Predators Rumors & News

  • Pavelski sparks Sharks, who take 2-0 series lead on Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks didn't win any style points Sunday night, but they won a playoff game they probably deserved to lose. Joe Pavelski's first goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs sparked San Jose to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Joe Thornton's empty-net..." May 02

  • Predators recall Mazanec, raising questions about Rinne

    The Score "The Nashville Predators summoned goaltender Marek Mazanec from the AHL on Saturday night, leading to speculation about the health of starter Pekka Rinne. Rinne appeared to be in discomfort after allowing San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward to score the go-ahead goal with about eight minutes..." May 01

  • Sharks open series with win over Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks' patience and resolve were rewarded at about the same time the Predators' road luck ran out. Held scoreless for 40 minutes, the hosts exploded for five goals in the third period as San Jose beat Nashville 5-2 to open a second-round playoff series at SAP Center..." April 30

  • Radulov is playing in the NHL next year, says Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to multiple reports (including this one from Sport Express), on-again, off-again NHLer Alexander Radulov has confirmed he’ll be playing in the NHL next season. Radulov, who turns 30 in July, will be making his second North American comeback. The first came in 2012, when he returned to..." April 29

  • Predators send Ducks packing in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After winning Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Monday night, the Nashville Predators saw a message in their locker room: "Noon flight to Anaheim. Pack for six days." Colin Wilson, Paul Gaustad and Pekka Rinne ensured those instructions would..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Uncharted terrirtory: Predators force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Call it a new frontier for the Nashville Predators, one the Anaheim Ducks know all too well. Snapping a scoreless tie with second-period goals by Mattias Ekholm and James Neal, Nashville nursed its lead to the final horn in a 3-1 win over Anaheim on Monday night at..." April 25

  • Predators' Rinne: 'I'm getting outplayed'

    Tennessean "Late in the second period of the Predators' 5-2 loss to the Ducks in Game 5 on Saturday, Anaheim forward Ryan Garbutt forechecked hard, winning a battle along the end boards and stuffing the puck past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. Conversation on social media turned toward whether Garbutt's..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Varlamov: Avalanche are ‘waiting’ on Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Semyon Varlamov would love to have Alexander Radulov join the Colorado Avalanche for next season. The Avs’ starting goalie, over in Russia for the world championship, said so to Russian newspaper Sport Express." April 22

  • Ducks shut down Predators, even series 2-2

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With reporters surrounding him in the middle of the Anaheim Ducks' locker room, captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked if the home team would ever win a game in his team's Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Nashville Predators. "I hope it's us on Saturday," he..." April 21

  • Change in goal sparks Ducks to win in Nashville

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Frederik Andersen went down, but not out. So, too, did the Anaheim Ducks. With Andersen stopping all 27 shots he faced for his second career postseason shutout, Anaheim cut its Western Conference quarterfinal deficit against the Nashville Predators to 2-1 with a 3-0..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Predators head home with 2-0 lead over Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators are halfway to eliminating the preseason favorite for the Stanley Cup. Craig Smith and Shea Weber scored in the second period to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday in the second game of their Western..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Forsberg fluke the difference as Preds edge Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Exploiting mistakes can provide the key to success in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as the Nashville Predators demonstrated Friday night. Filip Forsberg scored with 9 minutes, 35 seconds to play to give the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of..." April 16

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Stars clinch top spot in West

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Jason Spezza only scored 17 goals for the Dallas Stars last season, his first in Dallas. However, with his seventh career hat trick in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at American Airlines Center, Spezza has almost doubled his total from last season with 33..." April 09

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  • Vesey says there's no favorite to sign him, father insists Leafs job won't impact choice

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey says no NHL team has the inside track to signing him, and his father doesn't expect his employment as a scout to affect his son's choice. The 22-year-old forward and his father, Jim Vesey, Sr., spoke to the media Friday for the first time since informing the Nashville Predators of..." April 09

  • Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey named 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner "Jimmy Vesey made his return for his senior season pay off with the Hobey Baker Award. Vesey, a Harvard senior who scored 24 goals and 46 points this season, was named the 2016 Hobey recipient Friday night at a ceremony at the Tampa Theatre. Vesey got the most votes from a 27-person selection..." April 09

  • Forsberg ties Predators single-season goal record with 33rd tally

    The Score "When Nashville Predators general manager David Poile traded for Filip Forsberg, he struck absolute gold. Poile snatched the 11th overall pick in 2012 from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta in April of 2013, a move that has paid huge dividends for the..." April 08

  • Predators celebrate records in OT win over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With nothing at stake except pride and contractual obligation, the Nashville Predators celebrated Thursday night's win as though it were one obtained in a more important game, such as the ones they'll play next week. Left winger..." April 07

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Predators GM hopes Wilson uses scratch as 'wake-up call'

    Tennessean "The Predatorslost 5-2 to the Penguins on Thursday without forward Colin Wilson, who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. It was a decision that was both intriguing and not entirely unexpected. Wilson, who scored a career-high 20 goals last season and signed a four-year contract..." April 01

  • Red-hot Penguins power past Predators

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Don't look now, all you playoff-bound NHL teams. The speeded-up and streaking Pittsburgh Penguins might be gaining on you. Phil Kessel scored Pittsburgh's first two goals and the surging Penguins neared their 10th consecutive playoff appearance, delaying the Nashville..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Benn scores twice as Stars top Predators

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The goal for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday was to carry the momentum from a 2-1-0 road trip. Thanks to two goals from Jamie Benn, two assists from Alex Goligoski, and Kari Lehtonen stopping 28 of 30 shots, the Stars defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 at American Airlines..." March 30

  • Harvard's Vesey Spurns Predators, Will Sign with Bruins

    CSN New England "The Bruins have been very good lately when it comes to plucking pro prospects out of the NCAA ranks -- Torey Krug, Frank Vatrano and Noel Acciari among others -- and they might be doing it again with Harvard captain Jimmy Vesey. The Crimson standout made waves this week when he and his camp..." March 30

  • Jimmy Vesey's reps dispute assertion of Predators GM

    ESPN "The Nashville Predators should have approached the Feb. 29 trade deadline knowing Harvard's Jimmy Vesey would not be signing with the team, according to a league source. On Monday, Predators general manager Dave Poile said the organization had already received confirmation from Vesey that he..." March 30

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Avalanche cling to playoff hopes after win

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Equal parts optimism and realism, the Colorado Avalanche know their road to a Western Conference playoff spot remains steep. But Monday night's 4-3 win over the surging Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena at least allows Colorado to dream the unlikely dream of..." March 28

  • Predators dominate Blue Jackets

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Tortorella's postgame press conference lasted only 18 seconds, but it summed up the Nashville Predators' 5-1 win over Columbus on Saturday night. "Totally overwhelmed," said Tortorella, the Columbus coach. "That's all you need. ... We were overwhelmed from the start..." March 26

  • Jones pumped for return to Nashville

    Columbus Dispatch "No one has to tell Seth Jones that tonight will be the first game he has played in Nashville since the Predators traded the young defenseman to the Blue Jackets on Jan. 6 for top-line center Ryan Johansen. “It’s going to be exciting,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to it. I was there two..." March 26

  • Predators' Laviolette hopeful NCAA standout Vesey joins team

    The Score "Fingers remain crossed as the Nashville Predators await a decision by NCAA standout Jimmy Vesey. The 22-year-old's college career came to an end Friday as Harvard dropped their opening game of the NCAA championship 4-1 to Boston College, and now Predators' head coach Peter Laviolette is hoping..." March 26

  • Johansen: ‘I wish I was still a Blue Jacket’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Well, this is probably going to get some eyeballs. Ahead of tomorrow’s Nashville-Columbus game — the first in which Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones will face their old clubs since January’s blockbuster trade — Johansen conducted a lengthy Q&A with the Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline. It’s a..." March 26

  • Predators' Colin Wilson looks to put struggles behind him

    Tennessean "Predators forward Colin Wilson believes the importance of the regular season's final stretch will help him focus more and worry less. It’s been a rough season overall for Wilson, who — coming off a career-best 20 goals last year — has produced just five goals and 17 assists in 57 contests this..." March 25

  • Predators rally to top Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Just when it looked like Nashville was headed for a loss, the Predators found a way to win. Rallying from a two-goal deficit in the third-period, the Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Thursday in a shootout. Craig Smith scored the decisive goal in the fourth..." March 25

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23

  • 3 years on, Forsberg trade a franchise-changer for the Predators

    The Score "On April 3, 2013, the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals pulled off a trade that the hockey world might not have believed if they'd announced it two days earlier. The Predators acquired forward Filip Forsberg from the Capitals in exchange for a package including Martin Erat and Michael..." March 23

  • Predators use big second period to beat Kings

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What the Los Angeles Kings already have, the Nashville Predators want. By beating Los Angeles 5-2 Monday night at sold-out Bridgestone Arena, Nashville took a big step toward joining the Kings in the Western Conference playoff field, perhaps even pairing with them in the..." March 22

  • NHL, former players await key ruling in concussion lawsuit

    TSN "The National Hockey League and former players suing the league over its handling of concussions are back in court Tuesday arguing over an issue the NHL hopes will lead to the case’s dismissal — pre-emption. The NHL contends that concussions are a health and safety issue, and these issues are..." March 22

  • KHL Won’t Stop Season for World Cup of Hockey

    The Hockey Writers "Russia’s KHL has determined not to stop the 2016-17 KHL season to make it easier for players to participate in the World Cup of Hockey, reports Aivis Kalnins of One Puck Short. The decision not to put their regular season hiatus isn’t entirely surprising. With the KHL season beginning in..." March 21

  • ‘Roster chaos’ – Let’s ponder some possible expansion draft scenarios

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the event that the NHL decides to expand by one team for the 2017-18 season, fans would be treated to more than just the potential of a franchise in Las Vegas. They’d also soak up unknown hours in armchair general managing while discussing an expansion draft. PHT provides an expansive..." March 21

  • Johansen: Trade to Predators a signal to 'get to work'

    Tennessean "During the first half of the NHL season, Ryan Johansen was the subject of rampant trade speculation. The Blue Jackets, his team at the time, were languishing at the bottom of the league standings after the worst start in franchise history, undergoing a coaching change after only seven games...." March 20