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...
Position: Center (Left-handed)
Age at the start of the season: 37 (Birthday: November 2nd, 1976)
2013-2014 Statistics: 77 games played – 10 goals, 29 assists, +4, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Possession Statistic Highlights:
Of those who played 21+ games with Nashville last season, Matt Cullen was one of Nashville’s top possession centers.
While most of Nashville’s centers saw...
Prior to the trade deadline during the 2011-2012 season, Nashville acquired the services of face-off specialist Paul Gaustad to help the Predators in their search for a Stanley Cup Championship in return for their first round draft pick in the upcoming entry draft. Three months later, Nashville would be out of the playoffs, dispatched by the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference...
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...
With Peter Laviolette now behind the bench, the Nashville Predators are focusing on fixing the offense.
“There were a number of players last year that, there’s no denying, had an off year,” General Manager David Poile told 102.5 The Game on Tuesday. “Especially three or four forwards that played way below their standards. Can a new coach make a difference? That’s certainly...
Scoring more than three goals a game has been one of Nashville’s recipes of success over the past handful of years. This season for the Predators, what can go wrong will seemingly go wrong. Sacrificing leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3, the Nashville Predators would squander two-goal nights from both Roman Josi and Matt Cullen, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout...
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...
It’s not often that a struggling NHL player gets a three-week break to assess his game, heal his wounds and return to the ice with a new attitude.
The Predators are hoping that’s one of the benefits of the Olympic break, which will end Thursday when Nashville takes on Tampa Bay at Bridgestone Arena.
With just 23 games left and ground to make up in the Western Conference playoff...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Only four teams in the NHL had scored fewer goals than the Nashville Predators, as of Tuesday.
And last year, the Predators tied for dead last in goals-for with 109.
In the offseason, Nashville made some acquisitions to address the problem. The club signed former 22-goal scorer Viktor Stalberg and two-time 20-goal scorer Matt Cullen to multiyear deals.
Videos from after Nashville’s morning skate:
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The closing seconds of the Nashville Predators 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night provided a slight dose of controversy after a seeming icing call against Anaheim was waved off.
Matt Cullen took the final faceoff of the game with 11 seconds remaining when the puck seemed to come off of an Anaheim stick, cross from the Anaheim defensive zone and into the Predators defensive...
Despite the loss, Matt Cullen played a very strong game for the Predators on Thursday night against the Ducks...
Post-game video from Matt Cullen and Barry Trotz after Nashville's 4-3 loss to Anaheim...
Matt Cullen talked to us about his time in Nashville so far, his thoughts on youth hockey in Nashville and school cancellations due to snow...
Ever since the Columbus Blue Jackets came into existence, they have been Central Division rivals with the Nashville Predators. Tonight marked the first time the two teams have squared off as anything but.
In front of 11,893 at Nationwide Arena, the Predators beat the Blue Jackets in their first inter-conference match up, 4-0.
Nashville is now 51-17-7 all-time against Columbus.
Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout, and Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each had a goal and an assist as the streaking Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Mike Fisher and David Legwand also scored for Nashville, which has found its groove on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Mazanec, filling in while Pekka Rinne...
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November 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout, and Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each had a goal and an assist as the streaking Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Mike Fisher and David Legwand also scored for Nashville, which has found its groove on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Mazanec, filling...
The Nashville Predators media department has outdone itself this time.
After taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 last Thursday, featuring strong showings from American-born players Seth Jones (Texas), Matt Cullen (Minnesota) and Craig Smith (Wisconsin), the Predators decided to make a video honoring their three goalscorers.
The result: an ultra-patriotic montage of hockey and...
The best and worst from Nashville’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Matt Cullen’s goal and three assists gave him four points on the night, which tied his career-best. Cullen’s other four-point night came on December 15, 2002. To give you an idea of how long that has been, Cullen and an Anaheim Ducks team that featured Dan Bylsma were playing...
TORONTO -- Craig Smith netted two goals, and rookie defenseman Seth Jones and Matt Cullen also scored to give the Nashville Predators a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, who shut out the Predators last month and has dominated them during his NHL career, made 24 saves. Nashville rookie Marek Mazanec stopped 24 shots for the...
Our latest installment of 'Stacking the Pads' looks at David Legwand's early-season success and whether it should impact his future with the Preds, Matt Cullen's memories on once playing with Stu Grimson... and much, much more.
Here are your leftover thoughts (a/k/a “Leftgovers”) for last night’s game.
Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues
SITE: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2013
FINAL: 6-1, St. Louis (RECAP)
* Saturday night was Hockey Fights Cancer night at Bridgestone Arena.
* In a way, Predators center Matt Cullen‘s uncle, John Cullen, was...
Hockey Fights Cancer is all about helping others. Every year, the National Hockey League does a phenomenal job at helping the cause.
The campaign is as old as the Predators themselves. It started in 1998 when Predators center Matt Cullen‘s uncle, John Cullen, attempted a comeback after missing the latter part of the 1996-97 season and the entire 1997-98 season due to being diagnosed...
Here are your leftover thoughts (a/k/a “Leftgovers”) for last night’s game.
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild
SITE: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
DATE: Sunday, October 22, 2013
FINAL: 2-0, Minnesota (RECAP)
* Tuesday night was former Wild center Matt Cullen‘s first game in Minnesota since signing with the Predators on July 5.
* Filip Forsberg...
With little local coverage of the Preds-Jets game from Winnipeg on Sunday night, our friends over at Illegal Curve gave us a heads up for clips from Barry Trotz, Carter Hutton, Matt Cullen and birthday buy, Colin Wilson after the impressive 3-1 road win.Go here to enjoy! Thanks to Dave at Illegal Curve for permission and keeping us in the loop.More Later...Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass