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The Nashville Predators are back at work ready to prove the best start in franchise history is no fluke, even with goaltender Pekka Rinne still sidelined. And they want a fast start coming off the All-Star break, beginning Tuesday night against the visiting Colorado Avalanche. "It's very critical," forward James Neal said Monday. "I think everyone's got the same mindset coming back...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators eager to build on their best start without Rinne

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are back at work ready to prove the best start in franchise history is no fluke, even with goaltender Pekka Rinne still sidelined. And they want a fast start coming off the All-Star break. ''It's very critical,'' forward James Neal said Monday. ''I think everyone's got the same mindset coming back from the break. We want to gain ground...
Via AP on Fox
3 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
8 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Play: Predators spoil Trotz's return, beat Capitals late in regulation

Nashville, Tenn. -- Spoiling the return of former head coach Barry Trotz, the Nashville Predators (30-9-4) scored two goals late in regulation to send the Washington Capitals (24-12-8) to their first regulation loss since December 23rd. SLAP SHOTS Two evenly matched teams battling it out While the Predators and Capitals are lighting up their respective conferences, one thing is quite...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
12 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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 Puck Drunk Love
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 Bloguin Best
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

Rinne wins 19th, backstops Predators in win over Coyotes

  James Neal had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots for his NHL-best 19th win, and the Nashville Predators beat slumping Arizona 5-1 Thursday night in the Coyotes' eighth straight home loss. Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen also scored in the Predators' second consecutive win. Mike Ribeiro added his team-best 17th assist in a boo-filled return...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes' home skid hits eight

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- James Neal had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots for his NHL-best 19th win, and the Nashville Predators beat slumping Arizona 5-1 Thursday night in the Coyotes' eighth straight home loss. Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen also scored in the Predators' second consecutive win. Mike Ribeiro added his team-best 17th assist in...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 5 – Arizona Coyotes 1

Optimistic Thoughts: The drought is over! The Predators finally put up a goal (basically two) with the man advantage on their first two opportunities in the first after going down a goal. Nashville controlled the play, and James Neal looks rejuvenated after breaking through in the goal column with an empty netter last game. Neal was arguably the best player on the ice with his elite...
Via The Predatorial
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrew Shaw checks James Neal into Blackhawks bench (GIF)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw knocked Nashville Predators forward James Neal over the boards and into the Blackhawks bench during the first period of Saturday night's game at Bridgestone Arena.Neal was handling the puck in front of the Blackhawks bench when Shaw lined up and checked him. The momentum of the collision carried Neal halfway over the boards, then Shaw threw...
Via Holdout Sports
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 1 – Chicago Blackhawks 3

Optimistic Thoughts: The intensity meter was turned up a few notches for this Central Division clash. With the influx of Blackhawks fans in the arena, the game opened with a battle to out-chant the other fan base that contributed to the great atmosphere. The physicality heightened with Andrew Shaw throwing James Neal into Chicago’s bench that continued throughout the game. After...
Via The Predatorial
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Shaw Annihilates James Neal into Blackhawks Bench

On Saturday night in a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, Andrew Shaw completely hammered forward James Neal into the Blackhawks bench. Andrew Shaw Hit on Neal In the video, you’ll notice that Neal attempts to play the puck near the Blackhawks bench and Andrew Shaw see’s an opportunity, and he doesn’t waste it. Take a look: Towards the end of the...
Via Sports Mockery
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

At what point should we take the Nashville Predators seriously?

Looking up and down the standings through the first quarter-or-so of the 2014-15 NHL season, and the usual suspects are present. No one comes as a particular surprise to anyone. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Montreal, St. Louis, Anaheim. All of these teams were expected to be strong contenders in their respective conferences. Then there’s the matter of the Nashville Predators. The Preds...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Neal lifts Predators over Kings in six-round shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- James Neal scored the only goal of a six-round shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom scored in regulation for Nashville, winners of four of five. In the shootout, Neal beat Martin Jones with a wrist shot between the pads. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in regulation and...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Kings fall to Predators, 4-3 in shootout

James Neal scored the only goal of a six-round shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom scored in regulation for Nashville, winners of four of five. In the shootout, Neal beat Martin Jones with a wrist shot between the pads. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in regulation and overtime, and then...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Neal lifts Predators over Kings 4-3 in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) James Neal scored the only goal of a six-round shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom scored in regulation for Nashville, winners of four of five. In the shootout, Neal beat Martin Jones with a wrist shot between the pads. Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in regulation...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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