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Peter Laviolette | Center

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (52) / 12/7/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
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Nashville will compete in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
They eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six games on Monday night with a 6-3 victory. Coach Peter Laviolette has four of the six playoff series wins in Nashville history. He is also the fourth coach in NHL history to take three different franchises to the Stanley Cup Final. Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy won the Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. May 23 - 8:41 AM

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With the Predators' victory Saturday night in Game 5, Peter Laviolette has become Nashville's winningest coach in the postseason.

He now has 20 wins in the playoffs with the Preds, one better than longtime bench boss Barry Trotz who has 19. That's quite the accomplishment as Laviolette has only been with the Preds since 2014.
May 21 - 10:13 AM

Nashville has won 10 straight home playoff games, stretching back to last year.

It marks the NHL's longest postseason win streak since Detroit accomplished the feat from 1997-98. They are the 10th team to win 10 straight home playoff games in the league's expansion era (since 1967-68). "You always try to establish your home building as a tough place to play," said Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. "I think we've been doing that. ... You don't want to have any regrets and you don't want to look back at these home games as a missed chance." Nashville has a 6-0 record at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
May 17 - 9:20 AM

David Poile was selected as one of the finalists for the NHL's GM of the Year Award.

Poile has been one of the more active general managers in the last few years, and his players rewarded his hard work by finally making it to the Western Conference Final this season. Poile made two particularly bold moves when he traded Seth Jones away for Ryan Johansen, and Shea Weber for P.K. Subban. Ottawa's Pierre Dorion and Edmonton's Peter Chiarelli are the other two finalists.
May 16 - 7:46 PM

The Nashville Predators' series against the Anaheim Ducks will kick off on Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

This will be the Predators' first ever appearance in the Western Conference Final, but their opponent is a familiar one. Nashville faced Anaheim in the 2011 and 2016 playoffs and won both of those series. The Predators had the inferior regular season record and will open the series in Anaheim.
May 11 - 10:27 AM

If the Predators can get by the Blues Sunday in Nashville or Tuesday in St. Louis, they will make history.

If they can accomplish that feat it will be the first time the Preds will have advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs in their history. The Bridgestone Arena will be rocking Sunday afternoon. It should be an interesting game to watch.
May 7 - 8:08 AM

The Predators were very strong in the faceoff circle in Game 1 but not so much in Game 2.

In their Game 1 victory the Preds dominated the faceoff dot winning 62 percent of all draws. However, in Game 2, the Blues responded winning 54 percent. It will be interesting to see which team can control the dot as often that determines game success.
Apr 30 - 9:08 AM

The Nashville Predators picked up 11 penalty minutes in their Game 2 loss to St. Louis, but they didn't get a single power play during the game.

Five of those 11 penalty minutes came when Vernon Fiddler was ejected for kneeing Colton Parayko late in the first period, but head coach Peter Laviolette was less than thrilled with the officials after the game. "I thought the flow got taken out of the game, 11 (penalty) minutes to none or whatever it was ... takes the flow out of the game, puts penalty killers on the ice too much," said Laviolette. "Too many guys sitting on the bench. That being said, once we were done killing penalties, I thought our team played pretty well." The best-of-seven series is now tied at one. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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