Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Ready To Dance!

Is it Wednesday night yet? I am so ready to rumble. Hopefully the boys are too.

Smashville News:

If you haven’t already done so, please look around the site and review the opponent analysis for the Nashville Predators’ first round series against the Dallas Stars. Today the articles for Special Teams (9 AM), Series Overview (11 AM) and OTF Staff Predictions (1 PM) will post after this D&C.

Poile, Laviolette, Ready for Preds to Write New Story as Playoffs Begin | NHL.com
GMDP can’t wait for the playoffs to start - me either!

Simmonds, Boyle Built for Postseason Run with Preds | NHL.com
It’s time for these two to shine! Hit anything! Hit everything!

NHL Names Rinne Second Star of the Week | NHL.com
Woohoo! I was actually pretty surprised that the NHL noticed. Congratulations Pekka! Now on to the Cup!

Two moments that sparked the Predators’ late surge to win the Central | A to Z Sports
Our friend Alex with his theory of which two events resulted in a Central Division championship for the good guys. What do you think? Are these your two?

Predators set for another shot at Stanley Cup after challenging season | NHL.com
“The Nashville Predators have been waiting for another chance to finish the job in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.” Haven’t we all. Go get ‘em boys!

The Week That Was: Chapter 26 | On the Forecheck
The boys aced their final exam. Finally an A+!

Tula stops by this week to show us how to properly execute a spin move. Good girl!

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**It chased me first**

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Central Division News:

Season over: Ryan Suter says what Wild has ‘is not working’ | Bring Me The News
Awww. You mean all those Predators players didn’t put you over the top?

3 takeaways from the Blackhawks’ 5-2 loss in the season finale | Chicago Tribune
Want to guess what they are?

Why The Stars Match Up Well Against The Predators | Defending Big D
Okay, there are some interesting thoughts included here. However, writing “but his aged-36 season saw his numbers take a dive in every major category from his very solid aged-35 season in 2017-18.” and not acknowledging it was a Vezina season is a bit of sour grapes. Also, “The Stars have their own stable of defensemen — not as famous as the Predators, but almost equally as good.” Really? I think this will be a good series, but some takes here are a bit biased (as I will assume ours are).

NHL playoffs 2019: Predictions, odds for Predators vs. Stars first-round series | NHL | Sporting News
I like this evaluation much better.

Other Hockey News:

2019 NHL playoffs bracket: Stanley Cup playoffs schedule, standings, games, TV channels, times | CBSSports.com
“Here’s a guide to make sure you don’t miss any Stanley Cup playoff action.”

Quenneville hired as Panthers coach | NHL.com
”Joel Quenneville was named coach of the Florida Panthers on Monday.” I did not see this coming. I thought he would go to Seattle.

Ovechkin eager to start defense of Cup with Capitals | NHL.com
This is going to be a fun series. Which team to root for? Also, I like the grey look on Alex Ovechkin!

Kesler may need career-ending hip surgery for Ducks
Even if it is Ryan Kesler, you never want to hear this. Apparently the only option left may be a hip replacement.

Super Slow Mo: Week 26 | NHL.com
Okay, last time for the regular season. Here we go. Wait, was that Colin Wilson? Waiting...Viktor Arvidsson what a goal! Wasn’t that the one I was looking for last week? Hi Filip Forsberg! Way to clean up the rebound. There’s Wayne Simmonds with the big hit. Hi Matt Irwin. That looked like it hurt. Ah Pekka Rinne - so sorry. With all your work last week, that’s what they chose? Cully!! Score! And on that note, I’ll bid you adieu.

Cold brew: Inside the NHL’s coffee obsession | The Washington Post
Interesting piece. I don’t do caffeine anymore, but I remember when I did. Is five cups of coffee excessive? I only did one, but I had about five or six diet cokes too.