitter.com/F9VrIYVZFl— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) January 20, 2021
Other Hockey News & Notes
Carolina Hurricanes have two more games postponed as five players on NHL’s COVID-19 list | ESPN
Hurricanes games have been postponed through at least Saturday with five players on the NHL’s COVID-19 absence list, the league announced.
Mike Babcock open to coaching in NHL again with ‘the right fit’ | Sportsnet
Here’s to hoping that ‘the right fit’ doesn’t exist anymore.
Brand New Season, Same Old Oilers | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
It’s only four games into the season...but it’s already four games into the season. And some very familiar bugaboos are showing up in northern Alberta.
Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews ‘pumped’ NHL has reverted to non-tech pucks | Sportsnet
So those pucks with the tracking tech really must’ve sucked, huh?
Prospect Watch: Savoie’s a Saint | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
One of the top 2022 prospects has arrived in Dubuque and he’s made an impact right away. Learn about him and nine other kids making noise.
Kirill Kaprizov is making a difference for Minnesota Wild | Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports
Kirill Kaprizov is making a difference in Minnesota: The Wild rookie was named the league’s first star of the week following his first three NHL contests.
Jack Hughes: ‘I Feel Good Right Now’ | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Last season, Hughes had statistically one of the worst-ever seasons in the history of No. 1 overall picks. In fact, he wasn’t even the best rookie in his family. But he’s bigger, stronger and more dynamic in Year 2.
NHL Power Rankings - 1-31 poll, plus the biggest surprise for every team after opening week | ESPN
The Preds stay put at #18.