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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators can clinch playoffs on Wednesday against Columbus
Our old friend Alex explains the clinching scenarios for the Predators here.

Around the League

31 Thoughts: Why Tom Wilson needed a stronger punishment
Here's this week's 31 Thoughts.

Friedmann explores Buffalo's ECHL-veteran netminder, Michael Houser. That alone is worth the read.

Canadiens' Caufield showing he can be counted on in most crucial moments
That kid is FUN to watch.

After season of growth, Oilers finally a team to be reckoned with in playoffs
I think the Oilers will ultimately come out on top of the Canadian North division this season.

NHL On NBCSN: Jeff Carter has been right addition for Penguins
Carter has been excellent for the Penguins.

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov wearing regular jerseys at Tampa Bay Lightning practice |
Both Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are back in normal jerseys at Lightning practice.

Meet the Pending UFA Nobody's Talking About | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Here is a cool profile on a little-known player in Arizona.

About last night: Big first period, top-six scoring pushes Canes closer to clinching division | Canes Country
Our pals at Canes Country take a look at Carolina's push for #1 in the 2020-2021 Central. Nashville probably has very little success in the first round against Carolina.

Lightning Round: Tampa Bay can’t stop signing goaltenders | Raw Charge
Goalies everywhere in Tampa Bay.

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault is no longer pushing the right buttons | Broad Street Hockey
Our pals at Broad Street Hockey investigate head coach Alain Vigneault in this piece.

The NHL and DoPS are morally responsible for Tom Wilson | On the Forecheck
OTF's fearless leader, Kate, and contributor Nick have a conversation about Washington's Tom Wilson here.

There’s a point to make here: Wilson keeps doing the same dangerous things on ice and says the same things after the incident. It’s getting old. DoPS has no regard for player safety when another player is punching them in the head or repeatedly ragdolling them to the ice.

Wilson fined maximum for actions in Capitals game against Rangers
I'm just going to say this since I’ve gone off a bit above: Tom Wilson doesn't deserve to play in the League, but he will continue to do so because that's how this League works.

Blackhawks miss playoffs, absence of top players among reasons
With Nashville taking two points against the Blue Jackets, the Hawks were eliminated from the 2021 Playoffs. They've had a struggle of a season, once again.

Ovechkin out again after one shift in return from injury for Capitals
Washington had very few players available to go, and Ovi re-injured himself just a few seconds into his shift.

Foligno injury underscores Maple Leafs' challenge balancing health, momentum
Balancing injuries has been a huge issue this season for MANY teams, the Leafs included.

Robertson brothers' NHL dreams sprouted from competition, family bond
Jason and Nick Robertson have embarked on their pro hockey journey together, one that's been forged through a competitive but co-operative bond between the brothers from a tight-knit family.