Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Lifeline

Links for a post-elimination Wednesday.

The Predators were, as you know, barely alive; they were eliminated last night when the Jets beat the Wild in regulation. Here's some links:

Luke Hughes to make Devils debut against Sabres
Luke Hughes will play in one of the New Jersey Devils’ final two regular-season games, but coach Lindy Ruff would not say when.

Hughes Bros. everywhere!

Toews unclear on future, wants to enjoy Blackhawks’ final 2 games
Jonathan Toews had a succinct way of looking at what could be his final two home games with the Chicago Blackhawks.

I have a gut feeling Jonathan Toews will retire.

Giroux surprised to reach 1,000-point milestone this season with Senators
Six months ago, at the beginning of his 17th NHL season, Claude Giroux believed reaching 1,000 points would have to wait another year.

Impressive career points for Claude Giroux.

Playoff Push: Jets can clinch spot tonight; Penguins control own destiny
After a manic Monday, we’ve got another night with all kinds of NHL playoff implications on Tuesday. Here’s a look at the games affecting the playoff picture.

Lots of paths forward for wild card teams.

‘What if?’: Flames dealt fatal blow with latest one-goal loss
Another lopsided shot total, another one-goal loss, and a franchise-record 17th setback in extra time. This time it proved fatal for the Calgary Flames, writes Eric Francis.

The Flames flamed out.

Sharks’ Karlsson becomes first NHL defenceman to record 100-point season since 1992
The Swedish blue liner notched his 100th point of the season as the Sharks took on the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre. Karlsson became the first defenceman to complete the feat since the soon to be inducted Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch (102 points) in 1991-92.

Impressive stuff from the veteran blueliner.

Opportunity Analysis: How player and puck tracking data help us measure shot quality
Justin Bourne introduces his new series, which will run through the playoffs and use data from Opportunity Analysis, the latest analytic from NHL Edge IQ powered by AWS.

A shot is a shot, but there are quality shots.

‘It’s horseshit. It’s not fantasy hockey.’ The ATO goalie trend is an insult to players on the NHL bubble
While giving the ATO goalie a few minutes of ice time makes a dream come true…what about the veterans who…

Looking at you, Toronto.

Report: Nashville Predators sale closing at $880 million, short of NHL record
That would be five times more than what Forbes valued the team as back in December.

Dollar dollar Bill, y'all.

Time to point the finger at Darryl Sutter for Calgary Flames’ lost season
The Flames were a terrible clutch team and have clear friction with their taskmaster bench boss. Time for a new…

Will Calgary go for a new coach?