Found January 11, 2013 on
Toronto Maple Leafs
Continuing with our season previews, our hot button topic will be the Nashville defense or the “what will Nashville be like without Suter?” column.
The quick turnaround for a training camp has David Poile very pleased with the Predators chances this year since there is hardly any turnover from last season, except for the departure of Ryan Suter being the biggest factor. Poile enlisted a new member of the Gold-clad warriors in Scott Hannan while you should look for Ellis/Blum to fill in the final defensive spot of the opening night roster. Here’s our preview of what to expect from the D-core of the Predators.
SHEA WEBER – (2011-2012 stats: 19G, 30A, 49P, +21, 46PIM)
A huge contract and being without his long time defensive partner has put the responsibility of keeping Nashville a defensive stalwart solely on the shoulders of Weber. The feared blueliner was a Norris trophy finalist last season and his 19 goals tied for the league lead for a defenseman (with Erik Karlsson).
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi stayed busy during the NHL lockout, scoring 17 points in 26 games for Bern in the Swiss Elite League.That helped prepare him for his biggest career challenge: Replacing the departed Ryan Suter as Shea Weber’s defensive partner.Josi, 22, has demonstrated strong puck-moving skills while scoring 16 points in his 52 NHL games. He offers more...
Jim Diamond of the Nashville Predators Examiner joined the Thom Abraham Show on Thursday. Friday it was leaked that the Predators will open the season at home on Jan. 19 against Columbus, and then stay in Nashville to host the Blues on the 21st.
Dynamics of a 48-game schedule
Nashville Predators have no time for slow start in shortened season
The Nashville Predators will have only one significant change in their roster on Sunday when they hit the ice, as expected, for the start of what will be an abbreviated training camp.
Assuming the leagues collective bargaining agreement is ratified in time, the departure of All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter via free agency to Minnesota remains the most glaring absence from the team...
Our player-by-player previews for the 2012-13 season continue today with Brian McGrattan...
Pekka Rinne says making nice with the fans didn't enter his mind when the Nashville goaltender skated over and handed a puck to a smiling young boy.
The goalie was just happy being back on the ice with his teammates in front of a few hundred fans.
The Predators tried to start wooing fans back Saturday for a lockout-shortened season. With the labor deal not ratified by midday...
Our player-by-player previews for the 2012-13 season continue today with Nick Spaling...
So, we started this trend last year for the 2011-2012 Nashville Predators season and we had 20 bold predictions. Well, guess what? It’s that time of the year again and since we only have half a season, we will have half the number of predictions.
Below are our 10 bold predictions for the 2013 abbreviated season:
1: Nashville will have a Top 20 scorer
Whether it’s Sergei Kostitsyn...
Our player-by-player previews for the 2012-13 season continue today with Patric Hornqvist...
Roman Josi takes what he has learned from Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to prepare for a bigger, more important role this season...
There were two schools of thought during the lockout: use the down time to rest up or go play elsewhere so you can get into game shape.
On January 19, we’ll find out which take had the advantage.
Of the 23 players expected to take part in Nashville Predators training camp next week, 10 played somewhere during the lockout. That “somewhere” could be Russia, Denmark, Sweden or...
Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
Finishing our season preview will be a two-part series look at the Nashville Predators offensive talent.
Nashville has always been known as a “no-star, everybody-works” type of team and the offensive play is no different. The Predators’ “scoring-by-committee” approached has continually worked since it’s inception, including...
The Nashville Predators attempt to regain fans and bring them back together this Saturday, January 10, hosting what they call a "Kickoff Celebration" from 9:30am - 3pm. The event will be held at Bridgestone Arena, where many fans haven't been since Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes.
A player-led practice will be the highlight...
Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
It’s time to get our season previews underway and what better way to start it then to take a look at the position that has the least number of players: goalies!
Instead of the norm of doing a player by player preview for the upcoming season, we’re condensing it into a few articles looking at the different areas of the game: offense...
If you missed last nightâs SlapShot Radio, make sure you check out the podcast, on-demand at the SSR podcast page, the link is below. Todayâs blog is a preseason look at the changes on Nashvilleâs stellar defensive corps.
Losses â Ryan Suter
Gains â Scott Hannon
Retains â Shea Weber, Hal Gill, Roman Josi, Kevin Kline
On the Bubble â...