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Rinne makes 24 saves in Predators' 3-0 win over Sabres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Taylor Beck, Craig Smith, and Mike Fisher scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Rinne earned his third shutout of the season and 36th of his NHL career. Matt Hackett made 40 saves for Buffalo, which has lost nine of 10. Beck...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Questioning the Oath—What’s at Stake with Becoming a Smashville Citizen?

By: Miranda Martin This morning, the Nashville Predators unveiled their new “Citizen of Smashville” oath, assumingly to be a pledge of allegiance to the Nashville Predators fanbase into the playoffs. The oath is as follows: “As proud citizens of Smashville, we vow to show our gold, wave our rally towels, and be the loudest fans in the NHL. In Gold ...
Via Predneck Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mixed Results Out West

These days are tough on fans of the Nashville Predators. Some days it appears to be back to the team they know and love. Then you have 3rd period implosions like the one Sunday vs Anaheim. That causes heartburn and headaches. The question now is just what will this team be come playoffs? Let’s look back at the week that was first. Monday the West Coast roadie started vs the Arizona...
Via The Predatorial
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Zone Starts, Corsi, and the Percentages

Matthew Coller has an interesting article on Puck Prospectus about Shea Weber and his poor Relative Corsi. His conclusion was that Weber’s poor Relative Corsi is largely due to his playing time with Paul Gaustad in which he posted a very poor CF% along with having a very heavy defensive zone start. His conclusion was that Weber’s poor [...] The post Zone Starts, Corsi, and...
Via HockeyAnalysis.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the recent Nashville skid just a blip on the radar?

After a tremendous start, the Nashville Predators have hit the skids. Is this just a blip on the radar? Were the first 55 games or so of the season the real Preds or does the truth of this team lie somewhere in between? Before the season started most analysts had the Predators as a team looking […] The post Is the recent Nashville skid just a blip on the radar? appeared first...
Via Along the Boards
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators Brace for the Sharks

Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes and Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators battle for the puck along the boards during the first period at Gila River Arena on March 9, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Mandatory Credit: Norm Hall/Getty Images) The Nashville Predators face what could amount to their most important three-game stretch of the regular season so far, as they come up...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent Losing Streak Proves Rinne’s Success Will Determine Nashville’s Fate

  The Predators were in a rut. There’s no way around that statement. Being losers of the last six before last night’s win had many trying to point at what could have caused this abysmal stretch of games. Many factors are to blame, but the main answer is all star goalie Pekka Rinne had been a pedestrian goalie during that streak.   After garnering well deserved Hart and Vezina...
Via The Predatorial
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville’s Losing Streak Will Benefit Them in the Long Run

Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators wrestles with Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on March 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Although spring is around the corner for most Americans right now, an ice-cold draft has recently hit Nashville. Losers of their last six games, the Nashville Predators...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the NHL: Trouble in Music City

  View image | gettyimages.com Following a 5-2 home win against Colorado on February 24th, The Nashville Predators were a league best 41-13-7. Even more amazing. the Predators had lost just three home games in regulation and one additional game in a shootout. They were on top of the entire NHL with 89 points and looked like a lock for the Central Division crown. Fast forward...
Via Flyerdelphia
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Misery Loves Company, But Don’t Panic… Yet.

The Nashville Predators have experienced a first this season. An entire week with no points added. It’s the worst week of the season and many are glad it is over. Home games did not cure them. Better goaltending on Saturday did not cure them. At this point we are all searching to know what if anything can cure this team.   4 games last week. 4 losses of different varieties. 4...
Via The Predatorial
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nashville Predators Drop Sixth Straight

Seth Jones #3 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against Lee Stempniak #20 of the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on March 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Mandatory Credit: John Russell/NHLI zia Gety Images) It hasn’t been a great two-week stretch of late for the Nashville Predators, and yesterday saw much of the same take place in front of...
Via The Sports Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators’ slump gives the Blues a chance in the Central

It looked like the Nashville Predators were well out of reach from the St. Louis Blues in the Central. Even as the Blues rattled off win after win, the Predators seemed to be able to match every point earned by the Blues. Thanks to the joy of NHL scheduling, the two teams completed their regular season series back in January which meant the mountain would be that much tougher to...
Via Frozen Notes
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher Welcome Son Isaiah Michael (Photo)

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are the proud new parents of a little country-singing, hockey-playing baby boy. The country superstar and the Nashville Predators forward welcomed their first child, Isaiah Michael Fisher, on Friday, Feb. 27. Underwood took to Twitter to share the news and an adorable picture of the newborn on Tuesday. Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Were Santorelli and Franson enough for the Predators?

With the trade deadline done and gone, were the recent additions of Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson enough to push Nashville in to serious Stanley Cup contention? The early vote, because of the recent play of the Predators, would be no. Will Franson and Santorelli find their niche and fit in with a team that […] The post Were Santorelli and Franson enough for the Predators? appeared...
Via Along the Boards
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Franson, Santorelli providing immediate impact to Predators

Nashville, TN -- It's been nearly two weeks since Nashville dove head first into the trade market, acquiring both defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Unfortunately for the Predators, they have only been able to utilize the duo in their past four games. However, in that same span against Philadelphia, Buffalo, Colorado and Minnesota, Nashville...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
22 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Nashville Predators Who Could Be Traded Before Deadline

With the NHL season nearing the homestretch, many Stanley Cup contenders will be willing to make moves to bolster their rosters before playoff time. With the Predators recently making moves to acquire Michael Santorelli and Cody Franson, David Poile made a big statement to the rest of the league. The scary part? Poile may not be done dealing yet. 1. Matt Cullen View image...
Via TopSportsReport
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators overpower Avalanche in Nashville

The Colorado Avalanche came out flat and got beat down, 5-2, by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Pekka Rinne was hardly tested as the Avalanche (26-24-11) mustered just eight shots in the first 40 minutes. The Predators (41-13-7) have now won six straight at home – allowing only seven goals in those contests. They improved to 23-1-3 when leading after...
Via Mile High Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the NHL: Franson, Santorelli to Nashville, Montador

  View image | gettyimages.com Getting a jump on the NHL trade deadline, the Nashville Predators have acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nashville sent veteran forward Olli Jokinen, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and a 2015 first round pick to the Leafs. Franson had six goals and 26 assists for 32 points in 55 games for Toronto this season...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumored NYR Trade Target Off The Board

BREAKING: The #leafs have trade Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville for first-round pick, prospects. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 15, 2015 First off… the Nashville Predators. Cup favorites? I digress… Santorelli was a rare plus player on a bad Maple Leafs team that could have solved a few problems down the middle of the Rangers’ lineup. He also saw...
Via NY Rangers Blog
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

In contract years, Fisher and Ribeiro excelling in Laviolette's offense-friendly system

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This year the Predators will see two of their players enter into the fairly exclusive "Over 35" club: Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro. Nashville's newest members will find themselves looking at possible free agency this summer as their contracts expire. While talks to get Fisher and Ribeiro both signed before the season ends appear to already be underway, both veterans...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Mike Ribeiro robbed by the toe of Andrei Vasilevskiy

Andrei Vasilevskiy hasn’t seen too much work in Tampa Bay behind Ben Bishop, but he’s been outstanding in the few starts he has seen. That high level of play continued against the Nashville Predators as he made an unreal toe save on Mike Ribeiro. Via @myregularface: The post GIF: Mike Ribeiro robbed by the toe of Andrei Vasilevskiy appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wilson, Ekholm Injured In Weekend Victories

The Nashville Predators earned 2 wins over the weekend in defeating the Rangers 3-2 at home, then traveled to Florida and secured a comeback win via shootout by the same score. The team opened up a 4 point lead in the Central division over St. Louis, but that is secondary to the health of a couple big contributors. On Saturday, ...
Via Predneck Nation
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Carter Hutton’s No-Look Stick Save Might Be Best Stop Of NHL Season (Video)

You’ve gotta be good to be lucky and lucky to be good, and Carter Hutton was both Tuesday night. The Nashville Predators goalie turned in what might be the NHL’s save of the season so far in an eventual 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Making things even more impressive, Hutton’s jaw-dropping stop came in the third period with the game on the line. With the Preds clinging...
Via NESN.com
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Porn sounds played during Predators broadcast

FOX Sports Tennessee had some serious “technical difficulties” during the broadcast of the Nashville Predators’ game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. As Jim Diamond of Rinkside Report first noted on Twitter, fans who were watching the game may have heard some unusual sounds. Unless, of course, you don’t consider the sound of...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Network analyst Craig Button ridicules Carter Hutton, makes a fool of himself

NHL Network can be a pretty difficult channel to watch depending on the analysts in the room. Craig Button further proved that point after a ridiculous tirade against Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton. Suiting up in place of Pekka Rinne, Hutton was beaten twice over his shoulder by a couple of vintage Ovechkin blasts. Button blasted Hutton over his inability to stop Ovechkin...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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