Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Round Two

Today is the day. Playoff hockey is back! Rejoice!

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Rexrode: Predators should beat Blues, but that doesn't mean they will - The Tennessean
It's all very true and worth keeping in mind. But on the upside the Predators have this strange knack for playing their best hockey when their backs are against the wall.

Predators vs. Blues: 3 things to watch in Game 1 of playoff series - The Tennessean

What were you expecting, Carter Hutton? (ducks)

Ortiz: Hutton's insight on Predators may help | Jesus Ortiz |
Hutton was a big fan favorite for a lot of people in Nashville, it's respectable despite the fact that he was mostly unreliable. Even when Pekka Rinne was at his worst, they picked him over Hutton. That being said, any insight he may have on the Predators is a year old and pertains to a team that doesn't reflect the current Preds roster. Take it with a grain of salt.

Five Things for the Predators in Round Two -
JOFA. St. Louis ain't that bad. WILSON!!! Their defense is HUGE. All 35 feet of Pekka Rinne. Got it! Let's do this!

Playoff Hockey News & Notes

NHL -- 2017 Stanley Cup - Playoff Power Rankings - Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators lead pack -
ESPN might be paying attention now, but they don't love us...yet.

Rangers the big winners, Caps among losers of archaic NHL Playoff format | CSN Mid-Atlantic
It wouldn't be the Stanley Cup playoffs without some complaining about the format.

Working overtime: Extra hockey may take its toll on players | FOX Sports
I'm exhausted thinking about an 8:30pm puck drop, I can't imagine being a hockey player knowing it's a late start and overtime could go on theoretically forever.

Stanley Cup NHL playoffs: Eight under-the-radar players who could make difference in Round 2 - USA Today
Ryan Ellis is the number one name on this list, and he's just the tip of the iceberg for all the depth Nashville is hiding. See round one sweep for details.

Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby share respect not friendship -
One of the greatest stories of frenemies ever told. I hope they make a movie about it one day.

Blackhawks fire Rockford coach Ted Dent, continuing organizational overhaul - Chicago Tribune
The hits just keep coming. It's going to be a long and stressful off-season for the Blackhawks organization.

Sharks' Logan Couture shares gruesome photos after taking puck to the mouth | FOX Sports

No really, it's pretty gross. Try to look away.