Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Let’s Make It Three!

I’m looking for two things tonight. A three-game winning streak and a rare Heel James Neal sighting.

Smashville News:

Allen: Getting to Know Preds Head Coach John Hynes | NHL.com
Although there are many tangents in the article, this piece has multiple viewpoints of John Hynes, all of which appear positive. Let's take advantage of this time of "pushing themselves harder" and win a few games!

Spencer Stastney's World Junior Championship Performance | On the Forecheck
Eric with a very excellent and thorough look at Nashville Predators prospect Spencer Stastney's performance in the recent World Junior Championship.

Two areas that John Hynes will elevate the Nashville Predators | NHL.com
I really like Alex's points, though I think only two games is a pretty small sample. I would go into further detail, but I don't want to start that thread again.

Sports Are Actually Good | J.R. Lind
An observation of the ability of the Titans’ run to bring Smashville together.

This week we check in with Tula Smith. She’s looking pretty pleased with herself!

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Update: I am still a sneaky sock monster. 🧦

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Central Division News:

Excitement arises as Patrick Kane nears 1k points | Da Windy City
This just in—Patrick Kane is good at hockey. Really good. Rats.

Why it's been so difficult for Vladimir Tarasenko to sell this St. Louis home | ksdk.com
"Tarasenko's home includes an indoor ice rink, sauna and gym, but it has been on the market for more than a year and has dropped in price four times." The take away for me is—always, always check school districts.

Stars defenseman Stephen Johns plays first game in 22 months with AHL affiliate Texas | Dallas News
I had forgotten about Stephen Johns. I hope his return to hockey is a wise decision for his long term health.

Other Hockey News:

Kassian suspended two games for actions in Oilers game | NHL.com
I have no problem with Zack Kassian's suspension—he did whale pretty heavily on someone too cowardly to answer the bell. HOWEVER, how did that charge and head shot by Matthew Tkachuk not rate a second look? Pays to have a famous name? Typical Wheel of DoPS?

Blues back as best team in the NHL | Yahoo Sports
The Nashville Predators are up one place to 18. Apparently hockey-reference.com estimates the Nashville Predators chances of making the playoffs are 59.6%. That's a little too close to a coin flip for me.

Why the New Jersey Devils fired GM Ray Shero now, and what's next | ESPN
Emily and Greg with an analysis of what went wrong for Ray Shero and where the New Jersey Devils go from here.

NHL rumors: Sharks plan to trade players but won't blow up roster | NBCS Bay Area
Do they really think bringing Joe Thornton back again is an answer? This basically says sell all the kids and let then older guys play.

The NHL's best and worst this week - On women's hockey at the All-Star Game | ESPN
Excellent review of the upcoming inclusion of women players in the All Star activities. If you saw the women's All Star Game in Nashville, you should be excited to see the upcoming 3v3 exhibition. Also, many fun videos are included here, and please make it to the end for the Pekka Rinne quote. LOL!

Ovechkin swings, whiffs at drive during charity event at Topgolf | NHL.com
I love Ovi. I don't know why.