Predators: 3 Early Observations From the Young Season

Predators: 3 Early Observations From the Young Season

January 22nd, 2021 It can be difficult to find meaningful takeaways from the NHL season this early on, but there are certain players that catch your eye, team performances that provide fans with hope and excitement or glaring deficiencies that give you pause. A lot of the analysis comes from the eye test, as the...
4 Predators Takeaways From First Week: Penalty Kill, Goaltending & More

4 Predators Takeaways From First Week: Penalty Kill, Goaltending & More

January 21st, 2021 The Nashville Predators kicked off the 2020-21 season with a pair of wins at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets and followed it up with a strong performance despite losing to the Carolina Hurricanes. With the Predators’ games temporarily on pause due to a potential outbreak of COVID-19 on...
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January 12th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

As the Nashville Predators' season begins this coming Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team has been going through training camps and intrasquad games to get ready for the season. While the final opening day roster is not fully set yet, here are some players who are potentially going to have a bigger impact in Smashville. Eeli Tolvanen It's time to see this young man get more opportunities, and for him to seize those said opportunities. Eeli Tolvanen has been highly regarded since being drafted in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft (30th overall), and he has been on the fringe of the roster, but after a couple of great showings in the scrimmages between Team Blue and Team Gold, he did score a goal in Sunday's scrimmage for Team Blue. He has not been in a Predators...
January 12th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

'Tis the season for analysts, columnists, and fans everywhere to make their predictions for the upcoming National Hockey League season. With the countdown to puck drop on the 2020-21 season down to hours as opposed to weeks or days, many projections and predictions will be very well thought-out and measured. I've spent a good deal of time examining the Nashville Predators over the last few days, and especially after watching the live stream of their second intra-squad scrimmage, and have some predictions of my own to add. Some fans may frown or even laugh, but I truly believe these projections are completely attainable. Roman Josi Will Match His Points Pace From Last Season The reigning Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenceman, Roman Josi has maintained a solid...
January 8th, 2021
Predators Prospects

The World Junior Championships (WJC) have ended on the ice. As we get ready for the NHL season on Jan. 13, this tournament was definitely a great way for NHL teams to get a look at the future with their recent draft picks and acquisitions playing for their various countries. The Nashville Predators are no different, having sent five players to the WJC, with three of the prospects playing for Russia, one for Finland, and one for Canada. We took a look previously at who is going to play in WJC, and we are going to follow up with their performances. Yaroslav Askarov, G, Russia Askarov played in six of Russia's seven games and played very well until the medal round, where he gave up five goals to Team Canada and four goals to Finland. In spite of Russia not obtaining a medal, he...
January 6th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

It's rare for an NHL team to start off slow and bounce back to snag a playoff spot in a normal 82-game regular season. While there are exceptions – like the 2018-19 St. Louis Blues – it’s very uncommon for teams to experience such a wondrous turnaround. In the COVID-19 world of altered and shortened seasons, it will be imperative for teams to start strong, especially the Nashville Predators. In what is expected to be an extremely competitive Discover Central Division, that includes both the defending Stanley Cup champions and finalists, it will be almost impossible to bounce back from a poor start mid-season. Here are five key components to the Predators' 2020-21 campaign that will be vital for early-season success. Josi and Ellis Provide Offence This is a given since...
December 31st, 2020
Predators Transactions

We finally know the when. The NHL season will kick off on Jan. 13, and teams have been in full preparation mode since the announcement. Since we received the good news, we've also seen free agents finding homes at a fast rate. After the initial surge of signings when the free agency period opened, there was a lull while available players and teams carefully mulled their options. But the agreement between the league and NHLPA, approved by the board of governors, has sparked a scramble for remaining free agents to find a home for 2020-21 and possibly beyond. The Nashville Predators made some acquisitions recently. Mikael Granlund is returning after experiencing maybe the most frustrating seasons of his professional career. General manager David Poile also brought in Erik Haula, a...
December 29th, 2020
Previews and Predictions

The Nashville Predators have a real fighting chance of winning the new Central Division in the 2020-21 season. As any championship team will say, however, there is always adversity to overcome and always challenges littering the road ahead. For the Predators, being placed in the new Central Division, while increasing their chances of making a run into the postseason, has also created a challenging schedule for them. Featuring a combination of the old Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions, the re-aligned Central includes both teams which played in the Stanley Cup Final. The reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning will be without Nikita Kucherov but are still favored to win the Central, thanks to several stars throughout the lineup. On the other end, bottom-of-the-standings...