Thursday's Dump & Chase: Surviving New Year's Eve in Nashville

Let's be honest- a concert headlined by Chris Stapleton and King of Leon is very awesome. A bowl game the night before didn't suck either (even though it was kinda cold). Sadly, our hockey team will be on the road in Dallas instead of playing among one of the craziest nights of the year. So

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Blog Council: Should Nashville acquire Stamkos and why do baby clothes have pockets? -
And why do baby clothes have pockets, anyway?

The Predator Way: Player Development Leads to Prosperity in Nashville - Nashville Predators - Features
Some Roman Josi love in this, as well as some neat perspective.

Predators ready to clash with NHL-leading Stars | Tennessean
The Stars have scored 20 goals more than anyone else in the league. They're good at that.

Around the League

NHL -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien defying expectations | ESPN
Claude Julien has been on the chopping block for years, but it should be no surprise that the Bruins coach is still around and still thriving. Why? He knows what he has with guys like Bergeron and Chara, and knows he can trust them.

Evander Kane investigation could take weeks, police say - BN Hockey
As is the case with most lab exams.

WJC setting stage for interesting 2016 NHL draft -
Damien Cox offers some thoughts on the world junior championship and also reveals why the next NHL draft may be the first this century to not feature a Canadian-born player selected in the top five.

Brad Marchand of Boston Bruins suspended three games for clipping Ottawa Senators Mark Borowiecki | Department of Player Safety News
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games, without pay, for clipping Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.

Auston Matthews leads USA in 10-1 rout of Switzerland: 3 things to know -
Auston Matthews is that dude.

Who Isn't Bringing It for New York Rangers? - TSS
The defense, including Hank, needs to look in the mirror. But not in the case of Hank; that would be dangerous.

Thumbs up to winning Panthers, down to fight night in Boston - Article - TSN
More love for the first place Florida Panthers.

Update: Backstrom’s injury may be minor, Beagle could need surgery | NBCSports
Just when things were going so well for the Caps...

Stars put Hemsky on IR, recall Faksa | NBCSports
Just when things were going so well for the Stars...

Not Hockey

Memphis player swipes game ball from Auburn equipment staff, flips everybody the bird and runs away -