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Looking at the Predators’ Forward Corps

View image | gettyimages.com It’s August, and hockey has slowed to a halt. With no signings or trades and preseason still a month or so away, all we can do is look at the season ahead. The Predators, with every roster player and then some signed, have the core they need to improve on last season’s success. Nashville finished second in the Central Division last year under...
Via TopSportsReport
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators: All Present and Accounted For

View image | gettyimages.com The Nashville Predators have built a diverse core for the years to come, and on Monday they signed the last contract of that core to 4 years. Colin Wilson joined Craig Smith as the newest contract in Nashville, solidifying him as part of the core for years to come. He was 36 hours away from his arbitration hearing, and like many Preds fans, I breathed...
Via TopSportsReport
July 30, 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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign forward Craig Smith to five-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday. "Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable...
Via AP on Fox
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign Craig Smith to 5-year, $21.25 million deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday. Poile called Smith an integral part of the Predators' young core, and the general manager says they are pleased they were able to come to a...
Via AP on Fox
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith, Predators agree to 5-year, $21.25 million extension

The Nashville Predators took a big step toward solidifying their offense by signing center Craig Smith to a five-year, $21.25 million contract on Monday.The sides came to an agreement after a salary arbitration hearing on Monday, as first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Smith will receive $3.75 million in the first year of the contract before picking up an additional ...
Via Fox Sports
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators draft four centers, seven overall at 2015 NHL Entry Draft

With the speculation abound that the Predators could try and move back into the first round of the draft, nothing ever seemed to come of it. Neither was the case for Nashville to make any sort of splash on the trade market, either. All in all, it was a very quiet and laid back weekend for the Preds. A bit different from last year when Nashville made plenty of noise, trading for forward...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #15 Craig Smith

A prototypical top six forward who continues to be a model of consistency. With so many new storylines coming out of the bounce back year for the team, one remained the same. Craig Smith puts the puck in the net on a regular basis.   An outstanding freshman year in 2011-2012 did see a regression the following season, but the last two have been excellent. Smith notched 24 goals in...
Via The Predatorial
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

What happens if Preds can afford only one of Wilson or Smith?

Nashville, Tenn. -- Zero argument can be made that Nashville has been able to draft talented -- all-world in some cases -- defensemen over the years. Home-grown talent at the blue-line has come easily for the Predators. Yet, when shifting the view towards the offensive scale of talent, Nashville has been lacking the same success they've seen in drafting for other positions. Can that...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Zucker scores twice in surprise 4-2 road win over Nashville, 12th straight road victory

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 08: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild skates against Craig Smith #15 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on October 8, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) It was a little bit after 10PM Central time on Tuesday when you heard a collective sigh of relief as the Wild clinched a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup...
Via State of Hockey News
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ten Most Irreplacable Predators

As we head towards the postseason, we all hope for an injury free and successful playoff campaign. But this hockey, injuries happen. The last two weeks have seen quite a few Predators head to the sideline due to injury. That brings up an interesting topic of discussion. Who would Nashville miss the most if they were to miss time?   This isn’t technically a ranking of the best...
Via The Predatorial
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators forward Craig Smith fined $5,000 for high sticking

  Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Buffalo Sabres forward Jerry D'Amigo. The incident occurred in the first period of the Predators' 3-0 victory Saturday and resulted in a four-minute penalty. D'Amigo took a high stick to the face that drew blood. D'Amigo sat out the entire second period and wore a full cage when he returned in the...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators' Smith fined $5,000 for high sticking

NEW YORK (AP) Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Buffalo Sabres forward Jerry D'Amigo. The incident occurred in the first period of the Predators' 3-0 victory Saturday and resulted in a four-minute penalty. D'Amigo took a high stick to the face that drew blood. D'Amigo sat out the entire second period and wore a full cage when he returned...
Via AP on Fox
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Predators score twice in 3rd period, stun Kings 2-1

Viktor Stalberg got credit for the tiebreaking goal when Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin deflected the puck into his own net, and the Nashville Predators slowed their March skid with a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday night. Craig Smith scored the tying goal on a power play early in the third period for the Predators, who won for just the second time in nine games. After playing...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators score twice in 3rd period to stun Kings, earn win

  Viktor Stalberg got credit for the tiebreaking goal when Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin deflected the puck into his own net, and the Nashville Predators slowed their March skid with a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday night. Craig Smith scored the tying goal on a power play early in the third period for the Predators, who won for just the second time in nine games. After...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Misery Loves Company, But Don’t Panic… Yet.

The Nashville Predators have experienced a first this season. An entire week with no points added. It’s the worst week of the season and many are glad it is over. Home games did not cure them. Better goaltending on Saturday did not cure them. At this point we are all searching to know what if anything can cure this team.   4 games last week. 4 losses of different varieties. 4...
Via The Predatorial
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators’ Balanced Game Will Take Them Deep Into Playoffs

Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators scores against Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on February 28, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Mandatory Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Think about where the Nashville Predators were at the end of last year. Tenth place, beaten down and out of the playoff hunt. Their top...
Via The Sports Journal
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Perhaps the Nashville Predators’ Power Play Isn’t a Problem

Cody Franson #44 celebrates a goal with Craig Smith #15 of the Nashville Predators against the Minnesota Wild during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on February 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Mandatory Credit: John Russell/Getty Images) Everyone who knows anything about hockey knows how important the power play is. Or do they? The Nashville Predators have been the best team...
Via The Sports Journal
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

3rd and 4th lines power Wild to 4-2 win in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 08: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild skates against Craig Smith #15 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on October 8, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Well considering that things didn’t go quite accordingly to plan on Tuesday night against Edmonton, tonight needs to be a re-set game. Tonight is the...
Via State of Hockey News
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators down Avs to win NHL-best 35th game

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored to help the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game homestand. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in his NHL-best 35th win, and the Predators padded their lead atop the NHL standings with 89 points. Nashville also clinched the season series with its...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators down Avs to win NHL-best 35th game

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored to help the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game homestand. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in his NHL-best 35th win, and the Predators padded their lead atop the NHL standings with 89 points. Nashville also clinched the season series with its...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators beat Avalanche 5-2, pad NHL's best home record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored to help the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game homestand. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in his NHL-best 35th win, and the Predators padded their lead atop the NHL standings with 89 points. Nashville also clinched the season series with...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mixed Results and Feelings

A week that started with so much promise only took a few periods of poor hockey to turn into one of the worst weeks of the season. Now when you are talking about still garnering 5 of 8 points that clearly shows how far the Nashville Predators have come. Truthfully it was more about the type of play in those two losses. Like I said though the week started so well. The San Jose Sharks...
Via The Predatorial
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators down Devils to win fifth straight

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- Colin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal on a tic-tac-toe play with 3:27 left, leading Nashville to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night for the Predators' fifth straight win. Craig Smith added an insurance goal when he swatted a shot between Cory Schneider's legs with 2:21 left. Matt Cullen gave Nashville a 1-0 lead in the first period...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators down Devils to win fifth straight

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- Colin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal on a tic-tac-toe play with 3:27 left, leading Nashville to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night for the Predators' fifth straight win. Craig Smith added an insurance goal when he swatted a shot between Cory Schneider's legs with 2:21 left. Matt Cullen gave Nashville a 1-0 lead in the first period...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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