Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Late Nights

The Nashville Predators are on a west coast swing this week. I don’t do caffeine. It’s work on taxes week. Fun times ahead!

Smashville News:

Weekly Edge: A few reasons why the Predators’ chemistry seems off | AtoZ Sports
Not disagreeing that the Nashville Predators have had some challenges in these areas, but I can’t help feeling something else is going on. Don’t ask me. I have no idea what.

The Week That Was: Chapter 22 | On the Forecheck
Christopher with a look at the past week’s results. If the boys keep up with these grades, they are going to have to take some remedial hockey courses.

Broadcasters Take Helicopter Ride | NHL.com
I knew jet pilots try to make civilians queasy. Who knew you could do it with a helicopter?

This piece on Ryan Johansen is fun. However, it becomes really noticeable that he does not actually answer the questions.

Lord Banner of Smashville is the subject of this piece. #adoptdontshop

As we all know, taking their humans for a walk is a tough job for puppers.

Central Division News:

He’s back: Corey Crawford’s breakthrough just what Blackhawks need | Chicago Sun-Times
“Crawford had a brilliant game to lift the Hawks over the Stars. If he’s going to play like this, they’ve got a shot at the playoffs.” Hmmm. They would need a bit of help from other teams. The way the Central Division is going this year—could they get it?

Laine evolving overall game in third season for Jets | NHL.com
This title and lede certainly overstate the content of the article. Patrik Laine doesn’t sound like he really wants to be better defensively, but since he’s had some scoring droughts, he had to do something.

Wild needs better play in three areas on homestand to stay in playoff race | StarTribune.com
Goaltending, secondary scoring and special teams. Where have I heard that before?

Other Hockey News:

The Islanders are starting to show cracks and it couldn’t come at a worse time | TheHockeyNews
Hang in there, Islanders - you’re almost there. For those who enjoy stats, there are many here. They’ve been outperforming expectations all year and I hope it continues.

Super Slow Mo: Week 22 | NHL.com
By the way, before I start, I noticed that no one noticed that this piece didn’t get posted last week. Oh well, away we go. Brief Matt Cullen sighting. Waiting...waiting... Hi Matt Donovan. Way to put that on net for the Craig Smith rebound. More waiting...Preds?... Preds?... Anybody... Bueller? Cully again! Well that was disappointing. Maybe next week.

Voracek suspended two games for actions in Flyers game against Islanders | NHL.com
Jakub Voracek gets the now standard (when reviewed) two game suspension.

Eichel suspended two games for actions in Sabres game against Avalanche | NHL.com
And you get two! And you! And you, Jack Eichel.

And here is what Jack Eichel thinks about that.

Minor-league team to honor KISS with spectacular band-themed jerseys | NHL.com
Rock on!