Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Barry Misses Us

Barry Friggin' Trotz spends nearly a third of his afternoon news conference talking about Nashville. Thanks, coach. He gushed about the downtown, the buildings, the scene, etc. Then some writer torpedoes the whole thing talking about the Redskins. Bah. Barry may miss us, but he likes his roster

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Barry Trotz 1/4/16 | Monumental Network
You'll want to start this around the 9:45 mark. Barry Trotz delivers an honest assessment of Nashville's growth.

Predators' week ahead: On the road again | Tennessean
The beloved hockey team doesn't play many home games in January.

Home Pekka Rinne vs Road Pekka Rinne - TSS
"Rinne is on pace to play 76 games this season, besting his career high of 73 in 2011-12. That number should in no way be met with the Predators yet to face six sets of back-to-backs during their final 43 games of the year."

Other Hockey News & Notes

Jonathan Drouin by the numbers - Raw Charge
Beside talented players, he doesn't appear to suck.

Drouin saga compounds drama already surrounding Lightning - Sportsnet.ca
Reading Yzerman's comments.... he's not trading Jo. Nope.

NHL -- Highs and lows of 2015 in the Western Conference | ESPN
If you like embedded tweets, this is awesome.

Why the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford is now one of NHL's top goalies - CBSSports.com
The numbers do back it up, but when he is yanked it's usually in spectacular fashion. I still wish Matt Cullen's goal didn't get past Darling in game six, and he would've stayed in for longer.

NBC happy with Winter Classic ratings, but wary of Canadian teams | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "I look at the glass half full. We still did a big number."

Criscuolo's Late Heroics Lift Men's Hockey To Mariucci Classic Title | Sports | The Harvard Crimson
In case you missed it, Jimmy Vesey is still playing like a grown man.

Team USA coach admits he knows nothing about the Russian team hours before playing them - SBNation.com
Great prep work, coach.

World Junior Championship: Five things learned from semifinals, Russia defeats U.S. | 2016 World Junior Championship
Russia shut down the Auston Matthews line. It's like they weren't prepared for them.

Hot Button Issues: Semi-final recap - Article - TSN
Craig Button some clean, simple points on what happened in Finland.

Video: Daniel Sedin returns after being bloodied, losing teeth | ProHockeyTalk
Yikes. Normally I'm for things that involve the Canucks fans suffering or being able to tell the Sedin brothers apart. But not like this.

Jarome Iginla notches 600th career goal in win over Kings - The Denver Post
Only 18 other players have topped 600 goals.

Not Hockey

Chargers, Raiders and Rams file for relocation to Los Angeles - CBSSports.com
Now the Titans will have to move to St. Louis in 2022 instead. Eww.

Griffey still unanimous in latest HOF ballot update | theScore.com
Good. He's definitely worthy of that distinction.