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Where were we?
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Moving on: saying goodbye to 303

Last April, I knew my days of covering the Nashville Predators as a credentialed member of the media were coming to a close. I had made the decision that, after four years, I just couldn’t give the responsibility of covering the team the time and energy it deserved. Trust me, I wanted to. But, being a new dad with a new job, I just couldn’t sacrifice any more of my and my family’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s all over so here’s your All-Rookie Tournament Team

Kris Martel of The Predatorial, Thomas Willis of NashvillePredators.com and Jeremy K. Gover of Section 303 huddled up following all six games and voted on the All-Rookie Tournament team. Three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie were to be selected by each media member. The players with the most votes made the team while any player receiving just one vote made the honorable...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fiala: “I think I’ll go back to Sweden if I don’t make the team”

The Nashville Predators drafted dynamic Swiss forward Kevin Fiala at number 11 overall at the NHL Draft this past June. Typically, only the top few picks crack an opening night NHL roster right out the gate. Some experts, however, were starting to toy with that possibility for Fiala. “I’ve heard some people say ‘Kevin Fiala may be able to make your team this year,’” Poile...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Preds falter to Panthers, fall to 1-1-0 in rookie tournament

Two down, one to go. The Nashville Predators continued their strong play in the rookie tournament but fell to the Florida Panthers, 3-1, on Sunday night. In a reversal from yesterday, Rob Madore started between the pipes for Nashville and Magnus Hellberg played the second half. Madore turned aside six of seven shots while Hellberg stopped 13 of the 14 he faced. Over the past 24...
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Rookie tournament box score: Bruins vs. Lightning

Immediately following every rookie tournament game, we will pick a player from each team who made the biggest impression. Our “Impressions of the Game” for Bruins vs. Tampa Bay are as follows: BOSTON: David Pastrnak (no points but was Boston’s best player, frequently generated chances) TAMPA BAY: Jonathan Drouin (2 assists; was largely invisible until the third period when...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Preds overwhelm Bolts in opening rookie tournament game

The Nashville Predators wanted to show off the Ford Ice Center this weekend and that’s exactly what they did. Not only were fans able to see the beautiful new facility for the first time but they saw the future of the Predators take to the ice. The Preds beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity standing room only crowd. All sets of bleachers...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Preds have improved but have they improved enough?

The NHL’s Central Division is quite a gauntlet. The Chicago Blackhawks have won two of the last five Stanley Cups and have been to the conference final four of the past six years. The Colorado Avalanche are the reigning Western Conference champions. The St. Louis Blues challenged for the Presidents Trophy until the final week of the year last season. The Minnesota Wild and Dallas...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Preds prospect Kamenev gets first KHL point of the year

While it’s a bit disappointing that Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev couldn’t get out of his KHL contract in order to join the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, at least he’s making things happen back in Russia. Kamenev, Nashville’s second pick in the 2014 NHL Draft this past June, got some power play time from head coach Mike Keenan and helped set up Florida Panthers...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Forsberg, Fiala, Jarnkrok make NHL.com’s Top Prospects list

The NHL.com crew has released their Top 60 Prospects list for the 2014-15 season and the Nashville Predators are well represented. Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok and 2014 first round pick Kevin Fiala all cracked the list and, what’s even more exciting for Predators fans, they’re all forwards. For an organization known for churning out NHL-caliber and even their fair share of Norris...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

No CHL for Preds prospect Kamenev as KHL starts season

According to Mario Morissette of Le Journal de Québec, a french newspaper in Quebec City, the Nashville Predators will be without 2014 second round pick Vladislav Kamenev for rookie camp and training camp. Kamenev was selected second overall by the Quebec Remparts in the CHL Import Draft back in July but has been unable to get out of his KHL contract. His club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Laviolette confirms Neal, Ribeiro will get a chance to reunite

Josh Cooper has thrown out some possible line combinations. We countered with a completely different take. And Brandon Felder of The Predatorial has gone so far as to not predict anything. The morale of the story? Nobody knows what to expect. There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Nashville Predators this upcoming season. The Barry Trotz-era is over and that raises a lot...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Laviolette “can’t wait” for camp, his first with a new team since 2001

Before taking the Nashville Predators job this past May, Peter Laviolette had been an NHL head coach three different times. He led the New York Islanders from 2001-2003, he was the bench boss of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2003-2008 and he was in charge of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2013. In both Carolina and Philadelphia, he led his teams to the Stanley Cup Final, winning...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL to Las Vegas may be “a done deal” but is that a good thing?

Let’s be honest, you could see this coming the moment the NHL approved its most recent version of conference and division realignment. The Western Conference was curiously two teams lighter than the East. It was assumed then that the league would expand from 30 to 32 teams and that the emphasis of said expansion would be on the west coast. Often talked about cities included Seattle...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2011 draft class looking bleak as Balisy signs with St. Johns

Chase Balisy, the sixth round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2011, has signed an AHL deal with the St. John’s IceCaps. Balisy, 22, captained the Western Michigan Broncos last season and finished second on the team in scoring. Nashville’s 2011 draft class is turning into a bit of a rough one. Their seventh round pick, Brent Andrews, went onto win the Memorial Cup in 2013 with...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

303TV: Ford Ice Center for the Preds media vs. Preds staff game

In this very first installment of 303TV (in conjunction with Penalty Box Radio), we take you inside the brand new Ford Ice Center for the Nashville Predators media vs. the Predators staff hockey game. The Preds staff was led onto the ice by Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Chris Parker. The media team featured Justin Bradford of Penalty Box Radio,...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

New Ford Ice facility to host Preds, Panthers, Bolts, Bruins rookies

The Nashville, Tennessee hockey market is in for a treat this September. The Predators will host the rookie camp’s of the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. What’s more is they’ll be hosting them at the brand new Ford Ice Center complex. Which means not only will Preds fans get an opportunity to see their own prospects but they’ll also get to see 2014...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Preds owners offer donation match in response to Ice Bucket Challenge

You’ve seen Colin Wilson. You’ve seen Seth Jones. You’ve seen Filip Forsberg. You’ve ever seen team President and COO Sean Henry. You may have seen all of them take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS but Nashville Predators partial owners De Thompson V and John Thompson of Thompson Machinery have just taken it a step further. The official press release is...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

REPORT: Kevin Hayes picks the New York Rangers

It was originally reported that Boston College alum Kevin Hayes would make a decision on Monday. Two days later, the NCAA’s second leading scorer last year chose a suitor. Starting in September, Hayes will take the ice as a member of the New York Rangers organization (first reported by Boston sports talk show host Danny Picard). It was believed that the Avs and Preds were...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Filip Forsberg puts a twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge

We have another Nashville Predators Ice Bucket Challenge to report. And it’s a good one. Milwaukee Admirals forward and Preds prospect Filip Forsberg was challenged by Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Sorensen and cousin Linus Carlsson Monday. As a result, on Tuesday, Forsberg accepted and did so in grand style. Among others, Forsberg nominated teammate Mattias Ekholm. Perhaps Ekholm...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Laviolette on Kevin Hayes: “He’s got a bright future.”

We spoke with Nashville Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Tuesday afternoon about a variety of topics. One of those was Boston College alum and highly sought-after free agent forward Kevin Hayes. Laviolette got to know Hayes a little bit as the coach of Team USA at the 2014 World Championships this past May. The 22-year old registered two points in eight games donning the...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What could the Preds line combinations look like?

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...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Will highly-courted forward Kevin Hayes pick the Preds?

There was a report yesterday that Boston College alum Kevin Hayes was narrowing down his list of suitors. Mark Divver of The Providence Journal followed that up by saying the finalists will be contacted today. Boston sports talk show host Danny Picard then reported that the Nashville Predators are among the finalists. Hayes was the second leading scorer in NCAA hockey last year...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Poile talks about surplus of forwards, competition in camp

The Nashville Predators had to get better on offense. General Manager David Poile knew this and revamped his roster for the upcoming season in an effort to do so. His first step was acquiring sniper James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. He then signed versatile veteran Olli Jokinen. The team then announced top center Mike Fisher would be out until November (at least) and...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

COO Sean Henry issues Ice Bucket Challenge to Preds bloggers

Pop icon Justin Timberlake has challenged Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has challenged country star Darius Rucker. Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones has even challenged former Portland Winterhawks teammates Brendan Leipsic, Ty Rattie and Derrick Pouliot. Wednesday afternoon, Predators Chief Operating Officer and President Sean Henry...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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