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Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators battle for best in the West

Thursday night’s NHL schedule will be headlined by a clash of Western Conference Division leaders.  Anaheim and Nashville, the Pacific and Central leaders respectively, have been two of the best teams so far this season.  This, their second meeting and first in Nashville, is set to a be top notch contest.  Anaheim was victorious when they met on January 4th, with the winning...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators look to dethrone Blackhawks in final meeting between teams

The Nashville Predators have faced the Chicago Blackhawks three times thus far during the 2014-15 regular season. Back in the middle of October, the Blackhawks hosted Nashville in their fourth game of the season and eventually beat the Preds in a 2-1 overtime victory. Just five days later, Chicago trekked down to Nashville and the Predators got the best of the Blackhawks with a 3...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators tickets up 50% from last season on secondary market

After making the playoffs in seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 to 2011-12, a stretch that hasn’t been approached by any other late-1990s or early-2000s expansion team, the Nashville Predators have found themselves outside the playoffs for two straight seasons.  As is frequently the case, disappointing results led to change. Gone is Barry Trotz, the only head coach the organization...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Admirals week one preview – 14/15

We are almost three weeks away from the coming American Hockey League (AHL) season and with plenty of time to reflect on the team’s exploits last season, it is time to assess whether they can make the play-offs for the 13th consecutive year. This will be the youngest team ever to take to the rink in Milwaukee colours, so the pressure is on for them to deliver for the fans in attendance...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Managerial Changes at Fang Faction

Back in April, I was in a taxi headed to the airport in New Orleans when I came across some tweets from a blog I followed called Fang Faction. The old founder was leaving, and he wanted someone to take it over. That’s where I stepped in, and I have been in charge of Fang Faction since May. I thought it would be fun to write about the Predators for the first time. I had done some...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Evander Kane: What’s The Big Deal?

Evander Kane is a controversial figure lately. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports) Over the past few weeks, the Predators community has gone to battle over a player that brings with him loads of controversy and antics: Evander Kane. In one corner are people like Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, who say that Kane’s character issues outweigh his offensive talent. After Cooper’s article...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

SmashTalk Podcast Episode 2: Offseason Report

The James Neal trade was one of a number of topics discussed on SmashTalk. (Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins) On our second episode of the SmashTalk Podcast, we discussed the developments of the Predators’ offseason so far. Your hosts Cutler, Mark, and Kyle talked everything from James Neal to Olli Jokinen to Kevin Fiala. We were joined by Justin Bradford of Penalty Box Radio and Colin...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

What Now? Predators’ Options after Fisher Injury

Mike Fisher is out for 4-6 months. Now what? (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports) Yesterday, the Predators announced that center Mike Fisher will miss 4-6 months with a ruptured Achilles tendon. This is not good news for a team already struggling at the center position, and the Predators should begin to explore some new options. Fisher probably would have seen top-line minutes this...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Day That Never Was: A Predators Free Agency Recap

Lots of fans are complaining about GM David Poile. Do they have a point? (AP Photo) The Nashville Predators had a chance to do something big when Free Agency started. Something like signing a big name, like the top-line Center to complement newly acquired Winger James Neal. Something like adding a depth Defenseman to bolster the roster. So, what happened? To quote Dark Helmet from...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Predators’ Big Night at the Draft: Scoring Galore

Meet your top six forward, Nashville. It’s James Neal. (Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins) The Predators had a crazy night. And it signified a true change in the direction of the franchise. First, the Predators traded Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for James Neal. There were a few crazy moments on the Draft floor in Philadelphia, and twitter was...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

SmashTalk Episode 1: Offseason Preview

Predators announcer Pete Weber was our first guest on the inaugural episode of SmashTalk. We talked everything from Terry Crisp’s departure to the NHL Draft. (NashvillePredators.com) Last night, we held our first episode of SmashTalk with Ice Gold Sports. It was hosted by myself, Mark Harris of Ice Gold Sports, and Kyle Bray from Hockey Memes. We talked everything from Free Agency...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Shea Weber Snubbed at the NHL Awards: The Blame Game

Shea Weber got snubbed of the Norris Trophy. Again (Getty Images). On Tuesday, Duncan Keith took home the Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL, beating out Zdeno Chara and the Predators’ Shea Weber. If you thought it would be a different result, you were lying to yourself. Duncan Keith was the clear cut winner based on a number of factors. But, the shocking...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A Fire Sale in Toronto? How the Predators Could Buy In

Could the Predators make some moves with the Toronto Maple Leafs? (Photo from Flagkingsports.com) There has been a lot of speculating here in the Predators Blogosphere lately. Time to keep it going. While everyone speculates on what could happen in Ottawa with Jason Spezza or in Vancouver with Ryan Kesler, another Canadian city is preparing for a big offseason. And they could be...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Carter Hutton Is Back: It’s Bigger Than You’d Think

Carter Hutton is back, and it’s a big deal. (Bruce Fedyck, USA TODAY Sports) It was announced today that the Predators had signed backup Goaltender Carter Hutton to a new, two-year contract. On paper, this seems like a good deal, but nothing too impactful. But, this is actually an immensely important signing. Hutton was a mainstay in net for the Predators this year, mostly due...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Missing Piece: Is That Top Forward Out There?

Shea Weber trade talk always creates buzz. But this time, it may actually make sense. (Getty Images) Last week, Cellblock 303‘s Jeremy Gover posted an article about the Predators’ search for that elusive top-level forward that they have been lacking. The article had Twitter and Facebook abuzz (anything with “Shea Weber” and “trade” in the title will naturally create...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Spezza Trade Rumors: A Good Deal for Nashville, if the Price is Right…

Senators center Jason Spezza could be on the move soon. Is Nashville the right destination? (Kevin King/QMI Agency) Rumors are flying online about longtime Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza. One destination that has been mentioned is Nashville. While these are just rumors, it is highly possible that Spezza could be on the move, and it could be sooner than you’d think. The biggest...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Coming Soon…

We are excited to announce our partnership with Ice Gold Sports to bring you Smash Talk: A Predators Podcast!! We will be debating the hot Nashville topics and bringing in fantastic guests!!! We will be broadcasting LIVE online and will have the full recording posted afterwards. And, as a bonus, we will be able to take callers on the show LIVE!!! So, if you’d like to weigh in during...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Battle of the Former Preds: Habs-Rangers Preview

There is an added twist to the Canadiens-Rangers series. (Made via Picstitch) Starting tomorrow, the Montreal Canadiens will take on the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. But, why should we Predators fans care? Because we will see a former Predator defenseman in the Stanley Cup Finals no matter what happens. The matchup pits former Predators Kevin Klein (NY) and...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh in Transition: What It Means for the Predators

An era may be coming to an end in Pittsburgh (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) With their defeat in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, speculation immediately began about the future of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Many are talking about the possibility of firings and massive trades. The firing of Head Coach Dan Bylsma seems almost imminent after another agonizing...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds Offseason Report: The Next Step

New Head Coach Peter Laviolette is exactly what Nashville needed. (BuzzonBroad.com) With the hiring of Head Coach Peter Laviolette, GM David Poile made it very clear that there is a shift in Nashville. Laviolette brings an offensive style that the Predators are desperate for. He has a knack for developing young forwards, of which the Preds have many. Overall, he is a great person...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Future of the Predators: Where does David Poile Fit?

Does David Poile have a place in the future of the Predators? (AP Photo) It was an emotional day in Nashville on April 14th when Predators GM David Poile announced that long-time Head Coach Barry Trotz had been relieved of his coaching duties. It truly marked the end of an era in Nashville hockey. Trotz was the only coach that the Predators have ever known. It will be strange to...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Goodbye

It’s been real Fang Faction. I will be moving on and dropping the alias, writing for another publication. Thanks for everything you readers have done to give me experience and make a presence in the Predators’ blogging community. I’d also like to thank all the writers I have worked with on Fang Faction — Ray Harris, Ryan Shannon, Jake Old, Ramesh Ranjan, Chris Pace, Jason...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators eliminated from playoff contention

The Nashville Predators saw their slim playoff hopes disappear Tuesday night by the hands of the Dallas Stars. Entering the game, Nashville was behind six points with four matches remaining. They had to win to survive. Unfortunately, they did not and their season came to an end in the skills competition. It took the third round before anyone was able to get the puck across the goal...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The only possible way Preds make the playoffs

So – it’s a long long long looonnngggg shot but I thought I might list out here a helpful guide. Team’s that matter: Dallas – 87 Points – 5 Games remaining Phoenix – 86 points 4 Games Remaining Nashville – 81 Points, 4 games remaining Basically, Preds need to win their remaining four. Dallas needs to lose all remaining games. The tie breaker is OTL, and both teams have...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Hutton earns 1st shutout in 3-0 win

The Nashville Predators recorded their fifth win in six games Saturday night in the second of back-to-back games. They were able to play spoiler and defeat the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center 3-0 to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day. Predators goaltender Carter Hutton stood on his head against San Jose, making 35 saves, earning his first career NHL shutout. Hutton will...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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