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Pekka Rinne’s Top 3 Saves

With 21 wins, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators is the winningest goalie in the NHL so far this season. Additionally, his goals against average of 1.87 and his save percentage of .933 are both good for third best in the league. Largely thanks to his stellar play in net, the Predators have been having a strong season and currently sit just two points out of first in the Central...
Via Beyond The Benches
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tough January road stretch telling for Predators' playoff plans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's safe to say that the first half of the season has been quite a success for the Nashville Predators. Although they entered the Christmas shutdown with a 5-3 loss against the Boston Bruins, Nashville's been on a roll throughout the majority of a tough December, winning six of its past 10 games. The holiday break, though, may come at the most opportune time...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators 3 – Boston Bruins 5

Optimistic Thoughts: The Predators were tested after having a lighter schedule with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday games every week for what seemed like forever. Their first back to back in a while started slow with Boston coming out strong and converting early on Carter Hutton. Nashville was able to respond with a great pass by James Neal to a streaking Colin Wilson who crafted...
Via The Predatorial
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Predators 5 – Blue Jackets 1

Optimistic Thoughts: James Neal was inserted back in the lineup after missing the last game with an illness, but interestingly didn’t return to his normal position on the first line. That was taken by Craig Smith who played spectacular in Neal’s absence and continued his strong play with another two goals tonight against the Blue Jackets. Victor Bartley has grown exponentially...
Via The Predatorial
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators 6, Wild 5

Notes: An intense first period saw five goals. The Preds got their customary “first goal allowed” out of the way early and managed to tie it back up minutes later on a beautiful Calle Jarnkrok dangle. After a strong back-and-forth throughout the period, Nashville carried a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. During the extended powerplay that resulted from Mike Fisher picking...
Via The Predatorial
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Predators at Wild

Neither the Nashville Predators nor the Minnesota Wild have been particularly explosive on offense and both have struggled on the power play. Nashville has compensated with the league's best goaltending to put themselves among the West's top teams, however, while Minnesota's more mediocre play in net has led to inconsistent results. The Predators look for a fourth win in five games...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators place F Viktor Stalberg on waivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
7 days 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrew Shaw checks James Neal into Blackhawks bench (GIF)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw knocked Nashville Predators forward James Neal over the boards and into the Blackhawks bench during the first period of Saturday night's game at Bridgestone Arena.Neal was handling the puck in front of the Blackhawks bench when Shaw lined up and checked him. The momentum of the collision carried Neal halfway over the boards, then Shaw threw...
Via Holdout Sports
17 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
21 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
22 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
26 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
November 21, 2014  |  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
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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