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Predators knock out Blues, Oilers push it to Game 7, and Mitch Marner has some fun at Worlds

Nashville Predators v St Louis Blues - Game One Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Happy Monday, PPP!

Last night, with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators became the first team to move out of the second round of the playoffs. We’ve been guaranteed at least four more games of PK Subban, which is great news for a Monday morning.

Sounds like such a terrible teammate, this guy.

Meanwhile in Edmonton, Leon Draisaitl took the opportunity to remind the hockey world that while Connor McDavid is amazing, he’s not the only Oiler who can score. In the Oilers’ 7-1 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks, Draisaitl had five points and a hat trick.

The Oilers head back to Anaheim for Game 7 on Wednesday.

ICYMI

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This highly skilled forward could be the "Eric Thames of Hockey" and the steal of the offseason

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William Nylander had a breakout game, Mitch Marner surfed the red wave and Miro Aaltonen reluctantly became part of French history.

A bittersweet goodbye: From one managing editor to another - Scott Wheeler
Thank you for everything, PPP.

Maple Leafs News

The Toronto Maple Leafs will draft 17th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft | Maple Leafs Hotstove
Thanks, Preds!

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2017 World Championships Recap: William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Miro Aaltonen in action on Days 2 and 3 | Maple Leafs Hotstove
William Nylander featured in the second game of the tournament for Sweden on Day 2, while Mitch Marner and Miro Aaltonen both played their second games on Day 3, at 2017 IIHF World Championships over the weekend.

Other Hockey News

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Nashville is now just four wins away from playing in its first ever Stanley Cup

Sabres expected to hire Botterill as GM, Tocchet possible coaching candidate - Die By The Blade
The Sabres have, according to reports, selected their new GM.

Fasel gives mid-July deadline for final decision on NHL Olympic participation
A final decision on whether National Hockey League (NHL) players will take part at next year's Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang must be made by mid-July at the absolute latest, the head of the world governing body has claimed.