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On the eve of perhaps their most anticipated season in franchise history, the Nashville Predators spent the final days working on the one thing that cost them playoff positioning last season: overtime hockey. Anderson Varejao Jersey .Nashville, which hosts the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in sold-out Bridgestone Arena, dropped 14 games in overtime or in shootouts last season. The 14 losses were more than every team except Carolina (16) and Philadelphia (14).Had it won even four or five of those games, it might not have had to travel back-and-forth to the west coast for four weeks to play grueling seven-game series with Anaheim and San Jose.We werent good in the 3-on-3 and we need to be better there, defenseman Mattias Ekholm said to NHL.com. Its nice to get a foundation for it again, and then maybe put emphasis on it. We need to get better at it, thats just the bottom line.If the Predators are to create the edge in a stacked Central Division that includes perhaps four of the NHLs top 10 teams, that means winning more of the close games they lost a season ago. Beating Chicago would certainly be a good way to start.Nashville went 2-3-0 against the Blackhawks last season, splitting the two meetings at home. Of course, that was a different Predators team, one which didnt have the services of defenseman P.K. Subban, who was acquired on June 29 in a blockbuster trade that sent captain Shea Weber to Montreal.Adding Subban to a defense corps already featuring All-Star Roman Josi, Ekholm and Ryan Ellis has made Nashville one of the preseason favorites in the Western Conference.Of course, the Blackhawks figure to have something to say about that, even though they opened their season Wednesday night in the United Center with a 5-2 home loss to St. Louis.With four rookies on its opening-night roster, Chicago was outshot 32-19 by a Blues team skating without top-six forward Jaden Schwartz. The Blackhawks were also troubled by a breakdown in discipline, taking three straight minors late in the second period that led to two power-play goals which turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit they never overcame.St. Louis scored its first three goals with the man advantage and the last two after Chicago emptied the net for an extra attacker.We want to make sure were playing the right way from start to finish, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. There will definitely be some learning going on, and well be accepting mistakes from hard work, but thats where you get better.Chicago will get defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson back after he served a suspension for a charging penalty on St. Louis Ty Rattie in an exhibition game. It could also get a milestone goal from forward Marian Hossa, who needs one to reach 500 in his career.But the spotlight figures to be on Nashville, which believes it has the ingredients to play hockey in late May or even early June.I think well be ready, coach Peter Laviolette said to NHL.com. Kevon Looney Warriors Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Wilt Chamberlain Warriors Jersey ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. http:///...warriors-jersey-c-5/ . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. Russell Domingo, South Africas coach, is hopeful administrators will either give players a wide berth or crack down completely when applying Law 42 - fair and unfair play - because he believes the application of artificial substances to the ball, especially in the form of edibles, occurs often.Domingo spoke to reporters about an hour before his captain Faf du Plessis hearing to face ball-tampering charges took place at the Adelaide Oval and could not comment on the specifics of the case but hinted that one of South Africas defenses could be that everybody else does it too.You see it daily with those types of instances taking place on the field. I dont want to talk about the [Faf] incident too much but it seems to be a daily occurrence on the field of play so they [the administrators] might need to re-look at that should they feel its not within the spirit of the game, Domingo said.Du Plessis was only charged when television footage of him shining the ball with saliva - while also having a sweet or mint in his mouth - was circulated the day after the Hobart Test. By then, the time for the match officials to report an alleged offence had lapsed and the ICC investigated the visuals of their own volition, after being alerted by widespread media reports. After two similar incidents in the last three years (Dubai in 2013 and Galle in 2014), in which broadcasters were also involved in bringing to light South African offences, Domingo said they feel singled out.There are other teams that have maybe done similar things and weve maybe looked at one or two instances that they have done those things and they havent been highlighted. I wouldnt say weve been targeted but weve definitely been highlighted, Domingo said. Its definitely been brought to the attention of the world and its definitely been brought to the attention of the ICC and its definitely been brought to our attention. Although it seemed pretty insignificant at the start of it, quite a lot has been made of it.Lolly-line or Mint-gate as it has been dubbed, has been on the front and back pages in the Australian press. And the South African squad have had several run-ins with the Australian television reporters which culminated in an airport scuffle on their arrival in Adelaide. Journalists were trying to get a comment out of du Plessis, who was shielded by the security officer, and has not spoken to the media since the Hobart win. Rick Barry Warriors Jersey. Despite the possibility of a one-match ban, Domingo said du Plessis was holding up well.Its never pleasant when everybody has got an opinion on you and people have judged you before rulings have been made. Thats the nature of the world at the moment, everybody has got an opinion and can air it. When you are constantly seeing yourself in newspapers and have things written about you, I suppose it does weigh you down at times, Domingo said. He is a tough and resilient man and the team really supported him and surrounded him to lessen the load on him.South Africas entire squad stood alongside Hashim Amla at the MCG when he called the ball-tampering allegations a joke, last Friday and said South Africa believed their captain had done, absolutely nothing wrong. Amlas address took place before du Plessis was charged, but even in hindsight, Domingo does not think they would have handled it differently.We are a unified team. We stand by our captain. We stand by the decisions weve made. They might not have always come across as the ideal way to do things but at that time and space we thought those were the right things to do, he said.Perhaps surprisingly, South Africa have been buoyed by this fight, even though it has marred their preparation for their first pink-ball Test. Two days ahead of the day-night game, they were not sure whether their captain would be able to take the field with them or whether they would be allowed sweets, when they step on the park. But they were very sure theyre in it together.Hopefully these incidents do galvanise the team a bit more. Theres definitely a feeling of togetherness and unity in the group and a lot of support for the current captain, Domingo said. Its been an interesting few days. Weve had a wonderful tour here, its been great, weve played great cricket. Weve had long discussions and our focus now is purely on cricket. It hasnt been ideal preparation. 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