Predators Rumors & News

  • Poile’s gut instinct puts Preds on the verge of Stanley Cup

    TSN "Mild-mannered and measured, David Poile admits he is pretty much “as conservative as you can get.” He doesn't gamble, except when it comes to building his team. “I don't have any risk in my life,” Poile said. “So this [job] might be the risky side of my life.” For most general managers in a..." May 29

  • Predators' Mike Fisher cleared to return from injury

    Tennessean "Predators captain Mike Fisher said Sunday that he has been cleared to return from an undisclosed injury. "I feel good," Fisher said. "Ready to rock. Excited about Game 1." Fisher didn't play in the Predators' last two games against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals. He..." May 29

  • The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

    The Comeback "The Nashville Predators may soon be rewarded by the NHL with an outdoor game for their incredible season and loud, passionate fans. Gary Bettman recently stated that the league is considering a future outdoor game in Nashville due to previously successful events and the big impression Predators..." May 29

  • P.K. Subban’s vindication: Nashville Predators star makes final with team that accepts him for who he is

    National Post "Here’s a scene for you. It’s a year ago and Phil Kessel has just won the Stanley Cup, and now it’s his turn to spend a day with the trophy. So the Pittsburgh Penguins forward heads to Toronto of all places, because he’s got lots of friends there. But also because the Maple Leafs are the team..." May 29

  • Rookie Pontus Aberg providing offensive boost for Predators

    NHL.com "- Pontus Aberg has gone from playing in the American Hockey League to getting the chance to fill a key role for the Nashville Predators in their drive to the Stanley Cup Final. He's making the most of his opportunity. "This is where you want to be," the 23-year-old forward said. "You want to..." May 28

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • John Scott on P.K. Subban: ‘I Don’t Like Him. He’s A Piece of Garbage’

    Total Pro Sports "Nobody would’ve guessed that P.K. Subban would be playing in his first Stanley Cup Final in his first season with the Nashville Predators after being traded from the Montreal Canadiens last summer. Subban is a fan favorite, but whatever reason, he’s upset a bunch of people over the years with..." May 28

  • Penguins Phil Kessel says Predators PK Subban got shafted in Montreal

    Fanrag Sports "The Nashville Predators are preparing for the franchise’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, a feat that was made possible due to the now infamous acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban. Acquired by the Predators via trade with the Montreal Canadiens, the veteran defender has continued to..." May 28

  • Predators want to win Stanley Cup for Pekka Rinne

    Tennessean "Do you know anybody who’s ever said a bad word about Pekka?” There’s no need to answer that. The question, posed by Predators general manager David Poile, is purely rhetorical. Pekka, of course, is Predators veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne, who has attained one-name status in this town. The..." May 28

  • Predators’ Laviolette has not tried Nashville’s ‘hot chicken’ yet

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette dropped a bombshell on “The Dan Patrick Show.” Some of us are still reeling from the revelation. It turns out that Laviolette hasn’t tried “hot chicken” yet. Laviolette explained that, if he had the “bird that bites back” before a game, he’d be..." May 27

  • Revisiting the Patric Hornqvist-James Neal trade three years later

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Jim Rutherford took over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2014 he was inheriting a team that was coming off of one of its more disappointing postseason exits, having blown a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers in the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Even though..." May 27

  • Rutherford: Laviolette would have been Penguins coach if available

    Toronto Sun "Had events played out in the manner Jim Rutherford had hoped, Peter Laviolette could have been the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Check that. Had Rutherford had his way, Laviolette would have been the bench boss of the Pens, perhaps even to this day. Only the Nashville Predators beat him to..." May 27

  • Here are your officials for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has announced its officials for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. They are as follows… Referees: Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovalchik, Brian Murphy Overall..." May 27

  • James Neal of Predators has 'extra motivation' against Penguins

    NHL.com "There won't be any players in the Stanley Cup Final who lack motivation, but Nashville Predators forward James Neal might just have a little extra. Neal spent four seasons with the Penguins, who traded him to the Predators at the 2014 NHL Draft for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling...." May 27

  • Penguins open Stanley Cup Final as favourites against Predators

    Sportsnet "After escaping with a 3-2 double-overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to face the Nashville Predators as -155 favourites to repeat as champions at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Pittsburgh owns home-ice..." May 27

  • P.K. Subban’s dad says he’ll always be a Canadiens fan

    Sportsnet "As Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban laces up his skates for the first Stanley Cup Final appearance of his career, he’ll have the support of his family in the stands. “We hope to catch all the games, because you just never know when you’ll be in this position again or situation again,..." May 27

  • Mike Fisher practices with Predators preparing for Cup Final

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher returned to the ice and participated in practice Thursday for the first time since sustaining an undisclosed injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks on May 18. The Predators captain, who missed the final two games..." May 26

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Kunitz: Predators 'have four Karlssons'

    TSN "Not long after scoring the double-overtime winner on Thursday night, Chris Kunitz was already sizing up the Pittsburgh Penguins next opponent - the Nashville Predators. Kunitz, who scored two goals in Thursday's Game 7 win over the Ottawa Senators, said the Penguins must prepare for the..." May 26

  • Fisher returns to Preds practice, but still not cleared

    Pro Hockey Talk "Given the injuries Nashville’s sustained at center this postseason, Mike Fisher‘s presence at today’s practice was a welcome sight — regardless of his availability for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. “I feel pretty good,” Fisher told NHL.com after practicing for the first time since May 18. “I..." May 25

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Ryan Johansen doesn't regret Kesler comments, wanted to shake Ducks' hands

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Johansen isn’t backing down about his criticisms of the way Ryan Kesler plays. Not after the Nashville Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks. Not as he recovers from emergency surgery. That was the top bulletin-board material from a great interview Johansen participated in with TSN 1040..." May 25

  • A look at P.K. Subban, who has dominated the Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Sportsnet "As the Nashville Predators battled through calamitous injuries to get to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history, there has been a lot of talk about the trade that tipped the scales for them, and allowed the Preds to get through three great teams without ever facing..." May 25

  • Acquisition of P.K. Subban one of many building blocks for Predators

    Montreal Gazette "The first building blocks for the Nashville Predators were acquired at the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft when GM David Poile selected 26 players, one from each of the existing franchises at the time. Poile selected goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Canadiens and Montreal GM Réjean Houle also made a trade..." May 25

  • Dream come true for Smashville as Predators advance to Stanley Cup Final

    Sportsnet "“Wha-choo gonna have, honey?” The woman in the Union St. sandwich shop reminds us every time that Nashville has loaned the National Hockey League an entirely unique brand of Southern hospitality. It’s about as far from Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal, or Sarge’s Deli in New York City, as hockey..." May 23

  • Ryan Johansen expected to make full recovery from leg injury

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile gave this update on the condition of forward Ryan Johansen on Sunday: "On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to..." May 22

  • Ryan Johansen diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome

    Fanrag Sports "Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen has been diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome, according to Jon Morosi of NHL Network. The syndrome can develop over time and can eventually be both limb and life-threatening, but Johansen is expected to recover fully and is currently doing..." May 21

  • Pontus Aberg ‘face planted … and lost my tooth’ before scoring winning goal for Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pontus Aberg scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal on Saturday, and then he was removed from the game and put through concussion protocol. In his ninth career postseason game, Aberg scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the Nashville Predators versus the Anaheim Ducks in..." May 21

  • How the Predators can try and make up for the huge loss of Ryan Johansen

    Sportsnet "With the news that Ryan Johansen is out for the remainder of the playoffs, the Nashville Predators are in serious danger in their series against the Anaheim Ducks. Through 14 playoff games, Johansen was arguably the Predators’ best player, leading the team in points with 13 while his line was..." May 20

  • NHL announces Stanley Cup Final dates

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the dates for the Stanley Cup Final with Game 1 officially set for May 29. Home-ice advantage will be determined by which team recorded the most regular season points. If the Pittsburgh Penguins (111) make it to the final they are guaranteed to host Game 1. The only..." May 20

  • Preds captain Fisher injured in Game 4

    Tennessean "Predators captain Mike Fisher did not complete the team's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday because of injury. Coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that that team was "evaluating (Fisher) now," but provided no further update. Fisher's last shift ended with 6:55 left..." May 19

  • Preds' Johansen to miss rest of playoffs after thigh surgery

    Tennessean "Predators center Ryan Johansen suffered a left thigh injury on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks and will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators confirmed on Friday afternoon that Johansen underwent surgery Thursday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His recovery..." May 19

  • Friedman: Couldn’t believe what Ducks got away with in overtime

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks got into penalty trouble late in regulation of Game 4 against the Nashville Predators, almost costing themselves the game with a string of infractions and penalty box stints. And while the penalties stopped coming in the overtime period, the rough stuff certainly..." May 19

  • Predators wear down Gibson, Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Heading into the third period, the Nashville Predators had yet to find a way to beat Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson after 28 shots. However, there is something magical about the Predators and sold-out Bridgestone Arena these days. Nashville broke through with a..." May 17

  • Ducks rally to defeat Predators, even series at 1-1

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In danger of falling into an two-game hole against the Nashville Predators, the Anaheim Ducks used a second-period comeback to even the Western Conference finals. Nick Ritchie scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks rallied for a 5-3 victory over..." May 16

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • Kesler on Johansen: 'He's not my friend, he's not going to be my friend'

    TSN "Ducks forward Ryan Kesler says he 'doesn't care' what Ryan Johansen is saying to the media about their on-ice battles, and that Johansen isn't his friend and won't ever be his friend. Kesler also explains that he's just going to keep playing his style in hopes of continuing to get into the..." May 16

  • Predators anthem singer irked at being upstaged by country stars

    Sportsnet "Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum… and Dennis K. Morgan. One of these things is not like the other. Morgan, the regular anthem singer for the Nashville Predators, is apparently unhappy with having been bumped in favour of various country stars throughout Nashville’s run to the..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Predators sign Swedish star Ejdsell

    TSN "Even with the Nashville Predators in the middle of a deep playoff run, general manager David Poile was able to find the time to sign free-agent forward Victor Ejdsell to a three-year entry level contract on Monday. The 21-year-old Ejdsell led Sweden's second highest league in points (57) during..." May 15

  • Ryan Johansen on Ryan Kesler: 'I don't know how you can cheer for a guy like that'

    ESPN "With the spotlight already shining brightly on the matchup between the Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen and the Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler, Game 2 of the Western Conference finals just added some theatrics and biting dialogue. Johansen, who has four points and has been on the ice for five of..." May 15

  • James Neal stepping up game for Predators in playoffs

    NHL.com "Forward James Neal was happy the Nashville Predators kept on winning, but he knew his game would have to get better. Neal's improvement during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs reached its high point Friday, when he scored 9:24 into overtime to give Nashville a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks in..." May 15

  • Predators coach Peter Laviolette is ornery, intense, beloved

    USA Today "Peter Laviolette walked out of his office and toward an elevator on May 7 at Bridgestone Arena, his right hand on the back of his 14-year old daughter, Elisabeth. He was smiling. This might seem natural for a person sharing a moment with a family member, shortly after achieving something at..." May 14

  • Neal delivers in OT as Predators edge Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators were the Western Conference's lowest seed entering the NHL playoffs. Using the same formula that led them to victory in the first two playoff rounds, they drew first blood in their Western Conference final series against the Anaheim Ducks. James..." May 13

  • Subban-Weber trade will end up an ‘absolute disaster’ for Canadiens

    Sportsnet "We are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the blockbuster deal that sent Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for their then-captain Shea Weber, and, like with most trades, the ‘who won the trade?’ debate immediately followed. In the aftermath of the..." May 13

  • Predators continue to prove they aren’t just along for the ride

    Sportsnet "We’ve seen wild-card teams before, even before the National Hockey League slapped that football label on its seventh- and eighth-place teams. There were the eighth-place Los Angeles Kings in 2012, who went up 3-0 in every series they played. Or the No. 8 seed Oilers of ‘06, whose path to the..." May 13

  • 2017 NHL Conference Finals are the league’s weakest playoff slate in years

    The Comeback "The NHL Conference Finals start Friday, which is usually a pretty exciting time for hockey fans. The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks face off in the west, while in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are matched up. This year may be no different for most, but I can’t quite..." May 13

  • James Neal believes Predators can ‘play any type of game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Nashville Predators shut down the Chicago Blackhawks to sweep them. After that, they found ways to out-grind the St. Louis Blues. The upstart team showed some versatility in winning two rounds so far. What about the Anaheim Ducks, though? The Pacific Division champs bring a mix of nastiness..." May 13

  • Western Conference finals tickets more than twice cost of East

    CBS Sports "The Eastern Conference finals tout the NHL's defending Stanley Cup champions in the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it's the Western Conference showdown that figures to be reeling in the dough at the gate. Tickets for the Nashville Predators-Anaheim Ducks series, according to TickPick, average nearly..." May 13

  • Preds' Johansen: Ducks not that different from team we beat last year

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators are acutely aware of the challenge facing the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final. Last season, Nashville rallied from down 3-2 in the first round to defeat Anaheim with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at Honda Center. The Predators know there will be a narrative about the..." May 12

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