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Nashville Predators News and Analysis

Preview: Coyotes vs Predators | The Point
There are few sources out there that do a better job of integrating film study and analytics analysis than The Point, who is part of the analytics company SportsLogiq. I highly recommend these video previews—it’ll take less than 6 minutes for all 3.

Nashville’s All-Time “Post-Predators Glow Up” Team | On the Forecheck
Some Preds prospects don’t reach “star” status until they leave the Music City. Nick presents a great piece on former Nashville draftees who found success elsewhere. Great, even if he didn’t mention my beloved Samuel Girard.

Nashville Predators helped significantly by key change in NHL’s CBA | A to Z Nashville
The NHL and Nashville Predators return to action in August. With that return comes an updated CBA that gives the Preds a significant advantage.  OTF alum Alex Daugherty breaks down some of the finer points of the new CBA.

Preds Official Podcast: The Biggest Day Yet | NHL.com
All of a sudden, hockey is here. The Predators open training camp this week and should start the Qualifying Round on August 1. NBC Sports & MSG Analyst Joe Micheletti joins the show to look ahead to games in the hub cities and shares the implications of the CBA extension.

Preds Thrilled to Return to Ice, Ready for Productive Training Camp | NHL.com
Just call them the boys of summer.  Photos and recap of yesterday’s Day 1 of Phase 3 training camp.

Behind Enemy Lines: Arizona Coyotes

A healthy Arizona Coyotes team could go deep in the playoffs | Five For Howling
The Coyotes have struggled with injuries over the past two seasons.  Some analysis of the Yotes from our sister site, Five For Howling.

Two Arizona Coyotes missing time and are “unfit to play” | Five For Howling
Michael Grabner and Derek Stepan are currently unfit to play.  Another FFH update from their training camp.

A to Z: A Coyotes training camp primer | AZ Coyotes Insider
Imagine how you would feel if you took a 124-day break and then returned to full-time work with an all-or-nothing deadline looming in three weeks. That might give you an inkling of the challenge the Coyotes will face when training camp begins at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Analytics Corner

Sportslogiq Panel Series – Analytics in Journalism | Sportslogiq

A really great video panel featuring Andrew Berkshire, Jason Gregor, Alison Lukan (one of the best people in all sports journalism) and our very own Adam Vingan of the Athletic talking about how they use analytics in their work and how they present it to the audience.  I highly recommend it!

Hockey Is For Everyone

LA Kings Launch Inclusion Initiative to Build Equity in Hockey | NHL.com
Program designed with action steps to help eradicate racism in and around the world of hockey. This is really great work spearheaded by the Kings.

Around The League

Sources: UND’s game in Nashville won’t happen this season; official announcement expected later this week | Grand Forks Herald
The big party that was planned for Nashville this October won’t happen as scheduled. The 2020 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game between UND and Penn State, which sold out the 17,159-seat Bridgestone Arena, is going to be scrapped and potentially moved to a future year, according to multiple sources.

The NHLPA’s Don Fehr on the Olympics, bubble life, coronavirus testing and more
We check in with the executive director on the return to play, negotiating a CBA during a global pandemic and much more.

Islanders sign goalie Sorokin to $2M deal for next season | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
A day earlier, the Islanders signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though he’s not eligible to play.

Love of sports, math lands SFU alumnus job with Seattle’s NHL franchise | SFU News – Simon Fraser University

A really great piece looking at yet ANOTHER great hire by Alexandra Mandrycky, NHL Seattle’s directory of strategy and research. The amount of firepower Seattle is gathering in both the traditional staff and the analytics teams is terrifying.

Breaking Down The Islanders’ Cap Nightmare | JFresh’s Newsletter
Searching for stability, the Isles appear doomed for stagnation.

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin voted Ted Lindsay Award finalists | Sportsnet.ca
Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers have been voted as the three finalists for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award.

Why Leafs’ Matthews became first player to discuss positive COVID-19 test | Sportsnet.ca
If hockey was in need of someone to step forward and put a face to the virus at this challenging juncture in history, it couldn’t have found too many athletes better equipped to do so than Auston Matthews.

NHL reveals 30 positive COVID-19 tests occured in Phase 2 | Sportsnet.ca
The NHL says there were 30 confirmed positive COVID-19 test results in Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol

Goal Call of the Day

Thanks to the help of the Milwaukee Admirals and voice of the Admirals Aaron Sims, we were able to get something nice set up for Rachel to celebrate the birth of her daughter:

Song of the Day

I saw this tweet, and the song of the day for today was decided:

Talking Points