Nick Vucic | @npv708

Outside of working in politics, Nick also loves watching hockey at all levels. In addition to writing about the Nashville Predators for The Hockey Writers, Nick also writes for Faceoff Factor about his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Recent Articles by Nick

Brooks Orpik will have his hands full on the larger Olympic ice surface against the world's best players.(Icon SMI)

The Character Assassination of Brooks Orpik

“Boston’s Thornton chasing down Pittsburgh’s Orpik, a noted instigator who wouldn’t fight this time, and after Orpik had fallen to the ice, pummelling him with two solid punches. Just revolting. […]

Roman Josi is paired with Shea Weber on Nashville's first defensive unit, and the results have been excellent thus far. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Injuries, Inexperience Could Doom Predators Defense

311 Total NHL Games.  That is the total combined NHL experience that the six defensemen comprising the Nashville Predators defense at the beginning of December. With captain Shea Weber out […]

by · December 3, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Nashville Predators
Early Returns for Erat-Forsberg Trade Show Clear Predators Victory

Early Returns for Erat-Forsberg Trade Show Clear Predators Victory

“Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here, I got traded here to be a top-six player but never got the chance, never played more than 15 minutes in […]

by · November 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals
Yakupov (oilers.com)

If the Predators Aren’t Calling about Yakupov, They Need To

Losing to the Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday night meant that the Nashville Predators were not only on a 3-game losing streak, but that they were outscored 13-1 in those games.   […]

by · November 13, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Nashville Predators
(Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

Stalberg Sitting Signals Sticky Situation in Smashville

“It is never fun watching, It is embarrassing, too; I have to be better. It is up to me to make a difference out there, so I will do everything […]

by · October 30, 2013 · 1 comment · Nashville Predators
Carter Hutton has been thrown into the thick of things for the Predators after Pekka Rinne came down with a bacterial infection in his hip. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to the Carter Hutton Show

On Thursday, it was announced that Predators goaltending stalwart Pekka Rinne would miss at least 4 weeks with a spontaneous bacterial infection in his hip that he had surgically repaired […]

by · October 25, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Nashville Predators, NHL Goaltending
Nordiques fans have shown up at NHL rinks asking for a team to return to Quebec (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

Is There a 2014 NHL Expansion Draft on the Horizon?

With cities across North America clamoring for the rights to an NHL franchise, there is no lack of intrigue when discussing which locale may end up with a team.  Since […]

by · October 14, 2013 · 2 comments · Hockey History, News/Commentary
Barry Trotz (Icon SMI)

Nashville Predators: 5 Storylines to Watch Heading into the 2013-14 Season

With under a couple of days to go until the Predators open the 2013-14 season in St. Louis against the Blues, there’s no lack of intrigue in Nashville.  Over the […]

by · October 2, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Nashville Predators
MacKinnon may not be wearing the Avalanche emblem if not for the shortened season (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Better Know Your New Predators Rival: Colorado Avalanche

The NHL has released its schedule and with it, the new division realignment for the 2013-2014 season.  While the Detroit Red Wings will be departing the West and the Central […]

by · August 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators
Rob Scuderi may not show up on the scoresheet, but will play a huge role in the Pittsburgh Penguins' success. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Scuderi’s Exit Leaves Kings with Missing Piece on Defense

Only an hour into free agency this year, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, signed a four-year, $3.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  At 34, Scuderi may have not been the […]

by · August 28, 2013 · 1 comment · Los Angeles Kings
The Stars have only one powerplay goal in their last seven games. (ladybugbkt/flickr))

Better Know Your New Predators Rival: Dallas Stars

The NHL has released its schedule and with it, the new division realignment for the 2013-2014 season.  While the Detroit Red Wings will be departing the West and the Central Division for […]

by · August 26, 2013 · 1 comment · Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators
(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Better Know Your New Predators Rival: Winnipeg Jets

The NHL has released its schedule and with it, the new division realignment for the 2013-2014 season.  While the Detroit Red Wings will be departing the West and the Central […]

by · August 23, 2013 · 1 comment · Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets