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Staying With the Lead Pack

The second month of the NHL season is in full swing and the Nashville Predators continue to run with the lead teams. A week full of Western opponents and the Preds continue to do solid work. Tuesday, on their return to Bridgestone Arena, the Edmonton Oilers awaited. Finally, the Preds got off to a quick start (something I’ve been calling for on this column). Racing out to a 3-0...
Via The Predatorial
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith's late goal leads Predators over Jets

  Craig Smith scored at 17:58 of the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. James Neal also scored for Nashville, winners of four of their last five. Blake Wheeler had the lone Winnipeg goal. The Jets have lost two of three. With time winding down in the third, Calle Jarnkrok found Smith at the bottom of the left circle,...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith's late goal leads Predators over Jets 2-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith scored at 17:58 of the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. James Neal also scored for Nashville, winners of four of their last five. Blake Wheeler had the lone Winnipeg goal. The Jets have lost two of three. With time winding down in the third, Calle Jarnkrok found Smith at the bottom...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cullen lifts Predators over slumping Stars with third-period tally

  Matt Cullen scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 of the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the slumping Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Dallas had rallied from a 2-0 deficit on goals by Trevor Daley and Patrick Eaves. But the Stars have lost their last six games (0-4-2), and are 1-2-4 at home. Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg scored power-play goals in the second period...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cullen lifts Predators over slumping Stars, 3-2

DALLAS (AP) Matt Cullen scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 of the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the slumping Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Dallas had rallied from a 2-0 deficit on goals by Trevor Daley and Patrick Eaves. But the Stars have lost their last six games (0-4-2), and are 1-2-4 at home. Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg scored power-play goals in the...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten Games In

The Nashville Predators only had two games in Western Canada this week. They began things off well enough by exercising some previous year demons and winning by a resounding 4-1 margin against the Edmonton Oilers. Major credit goes to the re-awakening of the second and third lines to provide some timely scoring. Next it was off to Calgary and the Preds again started slow in the...
Via The Predatorial
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Three-goal third period propels Flames past Predators

  Johnny Gaudreau sparked a third-period comeback with a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames scored three times in just more than 4 minutes to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night. With the Flames trailing 2-1, Jiri Hudler got the rally started with the tying goal 2:36 into the third. It came on a setup from rookies Markus Granlund and Gaudreau. After TJ Brodie'...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Flames score 3 in 3rd to rally past Predators 4-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau sparked a third-period comeback with a goal an and assist as the Calgary Flames scored three times in just more than 4 minutes to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night. With the Flames trailing 2-1, Jiri Hudler got the rally started with the tying goal 2:36 into the third. It came on a setup from rookies Markus Granlund and Gaudreau...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 3 – Calgary Flames 4

Optimistic Thoughts: James Neal, baby! You know it’s a deadly wrist shot when you always have to watch the replay because it’s going too fast in real time. Neal can sling the puck with the best of them and exactly what the Predators needed this off season. Craig Smith continues to produce, and it’s a luxury he can be a complimentary scorer on the second line with  the new...
Via The Predatorial
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith scores twice, leads Predators to win over Oilers

  Craig Smith scored twice and the Nashville Predators rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Shea Weber and Taylor Beck also scored and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to help Nashville improve to 6-1-2 in the first game of a six-game trip. Taylor Hall scored for Edmondton. The Oilers had won four straight...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith leads Predators past Oilers, 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Craig Smith scored twice and the Nashville Predators rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Shea Weber and Taylor Beck also scored and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to help Nashville improve to 6-1-2 in the first game of a six-game trip. Taylor Hall scored for Edmonton. The Oilers...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy solidifying his place in Nashville’s lineup

Coming off one of the worst statistical years in his NHL career, Derek Roy was a 31 year old unrestricted free agent center looking for a new home. Signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Predators this off-season, Roy already appears to be solidifying his place in the lineup. Slotted into Nashville’s second line alongside forwards Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg, Roy’s been...
Via The Predatorial
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators score three in 3rd to beat Senators in Laviolette's debut

  Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all scored in the third period, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, giving coach Peter Laviolette a win in his Nashville debut. Smith tied it at 1 with his goal 1:36 into the third of the season opener for both teams. Then Weber, the three-time Norris Trophy finalist, skated around the net before flipping a backhander...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators beat Ottawa 3-2 in Laviolette's debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all scored in the third period, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, giving coach Peter Laviolette a win in his Nashville debut. Smith tied it at 1 with his goal 1:36 into the third of the season opener for both teams. Then Weber, the three-time Norris Trophy finalist, skated around the net...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 3, Ottawa Senators 2

Tonight was the first game in franchise history under a coach other than Barry Trotz, and the Predators are already beginning to look like a whole new hockey team. The high velocity, shoot first offense many fans have been begging for the last few seasons is finally taking shape, with trade acquisitions James Neal and Olli Jokinen leading the charge at 7 and 6 shots, respectively...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Games that Do Not Count

I’m happy to say I have games to report on finally. This will be your first look at what “In the Corners” was meant to be from the beginning. So if you’ve stuck with me so far thanks and hope you will continue to do so. If you are a first time reader I encourage you to go back and read a few of the introductory columns to see what the design of this is about. So let’s get...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators sweep Panthers in preseason doubleheader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pontus Aberg scored twice and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep their split-squad exhibition doubleheader. In the opener, Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to give Nashville a 2-1 victory. In the second game, Aberg opened the scoring late in the first period, squeezing a shot from the right boards between...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators sweep Panthers in preseason doubleheader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pontus Aberg scored twice and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep their split-squad exhibition doubleheader. In the opener, Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to give Nashville a 2-1 victory. In the second game, Aberg opened the scoring late in the first period, squeezing a shot from the right boards between...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers drop split-squad preseason game to Predators in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in a split-squad exhibition game. Carter Hutton made 23 saves and stopped both Florida attempts in the shootout. Smith scored for Nashville (2-1-0) at 4:11 of the first period, converting a rebound of Garrett Noonan's shot...
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators beat Panthers 2-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in a split-squad exhibition game. Carter Hutton made 23 saves and stopped both Florida attempts in the shootout. Smith scored for Nashville (2-1-0) at 4:11 of the first period, converting a rebound of Garrett Noonan's shot....
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers drop split-squad preseason game to Predators in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in a split-squad exhibition game. Carter Hutton made 23 saves and stopped both Florida attempts in the shootout. Smith scored for Nashville (2-1-0) at 4:11 of the first period, converting a rebound of Garrett Noonan's shot...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators and Lightning set rosters for tomorrow’s preseason game

The Predators and Lightning have both set their 25-man roster for tomorrow night’s opening preseason game for both teams. While Nashville cut six players from the roster on Sunday evening, the Predators are icing the following players tomorrow: FORWARDS Arvidsson, Beck, Cullen, Fiala, Forsberg, Gaustad, Jarnkrok, Neal, Ribeiro, Roy, Salomaki, Sissons, Smith, Watson, Wilson...
Via The Predatorial
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Let Preseason Begin!

Welcome back to “In the Corners”. Appreciate you taking the time to give it a look. A bit briefer column than normal this week as we are in the calm before the storm. Next week I will do my best to disseminate some good information out of pre-season games. That’s a task my friends… Felder’s Training Camp Five – 1. An Examination of Groups – Perhaps the best way to try...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

How do players feel about advanced statistics and hockey analytics?

If you haven’t been paying close attention to the hockey community over the past couple of months, you may have missed the plethora of teams that have bolstered their hockey operations staff with the hirings of a handful of bloggers who specialize in recording and breaking down hockey analytics. For nearly a decade, there’s been a growing trend of finding new ways to measure...
Via The Predatorial
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators Depth Chart 2014 2015

Nashville Predators C 1. Mike Ribeiro 2. Mike Fisher (LTI) 3. Derek Roy  4. Calle Jarnkrok  5. Paul Gaustad  L 1. Viktor Stalberg  2. Craig Smith 3. Matt Cullen  4. Gabriel Bourque  5. Filip Forsberg  R 1. James Neal  2. Colin Wilson 3. Olli Jokinen 4. Richard Clune
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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