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Peter Laviolette | Center

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (50) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
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Nashville GM David Poile picked up his 1,171st win when the Predators defeated Boston by a score of 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 16.
He now only trails Glen Sather who has amassed 1,278 victories. "It's one of those things later on when you're retired and look back on your career, it's going to be very meaningful because it's guys like Glen Sather, Harry Sinden and Cliff Fletcher," Poile said. "It's a pretty nice accomplishment that certainly reflects longevity for sure, obviously with a lot of good coaches and a lot of good players." Dec 25 - 3:33 PM

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The Nashville Predators hope to maintain their strong start as far as avoiding taking penalties.

The Tennessean points out that the Predators average a league-low 6.7 penalty minutes per game and that their 48 penalties is second only to the Edmonton Oilers. That's especially good news for Pekka Rinne, as goalies have the most control over their even-strength save percentages.
Nov 16 - 9:56 AM

Nashville worked on special teams Wednesday.

"It's important," coach Peter Laviolette said. "The whole time on the road we didn't get a chance to work on it too much. It's good to get an opportunity and get out and work on it." The Predators rank 22nd in the league on the power play and 28th on the penalty kill, so there is plenty of room for improvement for both.
Nov 13 - 12:16 PM

Nashville's power play has gone 0-for-19 in the preseason so far.

Coach Peter Laviolette said the team will work on some things this week and he's confident they will turn it around. "Usually the first sign is chances and opportunities," Laviolette said. "We're in the zone. We're getting looks. It's not dropping right now. But, typically for me, when you start to get the looks and the chances and they're not dropping, the next thing to happen from there is results."
Sep 30 - 2:11 PM

The Nashville Predators weren't able to fulfill their objective of signing a top-line center on July 1.

They need someone to match up with James Neal after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins. "To me it's about signing the right player at the right time for the right price," Predators GM David Poile said. He added, "July 1 is the starting point. In the past, we've signed free agents well past the July 1 date and there may be some other options to pursue, and we're going to continue to improve our team when the correct opportunity presents itself." However, there isn't much talent left on the market to grab. Certainly no one that's a clear cut number one center is available as an unrestricted free agent at this point, although there are some fallback options like Mikhail Grabovski left.
Jul 2 - 10:47 AM

The Nashville Predators are entering the free agent period with the goal of signing a center.

The Predators would ideally like to lure someone over that wouldn't look out of place playing alongside James Neal. Nashville is aggressively trying to improve offensively after averaging just 2.61 goals per game in 2013-14. The Predators might pursue Paul Stastny, but they're more likely to get Derek Roy or Mikhail Grabovski, if they get a center at all.

Look for the Nashville Predators to take a forward with the 11th overall pick.

"There are two, maybe three forwards we think will be there at the 11 position," Predators GM David Poile said. "I don't think I will extremely disappointed if it's any one of those three forwards." Nashville has also expressed interest in dealing the selection for a top-six forward if such a trade is an option.
Jun 27 - 10:33 AM

The Nashville Predators is interested in trading the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft for a top-six forward.

Predators GM David Poile said he's already been approached, but nothing has been finalized. Regardless of whether or not he can trade the pick, Poile will be looking to bolster Nashville's offense after they scored just 2.61 goals per game in 2013-14.
Jun 17 - 2:47 PM

Nashville has hired Ben Vanderklok to serve as the team's goaltending coach.

"Ben has worked closely with all the goaltenders in our organization and has been integral in their development and success while learning from one of the best in Mitch Korn," GM David Poile said. "This is a natural fit to have Ben transition into the lead role, and his relationship with Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton will make this process seamless."
Jun 12 - 6:28 PM

The Nashville Predators will bid to acquire an All-Star Game in either 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019.

The 2018 season is unlikely as the NHL will celebrate it's 100th anniversary and it's likely that Toronto will be awarded the game. However, it is time that the city of Nashville gets a game so do not be surprised if the NHL gives them one game of the four they are inquiring about. "We're pretty optimistic that we're going to have one in the very near future," Sean Henry the COO of the arena said during a budget hearing for the Metro Sports Authority. "We should be hearing some positive news, I think, in the next few weeks."
Jun 7 - 8:53 AM

New Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette reinforced that he'll promote a more offensive playing style than the team has had in the past.

"If we play offense more, we won't have to play as much defense," Laviolette said. The team plans to play a fast, aggressive style, which should make the Predators' forwards more desirable from a fantasy perspective.
May 7 - 6:43 PM

The Nashville Predators might get an offensive boost from new coach Peter Laviolette's style of play.

Under former bench boss Barry Trotz, only three players broke the 70-point mark over 15 campaigns, although Paul Kariya did it twice. Starting with 2008-09, no player has recorded more than 65 points in a season while wearing a Predators' uniform. Part of that is a matter of the players Trotz was given to work with, but Laviolette should promote a style that's more favorable offensively.
May 6 - 6:56 PM

Peter Laviolette has been hired by the Nashville Predators to serve as the team's new head coach.

Laviolette will have big shoes to fill as the man who is replacing Barry Trotz, the only head coach the franchise ever had up until now. Still, Laviolette has plenty of experience to fall back on. He's previously served as the bench boss for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, and Philadelphia Flyers. He has a 389-282-25-63 regular season record, has been to the Stanley Cup Final twice, and won it all in 2006 with Carolina. The Predators have also hired Kevin McCarthy as an assistant coach.
May 6 - 1:07 PM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that Peter Laviolette is a candidate to take over behind the bench in Florida.

Laviolette will be coaching Team USA at the World Championship this week in Belarus and Tallon will be watching the tournament closely, as a member of U.S. national team's advisory board. Tallon said he has three candidates in mind for the job, but he hasn't talked to them yet.
May 5 - 10:17 AM

One destination rumored for the return of coach Peter Laviolette is Long Island, where the Islanders have won just once in regulation in their past 18 games.

The former Flyers coach has coached in Long Island before and remains close with Isles owner Charles Wang. But another possible landing spot, says the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, is Nashville. A source close to Laviolette indicated the Predators have listed him as a top candidate should David Poile decide to fire Barry Trotz, the only coach the franchise has had since entering the league in 1998-99. It figures the Predators (15-14-3) will go one way or the other as they begin a stretch of 11 out of 16 at home today. Laviolette will serve under Poile, Team USA general manager, as an assistant coach in Sochi in February.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 09:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Olli Jokinen
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Paul Gaustad
5Mike Fisher
LW1Matt Cullen
2Colin Wilson
3Gabriel Bourque
RW1James Neal
2Craig Smith
3Filip Forsberg
4Eric Nystrom
5Taylor Beck
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Mattias Ekholm
6Anton Volchenkov
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton