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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
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

What could the Preds line combinations look like?

Josh Cooper of The Tennessean posted his potential line combinations for the Nashville Predators’ 2014-15 season this morning. Some peculiar choices to be certain. In response, here are ours… James Neal – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith Colin Wilson – Derek Roy – Olli Jokinen Filip Forsberg – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Stalberg Matt Cullen – Paul Gaustad - Eric Nystrom...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Newly signed forwards could find career rejuvenation with Nashville

At the end of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Nashville had a handful of centers in their lineup already en route to the opening bell of the 2014-2015 season. Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Paul Gaustad, and Calle Jarnkrok all have the potential of playing center for Nashville in the upcoming year, but figuring out who was going to be placed where was already a problem for the...
Via The Predatorial
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Predators can wait on finding a top line center

As the bulk of what’s available in free agency continues to dwindle, Nashville has a couple of decisions to make. In their quest for someone to center their top line, the Predators have taken their time trying to make the best decision for their team. If Nashville ends up choosing not to find a center through free agency or the trade market, though, it may not be the worst of decisions...
Via The Predatorial
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators Seth Jones, Craig Smith endorse new coach

Predators defenseman Seth Jones was pointed and direct. When asked whether he enjoys playing for Peter Laviolette, Jones — a blueliner on Laviolette's Team USA World Championship squad — gave a ringing endorsement. "He has been great," Jones said of the recently hired Predators coach. "He's a great speech-maker. He knows how to motivate us. He wants to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers hockey trio to represent Team USA at World Championships ☆

Wisconsin’s rich tradition at the international hockey level continues this year, as a trio of Badgers were announced as part of the first 15 members of Team USA for the 2014 IIHF World Championships. Jake McCabe, Jake Gardiner and Craig Smith all will don the USA shirt in Minsk, Belarus from May 9-25. All three also happen to be NHLers as of today, with McCabe signing with the...
Via Madtown Badgers
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators pour on offense in season finale

The Predators finished strong, even if was for naught. Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Sunday. The Wild wrapped up the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference earlier in the week, so there were few motivators other than the maintenance of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

With little on the line, Wild fall to Predators

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Craig Smith had two goals and two assists for Nashville, and the Predators finished the season strong with a 7-3 win over the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. The Wild wrapped up the first wild card spot in the Western Conference earlier in the week and already had their first-round matchup with the Colorado Avalanche set before the game, so there...
Via Fox Sports North
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators finish strong with 7-3 win vs. Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Craig Smith had two goals and two assists for Nashville, and the Predators finished the season strong with a 7-3 win over the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds hang seven more on Minnesota to close out 13-14 season

Just like game 81, game 82 saw the Nashville Predators trail by two early but battle back to put on an offensive onslaught and hang seven goals on their opponent. In front of 18,658 at Xcel Energy Center, the Preds beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild by a score of 7-3. Nashville finished the year on a 9-1-2 run but even 20 out of 24 possible points wasn’t enough to sneak into...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes drop crucial game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over Phoenix on Thursday night, damaging the Coyotes' playoff hopes. Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five. The loss hurt Phoenix's quest for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. The Coyotes entered the day...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators edge Capitals in shootout

Coach Barry Trotz has turned into a realist when it comes to the Predators' playoff chances. "Our moons have to absolutely align for us to somehow get in," he said. That might be true, but the Predators still have some games to play. And Nashville proved that even in spite of tough playoff odds, it has the ability to respond after tough, grinding defeats. The Predators...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators beat Capitals 4-3 in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fangover: Smith hits 20-goal milestone in 4-1 win against Sabres

For the first time this season since January 28 and 31, the Nashville Predators have won two straight games. Monday evening, Nashville came away with a 4-3 overtime road victory against the Ottawa Senators. Tuesday, the Predators defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at First Niagara Center.  Nashville entered the game slow and groggy, looking just like a team who played the night...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith nets 20th as Preds inch closer to playoff pack

The Buffalo Sabres have the NHL’s worst record. The Nashville Predators are in desperation mode. These are always the scariest games for the team who “should win.” Nashville held serve, however, and got the 4-1 victory in front of 18,659 at First Niagara Center. The win got the Preds back to .500 on the season. Carter Hutton got the call between the pipes on this night and...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Low-scoring Preds fading quickly out of playoff picture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For about five or six weeks, it wasn't a problem. However, once again the issue of goal-scoring has arisen with the Nashville Predators -- and at the worst possible time. A week ago, the Predators stood four points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Since then, Nashville has scored one goal in each of its last three games -- all regulation...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild eke out 3-2 victory in overtime, extend home winning streak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Nino Niederreiter's goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, the fifth straight home win for the Wild. Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored early to offset two goals for the Predators by Craig Smith, who raised his team-leading total to 18. Carter Hutton made 33 saves and helped thwart...
Via Fox Sports North
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fangover: Preds pick up point, but would've have liked two

Nashville continued their knack of picking up points with an overtime loss tonight to Minnesota in a game that could have gone either way. Craig Smith had both goals on Darcy Kuemper, the third stringer turned starter for the Wild. The Predators conceded an early marker to Brodin followed by a powerplay goal to Parise. Niederreiter got the game winner on a shot from above the hashmarks...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators score twice in third to edge Canucks 2-1

Seth Jones scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play in the third period and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Thursday night. Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and Carter Hutton made 33 saves as the Predators picked up their fourth victory in the past five outings. Chris Higgins scored for Vancouver, which got 24 stops from Roberto Luongo. The...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds' Smith excelling after offseason refocus

NASHVILLE -- On a wall in the media room in the bowels of Bridgestone Arena hangs a photo of Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith from his rookie year. Helmetless in the 1970s style, Smith sports a devilish smile, his hair flaring outwards, as he stick-handles around a cone. In the background, the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara wears his ever-dour expression and an official, bent...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators' Craig Smith gets offensive game moving

Craig Smith calls it simple and coach Barry Trotz calls it exciting. That’s how they describe Smith’s improved offensive productivity. The third-year Predators center has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) over the past 14 games. “I’ve just been trying to find open ice and keep my feet moving,” Smith said. “I don’t like to stop much if I don’t have to. Keep my...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators wrap homestand with win over Flames

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville's three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Shea Weber scored in the first period, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg followed Ellis with goals in the third, and David Legwand had three assists to help...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Smith, Seth Jones left off Team USA roster for Sochi

Immediately following an amazing Winter Classic, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile and Team USA announced their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. There was some hope (especially early on in the process) that Predators defenseman Seth Jones would find a spot on the team. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Even as a seventh or eighth defensemen...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators vs Detroit, December 30th: Postgame reactions and tidbits…

Nashville knocked off Detroit 6-4 Monday night in front of a sold-out Bridgestone Arena, here are some of our observations… Last month, Barry Trotz spoke out about Colin Wilson saying the he had to produce more for the Predators. Since being scratched on December 19th against Tampa Bay, Wilson has put up five points in his five games back, including two goals and an assist against...
Via The Predatorial
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Predators lose fourth straight after giving up first goal

With a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators suffered their fourth straight loss. For the fourth time in as many games, the Predators failed to score the first goal. For the second time in as many games, Nashville’s opponent put up three goals in the first period alone. “We need to get a lead and hold it,...
Via The Predatorial
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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