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Colin Wilson was sporting a no-contact jersey at Tuesday's practice.

Consider him day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment for the time being.
Oct 1 - 4:45 PM

Paul Gaustad is listed as day-to-day with a upper-body injury.

He exited Tuesday's practice with the ailment. Gaustad can be relied on for excellent work in the faceoff circle, but he doesn't contribute much else aside from penalty minutes.
Oct 1 - 4:38 PM

Taylor Beck inked a one-year, $550,000 contract on Tuesday.

The deal is one-way, but it doesn't guarantee him a roster spot going into the 2014-15 season. Beck recorded 17 goals and 49 points in 65 games with AHL Milwaukee last season. He didn't have a point in seven appearances with the Predators.
Oct 1 - 4:24 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."
Sep 30 - 2:11 PM

Pekka Rinne has looked good during the preseason for Nashville as he attempts to come back from a hip issue.

He stopped all 12 shots he faced to share a shutout with Marek Mazanec on Sept. 25 against Tampa Bay and he went the distance, with 22 stops, in a 4-1 victory over Florida on Saturday. Rinne still feels like he could be better, but he's been encouraged by his play. "It's not perfect yet but I feel good," he said. "Hopefully I get another full game before the season starts, so we'll see how the coaching staff decides."
Sep 29 - 11:04 AM

Nashville Predators' head coach Peter Laviolette has been impressed with the line of Mike Ribeiro, James Neal and Filip Forsberg.

"We're looking (at) it and we're trying it," Laviolette said. "They were a dangerous line…they did some good things and have chemistry together." The Predators signed Ribeiro as an unrestricted free agent this summer, and acquired Neal in a trade with Pittsburgh at the draft in June. Forsberg is one of the top prospects in the organization. If Ribeiro can put his off-ice troubles behind him, this could very-well be Nashville's top line going into the regular season.
Sep 28 - 1:08 PM

The Nashville Predators have assigned Pontus Aberg to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Aberg scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Despite being sent down, Predators head coach Peter Laviolette was impressed with the 21-year-old’s play in camp. "He can make plays, he can find holes, he can shoot the puck and he’s young," said Laviolette. "But it was a good camp for him and a noticeable camp for him." The young Swede is in his first season in North America, and will have to adjust to the smaller ice rinks before he gets to contribute at the NHL level.
Sep 28 - 12:58 PM

The Predators received scoring contributions from several young players Saturday night, with Pontus Aberg scoring twice.

Aberg, the team’s second-round pick in the 2012 draft, had 15 goals and 31 points in the Swedish Hockey League last year. Kevin Fiala, the Preds’ first-rounder from the 2014 draft, also scored. Austin Watson potted the final goal via the empty net. Pekka Rinne made 22 saves on 23 shots in the full game.
Sep 27 - 10:36 PM

The Predators have posted their lineups for their double-header on Saturday against the Panthers and it seems Filip Forsberg will be playing once again on the top line in the night game.

He seems set to skate for a third straight game alongside James Neal and Mike Ribeiro. Forsberg has perhaps been the most impressive player in the Preds' camp thus far. He has an immense amount of talent and if he can keep his gig on the first unit he could be a breakout and Calder Trophy candidate. We're recommending you draft Forsberg in all keeper leagues this fall.
Sep 27 - 1:09 PM

Filip Forsberg skated on the top line with Mike Ribeiro and James Neal during Thursday's exhibition game versus Tampa Bay.

He netted the only goal of the game and was thrilled to get the opportunity to play with them. "They are probably the two most skilled guys on the team, and they give me a lot of time to make some plays," Forsberg said. "It takes a lot of pressure off me, too, because I know they'll do their job and they're really good at it." Coach Peter Laviolette has been very pleased with what he's seen from Forsberg during his first two preseason appearances.
Sep 26 - 10:41 AM

Filip Forsberg tallied the one and only goal of Nashville's 1-0 win over Tampa Bay in preseason action on Thursday night.

Forsberg's marker was assisted by Mike Ribiero and came just 3:17 into the contest. Kristers Gudlevskis earned the victory with 31 saves on 32 shots, while Pekka Rinne and Marek Mazanek combined for the shutout with 12 and 10 saves respectively. Forsberg is gunning for a regular spot in the Preds' offense this preseason.
Sep 25 - 11:03 PM

The Nashville Predators have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Ellis on Thursday.

Ellis missed almost a full week of training camp because of the contract dispute. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Ellis and the Preds have agreed on a 5-year deal worth 2.5 million dollars per season. The 23-year-old registered 6 goals and 27 points in 80 games with Nashville last season. Ellis is still young and should improve on last season’s totals.
Sep 25 - 6:49 PM

Matt Cullen exited Tuesday's 4-2 preseason loss at Tampa Bay due to an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Jonathan-Ismael Diaby was also hurt in the contest. Consider them both day-to-day for now.
Sep 25 - 2:07 PM

Viktor Stalberg is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury.

He left Monday's practice early with the ailment. Stalberg will be seeking a bounce back season when he's healthy in 2014-15. Coach Peter Laviolette had Stalberg on a scoring line to open training camp, so he should get a good opportunity to improve.
Sep 25 - 2:05 PM

Filip Forsberg scored a goal for Nashville in Tuesday's 4-2 preseason loss to Tampa Bay.

Forsberg was once spoken of among the game's top prospects, but his star has fallen since that time, though reports of his demise may have been premature. Craig Smith also found the back of the net for the Predators in the loss. Goaltenders Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec split duties in goal in the losing effort.
Sep 23 - 10:22 PM

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