Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Where The Wild Things Were

It may have looked like a repeat performance, but there was no love for Nashville amongst the Wild’s former Predators this round.

Hockey News & Rants

Nashville Predators 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (SO): Johansen’s Shootout Slowdown Strikes Again | On The Forecheck
This game had my nerves through the roof. I used to get mad at Kevin Fiala for not scoring goals, now I’m mad at him for scoring goals.

Admittedly I don’t think Minnesota should expect too many repeat performances like that from him.

Sorry Kev.

Ryan Johansen does it again: Shootout goal gives Preds win over Wild | The Tennessean
Ryan Johansen just might have a little bit of heel in him.

Between him and Filip Forsberg they almost make that full heel we’ve been missing since James Neal...uh...left.

Lindsay, Red Wings icon, dies at 93 | NHL
What a legend.

It was nice to see the Preds (and NBC) pay tribute to Ted Lindsay before the game last night as well.

NHL eyes rule forcing player without helmet to go to bench | USA Today
Forcing them to the bench if they lose their helmet is a rule that should have been implemented a long time ago.

The rule should also make players wear a visor. Besides the safety aspect, you look goofy without one.

Looking at you, Boyle.

2019 NHL playoff picture: Latest standings, Stanley Cup contenders, format, schedule, start date | CBS Sports
It’s that time of year where everyone and their mother will start paying closer attention to the standings and their reaction to said standings will be doom or gloom.

It’s the most magical time of year.

NHL Executives Have No Plans, No Desire To Alter Playoff Format | NESN
There will be 130 articles about how the format needs to be changed before April, regardless.

Cullen honored, showered with gifts by Penguins before 1,500th NHL game | NHL
Matt Cullen is going to play until the wheels literally fall off.

Stanley Cup Playoffs primer: Eastern Conference | NHL
The Lightning are leading the east and the league. They’re more than likely going to win the President’s Trophy. It’s impressive, but we all know none of it means anything in the post-season.

Canucks youngsters experiencing common NHL growing pains | SportsNet
Is it really NHL growing pains or just...Vancouver pains?

Goalie unmasks the dark side of NHL legend Terry Sawchuk | The Star
This certainly sounds interesting.

Regardless, we need more hockey movies in the world.

NHL Rumor Roundup: Wild almost traded Jason Zucker to Flames. Is his time in Minnesota done? | Sporting News
I think you could argue everyone’s time in Minnesota was on the chopping block with how their season’s gone.

NHL Awards Watch: Calder Trophy race officially heating up | ESPN
It’s hardware season!

Please give Barry Trotz the Jack Adams again...because that would be incredible, just on the backstory alone.

NHL Power Rankings: It’s go time for the Capitals | NBC Sports Washington
Regardless of the up and down season they’ve had, much like the Blackhawks, Washington is a team that you don’t want to let sneak up on you late in the season.

NHL GM meetings: The helmet rule and other takeaways | Toronto Sun
The rule to let teams decide which side of the ice to take a face-off on during a power play seems trivial but for certain teams it could make all the difference.