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2015 Fantasy Hockey Team Preview: Nashville Predators

Welcome to NHL team previews: a brand new series that will breakdown every NHL team this offseason. You can expect to see new posts all summer, starting from the 30th place team, and finishing with the Stanley Cup champions. With so many changes coming in the offseason, some teams will be improving dramatically, while others will be forced to make some tough decisions for the future...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Season Preview: Matt Cullen – That Thing You Do!

Matt Cullen as a Tom Hanks movie Went with “That Thing You Do!” just because we didn’t want to not use it. Underrated movie. It was also the directing debut for Hanks. This movie could gain a lot of new fans if one night AMC would have “Shawshank Redemption” scheduled but then trick everyone tuning in and show “That Thing You Do!” instead. What does this have to do...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators season preview: A team on the rise

Plus: The Predators took a huge step forward last season, finishing second in the Central with 104 points. They return much of last season's team, including leading scorer Filip Forsberg, star defenseman Shea Weber, and Vezina-worthy goaltender Pekka Rinne. They only started to struggle last season in the second half when injuries started to bog down the team, so if Nashville can...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Santorelli postgame (10/1)

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Via Fox Sports West
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma's small change revolutionized James Neal's game

The Players' Tribune has been full of great insights from athletes ever since its inception, giving readers an entirely new look into the world of sports. There are many lessons to learn from the posts on that website, and a recent story from James Neal showed just how important a minor change by a coach can be on an athlete's career.For Neal, the coach who made the biggest difference...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators (47-25-10,104 points, second in Central Division) Coach: Peter Laviolette (436-307-25, 14th season, second season with Predators)Key Departures: Cody Franson, Mike SantorelliKey Additions: Cody Hodgson, Steve MosesKey Player: Pekka RinneLast season, Rinne was a huge element in the Predators' success. Rinne posted 41 wins and a .923 save percentage, making him...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators Preseason: Who Stood Out?

Preseason hockey is here, which means regular season is only just around the corner. This blessed time of year comes with a couple unknowns for the Nashville Predators. The top two forward lines seem set in stone, but the bottom-6 forwards is where things get interesting. Rookies like Kevin Fiala are competing with veteran presence like Eric Nystrom, and coach Peter Laviolette has...
Via TopSportsReport
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning edged by Predators in OT of preseason tilt

Mattias Ekholm's goal 3:50 into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cody Bass and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help Nashville rally from a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Carter Hutton made 26 saves for the Predators. Erik Condra and Jonathan Drouin scored for the reigning Eastern Conference champion Lightning. Reserve goaltender Adam...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tortorella will be Team USA’s World Cup head coach

In an announcement which will reportedly be made official tonight and which would come as a huge surprise, John Tortorella will be named Team USA’s head coach for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.  John Tortorella will be named head coach of Team USA's entry for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey tonight after MNF. #TSN — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 21, 2015 ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers split exhibition doubleheader vs. Predators

Filip Forsberg scored twice and assisted on Colton Sissons' goal, all on power play, to help the Nashville Predators beat the visiting Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader Sunday. In the night game, Michael Matheson scored at 2:05 of overtime to give Florida a 3-2 victory. In the opener on the first day of the NHL exhibition season, Roman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cody Franson Close To Signing With Sabres On Two-Year Contract

Cody Franson being unsigned in September was a major surprise to just about everyone in hockey, but it appears the 28-year-old defenseman is on the verge of signing with the Buffalo Sabres. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday that Franson is in Buffalo and “expected to finalize” a two-year contract with the Sabres worth $3.3 million per season. On paper, it’s a great fit...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Central Division Preview: Nashville Predators

2014-15 record: 47-25-10 (102 points) 2nd place in the Central Division, 3rd place in the Western Conference Goals For: 232 Goals Against: 208 Power Play: 16.2% (25) Penalty Kill: 80.8% (18) Team Faceoff Pct: 48.9% (21t) Key Offseason Moves 2015 Top Draft Pick: Round 2 – Pick 55 – F Yakov Trenin Additions: Barret Jackman, […] The post 2015-16 Central Division Preview: Nashville...
Via Committed Indians
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #63 Mike Ribeiro

The reclamation project that helped vault Nashville back into the playoff picture. The 35 year old center was brought on board last summer after being bought out by the Coyotes. What he accomplished on the ice this past season was above anyone’s expectations. Anchoring the first line from the outset, he compiled 62 points and suited up every night.   Ribeiro’s playmaking ability...
Via The Predatorial
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

For Sale: Predators Single-Game Tickets!

Starting Saturday, you’ll be able to procure Predators single-game tickets at Kroger Ticketmaster outlets and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Note: Seven games will only be available to season ticket holders at this time, see the release below for those STH exclusives. Release from the Predators with single-game ticket info:  Nashville, Tenn. (September 2, 2015) –. On...
Via Section 303
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Barret Jackman feels “rejuvenated” joining the Predators

Barret Jackman is starting a new chapter in his career. After the St. Louis Blues made it known that they weren’t going to offer Jackman a new contract, the veteran defenseman signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Nashville Predators. Jackman is preparing to play for just the second NHL team in his career and he feels like a rookie again. Jackman discussed his arrival with...
Via Frozen Notes
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #59 Roman Josi

The first Norris Trophy winner in Nashville Predators history. Go ahead and save that previous statement for use before Roman Josi’s career is over.. He’s that good of a defenseman and exemplifies the new age blueliner in the NHL.   At just 25, he has cemented his place in the top echelon of defenders after a fifth place showing in this past season’s Vezina trophy voting....
Via The Predatorial
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #56 Kevin Fiala

Oh man the future is bright for this guy. A player that has all the makings to be an impact forward with the Predators as he continues to develop. Can we discuss for minute how exciting it is to have all these promising forwards in the Nashville pipeline while the team is already very competitive in the league? It’s a thought that will put a smile on the face of any fan.   Back...
Via The Predatorial
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Time for the Nashville Predators to trade Shea Weber?

I ran across an article the other day discussing whether or not it was the right time to potentially trade Shea Weber. At first, I thought it was a crazy idea. We’re talking about a guy who has a shot so hard that the puck has gone through the net, the leader of the team and the face of the franchise. At the same time, we are talking about a guy who signed an offer sheet with...
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators re-sign Colin Wilson

The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Colin Wilson to a four year, $15.75 million contract. Under the agreement, Wilson will make $3.75 million in the first year of the deal and $4 million for the remaining three years. Wilson, 25, had a breakthrough season last year scoring career highs in goals, 20, and points, 42.In addition, Wilson added five goals in the playoffs in...
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators re-sign Craig Smith to 5 year deal

The Nashville Predators have locked up yet another key piece for the upcoming season by re-signing Craig Smith to a 5 year, $21.25 million contract. The deal came as both sides were preparing for arbitration. Craig Smith Last season, Smith finished second in scoring on the team with 23 goals while also adding 21 assists, good for 44 points (fifth most on the team). His strong play...
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cody Franson Among Best Unsigned 2015 NHL Free Agents (Photos)

Two weeks have passed since the NHL free agency began, and even though activity has died down a bit, there are still several quality players left on the market for teams to pursue from now until training camps open in September. With lots of signings over the last two weeks, it’s time to re-rank the best unrestricted free agents on the market. Click to for list of best unsigned...
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

The last time we saw Andrei Kostitsyn, he was suspended for two games by the Nashville Predators during the 2012 postseason for missing curfew along with teammate Alexander Radulov. Shortly after the Predators were eliminated, both Kostitsyn and Radulov left the NHL and returned to Russia. Now, Kostitsyn is ready to return to the NHL and he’s not picky about where he plays...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Poile Offers Contract to Ribeiro, Comes Under Fire

On the eve of the NHL Draft, a report came out that GM David Poile had offered a contract to unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro, the team’s number one center a season ago. While the terms of the proposal are unclear (it was rejected), what IS certain is the response from fans being appalled at the very thought he would ...
Via Predneck Nation
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators “probably not” going to sign Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli

It looks like the Nashville Predators weren’t too happy with the trade they made with the Toronto Maple Leafs which brought Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the team back in February. The Predators sent a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic to acquire the duo in a late effort to improve Nashville’s Cup chances. Things didn...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Gets Puck Stuck In Pads For The Longest Time (Video)

Pekka Rinne doesn’t just save pucks. He makes them disappear. The Nashville Predators goaltender was his usual stellar self in Game 4 of his team’s Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. With under six minutes remaining in the first overtime period, however, Rinne took his talents a bit too far. After trying to clear a puck behind the net, Rinne somehow managed...
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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