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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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The Predators are on top of the Central division with 68 points and it hasn't gone unnoticed with their fans. They have sold out 15 home games this season, and are on pace to surpass the team's high of 25. The average attendance is 16,775 per game, which translates to about 98 percent of the Bridgestone Arena. The numbers are impressive, considering that Nashville isn't a traditional hockey market. "When you start the season like gangbusters, it gives you an opportunity to almost re-introduce how much fun the game is — and the experience is — to people who haven't been in our building for a couple years or longer," said team president and COO Sean Henry. "And the casual fans get to come in and experience it also. I think with what the team is doing right now, we can take our hardcore fans and then build others on top of that — and then it's our job to keep them." Feb 1 - 9:02 AM

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The Nashville Predators will be well represented at the NHL All-Star game later this month.

Head coach Peter Laviolette and his assistants Phil Housley and Kevin McCarthy, and goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok will all be behind the bench for one of the All-Star teams. Laviolette and his staff were selected because their team has the best winning percentage in the NHL. Shea Weber, Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne will also represent the Predators at the event. All-Star weekend will be in Columbus from January 23rd to 25th.
Jan 11 - 10:24 AM

Peter Laviolette will be a head coach at the NHL All-Star Game.

The bench boss in charge of the team with the highest points percentage gets that honor and this year its the Nashville Predators that have that distinction. Laviolette, who is in his first season as the team's head coach, deserves credit for guiding a team that was expected to be a mid-level club this season to the top of the league's standings. Of course, it also helps that goaltender Pekka RInne has been healthy after missing most of the 2013-2014 campaign. Darryl Sutter will be the head coach of the other all-star team as his Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 9 - 1:44 PM

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."
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 03:33:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 09:56:00 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.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 12:16:00 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."
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 02:11:00 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.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:47:00 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.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:34:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:33:00 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.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 02:47:00 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."
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 06:28:00 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."
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 08:53:00 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.
Wed, May 7, 2014 06:43:00 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.
Tue, May 6, 2014 06:56:00 PM

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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
3Marek Mazanec