Predators Rumors & News

  • To truly improve, Predators look to bolster special-teams play

    Fox Sports Tennessee "If you are going to nitpick the second-best start in franchise history, then special teams play by the Predators might be a good place to start. Through Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Panthers and Sunday's league action, the Predators (13-5-2) are second in the Central Division..." November 25

  • Predators escape Panthers in shootout

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg found a new way to deliver for the Predators. The NHL's rookie scoring leader beat Florida goalie Roberto Luongo for the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Predators beat the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "I was thinking maybe a..." November 23

  • Predators call on unlikely backup for practice goalie

    Tennessean "Jeremy Coupal was ready when the phone call came. The Predators video coordinator served as the backup goalie at Predators practice Friday at Centennial Sportsplex. He filled in for for Carter Hutton, who sat out with what the team called a 'maintenance' day after playing in Thursday's 3-2 loss..." November 21

  • Senators secure victory over Predators behind Robin Lehner's goaltending

    Ottawa Citizen "n Ottawa Senators goaltender stole another victory. The opposition offered up a rusty, rarely used back-up in their net. Ho hum. What else is new? The Senators’ 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators Thursday night was all about the spectacular play of goaltender Robin Lehner – who stopped..." November 21

  • Preds smash Leafs 9-2, tie franchise goal record

    Tennessean "The Predators jumped on the Maple Leafs early and poured on the offense late in a 9-2 win Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Predators scored three times in the first period and added five goals in the third period to tie a franchise record for goals in a game. "If you work hard, you..." November 19

  • Predators edge Jets

    Tennessean "The Predators needed a fortunate bounce in a tight defensive game to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Winnipeg blocked Calle Jarnkrok's initial shot, but he quickly gathered the rebound and passed it to Craig Smith for the game-winning goal with 2:02 left in..." November 16

  • Oshie scores in return, Blues top Predators

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For the first time in the 2014-15 season, in Game No. 16, the Blues had their full arsenal available Thursday night. T.J. Oshie was a late-afternoon addition, after missing seven games with a concussion, filling out the lineup card that the Blues had projected in the offseason. In front of a..." November 14

  • Predators beat Oilers with strong first period

    Tennessean "The Predators put together a productive first period in beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It turned out Nashville needed all three goals from Mike Ribeiro, Matt Cullen and Filip Forsberg in the dominating first 20 minutes. "We worked hard and were able..." November 12

  • Filip Forsberg leads Predators over Blues

    Tennessean "James Neal told Filip Forsberg to keep an eye out for him. Forsberg listened, and his pass to Neal in the third period turned into the game-winning goal in the Predators' 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Saturday night at Scottrade Center. Neal's goal — his team-leading eighth of the season —..." November 09

  • Predators' Stalberg injured in Milwaukee

    Tennessean "Predators forward Viktor Stalberg was injured during the final game of his conditioning assignment in Milwaukee Friday night against Grand Rapids. "I don't know exactly what they're saying it is," Milwaukee coach Dean Evason said in his postgame media conference. "But it's his knee and it's not..." November 09

  • Predators find power play, beat Stars

    Tennessean "The Predators have been patiently waiting for the power play to break through. It did during the Predators' 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg each scored power-play goals in the second period, and Matt Cullen broke the..." November 07

  • Jets fire on all cylinders to defeat Predators

    Winnipeg Sun "You wouldn't have blamed Mark Scheifele if the frustration from ringing all those shots off the iron had started to make him question when he might actually finally find the back of the net again. But the Winnipeg Jets sophomore centre simply isn't wired that way and throughout his recent dry..." November 05

  • Filip Forsberg leads Predators over Canucks

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg scored two goals and added an assist in the Predators' 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night at Rogers Arena. Forsberg scored the first two goals for the Predators and moved to the top of the NHL rookie scoring leaderboard with the performance. He now has 11..." November 03

  • Anton Volchenkov: Four-game suspension 'too much'

    USA Today "Nashville Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov said Sunday that his four-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head was "too much." He said he did not try to hurt Calgary Flames forward Michael Ferland when the two were chasing after a loose puck in the second period of Saturday's 4-3..." November 03

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    Wes Gilbertson @SUNGilbertson

    Per #Flames GM Brad Treliving, LW Michael Ferland did suffer a concussion against Predators. He is not travelling with team.

  • Predators off to second-best start in team history

    Tennessean "There is no denying the Predators' strong start this season. Even with Friday's 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames, the Predators (6-2-2) head into Sunday's game against Vancouver with the second-best start through 10 games in franchise history. "I think we're playing for each other in here, and..." November 02

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suspended 4 games for an illegal check to the head on Calgary forward Michael Ferland.

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Nashville's Anton Volchenkov will have a hearing this afternoon for a hit on Calgary's Michael Ferland.

  • Rookie Gaudreau leads Flames past Predators

    Calgary Herald "There were plenty of reasons along the way that should have deterred Johnny Gaudreau’s journey to the National Hockey League. And the start of the 2014-15 season was no different. Struggling with the pace adjustment, finding his signature groove around the net and his strength on the puck..." November 01

  • With healthy Rinne, Preds off to great start

    Pro Hockey Talk "Back in September, we wondered if a healthy Pekka Rinne could help turn the Nashville Predators into a surprise team in the tough Western Conference. Fast forward to the present and, we have to say, a healthy Rinne has really helped turn the Nashville Predators into a surprise team in the tough..." October 31

  • Predators beat Oilers 4-1

    Tennessean "The Predators bounced back from the first loss of the season with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Craig Smith scored twice, and Taylor Beck and Shea Weber added goals for the Predators. Weber made it 3-0 when he scored his fourth goal of the season 24..." October 30

  • Preds To Activate Matt Cullen from Injured Reserve "The Nashville Predators will activate forward Matt Cullen off of injured reserve, making him available for the team’s upcoming road trip that begins Wednesday night in Edmonton. Cullen skated on a regular forward line at Monday’s practice, setting him up for his first game action since..." October 28

  • Penguins defeat Predators in Nashville, 3-0

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "OK, so maybe it really isn’t that much of an accomplishment. After all, if a team can take a lead into the final few minutes of regulation, it should be able to earn a victory, right? Still, after donating points to Dallas and Detroit on late-game breakdowns in the early weeks of the season,..." October 26

  • James Neal has hat trick in Predators' win over Blackhawks

    Tennessean "James Neal was brought to Nashville to score goals. And score he did in the Predators' 3-2 victory Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. "You want to do so well and wait for your chances," Neal said. "Everything fell into place tonight." Neal scored three..." October 24

  • Predators' Filip Forsberg among top NHL rookies

    Tennessean "The Filip Forsberg factor on the Predators' scoresheet is evident through the first six games this season. He's second among NHL rookies in scoring (1 goal, 4 assists) and has played well enough to be moved back to the top line with center Mike Ribeiro and winger James Neal. "Mike is a..." October 23

  • Preds beat Coyotes 4-3 in shootout

    Tennessean "The Predators' streak of gaining a point in the standings in every game this season continued Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes. This time it came in the form of a 4-3 shootout victory at Bridgestone Arena, the first shootout win for the Predators this season. Derek Roy and Ryan..." October 22

  • Toews scores in OT as Blackhawks top Predators

    CSN Chicago "For a while, it was looking like Wednesday night all over again. The Chicago Blackhawks had a ton of shots on Saturday, this time against the Nashville Predators, but not much to show for it. They had a lot of power plays for the second consecutive game — five, after seven on Wednesday — and..." October 19

  • Predators shut out Jets

    Tennessean "James Neal's first goal as a Predator came at a key moment during Friday's 2-0 victory over Winnipeg. His score with 12:29 remaining in the third period gave Nashville insurance as the Jets were pressing for a tying goal in their home opener at MTS Centre. Filip Forsberg assisted on the..." October 18

  • Ramo’s highlight-reel save keys Flames’ shootout win over Predators

    Calgary Herald "Joe Colborne made it clear who deserved the credit in a 3-2 shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Yes, the lanky Calgarian had netted the lone goal on Pekka Rinne — a carry-over level of success in from the 2013-14 season which saw Colborne net four of nine shootout attempts. And prior..." October 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    Friday, the NHL will announce Nashville as host city of the 2016 All-star Game.

  • Style of play suits Predators just fine

    Tennessean "Predators coach Peter Laviolette and Stars coach Lindy Ruff are no strangers to NHL competition — or each other. They have a lengthy competitive history as head coaches in the Eastern Conference and will meet five times this season as Central Division rivals. So the style of Saturday's game..." October 12

  • Predators beat Stars for second win

    Tennessean "The Predators found a way to finish for the second straight game. Paul Gaustad and Eric Nystrom scored 81 seconds apart midway through the third period to give the Predators a 4-1 victory over Dallas on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "It's something where we don't want to start from..." October 12

  • Predators rally to beat Senators 3-2 in opener

    Tennessean "The Predators needed a couple of periods and a pair of power plays to find the offensive spark in Thursday night's season opener against Ottawa at Bridgestone Arena. Eric Nystrom provided the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period in the Predators' 3-2 victory, Peter..." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Predators test goaltenders with shootout drills

    Tennessean "It took a game of paper-rock-scissors in the locker room to figure out which goalie was on the winning team of Friday's competition at Predators practice. And the winning team earned a prize: lunch on the losing team. The highlight of the competition was a shootout, with Pekka Rinne and..." October 04

  • Preds send ’14 first-rounder Fiala back to Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators got their active roster down to 25 players on Friday, sending 2014 first-round selection Kevin Fiala back to HV-71 of the Swedish league in the process. Fiala, the 11th overall pick at this year’s draft, had some solid moments during preseason action but was always a..." October 03

  • Predators sign Taylor Beck to one-year contract

    On The Forecheck "The last of the loose ends has been tied up, as the Predators announced this afternoon that the team has signed Taylor Beck to a one-year contract worth $550,000. Five players need to be axed before the season opener on October 9th. Nashville has only one more preseason game left to play, so..." October 01

  • Complete Preview for the Nashville Predators' 2014-15 Season

    Bleacher Report "For the first time since the franchise entered the NHL way back in 1998-99, Barry Trotz will not be behind the bench of the Nashville Predators. For 15 years Trotz was at the helm, but Stanley Cup champion bench boss Peter Laviolette, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes..." September 30

  • Nashville Predators Agree to Terms with Defenseman Ryan Ellis "Nashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Ellis. Full contract terms will follow on Friday, when Ellis is expected to arrive in..." September 25

  • Predators' Viktor Stalberg out 2-4 weeks with lower-body injury "The Nashville Predators may be without forward Viktor Stalberg when the season opens in two weeks. The veteran forward is out 2-4 weeks after suffering what the team is calling a lower-body injury during practice Monday. Of all the players on the Predators roster, Stalberg may be one that..." September 25

  • Watson hopes to convince Predators he's NHL ready

    Tennessean "First-round picks face high expectations, but in hockey it's rare that a player can step in immediately and perform at the sport's highest level. Austin Watson, who heard his name called in the first round of the 2010 draft, is hoping to make that stride now with the Predators. The 22-year-old..." September 24

  • Predators' Poile addresses Ellis, Beck contracts

    Tennessean "Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile addressed the contract situations for unsigned restricted free agents Ryan Ellis and Taylor Beck Saturday at Predators training camp. There have been discussions of varying contract lengths in the Ellis negotiations and the main stumbling block..." September 21

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    Craig Custance @CraigCustance

    Another RFA negotiation going nowhere is D Ryan Ellis in Nashville. 27 points last year. Unless something changes, he'll miss start of camp.

  • Predators holding rookie showcase at Ford Ice Center

    Tennessean "The first step toward the 2014-15 season for the Predators has arrived. The rookies will scrimmage against first-year counterparts from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament. The four-day event, which begins Saturday, is..." September 13

  • Pekka Rinne happy to have hip woes behind him

    Tennessean "Pekka Rinne looked like a brand new goaltender on Tuesday at Centennial Sportsplex. Wearing shiny, unused pads, he stretched and moved as he tried to break in the leather mesh for the first time on the ice. Rinne’s new pads were more metaphorical than stylish. After two major hip operations..." September 10

  • James Neal's unique shot gives Predators a new weapon

    USA Today "Predators forward James Neal blasted down the wing, skated in on Carter Hutton and quickly zipped a wrist shot high to the goaltender's glove side for a goal. Granted, it happened during informal, player-run drills, but it offered a glimpse into what Neal — a former 40-goal scorer acquired from..." September 06

  • Barry Trotz looks forward, but keeps eye on Predators

    Tennessean "Barry Trotz has followed the Predators this offseason. He has analyzed their additions and formed his own critiques, but he plans on keeping them to himself. "I'll get to see how that plays out," the Washington Capitals coach said via phone. "I don't look back. I just look forward." From the..." September 02

  • Predators got value in James Neal trade

    Tennessean "Normally when a team trades for a big-name player, it takes on extra salary. It's the price you pay for adding an elite athlete. Strangely, when the Predators traded for forward James Neal from Pittsburgh, it proved a salary dump to some degree. Former forward Nick Spaling will make $2.2..." August 20

  • Lavy to stick with just two assistants in Nashville

    Pro Hockey Talk "In 2006, Peter Laviolette led Carolina to the Stanley Cup employing a pair of assistant coaches — Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Daniels. This season, he’s hoping to do much of the same in Nashville. The Preds won’t add a third assistant to Laviolette’s staff for this season, according to The..." August 15