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Wednesday’s Dump and Chase: Finishing Touches

Nashville Predators News

Predators put practice focus on power play | The Tennessean
Let’s hope for quick improvement.

Taylor Beck signs a One-Year Contract | Nashville Predators
Congrats to the third or fourth most popular Taylor in town!

Analytics: Potential first line thoughts | Saber-Toothed Metrics
A new Preds analytics blog offers their take on the potential first line.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Mario Lemieux, Minnesota Wild get massive corn maze tributes at local farms | Puck Daddy
Mario either likes to wear his brain on the outside of his skull or he is cabbage head from The Kids in the Hall.

SB Nation’s 2014 Washington Capitals Preview | SBnation
Japer’s Rink previews Trotz and this years Caps.

Micro stats: The value of loose puck recoveries | Eyes On The Prize
This article addresses the idea of gaining puck posession from loose puck recoveries and their value. More of this will follow and is a must read for those who enjoy learning from analytics.

Drew Doughty: ‘That Corsi thing is a bunch of crap’ | theScore
Drew Doughty doesn’t like corsi but likes swears.

Spezza wants to ‘get comfortable’ before talking contract with Stars | ProHockeyTalk
Translation: “I want to be sure I won’t be stuck somewhere I don’t want to be again.”

Can helmet cameras improve NHL referee performances? (Video) | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports
GoPro is watching.

Oilers GM admits NHL team botched contract with Vladimir Tkachev | Edmonton Journal
Add to the growing pile of Pacific Division schadenfreude this season.

Avalanche benefitted from Roy’s aggressive goalie-pulling strategy | theScore
Great analysis from Bourne, as always.

Habs look like Canada’s best hope to end long Stanley Cup drought | The Province
It’s not going to be the Jets, that’s for sure.

Dumba ‘doing a lot of good things’ in push for spot on Wild | ProHockeyTalk
Good young defenseman that might play in the Preds division.

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