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Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (50) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Nashville has been shut out in three straight games, but there are some positives that the team can take from those losses.
According to, 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. Nov 24 - 12:42 PM

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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.
Nov 14 - 1:10 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.

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.
Oct 18 - 8:54 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.
Oct 15 - 10:21 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.
Sep 26 - 5:39 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."
Jul 12 - 9:47 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.
Jul 5 - 9:48 AM

The Nashville Predators do not have a selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Nashville traded their first round pick away to Toronto in a trade that saw them acquire defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli. That trade didn't have the positive effect GM David Poile was hoping for, as both players struggled to produce and Nashville was eventually bounced in the first round by Chicago. The Predators' first pick will come in the second round (55th overall).
Jun 21 - 10:14 AM

Nashville GM David Poile doesn't expect to be active in free agency.

"Right now, I feel like we've made so many changes in the previous couple of years that bringing back almost the entire roster is the right thing to do," Poile said. "I think they performed as a team at a very high level. I think the chemistry that we had on the team was very good. ... I really feel that everybody's got an upside on our team." The Predators have some potential UFAs (Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro) and RFAs (Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Calle Jarnkrok, Taylor Beck and Gabriel Bourque) that need to be signed, but aside from that the club intends to fill the other holes with players within their system.
Jun 15 - 4:31 PM

Peter Laviolette has been nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy.

In his first season behind the bench in Nashville, he posted a 47-25-10 record to finish with the sixth-best record in the NHL. The Predators had a more offense-oriented build under Laviolette and they scored 232 goals (13th in the league) in 2014-15.
May 6 - 6:50 PM

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette knows that his players played hard for him all season, but he admits that being eliminated in the first round is difficult.

The Predators were officially eliminated from the playoffs after a game six loss to Chicago on Saturday night. "Our guys played hard," Laviolette said. "You ask a team to go out and play hard and play to the best of their ability. I think we did in the series and not able to get it done. It's just a difficult time for our group right now." Nashville traded high draft picks for some reinforcements before the trade deadline, but players like Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson just didn't pan out.
Apr 26 - 9:00 AM

The Predators can clinch a playoff spot with any type of win Saturday afternoon against the Capitals.

The Flames' regulation time loss to the Wild Friday night made this a reality. The Preds have truly had a magical season and with superstar Pekka Rinne in goal will be a formidable post-season squad.
Mar 28 - 9:07 AM

Despite recent struggles, Nashville still has a chance to win the Central Division title for the first time.

However, it won't be easy. The Predators play six teams in playoff positions in their last nine games of the regular season. It's also a tough schedule for them this week with matches against Montreal, Tampa Bay, Washington and Calgary. Nashville is one point behind St. Louis for the division lead.
Mar 23 - 2:51 PM

Nashville's power play has fallen on hard times.

During a six-game losing skid, the Predators have gone 1-for-15 on the man advantage and they have scored twice on 30 opportunities over the past 10 contests. Nashville has dropped to 24th in the league on the power play.
Mar 9 - 2:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Paul Gaustad
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Cody Hodgson
4Eric Nystrom
5Austin Watson
6Miikka Salomaki
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Barret Jackman
6Mattias Ekholm
7Victor Bartley
8Petter Granberg
9Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton