Owner Craig Leipold has the NHL's best sense of humor, promising a rebate for season ticket-holders if the Preds miss the playoffs. Consider: General manager David Poile dumped linchpin forwards Cliff Ronning and captain Tom Fitzgerald at the trade deadline. Consider: Preds then won three of last 15. Consider: Goalie Mike Dunham will be under siege more than usual, which is a lot. Consider: Coach Barry Trotz is good, but not that good.