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Matt Carle is in a battle with four others for the last two spots on the Predators' blueline.

The former Lightning rearguard will be in competiton with Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin as well as Anthony Bitetto and Petter Granberg for one of the spots on Nashville's last defensemen pairing. We like his chances, as well as Weber's, but anything can happen in these types of situations.
Sep 25 - 11:22 AM

The Predators opened training camp this week without any of their top four defensemen.

Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Ellis are nursing injuries and Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm are playing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament. We don't know if this will have a significant impact on the Preds' fortunes this season, but it is interesting none-the-less.
Sep 25 - 11:18 AM

Ryan Johansen says he's in the best shape of his life and he's ready for a breakout season.

The Predators gave up talented blue liner Seth Jones so that they could acquire Johansen from the Blue Jackets. "No doubt last year I had a setback," Johansen said. "With how I feel right now in this moment and learning over my five years in the league, I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. Strength-wise, I'm the biggest I've been, strongest I've been, most mature my body's been." If he really is as committed as he says, Johansen could be in for a big year. He's proven in the past that he's fully capable of scoring 30-plus goals and/or 70-plus points.
Sep 24 - 9:35 AM

P.K. Subban will miss the start of training camp because of some general soreness.

"I've just been a little bit sore lately, so we're just going to take our time and make sure," Subban said. "I came in a couple days to skate early. Just a little bit sore, so we're going to see how I feel." This doesn't sound like a serious injury, so don't expect Subban to miss too much time. This shouldn't affect his draft position in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 23 - 8:30 PM

Ryan Ellis is suffering from an upper-body injury.

He is projected to be re-evaluated next week after Nashville's preseason opener on Tuesday at Florida. Consider Ellis day-to-day for now.
Sep 23 - 9:58 AM

P.K. Subban is excited to begin a new chapter with Nashville.

"Coming into a new dressing room, it's exciting," he said. "Meeting new players, new management, new staff, it's an exciting time. For me, at 27 years old with no family or any children or anything like that, it's like you get a bunch of new brothers." He played for Montreal for six seasons before he was traded in the off-season. Subban should prove to be a great addition to the Predators' roster in 2016-17.
Sep 23 - 9:54 AM

Mattias Ekholm is projected to get a chance to play with P.K. Subban.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette could also use Subban with Roman Josi, which is where Shea Weber played. Nashville will probably play around with a few different combinations when training camp opens
Sep 22 - 8:59 AM

Filip Forsberg picked up a goal and an assist in Sweden's 4-3 overtime loss to Team North America on Wednesday afternoon.

He picked up both of his points during a wild first period that featured five combined goals from the two squads. Nicklas Backstrom posted a goal and a helper as well in the defeat, while Erik Karlsson contributed a pair of assists. Patrik Berglund scored the game-tying goal for Sweden during the third period.
Sep 21 - 6:28 PM

Pekka Rinne looked shaky in Finland's 4-1 loss to Team North America on Sunday.

He allowed four goals on 43 shots in this one. Predators fans were hoping that Rinne had put last season's struggles behind him, but he definitely seemed to be fighting the puck at times tonight. Still, this loss can't be put on Rinne's shoulders, as the entire team was dominated by Team North America from beginning to end. Don't be surprised if Finland starts Tuukka Rask in Tuesday's game against Sweden.
Sep 18 - 11:08 PM

Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for Team Finland as they take on Team North America on Sunday.

He'll get the nod over Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Rinne last played on Tuesday when he lost a 3-2 decision to Team USA. His grip on the starting job is far from secure, but it's interesting to see that he'll get the first crack at the job.
Sep 18 - 1:51 PM

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots in Finland's 3-2 loss to Team USA in Tuesday's exhibition contest.

Rinne and the Finnish squad found themselves behind 3-0 by 5:34 of the second period, but they battled back in the final frame to make this one close. This was Finland's last warmup match and will begin the tournament proper on Sunday against North America.
Sep 13 - 9:48 PM

Roman Josi believes P.K. Subban's style of play will fit in perfectly in Nashville.

"Obviously [Subban's] a great player," said Josi. "We're excited to have him in Nashville. He's one of the best defensemen in the world. He's a great personality too. I think it's one of the philosophies of coach [Peter] Laviolette that he wants to play a fast game and he wants, defensemen -- especially defensemen -- that skate with the puck and move the puck and join the rush and play in the offensive zone too. I think P.K. fits that style really well." Subban has been able to put up some good point totals in his career, but now that he's away from Michel Therrien's conservative approach, he might be able to shine even more.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 5:38 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 18 of the 20 shots he faced in a 3-2 overtime win against Sweden in Finland's pre-tournament opener.

Finland bounced back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period to claim the victory. Rinne stopped all three shots he faced on three Swedish power plays in the contest.
Sep 8 - 5:17 PM

Paul Gaustad has announced his retirement.

In an instagram post he wrote: "After 14 years as a professional hockey player, I have decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and career. It has been an honor and a privilege to play in the AHL and NHL, and I am forever grateful for the amazing friendships and memories I've made during this journey." Gaustad played in 727 career matches with Buffalo and Nashville.
Sep 8 - 4:03 PM

Mike Fisher has officially been named as the new captain of the Nashville Predators.

"It's really special to be wearing the 'C,'" Fisher said. "There's no question it's an honor, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to wear it for a great organization, great people and a great team. I couldn’t be happier, and I'm excited. I'm looking forward to the season and it's going to be a fun challenge." He is the seventh captain in franchise history.
Sep 8 - 1:08 PM


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