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The real playoffs started yesterday. Hockey is happening without the Preds.

Nashville Predators News

Your Second-Favorite Team: Who Preds fans can cheer for in the 2020 playoffs | On the Forecheck
What team should you cheer for in this year’s playoffs? Here’s some options. Who you got?

Around the League

NHL Playoffs Stat Recap: August 11 | On the Forecheck
Bryan’s got charts.

Scheifele forgives Tkachuk for hit against Jets center in Qualifiers
This is a great move by Mark Scheifele, but I'm still not sure the hit was clean.

Despite exciting qualifying round, NHL confirms it won't change playoff format (thank goodness) | TheHockeyNews
I can't handle a qualifying round next season.

Dube scores pair as Flames edge Stars in Game 1 of first-round series |
The Flames defeated the Stars in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Blues will be 'tough to win' against in Stanley Cup Playoffs
I think most of us would like to see St. Louis eliminated quickly.

McDavid, Draisaitl need to be more 'battle-tested,' Oilers GM says
I really thought the Oilers had a leg up on the Blackhawks. I suppose not.

Penguins 'not the same team' after Qualifiers loss to Canadiens, GM says
Does this mean a coaching change in Pittsburgh? What about a big player trade?

Mock 2020 NHL Draft: Lafreniere to Rangers, Wild get No. 9 pick
It's time to look at mock drafts and debate who Nashville should take at #11.

Stanley Cup Playoff first-round storylines include Blues' title defense
We've already seen dramatic comebacks, unpredictable upsets, the top teams in each conference tumble down the seedings and new teams rise to the No. 1 spots.

31 Thoughts: How will Dubas handle Maple Leafs’ off-season? |
I have way more than 31 thoughts about the Predators. Here's some from Elliotte Friedman.

Rangers boost championship potential with major addition to youth core | TheHockeyNews
Meh, Rangers get Alexis Lafrenière.

Toronto eliminated by Columbus: Are the Maple Leafs too cute to win? | TheHockeyNews
Lamenting the Leafs: 2020 Offseason Theme.