Predators' John Hynes: A Check-in

Predators' John Hynes: A Check-in

March 18th, 2020 Nashville Predators’ head coach John Hynes was approaching his 30th game for his new team. Yeah 30, time flies, right? The 30th time behind the Predators’ bench was scheduled for Mar. 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But, with the league “on pause” due to health concerns, the...
How the Predators Are Impacted by Coronavirus

How the Predators Are Impacted by Coronavirus

March 16th, 2020 The coronavirus has put everything on hold, and that includes all major-league sports. The NHL is near the end of the season and the Nashville Predators are hoping to clinch a playoff spot. The pause has led to many questions about the last 12 games on the schedule and what it means for the...

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March 3rd, 2020
Predators Goaltending

The Colorado Avalanche have a rising star on their hands, both literally and metaphorically, in their backup goaltender. Meanwhile, the limited NHL action on Monday night saw one goaltending evisceration and another debut with a new team. Rinne vs. Draisaitl Every brilliant, headline-making performance by an NHL forward has a poor, unfortunate goaltender on the other side. In this case, the brilliant superstar forward was Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, whereas the beleaguered netminder was Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. Draisaitl's phenomenal five-point, four-goal night — including his 40th goal of the season — came at the Finnish goalie's expense, and might be the low point in an incredibly poor season. Leon Draisaitl (Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports)Pekka...
February 27th, 2020
Trade Deadline

What you see is what you have. The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, with general manager David Poile and the Nashville Predators mainly staying quiet. However, there is one name leaving the Music City – Matt Irwin, but his playing time has been largely nonexistent for the past few months – and the return, Korbinian Holzer – who has six goals and 23 assists in 203 regular-season games – is not exactly the splash that many were hoping for. The Predators’ up and down season led to Poile changing his mind repeatedly, from buyers to sellers back to buyers again, until ultimately landing on none of the above. During his post-deadline press conference, he explained not making a move may have been the best move for the team. “Overall, I think we’re going in the right...
February 25th, 2020
Predators Prospects

It's no secret that hockey is an ever-changing game at the professional level. Attributes deemed as "NHL worthy" 20 to 30 years ago don't necessarily make the cut anymore. In regards to defensemen, blueliners that only demonstrate strengths in their own zone are few and far between. In today's NHL, every skater needs to be able to contribute offensively, even the guys with "defense" at the front of their title. The Nashville Predators are an organization very familiar with quality offensive-defensemen. This season alone, the likes of Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm are north of the 30-point mark and Ryan Ellis would be there too if it weren't for an injury. Let's not forget that both Shea Weber and P.K. Subban also manned Nashville's blue line at a point in time. Remarkably, there is...
February 21st, 2020
Trade Deadline

The Nashville Predators are the perfect team to break fans' hearts. High expectations heading into the season were followed by lackluster efforts that had the team on the wrong side of results on many nights. The Predators are still outside the playoffs, but just barely. With games in hand, they are set up nicely to control their destiny. A dominant 5-0 shutout win over the New York Islanders on Feb. 13, followed by a huge weekend sweep of the St. Louis Blues gave fans hope that maybe, just maybe, their team had turned a corner. Related: Predators’ Reasons for Optimism After that three-game win streak, the Predators looked like trade deadline buyers. There was the feeling that it was full steam ahead to the playoffs and possibly beyond. However, the team came back down to...
February 17th, 2020
Predators Goaltending

Sunday was Hockey Day in America and the National Hockey League celebrated with a day full of great action. In addition to our Monday morning staple, the “Week in Review,” we will take a look at a big game in New Jersey. Blackwood Steals the Show The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the better stories of the 2019-20 season. After dealing with a mass exodus of free agents during offseason and many key injuries since opening night, they are right in the middle of the playoff race. However, their road to the Stanley Cup playoffs has gotten a little rockier with their recent 0-3-2 stretch. They lost their fifth in a row on Sunday thanks to the efforts of New Jersey Devils’ netminder Mackenzie Blackwood. The Devils, who traded away captain Andy Green and forward...
February 14th, 2020
Nashville Predators

Shea Weber brought so much joy to Nashville Predators fans over many seasons, but now he might bring so much pain. The long-time captain was one of Nashville’s first legit superstars and he will always have a special place in the hearts of the Smashville faithful, which is why the recent news of his injury hurts on two levels. Weber is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a left ankle sprain. The announcement of the injury led to speculation that the defenseman’s season is over, which then led to questions about his career. Related: Predators’ Reasons for Optimism Predators fans will undoubtedly want to see the player who poured everything he had in to the organization continue his career. Most former players are welcomed back to the Music City, unless their...