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The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
Via Puck Drunk Love
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Predators waive Viktor Stalberg but hope to keep him

  The Nashville Predators have placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers, so they can assign him to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League for conditioning coming off an injured knee. The Predators announced the move Thursday ahead of the NHL's roster freeze that starts Friday night. Stalberg has missed six weeks with an injured knee. Nashville general manager David...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

On career-high pace for games played, is exhaustion an issue for Preds' Rinne?

Nashville, Tenn. -- Seventy-four games. That's what Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is on pace to play this season. It wouldn't be the first time that Rinne suited up for more than 60 games in a season and it quite possibly won't be the last. He's been down that road twice before with the Predators, playing 64 games in 2010-2011 and 73 games the year after. Being between...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators’ James Neal has been fined for diving

            Congratulations to Nashville Predators winger James Neal: he’s been fined $2,000 by the NHL, making him the first player to be fined for diving/embellishment. Take a look at the video and you’ll see why:   In Neal’s defense, that was clearly the most vicious slash in the history of the game and he’s lucky to still...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Finland WJC Preview: Returning Goalies Key To Repeating Gold

TT News Agency / Ludvig ThunmanGoaltending: Finland returns to the World Junior’s with arguably the best goaltending duo in the tournament. In fact, both Juuse Saros and Ville Husso are returning to help defend their 2014 gold, with Saros expected to take the starting role once again. Saros, a prospect of the Nashville Predators, had a 1.57 goals against and .943 save percentage...
Via The Hockey House
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators look to dethrone Blackhawks in final meeting between teams

The Nashville Predators have faced the Chicago Blackhawks three times thus far during the 2014-15 regular season. Back in the middle of October, the Blackhawks hosted Nashville in their fourth game of the season and eventually beat the Preds in a 2-1 overtime victory. Just five days later, Chicago trekked down to Nashville and the Predators got the best of the Blackhawks with a 3...
Via Fang Faction
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators F Neal fined $2,000 by NHL for diving

NEW YORK -- The NHL has fined Nashville Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league's revised rule against diving and embellishing. The new rule, implemented for this season after approval by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association, is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players and teams who repeatedly dive and embellish...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Power Play: Predators get power play help, beat Bruins in shootout

Nashville, Tenn. -- Notching a power play goal at home for the first time since their season opener, the Nashville Predators (20-8-2) matched the Boston Bruins (15-3-3) blow for blow before squaring off in a shootout and escaping with a 3-2 victory. SLAP SHOTS Elite goaltenders square off against each other Rarely in a season does the opportunity present itself to see two world-class...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reilly Smith Beats Predators’ Pekka Rinne With Nifty Stick Work (Video)

It takes a lot to beat Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, but Reilly Smith was up to the task. With his team trailing the Predators by one goal in the third period, the Boston Bruins forward received a pass from linesmate Brad Marchand and skated up the right side of the ice. Marchand drove to the net, but Smith opted to keep the puck himself. It turned out to be a good...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy's SO goal lifts Predators to 3-2 win over Bruins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro had goals in regulation for Nashville, which has won three of four. Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three in a row and six of seven. In the tiebreaker, Roy beat Tuukka...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask Makes Sweet Glove Save On Predators’ Eric Nystrom (Video)

The Nashville Predators had a chance to get on the board minutes into their matchup with the Boston Bruins, but Tuukka Rask made sure that wasn’t the case. Nashville winger Eric Nystrom gathered the puck right in front of the Bruins goaltender just 2:50 into the first period and sent a hard shot that would have sailed past Rask’s left side had it...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators 3, Bruins 2

The post Predators 3, Bruins 2 appeared first on The Predatorial.
Via The Predatorial
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins-Predators Preview: Pekka Rinne Leads Much-Improved Nashville Squad

The Boston Bruins are hoping their next Western Conference road trip is more successful than the previous one. The B’s went 1-3-0 against the three California teams and the Arizona Coyotes to begin December, and they’ve lost five of six games this month overall. Boston begins a three-game road trip Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, who have improved in several areas...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 5 – Arizona Coyotes 1

Optimistic Thoughts: The drought is over! The Predators finally put up a goal (basically two) with the man advantage on their first two opportunities in the first after going down a goal. Nashville controlled the play, and James Neal looks rejuvenated after breaking through in the goal column with an empty netter last game. Neal was arguably the best player on the ice with his elite...
Via The Predatorial
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche shutout by Predators in Denver

Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots and earned his 35th career shutout as the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. The Avalanche (9-13-6) have already been shutout four times this season after being shutout just once all of last season. The Avs have now lost four straight and five of their last six. Rinne’s league-leading 18th win moved...
Via Mile High Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fixing power play continues to be area of focus for Predators

NASHVILLE -- Through the first quarter of any season in the NHL, you can get a good sense of how to rank a team's performance in all facets on the ice. How much of that, though, can you take with a grain of salt for the remaining three quarters of the season yet to be played? Nearly every area has been trending upwards for the Predators. Nashville's special teams have been one, if...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Roman Josi among the NHL’s Best

Nashville has been fortunate in recent years when it comes to top quality defenseman. Ryan Suter and Shea Weber were arguably the best pairing in the league for a stretch before Suter departed in the infamous 2012 summer. The Preds are back on track and boast one of the top defensive corps in the entire league. How has Nashville been able to absorb the loss of such a great defenseman...
Via The Predatorial
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Martin Brodeur's debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Ribeiro scored the winning goal and had two assists, and the Nashville Predators spoiled goalie Martin Brodeur's debut with the Blues by beating St. Louis 4-3 on Thursday night. The 42-year-old Brodeur made 20 saves in his first start for a team other than the New Jersey Devils. The Blues signed the four-time Vezina Trophy winner on Tuesday, tapping the NHL...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators Troll Michael Jordan, No Not that One

  VIRAL – The Nashville Predators, like the majority of all other NHL teams, have an official Twitter account. @PredsNHL has been known to take part in their fair share of shenanigans, including their recent skirmish with @DrunkPatrickKane which was quite amusing. Recently, Nashville Predators television set their sights on Michael Jordan. No, not that Michael Jordan. The Predators...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

At what point should we take the Nashville Predators seriously?

Looking up and down the standings through the first quarter-or-so of the 2014-15 NHL season, and the usual suspects are present. No one comes as a particular surprise to anyone. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Montreal, St. Louis, Anaheim. All of these teams were expected to be strong contenders in their respective conferences. Then there’s the matter of the Nashville Predators. The Preds...
Via Puck Drunk Love
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators Injury Update: Mike Fisher activated from injured reserve

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher has been activated from injured reserve and is expected to the lineup Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers.#130582110 / gettyimages.comThe announcement that Fisher was back on the lineup came after Fisher skated with Derek Roy and Olli Jokinen in a line at the morning skate, as per CBC. Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon in training...
Via Sports Injury Alert
21 days ago  |  Discuss

With new coach, Nashville Predators are preying on the NHL

Much praise has been heaped on Barry Trotz for the coaching job he did during his 15 seasons in Nashville. He was the first coach the franchise had ever known and they became known for playing a dull shut down style. Never having elite scoring talent the Predators under Barry Trotz effectively won close games and amassed 557 wins over 1196 games. However with the change to Peter...
Via Puck Drunk Love
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Off to Impressive Start

#459206512 / gettyimages.com There were two things done this past offseason that showed that the Nashville Predators were trying to move into a new direction. One of those was the firing of Barry Trotz, who was the only head coach in Predators’ history. Following Trotz’s departure, Peter Laviolette was hired. The other was the acquiring of 40-goal scorer James Neal. Under...
Via Beyond The Benches
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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