Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Radio Silence

It’s not even the end of April yet and the Nashville Predators have gone silent.

Smashville News:

For once, future seems certain for Predators’ Rocco Grimaldi | The Tennessean - A little more information on Rocco Grimaldi’s injuries. (Pictures are all of other people though, lol.)

Tula the mini golden is back today to say “goob morning!”.

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“Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeese!!” 📸🤓

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Central Division News:

Avalanche beats Sharks in Game 2, steals home ice in playoffs thanks to Tyson Barrie, Gabe Landeskog | The Denver Post
Sorry, San Jose Sharks. Contrary to popular belief, Brent Burns can’t do everything himself.

Blues head back where they feel most at home: the road | Morning Skate | stltoday.com
“Undefeated out of town, they head to Dallas for Game 3 on Monday.” Okay, but where do the Dallas Stars feel most comfortable?

Why Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane isn’t a 2019 Hart Trophy finalist | Second City Hockey
Interesting question, as the players themselves voted him in the top three. But really, why ask why?

Other Hockey News:

NHL playoffs: Hurricanes up 2-0 in series after Game 2 win vs Islanders | SI.com
“The Hurricanes suffered three more injuries in Game 2, but came back to win 2–1 and take a 2–0 series lead back to Raleigh.” Bunch of Jerks.

NHL playoffs: Islanders must change their own luck vs. Hurricanes | New York Post
Per Barry Trotz, they are going to Raleigh to win two. The Carolina Hurricanes’ attrition could help, but never underestimate the Caniacs.

The brutal honesty of the Columbus Blue Jackets | ESPN
“A players-only meeting in Western Canada changed the trajectory of Columbus’ season, putting the Blue Jackets on track for a legit chance at the Stanley Cup.” Maybe the Nashville Predators need to take a page or two out of this book.

An Open Letter from Steve Dangle to Mike Babcock | Sportsnet.ca
Epic. If you substitute some names and dates, this letter could be to another coach we know well.

Super Slow Mo: Playoffs Week 2 | NHL.com
I probably should have ended on last week’s high note, but this is part two of Round 1 so here we go! Rask Mask! My favorite and a great shot. Hi Pekka RInne! So handsome. Waiting. Lots of goalie humiliation. Hi again Pekka - oof. Hi Ryan Johansen! Love your shot - shoot more! Pekka RInne again - nice glove. Again Pekka - oof. You were screened. Bunch of Jerks celebration. Hey that one guy doesn’t have a shirt on under his jersey! Awww Peks.......

Like it or not, NHL playoff parity is here and very real | The Seattle Times
I don’t disagree. But with the playoffs truly becoming more equal, what is the point of the length (82 games) of the punishing regular season?

Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award finalists announced | NHL.com
Some awesome work here. You can vote for the recipient through May 5th on NHL.com.

Keep or Dump: These 3 Rangers may have played their way off the team | FOREVER BLUESHIRTS
Okay, I just had to include this article. This isn’t karma (yet). But it is coming really, really close for me. Arvy’s Better!!