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Predators Defensive Scoring Prowess

Predators Defensive Scoring Prowess

January 12th, 2018 "Defense wins championships" is how the saying goes and if the Nashville Predators' defense is any indication, they could bring home the big prize at the end of the season. Over the years, general manager David Poile has done a miraculous job at uncovering defensive gems that develop in the...
3 Simple Things the Predators Must Do to Win the Cup

3 Simple Things the Predators Must Do to Win the Cup

January 3rd, 2018 While most didn't think it would turn out the way it did, 2017 was quite the year for the Nashville Predators. After a mid-season slump, Nashville surged at the end of the season to sneak into the final Stanley Cup playoff berth. If you were to ask members of the media, the overall feeling was that...

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December 1st, 2017
Nashville Predators

Nashville GM David Poile is known for his superb drafting, selecting the likes of David Legwand, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter, and Scott Hartnell. While Poile has seen great success in many of his picks, he has also seen failure. Here are the five biggest Nashville Predators draft busts. Nashville Predators Draft Busts #5: Jonas Andersson - 1999 33rd overall In Poile and Trotz's second year together in Nashville, they were still learning the ropes and evaluating talent properly. Well, 1999 was not one of the team's better years at the podium. Actually, it was quite bad. After 2 years in the Swedish junior league, Jonas Andersson was selected in the summer of 1999. Andersson pursued a hockey career in North America and elected to play in the OHL. After 1 year of domination in North Bay as a point-per-game forward, Andersson turned pro and played for Nashville's minor league affiliate in Milwaukee. At 20, Andersson played 5 games with the Predators during the 2001-02...
November 15th, 2017
Nashville Predators

All too often, fans of the Nashville Predators found themselves shrugging their shoulders when Craig Smith had the puck last season. Whether he was wide open for a one-timer, on a breakaway with nobody in sight, or staring down a wide open net - he just couldn't put the puck in the back of the net even when it was almost impossible for him to miss. After a paltry 2016-17 season, Smith has breathed new life into his play, making his struggles last season seem like a distant memory. Maybe Smith keeps a lucky rabbit's foot in his pads when he is out on the ice, but the more likely explanation is simply that a new season means a fresh start and a chance to write a new narrative. We take a look back at his success early on, his season filled with no luck, and why things have turned around for the 28-year-old Madison, WI native. From the Badgers to Broadway Before attending the University of Wisconsin, Smith skated in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks for three years amassing...
November 9th, 2017
Nashville Predators

The saying "the early bird gets the worm" suggests that the first to wake up or arrive will find the most success. It seems logical that the ability to put the puck in the net first swings momentum that can ultimately set the tone for the rest of the game. The case is no different for the Nashville Predators who find the most success when scoring first. Over the last two seasons, the Predators boast a 54-12-16 record when scoring the first goal. When they can get that first goal and sustain the lead through the first period, Nashville has only lost six games in regulation. The trend continues when leading after two periods as they only have three in the loss column. The bottom line - when they score first they step on the gas. Having to play from behind to win, or at best force over time, is always a difficult task. If Nashville fails to score the first goal they end up with a record of 28-44-10 over the last two seasons. All hope isn't lost if they don't get the initial...
November 6th, 2017
Ottawa Senators

In a move that shook up the landscape of the NHL, a rare three-way trade took place Sunday night that saw the Matt Duchene-saga in Colorado end. Duchene was traded mid-game to the Ottawa Senators. The Senators in turn traded away Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators as well as their first and third-round draft picks, 2017 first-round draft pick Shane Bowers and goaltender Andrew Hammond to the Avalanche. Joe Sakic and the Avalanche also received a second-round pick, Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev from the Predators. With such a big trade taking place, the discussion immediately turned to the winners and losers of the deal. As is the case whenever there's a major transaction in professional sports, various factors play a role - it's rare that all teams come away as big winners, but this trade seemed to appeal to just about every team involved. Still, I reached out to a writer from the Avalanche, the Senators and the Predators to get their take on who won the trade to...