12:38 PM EDT, Fri April 19, 2019
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Playoff Preview: Milwaukee Admirals v. Iowa Wild

Playoff Preview: Milwaukee Admirals v. Iowa Wild

Finishing second in the division, the Admirals will take on the baby Wild in round one. Series Overview theAHL.com 2019 AHL Playoff Bracket The 2019 AHL playoffs began this week, and the two-seeded Milwaukee Admirals will take on the three-seeded Iowa Wild in the first round. Milwaukee rode a 14-game point streak (11-0-3) to end the regular season, climbing from seventh place in the Central Division to second. Conversely, Iowa struggled down the stretch, going 3-6-1 in their final ten games and only recovering with help from reinforcements from St. Paul....
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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Best of 3

Friday’s Dump & Chase: Best of 3

That’s the way I have to look at things moving forward in order to keep my sanity after Wednesday night’s “game”. Nashville Predators News Last Night in Review: Yikes | On the ForecheckI'm actually fairly certain no one wants to remember Wednesday night's game. It should probably be given some kind of Voldemort-style name like "the game we don't talk about in public". But, if you want to roll around in it like a dog that finds a dead animal, here it is. Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds Could Resume Skating on Friday | NHL.comI suppose this is great news. I mean, I appreciate what I see...
Apr 18, 2019
Last Night in Review: Yikes

Last Night in Review: Yikes

It’s hard to break last night’s game down into manageable bits. We did our best. The Nashville Predators had an embarrassing loss last night to the Dallas Stars, evening the series at 2-2. We’ll be honest: a lot of our in-game discussion was the two of us debating how much swearing we could actually include in the article. Because we know that a lot of you read OTF at work, or with your kids, or otherwise don’t expect that from us, we opted for the PG version. If that’s your thing, enjoy. If it’s not your thing, feel free to mentally edit in some, uh, additional words. The...
Apr 18, 2019
Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Embarrassment

Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Embarrassment

Today’s links will be replaced by block text of the author screaming all the superlatives he can think of to describe how bad the Preds were last night...oh wait, Kate says I can’t do that. Never mind. [Ed.: George didn’t actually ask me about the yelling. We might’ve been able to negotiate.] Nashville Predators News Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 5: Preds Special Teams Crash in Ugly Loss | On the ForecheckIt was bad. Inside Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne's new West Meade home | The TennesseanHey look, it's the kitchen where Juuse and Pekka can cook together! And the...
Apr 17, 2019
Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 5: Preds Special Teams Crash in Ugly Loss

Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 5: Preds Special Teams Crash in Ugly Loss

“The City of Hate” describes my feelings about this game pretty well. After defeating the Dallas Stars in game three, the Nashville Predators knew that their opponent would be hungry for a win to even the series. After all, a Nashville win would give the Preds a 3-1 series lead, with a impending game five in Nashville. Pekka Rinne got the start in goal but was replaced by Juuse Saros, as the Predators were defeated by the Stars, 5-1. It is hard to think of ways that the first period could have gone worse for Nashville. Within the first five minutes, Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg had...
Apr 17, 2019
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 4 Thread

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 4 Thread

Please do slightly more of that hockey. Your goalie is lonely.
Apr 17, 2019
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Preview: Once More Unto the Breach

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Preview: Once More Unto the Breach

Once more. Game 4 is tonight in Dallas. Dallas Stars A modified lineup for Dallas on Monday night featured Jason Spezza in the lineup for Mattias Janmark. The defense pairs were slightly shuffled, too. Jamie Oleksiak appeared on Dallas’s third defensive pair with Ben Lovejoy. The weapons for Dallas were effective on Monday. Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn, and Tyler Seguin threatened from nearly every angle. Dallas has not taken advantage of their ample power play opportunities in the last two games. If they win the special teams game, Dallas has a chance to tie the series up before...
Apr 17, 2019
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Sweeps Season

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Sweeps Season

Get ’em, Trotzy! Playoff Hockey News and Rants Last Night in Review: Impekkable Goaltending Allows Preds the Win | On the ForecheckRachel and Kate recapped everything you needed to see during Game 3, to get you caught up before Game 4. NHL Playoffs: Nashville Predators fans thank Pekka Rinne after Game 3 win | The TennesseanI know a lot of fans of other teams like to discount Pekka Rinne, I get it, I do. But at the end of the day, he doesn't just put the team on his back every game, he puts the entire city of Nashville on his back and goes to work. He's in a league of his own on and off...
Apr 16, 2019
Last Night in Review: Impekkable Goaltending Allows Preds the Win

Last Night in Review: Impekkable Goaltending Allows Preds the Win

That was a three-act heist movie, folks. Mikael Granlund drove the getaway truck. The Nashville Predators took a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Stars last night. Kate and Rachel have your morning-after analysis. The Good: Kate: (Apart from the obvious—the game win and the series lead—) Pekka Rinne, my word. Rachel: Pekka Rinne stole this game for Nashville. He was massive in net and held the line when the Predators couldn’t clear the puck. The elder Finnish netminder showed us all why he won the Vezina trophy. Kate: (They couldn’t clear the puck a lot, but we’ll get back to...
Apr 16, 2019
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Win One (or more) for the Gimpy

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Win One (or more) for the Gimpy

I’d like to roll over these guys and rest before the second round. Okay first, there was a playoff hockey game last night. I’m sure there is an immediate recap to the right or below this post and will be a more thorough analysis later this morning. Second, I have had an ugly respiratory infection since returning from Game 1. (I am blaming lunch with friends from Franklin, TN the Saturday before - which included hugs.) Had to sell tickets to Game 2 (to a Preds fan), but am determined to be there for Game 5. All that being said, the links may be a little light this week (yes, there are...
Apr 16, 2019
Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2: Rinne shines as Nashville takes the series lead

Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2: Rinne shines as Nashville takes the series lead

Rinne stole that one. Wow. After splitting the first two games of their first-round series with the Stars, the Nashville Predators rode into Dallas with the intent of regaining home ice advantage and thus the upper hand in the series. Nashville was still missing Brian Boyle, and Wayne Simmonds was out with a “lower body” injury, so Rocco Grimaldi and Miikka Salomaki took their places in the lineup. Pekka Rinne got the start in goal for Nashville, and the Predators defeated Dallas, 3-2. From the opening whistle, the physicality that this game would radiate was obvious. Jamie Benn had an...
Apr 15, 2019
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 3 Thread

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 3 Thread

The Preds go deep in the heart of Texas. Play some hockey, gentlemen.
Apr 15, 2019
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 3 Preview: A Chess Match

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 3 Preview: A Chess Match

These games are defensive in nature and prematurely aging me. It’s time for Game 3 of the Predators-Stars series. Nashville Predators Rocco Grimaldi and Craig Smith were the heroes in Game 2. Grimaldi became an instant x-factor in the series by providing speed and hustle in a Viktor Arvidsson-like manner. Pekka Rinne has had to be a brick wall against Dallas’s speedy youngsters. He made 22 saves on 23 shots, although it felt like he made about 50 more saves. We’ll be looking for more from Smith tonight, but it would be even better if his line could finally convert on some of the...
Apr 15, 2019
Monday’s Dump and Chase: Down in Texas

Monday’s Dump and Chase: Down in Texas

The Preds look to get a Game 3 win in Texas tonight. Nashville Predators News & Notes Rocco Grimaldi Just Became an X-Factor | On the ForecheckChris takes a look at how Rocco Grimaldi could be an x-factor for Nashville against the defense-heavy Dallas Stars. Inserted into the lineup in place of a sick Brian Boyle, Grimaldi's impact was instant. Smith, Grimaldi bring energy, production to Predators in Game 2 victoryI love the stick-sword sheath celly. (Say that five times fast.) Admirals surging into postseason | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey LeagueThe Admirals are pushing into the...
Apr 14, 2019
Preds Prospect Report: March

Preds Prospect Report: March

Prospect season is winding down. March’s PPR 1. March was a fairly hectic month in the Preds’ pipeline, as we saw two draft picks sign their much-anticipated entry-level contracts: Dante Fabbro and Rem Pitlick. Fabbro’s departure was not a surprise (despite what many pessimists on Twitter may suggest), but it did come as part of a mass exodus from Boston University that has become commonplace for that program over the last few years. In a matter of days, the Terriers lost five of their ten leading scorers: Joel Farabee (Philadelphia), Fabbro, Shane Bowers (Colorado), Chad Krys...