Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: JOFA! JOFA! JOFA!

Please stay together. Please?

Smashville News:

The Nashville Predators played the Detroit Red Wings last night. An excellent recap of that game can be found on the home page somewhere in between this article and the Game Day Thread.

Saros improving after turbulent season start | Nashville Post
Yes he is. Now can he get some additional goal support from the team?

Preds, Nashville Fans Raise Over $60,000 at Hockey Fights Cancer Game | NHL.com
This was a great day at Bridgestone and the Predators had a lot of children from Vanderbilt there. Next up in Hockey Fights Cancer - Preds & Pins. $175 per person, $800 for a team or you can sponsor a child (no admission) for $50.

Preds’ CEO discusses lessons learned trying to build fan engagement | Nashville Post
"Sean Henry gives behind-the-curtain look at the infamous pedal tavern idea." There is this thing called test marketing. Do they still teach that in business school?

CGY vs. NSH: Grimaldi Mic'd Up | NHL.com
Not as spicy as some of course, but Rocco Grimaldi is all go, go, go.

Weekly Edge: Are the Nashville Predators changing up the top six? | A to Z Sports
Alex with his weekly review. JOFA! JOFA! JOFA!

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Central Division News:

Alex Nylander has become NHL regular at last with Blackhawks | Chicago Sun-Times
How long will this one be around before he is traded due to lack of cap space? Can someone tell me why Alex Nylander has a "bad reputation"?

Slumping Wild denied by Blues, controversial calls | Twin Cities
What will not surprise you - Devin Dubnyk hates the way goaltender interference is being called. What may surprise you - Kevin Fiala scored his first goal of the year on Saturday.

Jake Allen searching for rhythm in backup role with Blues | stltoday.com
"For the first time since early in his career, Allen has entered a season as the Blues' No. 2 goalie." Remember Jake Allen? If he only plays two or three games a month, then he should be able to get through the season before getting all up in his own head, right?

Other Hockey News:

The NHL's best and worst this week - Why the Islanders embrace doubt from outsiders | ESPN
For some reason, my stepsister (from NC) is an New York Islanders fan. I love finally being able to root for them with her. Also in another part of the update - apparently a Slurpee is an indulgence.

Nationals ride Zamboni shirtless, celebrate World Series at Capitals game | NHL.com
"Champions recognize champions and over-the-top celebrators recognize over-the-top celebrators."

Super Slow Mo: Week 4 | NHL.com
It's that time again. Well, we get right to the goalie humiliation, I see. Oh, Pekka Rinne. That highlight is unfortunately going to be around for a long time. Now waiting...more waiting...still waiting... That's it? Jeesh.

Why the slapshot is becoming a lost art in today's fast-paced NHL | Sportsnet.ca
Interesting piece. I would add to the reasoning that the evolution of defenders to be more mobile and activated has also impacted the decrease in slapshots.

The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists | ESPN
Today's long read is very interesting and informative. Full disclosure, I had to skip some paragraphs due to the detailed descriptions.

Is the NHL getting any closer to seeing an openly gay player? | TheHockeyNews
Of course the answer is yes, but when leagues are increasing penalties for slurs used during games... I sadly think there is a ways to go yet.