Wednesday’s Dump and Chase: If You Had One Shot - One Opportunity

<em>Seriously, I’m not talking about the Eminem song - the Predators only got ONE shot in the second last night</em>

Nashville News

Are the Predators’ recent struggles due to poor defense? | On the Forecheck
We take a look at what’s actually going wrong for the Predators on the ice this season.  @statsrespecter finally put his thoughts somewhere where they’ll live forever, and not just his twitter feed

Ugly Sweater Season: The Nashville Predators’ Worst Jersey | On the Forecheck
The Preds’ original alternate was so bad, it was actually fantastic.  I was going to say this was the worst thing I saw yesterday, but oh no, oh no no.  The worst was yet to come.

Predators vs Sharks Game Thread | On the Forecheck
Warning - Do Not Click. Nobody needs to re-live whatever that was.

Links From The Garden

Note—I will always link to the wonderful work the folks at The Ice Garden produce every day.  Do yourself a favor and jump over there for the best women’s hockey coverage in the business.

Robert Morris forward Michaela Boyle’s road from recovery to record books | The Ice Garden
Robert Morris forward Michaela Boyle finding her goal-scoring touch after shoulder surgery.  This was SUCH a great read—I implore you all to read this!

Penguins to host ‘Battle at the Burgh’ college hockey tournament | The Ice Garden
Four teams, including No. 1 Wisconsin, will battle it out at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Jan. 4-5.

News From Around Hockey

Jim Montgomery dismissed as head coach of Stars |
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Jim Montgomery has been dismissed as the team's Head Coach. This shocking news came early Tuesday morning and all stemmed from a phone call on Saturday to Nill.

NHL working with NHLPA to bring back World Cup of Hockey |
The NHL is focused on holding another World Cup of Hockey as soon as possible, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday, but the timeline is linked to ongoing discussions the League is having with the NHL Players' Association.

Ovechkin brings smiles to special-needs players |
Alex Ovechkin was being pelted by snowballs. And he was smiling.

NHL 'will not tolerate abusive behavior,' Commissioner Bettman says |
The NHL will immediately start the process of creating programs aimed at sensitizing team personnel and players to abusive behavior of any kind, raising awareness among them in hopes of eliminating incidents.

Teenage hockey player says opposing team, spectators hurled slurs at him | CBC News
Sixteen-year-old Logan Prosper, of Whycocomagh, N.S., is considering quitting hockey after he says an opposing team made racist comments toward him during a recent game.

This kind of garbage occurs at all levels of hockey and it's unforgivable.  Hopefully hockey turns a corner soon, because there is ZERO place for this today.

2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning Transactions - NHL |
I include this (thanks r/hockey!) because Cory Conacher has been involved in TEN NHL-AHL transactions this season—seven since the end of November.