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Peter Laviolette | Center

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (51) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
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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. Apr 26 - 6:38 PM

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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.
Apr 23 - 10:42 AM

With their 4-2 loss to Vancouver Saturday night, the Predators' 13-game road points streak was stopped.

The Preds hadn't lost a game in regulation time on the road in two months. That's quite a run for Peter Laviolette's charges. If you have Pekka Rinne on your fantasy squad you certainly have benefited from the streak.
Mar 13 - 11:38 AM

The Predators have not won two consecutive games since November 1st.

You read that right. This has been an up and down team all season and the Preds' inconsistency has finally caught up with them as Colorado has now tied them for the final eighth seed and final playoff position in the Western Conference. Nashville better improve as epxectations are high after the Ryan Johansen acquistion.
Jan 9 - 1:18 PM

Nashville has a 0-6 record in overtime this season.

The Predators are one of just three teams with zero wins in the extra frame. The team has had meetings on the matter to discuss what they can do better, but they haven't been getting results and it is leading to lost points in the standings.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Nashville GM David Poile spoke about how difficult it is to make trades right now.

"It's not from lack of effort, I can tell you that," said Poile. "It's not from general managers not talking to each other. It's not from desire. … If I could make a trade now to maybe change our team a little bit, I would be open to that. But you need to have a partner and you need to have this match in so many ways. It's just not like it used to be that you could just make a trade for the sake of doing something because things have to match up. Dollars have to match up, years and contracts have to match up. Maybe even your age has to match up, maybe even position. It's really a different thing." Nashville is believed to be looking for forward depth and they could certainly use some help down the middle.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 09:13:00 AM

The Nashville Predators are struggling to find the back of the net.

The Preds are 1-4-1 in their last six games and have only scored six goals in that span. Nashville has been shut out in three of those games and have topped two goals just once in their last six.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 10:01:00 AM

Nashville has been shut out in three straight games, but there are some positives that the team can take from those losses.

According to war-on-ice.com, the Predators have outshot their opponents by a 93-64 margin, out-attempted them 158-86 at even strength and out-chanced them 64-40. Unfortunately, Nashville has been outscored 11-0 over that span, but they are doing the right things and the bounces will start going their way if that continues.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 12:42:00 PM

The Predators' top six forwards are in a horrendous slump at the moment.

Collectively, Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Fisher, James Neal, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson have scored only 10 even-strength goals this season. That's not going to cut it according to Nashville coach Peter Laviolette. "There's no question, I think, that from a production point up front (from) our forwards, we need to get more five-on-five play," Laviolette said. "It seems like there's opportunities and attempts there. Right now, they're not dropping probably as much as anybody would like — them or me or the team". We expect Forsberg et al will turn this around shortly. Perhaps even Saturday night against the Jets.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 01:10:00 PM

Nashville's defense corps leads the league with 13 goals this season.

The Predators led the NHL with 55 goals from their defensemen last year. In 2015-16, Shea Weber and Roman Josi has four markers apiece, while Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm have two each. Barret Jackman has also chipped in with one goal. It has become a big part of the team's offense.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Preds head coach Peter Laviolette admitted that his team was a little flat in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa.

"There were spots where we were a little bit flat, I thought," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "There were spots where we came out in the third period and competed really hard. Liked parts of the first period, too. We played a team that was at home and skating hard (and) got a good road win." With the win, Nashville improved their record to 4-1-0.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 08:54:00 AM

Nashville's penalty kill has been on point at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Predators have allowed one goal on 10 power plays for the opposition in the first three games. Nashville had the 18th-best penalty kill last year, but coach Peter Laviolette feels the club improved since the second half of 2014-15 season. He likes the chemistry that the units have had and the play of Pekka Rinne has been a big factor as well.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:21:00 AM

Nashville Predators GM David Poile made an interesting claim on Saturday: "This is our year."

The Predators have an interesting mix of aging (but not too old) veterans in Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne, players entering their prime such as Roman Josi, and early 20's rising stars such as Seth Jones and Filip Forsberg. If enough of those players either maintain or progress, they could indeed be an interesting West contender.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Nashville Predators' GM David Poile is preparing for three arbitration hearings this month.

Craig Smith's hearing is set for July 20th, Taylor Beck's will be on July 24th and Colin Wilson will have his hearing on July 28th. "We're preparing for this," Poile said. "It's just a process. It's probably actually good it's been done because we know they're going to be signed. It's just how much, and it gives both sides a chance to prepare as best possible for an arbitration or maybe for a settlement. We're all going to know in the next couple weeks, everybody should be signed."
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 09:47:00 AM

Predators' General Manager David Poile said he was looking to keep his roster together this off-season.

"We improved the team by keeping the team together," he said Wednesday. "There's been so many changes in the last couple years, including leading into last year. I think we need a little more stability than we had in previous years. Previous years, we didn't win. We didn't make the playoffs. We needed to make some changes." The Predators brought back centers Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher, and they also added UFA's Barrett Jackman and Cody Hodgson.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Paul Gaustad
5Cody Bass
6Calle Jarnkrok
7Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Eric Nystrom
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
6Pontus Aberg
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Barret Jackman
6Petter Granberg
7Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton
3Marek Mazanec