Thursday's Dump & Chase: Medal Round

Team USA will battle Team Canada for gold this evening, while the Preds try for their first win of the new year. I'm not sure which I'm less optimistic for.

Nashville News & Notes

Preds Top 100 Moments: 1996-2000 | Nashville Predators
This is not a slideshow.

My Story: An Improbable Journey to Nashville | Nashville Predators
Did Pekka Rinne smile as a child?

Are Predators capable of finding consistency? | The Tennessean
Exasperation is a good way to describe my feelings toward this team.

Around Hockey

Spector: NHL Needs To Market All-Star Game, Big Events Better | Fanrag Sports
NBCSN will start their broadcast half an hour early to cover the Columbus-Washington game, at least.

Eric Staal says he’s having fun playing in Minnesota | The News & Observer
I have trouble believing he has fun doing anything.

What's keeping fans away from world juniors? Hockey Canada hopes for better turnout in semis | CBC
Put it in smaller markets and quit trying to fill the Bell Centre with overpriced tickets.

Milt Schmidt 'a great example for hockey' |
The hockey world lost another legend on Wednesday.

Big question - What's the worst injury you've seen a guy play through? | ESPN
In which we discover professional athletes are crazy people.

Blue Jackets now 1 victory away from NHL consecutive wins record | USA Today
I kind of want to see them fail, because I hate joy (and the Columbus Blue Jackets).

Going for gold! USA knocks off Russia in thrilling World Juniors semifinal | ProHockeyTalk
Troy Terry's game winner was filthy.

Why rapidly improving Maple Leafs are good bet to make playoffs -
Auston Matthews is really good, Andersen is making saves, and Babcock could teach a paper bag to play the trap.

‘Shock value’: Electrical current machine helps T.J. Oshie stay in top shape - The Washington Post
I've never felt such a kinship to Jay Beagle.