Predators Rumors & News

  • Marcus Johansson returns with a three-point night to lift Capitals over Predators

    Washington Post "There was supposed to be rust in the first game back from an injury, but Marcus Johansson wasted little time re-establishing himself as his team’s third-line center on Tuesday night. Without him, the Washington Capitals struggled to get secondary scoring. With him, the third line got three goals —..." February 10

  • Reading the trade market tea leaves

    TSN "Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag. It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then. In honour of the Dustin..." February 10

  • What if an NHL goalie has to go to the bathroom?

    SI "Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s..." February 10

  • Predators forwards find scoring form in win over Sharks

    Tennessean "A significant decrease in production from the Predators’ forwards can be blamed for the team’s recurring offensive difficulties this season. The Predators ranked 29th in the NHL in goals scored by forwards this season prior to Saturday’s 6-2 win against the Sharks, having netted 25 fewer than they..." February 07

  • Penalty kill lifts Flyers past Predators for 3rd straight win

    CSN Philly "It was more work than they were hoping for, but the Flyers' penalty kill in Thursday night’s 6-3 victory over Nashville was strong. The Flyers finished 6 of 7 on the PK in nearly 12 minutes shorthanded. Overall, Nashville managed only 11 shots on goal on their power plays. A Shea Weber..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Brouwer helps Blues edge Nashville 1-0

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When it was pointed out to Troy Brouwer that it had been awhile since the Blues scored before his tally Tuesday night, he wittily replied: "Yeah, we were on the All-Star break for a week." True, the eight days off made it seem a lot longer, but going back before the break, the offense had been..." February 03

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    Eric Nystrom's foot is indeed broken. Out indefinitely, on injured reserve.

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • Predators' Weber wins hardest shot contest again "Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber won the AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot for the second consecutive season with a shot of 108.1 mph. Weber fell short of the 108.5 mph shot he had in 2015 in Columbus, but his 108.1 mph shot was the runaway winner. Weber's first attempt was 105.3 mph. He got..." January 31

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Neal Added to All-Star Game in Nashville "The NHL revealed on Thursday that Nashville Predators leading goal-scorer, James Neal, will be added to 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville. The 28-year-old forward, who recorded his 200th career goal earlier this month, will be making his third appearance at an All-Star Weekend and his..." January 28

  • Hutton Leads Preds To 4th Straight Win In Calgary

    On The Forecheck "The Predators won their fourth straight game in Canada, pulling out a huge win over the Flames 2-1. The Flames out-shot the Predators 27-24, pressuring the Nashville defense and challenging the Preds' slim lead for most of the game. At times the Flames looked like the better team, but they..." January 28

  • Kuznetsov, Neal added to All-Star Game rosters "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal were added Thursday to the rosters for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Predators beat Canucks to win third in a row

    Tennessean "James Neal scored late in the third period to give the Predators a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots and Craig Smith had the other goal for Nashville, which improved to 3-0 on a four-game Western Conference road swing. The trip has included..." January 27

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Predators beat Oilers for first win streak in a month

    Tennessean "In the NHL, "any team can beat any other team on any given night" might as well be a league slogan. With respect to the parity that the league trumpets, there are instances where one team should probably beat another, like the Predators on Saturday against the Western Conference-worst and..." January 24

  • Johansen credits defined role as No. 1 center for early success in Nashville

    Tennessean "The first two-plus weeks of Ryan Johansen's new life in Nashville have been, in his words, "pretty hectic." The Predators center has barely been in town since being traded from Columbus on Jan. 6, with the team playing five of his first seven games on the road. He has been living in former..." January 24

  • Predators finally solve Jets

    Tennessean "Addressing his team’s third meeting with the Jets in less than three weeks Thursday morning, Predators coach Peter Laviolette loosely compared the scheduling quirk to a playoff series. To some degree, it has been, with Nashville and Winnipeg on the cusp of the Western Conference postseason..." January 22

  • Blackhawks set franchise record with 12th straight win in Nashville

    CSN Chicago "The mood in the Blackhawks’ locker room didn’t seem any more euphoric than it’s been in any of their previous victories. Still, there’s no doubt this team realizes it’s doing something pretty special right now – like franchise-record special. Corey Crawford stopped 38 of 39 shots and the..." January 20

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Predators blank Wild behind Carter Hutton

    Tennessean "As they struggled to just one win over the past two-and-a-half weeks, the Predators had tried to make all kinds of adjustments – mixing lines, making trades and recalling players. Very little worked. On Saturday, however, one of the more surprising lineup changes made quite a..." January 17

  • West Coast Bias: Oilers made big push for Seth Jones

    Sportsnet "Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli offered centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville in a bid to land defenceman Seth Jones. Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course,..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Jets show gusto in OT win over Preds

    Winnipeg Free Press "Put your knives and pitchforks away, at least for a day, Jets Nation. Your team showed more than a sign of life Thursday night at the MTS Centre. It showed interest and emotion and squeezed out a 5-4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators. The victory halted a three-game slide (0-2-1)..." January 15

  • Drouin rumors heating up with Blues, Ducks, Predators reportedly the contenders

    The Score "A Jonathan Drouin trade could be imminent. Or not. Much has been speculated about the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning forward over the past 12 hours. TVA's Renaud Lavoie reported Thursday night that a trade for Drouin could happen in the next 24 hours, though he backed off that Friday..." January 15

  • Twice is nice: Andrew Shaw scores two as Blackhawks win eighth straight

    CSN Chicago "An eight-game winning streak, a continuous rise in the standings and a milestone victory for their coach: not a bad Tuesday. Andrew Shaw scored two goals and Brent Seabrook added another as the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Tuesday night. The victory gave Joel Quenneville his..." January 13

  • After flurry of moves, Preds recall prized prospect Fiala

    Pro Hockey Talk "Looks like David Poile isn’t done shaking up his club. Having already pulled the Seth Jones-for-Ryan Johansen blockbuster and waived former first-round pick Cody Hodgson, Poile made more ripples Wednesday afternoon by recalling Kevin Fiala — the 11th overall pick in 2014 — from AHL..." January 13

  • Predators place forward Cody Hodgson on waivers

    Sportsnet "It appears the Nashville Predators‘ Cody Hodgson reclamation project is coming to an end. The Predators placed Hodgson on waivers Wednesday. Hodgson has three goals and eight points in 39 games this season. The 25-year-old is averaging 10:44 of ice-time per game, which is currently a..." January 13

  • Blues, Predators Among Teams Seeking Drouin

    Today's Slapshot "“I think there’s some kind of smaller moves that could be coming. Colorado is at 50 contracts. So they’re going to want to try to get down from there, if they can. You never want to be at the maximum. So that’s one issue. “Columbus has nine defensemen now, I think, since they traded for Jones...." January 12

  • Coyotes, Louis Domingue shut out Predators

    Arizona Republic "Bursts like this aren’t necessarily easy to construct, but they seem to be characteristic of teams that receive playoff invites. And at the midway point of their season, the Coyotes certainly haven’t disqualified themselves from contention. Actually, they appear to be finding a rhythm that..." January 10

  • Avalanche gets big Central Division victory over Nashville

    Denver Post "This seemed enough like a playoff game, so the Avalanche could have placed pompoms on every seat and raised ticket prices. OK, strike that last part. But with Colorado and Nashville fighting over what would be the final wild-card playoff slot in the Western Conference, there was a lot on the..." January 09

  • Seth Jones admits Jackets' defensive scheme will require learning curve

    The Score "Two days after his blockbuster trade from Nashville, Seth Jones finally knows what it's really like to be a member of the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. Jones logged the third-most minutes among defensemen, firing one shot on goal and taking a minus-2 rating in his Columbus debut, a 4-1 loss to..." January 09

  • Blackhawks' Toews tops list of 2015 jersey sales

    The Score "There are a lot of people walking around with Toews on their backs. The Chicago Blackhawks forward had the prestige honor of having the top-selling jersey of 2015. The NHL announced the top sales from the NHL Shop, also revealing teammate Patrick Kane finishing second in sales. Here is the..." January 08

  • Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Seth Jones from Nashville in exchange for center Ryan Johansen "The Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that the club has acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen. Both clubs confirmed the deal shortly after 6:30 p.m ET. Full details and additional coverage will follow later this evening." January 07

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    Seth Jones traded for Ryan Johansen. Boom

  • Blue Jackets, Predators trade talks 'have intensified'

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators are reportedly talking trade, and discussions are intensifying, according to The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline. Nashville's desperate for offense, averaging 2.6 goals per game, which ranks 18th in the league. Its top two leading scorers,..." January 06

  • Rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck brilliant as Winnipeg Jets earn huge two points in Nashville

    Winnipeg Sun "You can be sure this isn't the way Paul Maurice drew it up. But he'll gladly take it. On a night when his Winnipeg Jets were wildly outplayed, especially in the early going, rookie netminder Connor Hellebuyck put the team on his back and led them to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville..." January 06

  • Star-studded Central roster highlights All-Star reveal "The NHL announced the remaining players for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, and several familiar and high-scoring stars will descend upon Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for All-Star Weekend. The host Nashville Predators have three players among the 40 named Wednesday by the NHL's Hockey..." January 06

  • Is The NHL’s Winter Classic Dying?

    Uproxx "This year’s NHL Winter Classic saw the Boston Bruins play host to the Montreal Canadiens in front of nearly 70,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Like each of its predecessors, this year’s outdoor game on New Year’s Day was a spectacle to behold for hockey fans around the..." January 04

  • Predators beat Hurricanes for first OT win

    Tennessean "Predators forward Filip Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm leapt into each other's arms, turning toward the bench to greet their teammates as they spilled over the bench at PNC Arena. There was finally cause for overtime celebration, with Ekholm's game-winner sealing the Predators' 2-1..." January 03

  • Mattias Janmark, Tyler Seguin power Dallas Stars past Predators

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Rookie Mattias Janmark’s sixth December goal broke a tie late in the second period and Tyler Seguin scored twice in the third period goals as the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night. Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves also scored for the Stars, who moved one point ahead of..." January 01

  • Blues defeat Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues will receive much-deserved criticism for their finish against Nashville on Tuesday night. They held a two-goal lead and were less than four minutes from wrapping up a win, but the Predators tied the score with 1 minute, 32 seconds left in regulation, sending the crowd of 19,319 at..." December 30

  • Predators' offense shows up against Rangers

    Tennessean "At times this season, the Predators have erupted offensively, scoring at an overwhelming rate that buries their opponents. They've also been prone to goal-scoring lapses, struggling to even put one or two in the net. Monday's output against the Rangers, which led to a 5-3 win in the final game..." December 29