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Peter Laviolette | Center

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (52) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
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The Nashville Predators are the most penalized team in the NHL.
In fact, their average of 15:41 minutes of penalties per game is a full three minutes and 41 seconds more than any other team. Also, their 117 total penalties is seven more than the second place club, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nashville gave up seven power play opportunities to Colorado last night, luckily for them the struggling Avalanche were unable to capitalize on any of them. If the Predators wish to get back to the Stanley Cup final, they'll need to figure out the new NHL rules and stay out of the box. Something head coach Peter Laviolette will surely be preaching during their next practice. Nov 19 - 9:38 AM

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The Nashville Predators could have a new captain by the start of the regular season.

Nashville is in search of a new captain since Mike Fisher retired during the off-season. "(Predators coach) Peter (Laviolette) and I are going to talk to a number of players throughout training camp," Poile said. "We’re going to more or less interview a lot of guys and form the leadership group from which the (alternate) captains and captain will come from. ... It might be by the beginning of the season." Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi could be intriguing candidates to replace Fisher as captain.
Sep 10 - 11:53 AM

The Nashville Predators have hired Dan Muse to serve as an assistant coach.

Muse is replacing Phil Housley, who took over as the Buffalo Sabres' bench boss. Muse previously served as the head coach of the USHL's Chicago Steel and led them to a Clark Cup championship in 2017. He also served as an assistant and then associate coach with Yale University from 2009-15. "Dan comes to us as a successful young coach that brings great energy and passion to the game," Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. "He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks, first winning an NCAA title at Yale in 2013, and then taking a Chicago team that had missed the playoffs eight straight seasons and turned them into the Clark Cup champions in just two seasons. We are excited to welcome him to the organization and look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff." Nashville also promoted Kevin McCarthy from the title of assistant coach to associate coach.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 1:43 PM

After losing James Neal in the expansion draft Wednesday night, the Predators might be looking to acquire a top-six forward this off-season.

One player who likely won't be coming to Nashville is Colorado's Matt Duchene. The Avs want a top NHL defenseman in exchange for Duchene and the Preds don't want to part with any of their blueliners. It is more likely that the Predators will look to the free-agent market to replace Neal and his production. Of course, Nashville might opt to stand pat and hope Kevin Fiala and/or Pontus Aberg can add the offense lost with the loss of Neal. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:41 AM

David Poile has won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Poile has made some bold trades while shaping the roster of the Nashville Predators. His acquisitions of P.K. Subban and Ryan Johansen helped get the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.
Jun 21 - 9:31 PM

As expected the Predators have left James Neal, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith unprotected for the expansion draft.

The Predators submitted the following protected list: Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, P.K. Subban and Pekka Rinne. We are not sure if Vegas will find any of the Preds' veteran forwards attractive or will opt to select Stanely Cup star Colton Sissons or solid defenseman Anthony Bitetto. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 12:08 PM

The Nashville Predators have been attempting to work out a deal with Vegas ahead of the expansion draft, but have reportedly been unsuccessful thus far.

The Predators are in a position where they could lose James Neal or Calle Jarnkrok in the expansion draft unless they can reach an understanding with the Golden Knights that they'll take someone else in exchange for additional compensation, like a draft pick. Nashville is reportedly still trying to make that happen, but if the team isn't successful, then the Predators might end up making a trade with another squad to either move Neal or Jarnkrok so that they at least get something out of it, or move a player that they would have otherwise protected to free up a slot.
Jun 16 - 2:52 PM

The Nashville Predators have tied a record by using 18 different forwards in their postseason run.

The Predators likely wouldn't have done that if they had a choice. Losing forwards Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala to injuries contributed to that and the Predators have also been without Colin Wilson lately. It's been a tough situation for Nashville, but the squad has no choice but to try and overcome it those challenges just as the Penguins have worked to overcome injuries throughout their run.
Jun 5 - 10:29 AM

History is not on the Nashville Predators side as they look to overcome a 2-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final.

Only five teams have ever come back from being behind 2-0 in the finals, with the most recently example being the 2011 Boston Bruins. The silver lining for the Predators is that the first two games were played in Pittsburgh, so while they will eventually need to take a game there to beat the Penguins, in the short-term at least they can focus on just defending their home.
Jun 2 - 5:49 PM

Had Peter Laviolette been out of a job one month later, he would have likely been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins according to GM Jim Rutherford.

Of course, Laviolette and Rutherford worked together in Carolina when they both guided the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup 11 years ago. "Interesting how things could have worked out differently, isn't it?" Rutherford said Friday. "I really have a special admiration for what he did when we worked together. ... We would have reunited. But the timing didn't work out. I think that's about as clear as I can say about what I thought about Peter Laviolette - the fact that if he was available, I would have hired him here when I first got here." Of course, the job eventually went to Mike Johnston who was eventually replaced by Mike Sullivan. It worked out for both parties involved as Laviolette has guided the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final and the Penguins will look to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Source: theScore
May 27 - 12:24 PM

Nashville will compete in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

They eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six games on Monday night with a 6-3 victory. Coach Peter Laviolette has four of the six playoff series wins in Nashville history. He is also the fourth coach in NHL history to take three different franchises to the Stanley Cup Final. Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy won the Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
May 23 - 8:41 AM

With the Predators' victory Saturday night in Game 5, Peter Laviolette has become Nashville's winningest coach in the postseason.

He now has 20 wins in the playoffs with the Preds, one better than longtime bench boss Barry Trotz who has 19. That's quite the accomplishment as Laviolette has only been with the Preds since 2014.
May 21 - 10:13 AM

Nashville has won 10 straight home playoff games, stretching back to last year.

It marks the NHL's longest postseason win streak since Detroit accomplished the feat from 1997-98. They are the 10th team to win 10 straight home playoff games in the league's expansion era (since 1967-68). "You always try to establish your home building as a tough place to play," said Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. "I think we've been doing that. ... You don't want to have any regrets and you don't want to look back at these home games as a missed chance." Nashville has a 6-0 record at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
May 17 - 9:20 AM

David Poile was selected as one of the finalists for the NHL's GM of the Year Award.

Poile has been one of the more active general managers in the last few years, and his players rewarded his hard work by finally making it to the Western Conference Final this season. Poile made two particularly bold moves when he traded Seth Jones away for Ryan Johansen, and Shea Weber for P.K. Subban. Ottawa's Pierre Dorion and Edmonton's Peter Chiarelli are the other two finalists.
May 16 - 7:46 PM

The Nashville Predators' series against the Anaheim Ducks will kick off on Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

This will be the Predators' first ever appearance in the Western Conference Final, but their opponent is a familiar one. Nashville faced Anaheim in the 2011 and 2016 playoffs and won both of those series. The Predators had the inferior regular season record and will open the series in Anaheim.
May 11 - 10:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Kyle Turris
3Nick Bonino
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
6Frederick Gaudreau
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Kevin Fiala
3Scott Hartnell
4Cody McLeod
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Austin Watson
4Miikka Salomaki
5Pontus Aberg
D1Roman Josi
2P.K. Subban
3Mattias Ekholm
4Matt Irwin
5Alexei Emelin
6Yannick Weber
7Anthony Bitetto
8Ryan Ellis
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros