Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Rolling Again?

The Predators prepare to host the St. Louis Blues tonight in Smashville. Let's hope they don't suck.

Nashville Predators News

Preds Practice Ponderings: December 12 | NHL.com
The Preds have gone 2-4-1 without Ryan Ellis in the lineup. They may get him back tonight. This guy's presence cannot be underestimated.

Fiala Knows Development is Part of the Process
Really great to see that Fiala is starting to make his mark. Earlier in the season we talked about guys like Roman Josi being important to the development of Fiala and it seems as if Josi has made an impact. His head is in the right place, his play is more consistent, and he's found some chemistry with guys like Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen. Future looks better every day for this kid.

Predators mailbag: Why can't Nashville win on the road?
Adam tackles Viktor Arvidsson protection, Ryan Johansen contract value, and the Preds road woes.

Ads Survive Third Period Thriller; Win 5-4 | Admirals Roundtable
Kamenev had 3 points, including this tasty goal:


Other Hockey News

Bruins defeat Canadiens in overtime | NHL.com
Rask outduels Price and the Bruins get a big road win. Also, where did Paul Byron come from exactly?

Patrik Laine accidentally fires shot into own net (Video)
I mean, obviously this is bad and something that you should never do. But I'm sure Patrik Laine will be able to laugh about it someday. Like maybe on the day next summer when he is awarded the Calder Trophy.

Patrik Laine needed a hug after scoring a game-deciding own-goal - SBNation.com
Compassionate moments like this are what make me hopeful.

Younger Players Lift Coyotes
Those young players made a laughing stock of the skilled veterans on the Predators last Saturday.

Penguins move to No. 1 in NHL Power Rankings - Article - TSN
Power rankings are such a guilty pleasure of mine. They are so useless and terrible, but I don't care, I click and read every time.

The Daily Chum: What have been the Sharks best lines this year? - Fear The Fin
Shocker: it's the one with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way! - Winging It In Motown
Strangely, a number of the items on this wish list to Santa are similar to what we might include for the Preds. Goals, de-slumping forwards, power play assistance, overall improved feelings about the team, etc.

Not Hockey

Broncos' Chris Harris: Harry Douglas tried to 'end my career'
Ok, so Harry Douglas definitely made a dangerous, and legal, play on Chris Harris, but let's slow down on the "he was trying to end my career" stuff. To my knowledge, there is no prior beef between these two and Harry Douglas hardly has a reputation as a consistently dirty player. He's a slot receiver, for goodness sake. He was making a cut block. These happen dozens of times a game around the line of scrimmage.

Also, this is entertaining as hell: