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Are the Nashville Predators Legitimate Stanley Cup Contenders?

Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild makes the save against James Neal #18 of the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on February 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) The Nashville Predators have proven to be one of the elite teams in the National Hockey League this season. They currently sit atop the entire...
Via The Sports Journal
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Are the Nashville Predators Truly the NHL’s Best Team?

TopSportsReport’s lead NHL writer, Tyler Jones, wrote a comprehensive NHL power rankings article that includes the usual rankings, as well as notes on each team’s deadline options.  This comes specifically before the trade deadline, as it is an important mid-season date, making it a fantastic time to evaluate where each team currently stands. Check out where Jones ranks Pekka...
Via TopSportsReport
4 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

James Neal is the Most Underated Player in the NHL

James Neal #18 of the Nashville Predators celebrate a goal with the bench against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on February 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Mandatory Credit: John Russell/Getty Images) Although one could argue that James Neal was the beneficiary of playing with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the fact that...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Play: Neal overtime goal gives Nashville 3-2 win over Tampa Bay

Nashville, Tenn. -- After sacrificing a two goal lead midway through the third period, the Nashville Predators (36-12-6) benefited from a James Neal goal with time ticking down in the overtime period to dispatch the Tampa Bay Lightning (34-16-6) by a final score of 3-2 in a thriller at Bridgestone Arena. SLAP SHOTS Conference-best teams battle Nashville's seen its fair share of the...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Neal scores overtime winner, leads Predators over Lightning

  James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six. Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three. With time winding down in overtime, Neal beat Lightning...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Neal's OT winner leads Predators over Lightning 3-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six. Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three. With time winding down in overtime...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning give up goal in final seconds of OT, fall on road to Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six. Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three. With time winding down in overtime...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning give up goal in final seconds of OT, fall on road to Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six. Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three. With time winding down in overtime...
Via Fox Sports Florida
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Adversity Arrives, Predators Still Regain #1 League Ranking

The Nashville Predators knew any stretch of time this season without Pekka Rinne would be a time of adversity. We are seeing that play out this past week. The good news is that as Pekka did travel with the team and has begun practicing it appears his return is imminent. What happened in the mean time?Some battles for sure. Four games on the week and things started out well enough...
Via The Predatorial
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 50: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins

Nashville Predators (31-11-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (28-13-8) 2:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Pens and Preds faceoff in a Sunday matinée game, it’ll be the final meeting between the two teams this season.  It will also mark the return of James Neal to Pittsburgh.  A twitter search of simply “James Neal” is kicking back some really...
Via The Pensblog
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading into Game 50 Between the Predators and Penguins

By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) The Penguins were able to beat the Devils in overtime 2-1 Friday night. The team has 64 ranking them 2nd in the metro division, one point away from the New York Islanders. The Predators are coming off a shutout loss to the Avalanche on Friday night before jumping two time zones to head to Pittsburgh. The team is safely sitting in second place in the...
Via The PensNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators-Penguins Preview

James Neal didn't know what to expect after an offseason trade sent him from an established group with multiple stars in Pittsburgh to a Nashville club undergoing a major overhaul. His contributions have helped the Predators become a surprise contender, and he insists he'll be treating his first visit to the Steel City since the deal as just another trip as Nashville looks to avoid...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Calder Race: Filip Forsberg vs. Aaron Ekblad

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Heading into the 2014-15 season, everyone had their favorites in the Calder Trophy race for the rookie of the year. Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning was considered the golden boy, a prospect so elite that on his own he would have been a favorite even if he wasn’t a candidate to play with multi-time Rocket Richard winner Steven Stamkos...
Via Sports-Glory
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ups and the Downs

The Nashville Predators have found some adversity to deal with. Within the process of defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-1, Pekka Rinne was injured with a sprained knee. The diagnosis was a 3-5 week recovery time. We will discuss this in point #5 below. So the week that was has a different feel than any other one this season. There was Rinne but then there was the emotion of Barry...
Via The Predatorial
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators top Capitals for 5th straight win, spoiling Trotz's return

  James Neal scored twice and the surging Predators spoiled coach Barry Trotz's return to Nashville, beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Seth Jones and Mattias Ekholm had the other goals for the Predators, who fired Trotz at the end of last season. Trotz was the team's inaugural coach, leading Nashville through its first 15 NHL seasons...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 5

Optimistic Thoughts: The two best teams in the NHL played against each other tonight. Sorry Pittsburgh and Anaheim, but Chicago and Nashville have claimed those two spots at this point in the season. The Predators took it to the Blackhawks in the first period and gained a two goal lead thanks to great plays by Roman Josi and the trio of Ribeiro, Wilson, and Smith. A wild second period...
Via The Predatorial
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Improving Face-offs Could Lead To Power Play Success

The one glaring weakness in an otherwise tremendous season for the Nashville Predators is the power play. Special teams have been discussed ad nauseum for the majority of the season because most nights the man advantage is sub-par at best while their five on five play is among the best in the entire league. A rather baffling scenario that with the influx of great offensive talent...
Via The Predatorial
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 3 – Boston Bruins 5

Optimistic Thoughts: The Predators were tested after having a lighter schedule with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday games every week for what seemed like forever. Their first back to back in a while started slow with Boston coming out strong and converting early on Carter Hutton. Nashville was able to respond with a great pass by James Neal to a streaking Colin Wilson who crafted...
Via The Predatorial
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators 5 – Blue Jackets 1

Optimistic Thoughts: James Neal was inserted back in the lineup after missing the last game with an illness, but interestingly didn’t return to his normal position on the first line. That was taken by Craig Smith who played spectacular in Neal’s absence and continued his strong play with another two goals tonight against the Blue Jackets. Victor Bartley has grown exponentially...
Via The Predatorial
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
Via Bloguin Best
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators’ James Neal has been fined for diving

            Congratulations to Nashville Predators winger James Neal: he’s been fined $2,000 by the NHL, making him the first player to be fined for diving/embellishment. Take a look at the video and you’ll see why:   In Neal’s defense, that was clearly the most vicious slash in the history of the game and he’s lucky to still...
Via Sports-Glory
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators F Neal fined $2,000 by NHL for diving

NEW YORK -- The NHL has fined Nashville Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league's revised rule against diving and embellishing. The new rule, implemented for this season after approval by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association, is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players and teams who repeatedly dive and embellish...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators' Neal fined $2,000 by NHL for diving

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined Nashville Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league's revised rule against diving and embellishing. The new rule, implemented for this season after approval by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association, is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players and teams who repeatedly dive and embellish...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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