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  • Blues will play Predators or Stars in Western Second Round

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the Nashville Predators or Dallas Stars. The Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 on Saturday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Stars lead the Predators 3-2 in..." April 21

  • Predators counting on 'battle-tested' group against Stars in Game 6 "The Nashville Predators will try to avoid being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN1, TVAS2, FS-TN, FS-SW). Dallas leads the best-of-7 series 3-2. The Predators..." April 21

  • Predators aim to rebound against Stars in Game 5 "The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a lopsided loss when they host the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). The Predators, who were defeated 5-1 in Game 4 at Dallas on Wednesday,..." April 19

  • Boyle uncertain for Predators against Stars in Game 5 "Brian Boyle and Wayne Simmonds practiced with the Nashville Predators on Friday as they prepared for Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). Simmonds skated in drills but did not take part in line rushes..." April 19

  • Predators Are The Favorite To Sign Josh Wilkins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Providence had a strong run to close the college season, making it to the Frozen Four semifinals before being ousted by the eventual champions at Minnesota Duluth.  They’ve lost defenseman Jacob Bryson and winger Brandon Duhaime in recent days and it appears they..." April 18

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Grimaldi stepping up for Predators in playoffs "Rocco Grimaldi hopes to continue making the most of his Stanley Cup Playoff opportunity with the Nashville Predators when they face the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at American Airlines Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-SW, FS-TN). The..." April 16

  • Predators lose Simmonds, Boyle to week-to-week ailments

    The Score "The Nashville Predators will be without two veteran players for the foreseeable future. Wayne Simmonds is week-to-week with a lower-body injury and Brian Boyle was given the same timetable after having an appendix procedure, the team announced Monday. " April 15

  • Predators seek more from third line against Stars in Game 2 "The Nashville Predators will look for a bounce-back performance from their third line of Colton Sissons, Nick Bonino and Austin Watson when they host the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (6 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVAS2, FS-TN, FS,..." April 13

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Predators clinch back-to-back Central Division titles

    The Score "The Nashville Predators clinched first place in the Central Division for the second straight season Saturday after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks. The Preds will now face the Stars in Round 1 following Dallas' victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Scoring could..." April 07

  • Predators Closing In On Signing Lukas Craggs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Predators appear to be set to dip their toes into the college free agent waters.  Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that Nashville is closing in on signing winger Lukas Craggs to an entry-level deal. " April 03

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Predators' Austin Watson looks to be back in line with Colton Sissons, Nick Bonino

    Tennessean "Being present was the best present Austin Watson could think of. So when the Predators forward returned from his conditioning stint in Milwaukee, he and his girlfriend celebrated their young daughter's birthday a little early during the weekend with a few..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Predators Sign Dante Fabbro to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

    The Hockey Writers "On Monday, March 25, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that the Nashville Predators have signed prospect Dante Fabbro to an entry-level contract (ELC). This is great news for the team and its fans as Fabbro, Nashville’s top defense prospect, decided to forego his senior season..." March 27

  • Predators assign Watson to AHL on long-term injury loan

    Tennessean "Austin Watson has left the Predators again, this time to work on his game. Watson stressed a "one day at a time" approach after he was reinstated March 18 from his indefinite suspension for alcohol abuse. The Predators forward, who spent six-plus weeks away from..." March 25

  • Dante Fabbro says he will be signing with the Nashville Predators

    On The Forecheck "It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Right? There has been a lot of chatter since June of 2016 about when Dante Fabbro will finally get to Nashville, and the heralded defender is now here. Boston University’s season ended Friday with an overtime loss to Northeastern in the..." March 25

  • Gophers men’s hockey’s leading scorer Rem Pitlick signs with Nashville Predators

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "In an ideal world for the Gophers men’s hockey team, Rem Pitlick would be prepping to play in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday in Minneapolis. Instead, Minnesota’s leading scorer may be prepping to play his first NHL game in St. Paul. On Friday morning, the..." March 22

  • Nashville Predators' Austin Watson returned to available status

    Fox 17 "Nashville Predators' Austin Watson has been returned to available status as the Nashville Predators say he has entered the follow-up care phase of a substance abuse program. " March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Predators forward Filip Forsberg 'day-to-day' with upper-body injury

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg spent Thursday and Friday off the ice, in an effort to be ready to go on the ice Saturday against the Hurricanes. The Predators forward did not practice the last two days for what coach Peter Laviolette called "maintenance" days, but he was on the ice Saturday..." March 10

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Predators embrace adversity with eye toward playoffs "The Nashville Predators are experiencing something this season they rarely dealt with last season on their way to the Presidents' Trophy: adversity. After going 53-18-11 (117 points) in 2017-18, the Predators are 37-25-5 following a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place..." March 03

  • Lowry to have hearing for actions in Jets game against Predators "Adam Lowry will have a hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday. The Winnipeg Jets forward is facing discipline for high-sticking/slashing Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg on Friday. The incident occurred in the Jets' zone at 14:35 of the third..." March 02

  • The Flyers needed to trade Wayne Simmonds. Turns out, they needed to do it sooner. "It was a scene that probably shouldn’t have played out as it did, that probably shouldn’t have played out at all. In a Lincoln Financial Field locker room late Saturday night, a thrilling Stadium Series victory just behind them, the Flyers gathered to say goodbye to Wayne..." February 27

  • The Minnesota Wild Traded RW Mikael Granlund To Nashville While His Fiancée Was In Labor

    Uproxx "The NHL’s trade deadline occurred on Monday afternoon, and as is frequently the case with any sport’s trade deadline, there were moves all over the league. One such move involved a pair of Central division squads, the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, coming to terms on a deal..." February 26

  • Nashville Predators To Acquire Wayne Simmonds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have acquired a second top forward, as Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweets that Wayne Simmonds has been traded there. LeBrun notes that the trade deadline has not actually gone through yet since the deal was agreed to just three minutes before the..." February 25

  • Predators acquire Granlund from Wild for Fiala

    TSN "The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Mikael Granlund from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Kevin Fiala. In 63 games for the Wild this season, Granlund has 15 goals and 34 assists. The 26-year-old has one year remaining on his contract after this..." February 25

  • NHL Trade Deadline: Maple Leafs acquire Nicholas Baptiste from the Predators for AHLer Emerson Clark

    Pension Plan Puppets "Sunday evening the Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade with the Nashville Predators where they acquired Nicholas Baptiste, who is on an NHL contract for AHLer Emerson Clark. This is a move the Leafs made for the Marlies, not for any NHL help. After..." February 25

  • Kevin Hayes could be affordable target for Jets, Predators

    Sportsnet "With the Ottawa Senators having already dealt forwards Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene, former teammate Mark Stone remains one of the top targets on the NHL trade market ahead of Monday’s deadline. However, New York Rangers centre Kevin Hayes might entice the likes of the Winnipeg..." February 24

  • Preds won't move top prospect Tolvanen for rental

    The Score "The Nashville Predators reportedly won't part with Eeli Tolvanen in exchange for a player on an expiring contract. As of Saturday morning, the club's top prospect was not available in a trade for a rental, according to the New York Post's Larry Brooks. Tolvanen..." February 23

  • Mats Zuccarello's four best fits as Rangers sell at deadline

    Sporting News "No, those aren't boos — those are "Zuuuuucs" that echo around Madison Square Garden. But with the NHL's trade deadline fast approaching and the Rangers in sell mode, the question is: How much longer will Mats Zuccarello be around to hear them? Zuccarello,..." February 18

  • Can Predators be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders?

    Sportsnet "After making the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago, and winning the Presidents’ Trophy last season as the NHL’s top regular season team, the Nashville Predators carried the weight of great expectations into this season. Through multiple injuries to key players, the..." February 16

  • Predators should not trade Tolvanen, Fiala at deadline

    Pro Hockey Talk "Looking to the past has its obvious flaws (are any two situations truly alike?), yet the Nashville Predators should consider history before trading Eeli Tolvanen and/or Kevin Fiala. The result would preferably be to … uh, not trade either of them. One can look to other recent..." February 16

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • Coyotes acquire Emil Pettersson from Preds

    TSN "The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Emil Pettersson from the Nashville Predators on Friday in exchange for forwards Laurent Dauphin and Adam Helewka. Pettersson, the older brother of Vancouver Canucks star Elias Pettersson, has 11 goals and 33 points in 49 games with the..." February 08

  • Predators activate Kyle Turris from IR

    Yardbarker "The Nashville Predators are finally getting Kyle Turris back on the ice. The forward has been activated from injured reserve, while Colin Blackwell is on his way back to the minor leagues to make room. Turris hasn’t played since Dec. 27 but is expected to be in the lineup tonight against..." February 07

  • Predators may make another big move "The Predators will remain in the market for an upgrade in scoring production unless the return of center Kyle Turris and improvement from left wing Kevin Fiala yields the necessary returns, general manager David Poile said on "The Midday 180" on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on..." February 07

  • McLeod traded to Predators by Rangers "Cody McLeod was traded to the Nashville Predators by the New York Rangers on Wednesday for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. McLeod has one goal in 31 games this season. The Rangers claimed the veteran forward on waivers from the Predators on Jan. 25, 2018. New York..." February 06

  • Report: Predators inquired about Blue Jackets' Panarin

    The Score "The Nashville Predators have inquired with the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding star forward Artemi Panarin, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. Panarin is a pending unrestricted free agent and has let the Blue Jackets know that he won't..." February 06

  • New Jersey Devils Trade Brian Boyle to Nashville Predators

    Last Word On Hockey "The New Jersey Devils have agreed to trade center Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predatorsin exchange for the Predators 2019 second round pick The deal is Brian Boyle to NSH. NJ gets NSH 2019 2nd round..." February 06

  • NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

    Sporting News "The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday. “The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and..." February 01

  • What the 2018 NHL trade deadline shows us about first-round pick values

    Sportsnet "The Jake Muzzin trade got the ball rolling in a couple of respects. First, it opened the trade market with a month to go until the deadline and, second, it gave us an idea of what a first-round pick might get you in the lead up to Feb. 25. Trying to pin down exactly what a..." January 31

  • Predators' Austin Watson suspended indefinitely after alcohol-related relapse

    Tennessean "Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL, in conjunction with the NHLPA, and admitted into stage two of the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program. The suspension, effective immediately, is "related exclusively to..." January 29

  • Winnipeg, Nashville May Have “Arms Race” For Rental Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a competitive Central Division, the rivalry between the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators may head directly into the trade deadline as TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the two teams may go into an “arms race” over acquiring deadline rentals. Not only are both teams..." January 27

  • Stars to host Predators in 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl

    Sporting News "The Stars will be taking on the Predators in the 2020 Winter Classic, the NHL announced Friday. The location is the furthest south the Winter Classic has taken place. It marks the first time the Stars have hosted the event, which began in 2008. " January 25

  • Wild claims defenseman Anthony Bitetto off waivers from Predators

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Players are in the midst of an eight-day break, but that hasn't stopped Wild management from fussing with the roster. The team claimed defenseman Anthony Bitetto off waivers from the Predators Friday, its second addition to the blue line this week. After a win over the Golden..." January 25

  • Predators' Anthony Bitetto lands on waivers

    CBS Sports "Bitetto was designated for waivers Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Bitetto has served as a healthy scratch for 10 consecutive outings and has been limited to 18 appearances this season. Even when the blueliner is in the lineup, he is averaging a mere 10:40 of ice time...." January 24