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Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (52) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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The Nashville Predators are the only team that hasn't won in overtime or a shootout in 2016-17.
Nashville is 0-5 in those situations after suffering a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers on Saturday. The Predators are presently three points shy of a playoff spot, so it's not hard to see how their struggles after the third period could be the difference between them making the postseason or not. "I feel like it's improving," Mike Fisher said in reference to the team's performance in overtime. "And shootouts, we haven't been able to find it. We've got the skill and the guys that can put the puck in the net. We just haven't had the bounces. We've just got to find a way." Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:39:00 AM

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The Predators have been one of the NHL's streakiest teams in 2016.

The Preds started the season slowly with a 2-5-1 October. Got red hot in November posting a 9-3-2 record and have slumped in December with a 1-3-1 effort. It's hard to know what you're going to get with this team on a nightly basis.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Nashville has been excellent on home ice this season.

The Predators own an 8-1-1 record at home and the team has outscored their opponents by a 35-13 margin. 13 goals are the fewest allowed by home teams in the NHL and Nashville hasn't permitted a power-play goal on 27 penalty kills.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Nashville's power play has gone 0-for-17 over five games during the month of November.

The Predators failed to score on five chances Thursday night, which included a two-man advantage for 1 minute, 17 seconds. Nashville has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, but the power play will have to heat up for wins to continue to come.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 09:48:00 AM

With his victory Saturday night Juuse Saros became only the ninth goalie in Predators' history to record a win.

The Preds have had tremendous stability in their goal since their inception in 1998. Do you think you can name the other eight goalies who have registered victories in a Nashville uniform? Here you go: Tomas Vokoun, Steve Mason, Dan Ellis, Pekke Rinne, Anders Lindback, Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec. If you got it right, get yourself a cookie.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Nashville has been outscored 7-2 at even strength after three games this season.

The two goals ties the Predators with Columbus for the fewest in the league. Nashville has been excellent on the power play, though. The club has scored on five of 11 chances for a league-leading 45.5 percent efficiency rating.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 01:41:00 PM

Nashville lost a league-high 12 games in overtime last season.

The Predators have worked regularly on 3-on-3 drills to try to correct the issue. "I think it's just being more confident out there and more comfortable with the puck, just creating chances," said netminder Pekka Rinne, who made his preseason debut in a 3-2 OT defeat. "But that's how it goes. You have a chance at the other end, and it comes right back at you. Maybe you miss a shot or miss a net and it comes back as a 2-on-1 or something like that. You have to bear down on 3-on-3."
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 12:34:00 PM

Nashville has signed head coach Peter Laviolette to a two-year contract extension.

He has been behind the bench for the Predators for the last two seasons and he has led the team to an 88-52-24 record. Laviolette guided the Predators to a new franchise record 14-game point streak in 2015-16 and to the second round of the playoffs.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:49:00 PM

The Predators opened training camp this week without any of their top four defensemen.

Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Ellis are nursing injuries and Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm are playing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament. We don't know if this will have a significant impact on the Preds' fortunes this season, but it is interesting none-the-less.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:18:00 AM

Nashville is teasing a big announcement regarding the team's captaincy.

The team's Twitter account said that something is coming "soon," while Adam Vingan of The Nashville Tennessean said that the announcement is slated for Thursday. The leading candidates for the job include Roman Josi, Mike Fisher or James Neal.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 05:02:00 PM

The Nashville Predators have released their preseason schedule.

Nashville will kick things off on Sept. 27 with two games against the Florida Panthers and conclude its exhibition schedule on Oct. 8 versus Tampa Bay. In total the Predators will participate in six contests.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 08:56:00 AM

The Predators will have five representatives in the World Cup of Hockey Tournament.

Defenseman Mattias Ekholm was added to the Swedish roster on Friday. He joins fellow Preds Shea Weber (Canada), defenseman Roman Josi (Europe), forward Filip Forsberg (Sweden) and goaltender Pekka Rinne (Finland) who were previously selected.
Sat, May 28, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Nashville's power play has struggled in the playoffs.

The Predators have scored four times on 44 chances in the postseason, including 2-for-17 in their second-round series against the Sharks.
Mon, May 9, 2016 06:02:00 PM

Coach Peter Laviolette is 4-1 during his coaching career in Game 7's.

"Our guys should be excited," Laviolette told Robby Stanley. "I think we've got that going for us. We've already taken on an elimination game as a young group and found success." He's right, and as forward James Neal sees it, not much has changed. "Everyone picked them [the Anaheim Ducks] to win. We know what kind of team we have here in Nashville. We did everything all year to push ourselves to this point. Why not win one more game?" In a winner-take-all game, anything can happen.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 06:38:00 PM

The Predators started their series against the Ducks with six goals in two games but have slumped offensively in the two subsequent games in Nashville.

The Preds won both road games in Anaheim scoring three goals in each but then scored only one goal in two games at home in the Bridgestone Arena. This trend will have to reverse if the Preds are to defeat the Ducks in this series. In addition, Nashville has been woeful on the power play converting only one of 19 chances.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Fisher
3Vernon Fiddler
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Austin Watson
4Cody McLeod
5Harry Zolnierczyk
6Miikka Salomaki
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3P. A. Parenteau
4Viktor Arvidsson
5Craig Smith
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Brad Hunt
8Yannick Weber
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros