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Predators and Avs Special Teams Rocking

Predators and Avs Special Teams Rocking

April 16th, 2018 Game 2 between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche was thrilling. There were huge hits, breakaway goals, and a daring late-game comeback. What's most interesting though, is that very little of the exciting events came at five on five. Rather, four on four and special teams dominated the...
Forsberg Dominated the Avalanche... or Did He?

Forsberg Dominated the Avalanche... or Did He?

April 14th, 2018 The better team won on Thursday night. It took the Nashville Predators two periods to get started but once they did, it wasn't even close. The Colorado Avalanche won the high danger and scoring chance battle but the Predators controlled possession for much of the game. Star players had a huge...

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April 5th, 2018
Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators are one of the best teams in the league and have already clinched a playoff berth. They have a three-point lead in both the Central Division and the race for the Presidents' Trophy. After the games on Apr. 4, they rank seventh in goals scored with 259 and third in goals allowed with 206. They have a Vezina Trophy contender in Pekka Rinne, the best defense in the league, and balanced scoring across all four lines. All signs point to the Predators being a favorite to return to the Stanley Cup Final except one area, their power play. Slumping with the Extra Man The Predators rank 18th on the man advantage, converting on 20.22 percent of chances. Their 267 power play opportunities are tied for third-most in the league. Both of these numbers have changed significantly from earlier this season. On Jan. 28, the Predators converted on 23.81 percent of chances, third-best in the league. At that point, they had played 47 games and had received 168 power plays, tied...
April 3rd, 2018
Predators Goaltending

Pekka Rinne is an all-time great goalie. He is just the 18th goalie in history to amass 300 wins and 50 shutouts in a career. He has been a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and is poised to finally win it this season. Beyond his play, Rinne is an all-time great human being. He is always supportive of his teammates and always credits his success to both the team and the fans. He also co-founded the Predators 365 Fund for Pediatric Cancer along with former teammate Shea Weber. He has simply been the greatest Predator to ever wear the jersey. It is hard to imagine, but the Predators should seriously consider trading Rinne this offseason. Juuse Saros Is the Real Deal The only fathomable reason to even consider dealing Rinne is due to the success of Juuse Saros. Saros, like Rinne before him, has turned out to be an absolute steal. The 22-year-old Finnish native was drafted by the Predators in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. In his two seasons as the Predators NHL backup,...
March 28th, 2018
Nashville Predators

The slump is over! The Nashville Predators triumphed over the Minnesota Wild not once, but twice last night. Unfortunately, a very close, but correct offside review called the game back and overtime resumed. Kyle Turris then capped off a good night by scoring in the shootout and pushing the Predators out of their slump. Tuesday night saw a return to form, as well as one of the better defensive games this season. It wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it was way better than when they hung Juuse Saros out to dry in Winnipeg the other night. One defenseman in particular deserves to be highlighted as he had his first great game in what feels like a while. Guess Who's Back. His Initials Are P.K. P.K. Subban is back! The mid-season Norris contender has experienced a rough second half of the season, and while there are many reasons, I have a theory. I think Subban is playing through injury, plain and simple. It feels like once a week that I see him take a shot off...
March 28th, 2018
Predators Transactions

Nashville Predators fans have been downright giddy since last Saturday. On March 24, Jokerit was eliminated from the KHL Playoffs, allowing Predators prized prospect Eeli Tolvanentitle to make his way to the states. Tolvanen can add instant offense with his wicked shot. The Predators might have to play him on the third or fourth line, however. Will Tolvanen be the difference for the Predators in this year's playoffs? Related: Eeli Tolvanen – 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile Tolvanen Watch In the days since Jokerit was eliminated, there have been numerous reports ranging from Tolvanen already being on a plane heading to Nashville, to hold-ups in the contract negotiation. Sources out of Finland have reported a finalized contract. https://twitter.com/PekkaJalonen/status/978592698335670273 But, as of this writing, there has been no official word from the Predators on a signed contract. There will be a contract signed very soon. Hopefully, we will hear something before the...