Tonight’s game is just a tiny bit of a big deal! But first, some links.
Hyperbole is rampant in sports, but the Predators will host their biggest regular-game season in recent memory Saturday.https://t.co/jytvHOdkec
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 30, 2021
Preds Ready for Massive Matchup Against Stars in Smashville | NHL.com
The most exciting news that they somehow left out of this article despite announcing it earlier yesterday: Filip Forsberg, Dante Fabbro, Alexandre Carrier, and Viktor Arvidsson are now categorized as day-to-day and any of them might, possibly, if healthy, be able to return for the game.
Kraken officially join NHL after final expansion payment | NHL.com
Welcome, Seattle Kraken! Hopefully your fans are less insufferable than so many of the Vegas Golden Knights‘ fans.
Jaromir Jagr leads club he owns back to top Czech hockey league at 49 | ESPN
It’s so nice when reading about a hockey player makes me feel young instead of old. So nice, and so increasingly rare.
Jaromir Jagr, 49, plans to continue career: ‘I believe I still have it in me’ | Sportsnet.ca
It is his thirty!! third!!! professional!!!! season!!!!!
Friday in NHL: MacKinnon fight, Coyotes end Golden Knights streak, more | ProHockeyTalk
If I’m Jared Bednar, I’m drinking an entire bottle of antacids right there on the bench every time MacKinnon drops the gloves. (This is not medical advice. Don’t do that.)
Carter Hart’s injury ends his 2021 season as Flyers shut down goalie | RSN
Have you checked on the Flyers fans in your life lately?
Czech national team left frustrated and skeptical after cancellation of 2021 Worlds | The Ice Garden
The Worlds cancellation has been such a mess. TIG spoke with two of the Czech team’s players about their experience.
NHL Power Rankings – 1-31 poll, plus the breakthrough player on every team | ESPN
ESPN is here to say nice things about Eeli Tolvanen. Just don’t read the section on the Colorado Avalanche.
Also, what the heck happened to Cody Ceci in Pittsburgh?
2021 NWHL Draft set for June 29 | The Ice Garden
The Toronto Six have a lot of picks. Also, how the Boston Pride are third in the draft order despite winning the Isobel Cup I am not completely clear–I guess it’s that “win percentage” thing, which is neat given the single-elimination tournament.
Lindholm steals McDavid’s spotlight as Flames keep slim playoff hopes alive | Sportsnet.ca
I will pay everyone reading this one thousand dollars if five years from now Elias Lindholm is the new face of the NHL and Connor McDavid, while still playing in the NHL, is just some dude who used to be kind of famous before the spotlight thieves showed up.