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Ryan Suter's now in Minnesota and Jordin Tootoo is in Detroit. The Nashville Predators still have captain Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, and their goals remain unchanged.
Stanley Cup or bust.
''We've shown ourselves that we can play against anybody,'' Rinne said. ''And for sure it's going to be a tight schedule, quick season and you have to be ready from the beginning. And for sure, we're going to battle for the Cup.''
The Predators open Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets looking for their eighth playoff berth in nine seasons, but expectations couldn't be higher after falling short in the Western Conference semifinals each of the past two years.
Nashville fell short last season despite a handful of moves that included trading for defenseman Hal Gill and sending their 2012 first-round draft pick to Buffalo for Paul Gaustad. They even welcomed back Alexander Radulov four years after he bolted home to Russia ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Not only is it the first road game of the season for the Nashville Predators, but it’s also the first chance to boo Ryan Suter!
The Preds take on the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, January 22, and we want YOU to join us at Brewhouse South in Franklin! Wear all your best Preds and anti-Suter gear and we’ll have prizes to give away!
Puck drops at 7:00pm so be sure to be there...
NASHVILLE Compressed schedule? So what?
Nashville Predators all-world goaltender Pekka Rinne wants to play all 48 games of the shrunken NHL season, starting with Saturday night's sold-out season opener against Columbus at Bridgestone Arena.
"Obviously, that's what you want to do," said Rinne, the two-time Vezina Trophy nominee for league's best goaltender...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild went shopping on the Fourth of July last summer and shocked the NHL by signing the top two free agents, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, to matching 13-year, 98 million contracts.
The excitement generated by the signings, which engulfed a state yearning for a winner after four straight years without a playoff appearance, was eventually tempered by the...
Before the NHL lockout began, the story of the summer around the league was Minnesota's surprise signing of top free agents Zach Parise (puh-REE'-see) and Ryan Suter (SOO'-ter).
The Wild haven't made the playoffs in four years. But now that the season has been saved, they're eager to see what their new stars can do for a team that started strong in 2011-12 but...
Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne are superstars on and off the ice, but will the loss of Ryan Suter keep the Preds from contending for the Cup in 2012-13?
How will the man advantage fare this season without Ryan Suter?
The Minnesota Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in one of the greatest free agency coups that the state of Minnesota has ever seen. A couple of stars in their sport had chosen, together, to come to Minnesota. There was an immediate enthusiasm, and discussion about how far the duo could take the team.
I have bad news for you, though. Parise and Suter are not going to take the...
FRIDAY'S STORY LINES: Excitement. Anticipation. Those were words used frequently in the Wild locker room Friday afternoon. After a 119-day lockout, Wild players are eager to get on the ice for their highly anticipated season opener Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.The offseason acquisitions of top free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have made the opener an even bigger...
Now that the 113-day NHL lockout is over, the Minnesota Wild can finally showcase their two biggest offseason acquisitions.
Whether Zach Parise and Ryan Suter can help the Wild match the preseason Stanley Cup hype - or just lead the club to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons - remains to be seen.
The two All-Stars will make their Wild debuts in Saturday night's...
1. The Minnesota Wild
Although this division has been dominated by the Canucks in the past, I’m picking the Wild to win because of their offseason acquisitions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Adding two superstars to play with the likes of Dany Heatly and Mikko Koivu, the Wild have scoring prowess. I know this is the popular pick and all of that...
Here are your “Leftgovers” from the Nashville Predators season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 19, 2013.
* The Predators hadn’t played since May 7, 2012.
* The Blue Jackets hadn’t played since April 7.
* It was Pekka Rinne’s 251st career NHL game.
* It was also Rinne’s 241st career start.
* Rinne got credit for an assist on...
Dallas Stars (1-0-0, 2pts) @ Minnesota Wild (1-0-0, 2 pts)
7:00 PM CT
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(Delving) Into the Wild:
Minnesota made the biggest splash in free agency last summer (and was probably a huge reason why the lockout had to happen) with their gigantic signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Parise paid off immediately last night as...
Our Captain, “Crazy” Charlie Saunier, will appear on the Thom Abraham Show on Nashville Sports Radio around 5:05cst. We will post the audio once it’s podcasted.
Central Division preview: Driven Weber to lift Predators
What will short season bring Preds? Uncertainty, confidence … who knows?
Nashville Predators build team around Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne
By Miranda Martin
While everyone is waking up to their Sunday post-game hangover, alcohol-induced or not, the Nashville predators shootout loss against the Columbus blue jackets Saturday night was not what many were expecting.
Before everyone calls the sky falling for the Predators, there were both good and bad points from the first game of the season...
The Preds opened up with as close to a "bye" as you could find, having won 19 of the last 20 home games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. At least the sieve, Steve Mason, didn't start. The BJ's have worked hard at earning the title of doormat of the Central Division NHL.The sold out crowd in the arena got their money's worth with 65 minutes of end to end...