Player News - Predators

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Mike Ribeiro generated a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over Arizona.

He stretched his point streak to four games with the two-point effort. Ribeiro has accounted for three goals and two assists during his scoring spree. It's early into the year, but so far he has fit in well with the Predators.
Oct 22 - 10:41 AM

Ryan Ellis scored a goal and added a pair of assists for the Predators in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win against Arizona.

The offensive-minded blueliner certainly possesses a boat load of untapped potential, but the bevy of talented rearguards on the Nashville roster limits his upside. James Neal and Mike Ribeiro also netted goals for the Preds in the winning effort.
Oct 22 - 12:02 AM

Pekka Rinne was steady again Tuesday night as he steered aside 33 of 36 shots en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Coyotes.

After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign it was fair to question Rinne's form entering this season, but he has answered all critics in the early going with a 4-0-1 record in his first five starts. He has been spectacular so far, having allowed just eight goals all year and posting a 1.55 GAA to go along with a .940 save percentage. It's safe to say he has regained his position in the top tier of fantasy goaltenders.
Oct 21 - 11:59 PM

James Neal picked up his first goal as a member of the Predators last Friday.

He has posted 16 shots and no assists in five games this season, but the goal may get him going now. "It felt good, get the monkey off your back," Neal said. "Gives you a little confidence, it was nice to get that first one."
Oct 21 - 11:11 AM

Mattias Ekholm hopes to contribute more offensively this season in coach Peter Laviolette's new system.

"I've got to skate a little bit more and I like that, being up in the play, joining the rush," he said. "Just doing smart plays and getting involved a little bit more in the offensive zone. I like it so far." Ekholm doesn't have a point in five games and he hasn't shown much with only one shot. He also picked up just nine points in 62 games last campaign. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Oct 20 - 12:19 PM

Shea Weber power-play tally was the sole goal for the Predators in their 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Weber flat-out ripped this one, for his third goal and fourth point of the season. He also had two penalty minutes. A durable defenseman with one of the fiercest shots in the game and now on an offense under Peter Laviolette that is trying to open it up a bit more, Weber could reach the 60-point mark for the first time in his career. Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson had two helpers.
Oct 19 - 12:24 AM

Carter Hutton made 35 saves in Nashville’s 2-1 loss to Chicago on Saturday night.

You can’t ask for much more from your backup goalie on the road. Hutton and the Predators ended up losing in overtime while on the power play. According to the Blackhawks’ TV broadcast, the goal ends the Predators' 105-game streak of not giving up a shorthanded goal. As long as Pekka Rinne stays healthy, Hutton will only get a handful of starts this season.
Oct 19 - 12:23 AM

At this moment it is not clear if Pekka Rinne will get the start Saturday night against the Blackhawks.

He was brilliant against the Jets Friday night stopping all 31 shots for a 2-0 shutout win, but he may be given his first night off against Chicago. If he does not start, Carter Hutton will make his season debut.
Oct 18 - 1:15 PM

Viktor Stalberg (lower body) was activated from the IL on Friday.

Stalberg suffered the injury early in training camp and this was his first game of the season. He had three shots on goal and a minor penalty as he played a tick under 12 minutes. He eventually should get second line minutes and as a result could be worth a waiver wire pickup once he does get more playing time.
Oct 18 - 2:05 AM

Pekka Rinne turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Nashville's 2-0 win over Winnipeg on Friday night.

Rinne was flawless tonight and was named the game's first star. With Nashville leading by a goal for most of the game, the 31-year-old made several key saves to keep his team in front. Rinne is now 3-0-1 this season and has an impressive 1.23 goals-against-average and a .948 save percentage. He has arguably been the best goaltender in the league so far this season but it's still very early.
Oct 17 - 11:10 PM

Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in Nashville's 2-0 win over Winnipeg on Friday.

Ribeiro opened the scoring at 16:20 of the first period. Seth Jones and Anton Volchenkov picked up the assists on the goal. The Predators have yet to lose a game in regulation this season, they are now 3-0-1. James Neal scored the other goal for Nashville.
Oct 17 - 11:05 PM

Seth Jones has been paired with newcomer Anton Volchenkov early into the 2014-15 campaign.

The rugged play of Volchenkov has rubbed off on Jones. "I find myself blocking more shots playing with him, to be honest, and it kind of rubs off on you," Jones said. "He's very definitive in his play. Very straightforward. Keeps it simple and is very good in his own zone." Jones has been credited with seven blocks and two hits in three games this season. He doesn't have a point yet and he's averaged 18:40 of ice time per match.
Oct 17 - 3:10 PM

Derek Roy left Wednesday's practice early as a precaution, but he practiced fully Thursday.

It's unclear what the issue was. It sounds like he'll be available to play Friday night in Winnipeg, though. Roy has an assist in each of his first three games with the Predators.
Oct 17 - 3:01 PM

Viktor Stalberg (lower body) skated for a second straight day at practice on Thursday.

He has worked alongside Derek Roy and Craig Smith in both sessions, but he's still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Stalberg hasn't played yet this season.
Oct 17 - 2:57 PM

Filip Forsberg skated with Mike Ribeiro and James Neal at practice on Thursday.

The trio played together during the preseason and they saw power-play time as a unit on Wednesday and Thursday at practice. Forsberg has enjoyed a good start to the year with a goal and three assists in three games.
Oct 17 - 2:54 PM


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