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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 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

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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

The Nashville Predators' success this season has helped them sell plenty of tickets.

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Paul Gaustad
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Cody Hodgson
4Eric Nystrom
5Kevin Fiala
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Steve Moses
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Barret Jackman
6Mattias Ekholm
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton