JAMES NEAL NEWS

Embarrassed early, Blackhawks hit their stride just in time

CHICAGO (AP) It smacks of desperation. And it's more a hunch than a real strategy. But when pressed, most coaches will admit few things motivate pro athletes better than embarrassing them. Ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who overcame another big first-period deficit and then a goalie swap for the second time against the Nashville Predators. The result was another 4-3 win Saturday night...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Three-goal burst in 3rd helps Predators force Game 6 vs. Blackhawks

  Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the Nashville Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night. A triple-overtime loss in Chicago early Wednesday pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination, and these teams appeared headed for the third overtime game of this series tied...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators force Game 6 beating Chicago 5-2 with 4 in 3rd

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the Nashville Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night. A triple-overtime loss in Chicago early Wednesday pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination, and these teams appeared headed for the third overtime game...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators’ James Neal Checked Duncan Keith Through The Glass During Game 4

Nashville Predators forward James Neal took some time off of scoring goals on Tuesday night to lay a large hit on Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. The hit was nothing earth shattering, but it was enough to send Keith directly through the glass on the corner boards. Luckily no fans were hurt when the glass came Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators-Blackhawks tied after 2 overtimes

CHICAGO (AP) The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks are heading to a third overtime period in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. The tired teams were tied at 2 after 100 minutes of play on Tuesday night. It was the longest game in Nashville history. Colin Wilson and James Neal had the goals for the Predators, and Antoine Vermette and Brandon Saad scored for the...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hockey Guys Podcast: Episode 38 — first-round playoff predictions and Leafs talk

    James Neal and the Nashville Predators prepare for the Stanley Cup playoffs / NHL.com Check Out Hockey Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with TheHockeyGuys Podcast on BlogTalkRadio Hunter Crowther (@HunterCrowther) and Chris Shannon (@ChrisShannon16) make their predictions for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. Near the end of the show, the pair give their thoughts...
Via The Hockey Guys
11 days ago  |  Discuss

“In the Corners” Nashville vs Chicago Preview

This week we are all excited for the beginning of the NHL Playoffs. I know there will be plenty of series previews for the Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks to read so I wanted to do something a little bit different for mine. I asked one of my favorite writers that I talk Preds hockey with on Twitter to collaborate with me. Greg Moshopoulos writes for http://www.prednecknation.com...
Via The Predatorial
13 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mixed Results Out West

These days are tough on fans of the Nashville Predators. Some days it appears to be back to the team they know and love. Then you have 3rd period implosions like the one Sunday vs Anaheim. That causes heartburn and headaches. The question now is just what will this team be come playoffs? Let’s look back at the week that was first. Monday the West Coast roadie started vs the Arizona...
Via The Predatorial
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Domingue strong in net, but Coyotes lose in OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- James Neal put in a rebound of Seth Jones' shot 2:45 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes that snapped a season-worst, six-game skid on Monday night. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to halt Nashville's losing streak. The Coyotes have lost 11 of 12 home games and 12 of 13 overall. A fight between Arizona's B.J. Crombeen...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators need OT to top Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- James Neal put in a rebound of Seth Jones' shot 2:45 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes that snapped a season-worst, six-game skid on Monday night. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to halt Nashville's losing streak. The Coyotes have lost 11 of 12 home games and 12 of 13 overall. A fight between Arizona's B.J. Crombeen...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Neal's OT goal lifts skidding Predators over Coyotes 2-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Neal put in a rebound of Seth Jones' shot 2:45 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes that snapped a season-worst, six-game skid on Monday night. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to halt Nashville's losing streak. The Coyotes have lost 11 of 12 home games and 12 of 13 overall. A fight between Arizona's B.J. Crombeen...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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
February 28, 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

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
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bolts Third Period Comeback Earns An Important Point

With the Lightning down two goals in the third period against the best team in the NHL, they found a way to rally back and steal a point in Nashville last night. The Predators are now 22-3-1 at home (the best home record in the NHL). Coach Jon Cooper said it best,  “Arguably the hardest place to play if you’re going record-wise in the league against the team with the most points...
Via Lightning Shout
February 11, 2015  |  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
February 10, 2015  |  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
February 10, 2015  |  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
February 10, 2015  |  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
February 01, 2015  |  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
January 31, 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
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