Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Hockey Eve

Hockey returns tomorrow and Tampa Bay will raise their banner. Go Preds!

Smashville News:

Preds Pleased with Results in Final Scrimmage of Training Camp | NHL.com
It was fun to watch hockey again. Both goalies seemed to be up and down over the two scrimmages. (I do think Scott Nichols missed an interference call on Sunday though!)

Matt Duchene brings energy, skill to Nashville Predators training camp | A to Z Sports
"Matt Duchene returned to Nashville Predators training camp on Sunday, flashing energy and skill that coaches liked to see."

Nashville Predators 2021 Position Previews: The Defenders | On the Forecheck
De-fense! De-fense!

Nashville Predators 2021 Position Previews: The Goalies | On the Forecheck
It is so difficult for me to accept that Pekka Rinne is no longer our number one goalie. Let's hope Juuse Saros doesn't have an early season slump—we don't have the time.

Beau Duchene is happy that hockey is back. What a cutie pie.

Central Division News:

Will Lightning’s biggest obstacle in Stanley Cup defense be the coronavirus? | Tampa Bay Times
It should be interesting, considering we couldn't even get through a brief training camp without teams having to close down.

Stars’ coronavirus outbreak complicates the team’s roster management ahead of season | Dallas Morning News
What will the Dallas Stars look like on January 19th?

Column: Corey Crawford could benefit Chicago Blackhawks rebuild | Chicago Tribune
Could or would Corey Crawford return to the Chicago Blackhawks in some capacity?

Other Hockey News:

Mike Milbury out as NBC hockey analyst after 14 years | ESPN
Buried in the happy news that Mike Milbury is out at NBC is the news that Mike Babcock is in as a studio analyst. As long as they keep Patrick Sharp, I won’t pull out the torchfork.

NHL Power Rankings: Contenders and pretenders for 2020-21 NHL season | NBC Sports
They don't like us. They really don't like us. The Nashville Predators begin the year at number 18.

Taxi! NHL taxi squads to help teams stay on ice in pandemic | AP News
I wonder what the kids would choose. Play all you can or be with the team, but maybe not play much.

Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin’s scoring slowed only by things out of his control | TSN
Interesting. Personally, I hope Alex Ovechkin can play enough to have a go at Wayne Gretzky's mark, but league politics and the pandemic seem to be against it.

Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson headline busy day on NHL's waiver wire | Sportsnet
Corey Perry—awww. Zac Rinaldo—didn't know he was still around. Did the Nashville Predators forget that today was the deadline?

Shane Doan joins Coyotes' front office as Chief Hockey Development Officer | Sportsnet
Yay! I'm glad to see this. He's a good guy.

Blues officially sign Mike Hoffman to one-year, $4 million contract | NBC Sports
I was upset about this until I remembered that St. Louis is no longer in our division.

Jay Bouwmeester says he has retired, 11 months after he collapsed in game | USA Today
Best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement.

NHL Lake Tahoe event puts new twist on outdoor game | NHL.com
More details on the outdoor game. I cannot imagine being in Stateline (and Edgewood is on the Nevada side) and not being allowed to leave the hotel. Luckily it's a brief period of time.