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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro scored his ninth goal of the season on Tuesday. | 12/16/2014 10:55 PM
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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro scored his ninth goal of the season on Tuesday.
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Impact
Ribeiro scored within the first two minutes of the third period as Nashville took a, 2-1, lead, but Boston responded with a goal about two minutes later. The Predators eventually won in the shootout. Ribeiro has nine goals and 17 assists with a plus-13 rating this season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne became the first goal with 20 victories this season. | 12/16/2014 10:53 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne became the first goal with 20 victories this season.
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Impact
Rinne made 33 saves on 35 shots and stopped all three shootout attempts from Boston. Rinne is 20-6-1 and came into the game leading all goalies in GAA and save percentage.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had a great start on Saturday, but his goalie counterpart was even better. | 12/14/2014 10:40 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had a great start on Saturday, but his goalie counterpart was even better.
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Impact
Rinne made 32 saves and allowed just one goal, but Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stopped all 29 shots he faced. Rinne still has the best numbers in the league with a 1.75 GAA, .937 save percentage and 19 victories.
Excluding empty-net goals, Predators center Filip Forsberg was the only player to score on Tuesday in the Nashville vs. Colorado game. | 12/10/2014 9:46 AM
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Excluding empty-net goals, Predators center Filip Forsberg was the only player to score on Tuesday in the Nashville vs. Colorado game.
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Impact
Forsberg scored two minutes into the game, and it was nearly 56 minutes until the next goal. Gabriel Bourque and James Neal added empty-net goals as the Predators won, 3-0. Forsberg assisted the Neal score. Forsberg has 12 goals and 15 assists with a plus-23 rating in 27 games this season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne recorded his third shutout of the season in a, 3-0, victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday. | 12/10/2014 9:41 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne recorded his third shutout of the season in a, 3-0, victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday.
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Impact
Rinne stopped all 26 shots he faced. In the last five games, Rinne is 3-2-0 with a .941 save percentage. He leads the league with 18 victories and is second with a 1.81 GAA and .934 save percentage. Although that is a little misleading because the goalie in front of him in both categories is Michael Hutchinson, who has made just eight starts this season but does qualify for the stat categories.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed two goals during Saturday's loss to Chicago. | 12/06/2014 10:11 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed two goals during Saturday's loss to Chicago.
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Impact
He has now lost two of his past three games after stopping 28-of-30 shots on goal. However, Rinne still has a solid record at 17-5-1.
Predators center Colin Wilson scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Blackhawks. | 12/06/2014 10:10 PM
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Predators center Colin Wilson scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Blackhawks.
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Impact
It was his sixth goal of the season, and Wilson now has 12 points through 24 games. He is not a fantasy option at the moment.
Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded two points in the victory against the Blues on Thursday. | 12/04/2014 10:50 PM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded two points in the victory against the Blues on Thursday.
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Impact
Forsberg tied the game at one at the 14:10 mark of the first period. He then assisted Mike Ribeiro's score in the second period. Forsberg has 10 goals and 13 assists in 25 games this season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had an off night according to his standards. | 12/04/2014 10:46 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had an off night according to his standards.
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Impact
Rinne allowed three goals on 32 shots against the Blues on Thursday. Rinne still won as Nashville defeated St. Louis, 4-3. Rinne is leading the league with 17 victories.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed only two goals, but took the loss on Tuesday against Carolina. | 12/02/2014 9:55 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed only two goals, but took the loss on Tuesday against Carolina.
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Impact
He made 23 saves on 25 shots, and still has a stellar record, at 16-4-1 overall.
Nashville center Mike Ribeiro scored the team's lone goal in Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes. | 12/02/2014 9:51 PM
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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro scored the team's lone goal in Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes.
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Impact
It was his seventh goal of the season, and Ribeiro now has 19 points through 24 games. He has played well, with a +10 rating overall.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was at his best in a victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. | 11/29/2014 10:49 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was at his best in a victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
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Impact
Rinne stopped 21-of-22 shots as Nashville won with a goal with under three minutes left in regulation. Rinne leads the league with 16 victories.
Predators center Colin Wilson scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left in regulation against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. | 11/29/2014 10:45 PM
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Predators center Colin Wilson scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left in regulation against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
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Impact
It was Wilson's fourth goal of the season. He played a very nice game with five shots on net. Wilson also has six assists and a plus-nine rating this season.
Predators forward Craig Smith had a goal and an assist in the victory against the Kings on Tuesday. | 11/26/2014 9:45 AM
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Predators forward Craig Smith had a goal and an assist in the victory against the Kings on Tuesday.
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Impact
Smith has been a surprise with seven goals and six assists through 21 games this season. He is also plus-five.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had an off night, but won anyway, as Nashville defeated Los Angeles, 4-3, in a shootout. | 11/26/2014 9:41 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had an off night, but won anyway, as Nashville defeated Los Angeles, 4-3, in a shootout.
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Impact
Rinne allowed three goals although he only faced 21 shots. Rinne is still having a fantastic start to the season with a 1.97 GAA and .927 save percentage, which both rank in the top five. He is also tied for the league lead with 14 victories.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is now tied for the league-lead in wins, after defeating the Panthers on Saturday night. | 11/23/2014 10:06 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is now tied for the league-lead in wins, after defeating the Panthers on Saturday night.
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Impact
Rinne stopped 28-of-30 shots on goal, and is currently one of the top goaltenders in all of fantasy hockey. He is 13-3-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Predators center Colin Wilson scored a goal in Saturday's shootout win against the Panthers. | 11/23/2014 10:02 AM
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Predators center Colin Wilson scored a goal in Saturday's shootout win against the Panthers.
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Impact
It was just his third goal of the season, and while Wilson is +6 overall, he should not be considered a fantasy option for now.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored an early power play goal on Thursday versus the Senators. | 11/20/2014 10:26 PM
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored an early power play goal on Thursday versus the Senators.
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Impact
Unfortunately for Nashville, they did not score again until early in the third period and lost, 3-2. Weber has six goals and six assists this season with a tremendous plus-11 rating.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in Tuesday's win against Toronto. | 11/18/2014 10:23 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in Tuesday's win against Toronto.
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Impact
He did not have to do much, as Nashville scored nine goals. Rinne faced 31 shots, and improved his record to 12-3-1 on the season.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber had three helper is Tuesday's blowout win against Toronto. | 11/18/2014 10:22 PM
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber had three helper is Tuesday's blowout win against Toronto.
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Impact
He was also +3 on the night, and now has 11 points through 18 games, and is +11 overall. Owners should be pleased.
Nashville center Mike Ribeiro registered two points in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Maple Leafs. | 11/18/2014 10:20 PM
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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro registered two points in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Ribeiro now has five goals, 16 points, and is +12 overall.
Predators winger James Neal scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday. | 11/16/2014 10:08 AM
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Predators winger James Neal scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday.
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Impact
Neal scored at the 15:45 mark of the second period to tie the game, 1-1. Craig Smith registered his sixth goal of the season in the third period, and Nashville won, 2-1.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed just one goal in a victory on Saturday. | 11/16/2014 10:02 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed just one goal in a victory on Saturday.
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Impact
Rinne stopped 21-of-22 shots for a .955 save percentage to beat Winnipeg, 2-1. Rinne is 11-3-1 this season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 23-of-27 shots during Thursday's loss to St, Louis. | 11/13/2014 10:54 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 23-of-27 shots during Thursday's loss to St, Louis.
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Impact
He was not very sharp, but owners should consider it a minor setback. Rinne is still 10-3-1 on the season.
Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded three points and five shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues. | 11/13/2014 10:52 PM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded three points and five shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues.
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Impact
He has been a force this season, and now has 20 points and a +19 rating through only 16 games.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-23 shots to capture a victory over the Oilers. | 11/11/2014 10:43 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-23 shots to capture a victory over the Oilers.
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Impact
Rinne allowed both goals in the second period as the Predators' lead shrunk to, 3-2. Nashville, however, did not allow a score in the third period. Rinne is 10-2-1 this season.
Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded two points in Nashville's 2-1 victory over the Blues. | 11/09/2014 10:50 AM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg recorded two points in Nashville's 2-1 victory over the Blues.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with five shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Forsberg has been tremendous this season, totaling 15 points in 15 games, along with a +15 rating.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist was part of the puzzle in the team's 6-1 win over the Sabres. | 11/09/2014 10:16 AM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist was part of the puzzle in the team's 6-1 win over the Sabres.
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Impact
He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal, two penaly minutes, and a +3 rating. Hornqvist now has nine goals and 18 points on the season, and assuming he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby, Hornqvist will have a great chance to surpass his career-high total of 53 points, from a season ago.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne played well in Saturday's win over the Blues. | 11/08/2014 10:41 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne played well in Saturday's win over the Blues.
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Impact
Rinne has been fantastic early on, and after stopping 28-of-29 shots on goal, he is now 9-2-1 on the young season.
Predators winger James Neal scored two points Saturday against the Blues. | 11/08/2014 10:38 PM
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Predators winger James Neal scored two points Saturday against the Blues.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with a +2 rating and three shots on goal. Neal now has eight goals and 11 points on the season.
Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the team's lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg. | 11/04/2014 10:59 PM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the team's lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
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Impact
He has played extremely well this season, and now has 12 points, along with a ridiculous +14 rating.
Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the teams lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg. | 11/04/2014 10:58 PM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the teams lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
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Impact
He has played extremely well this season, and now has 12 points, along with a ridiculous +14 rating.
Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the teams lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg. | 11/04/2014 10:58 PM
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Predators center Filip Forsberg scored the teams lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
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Impact
He has played extremely well this season, and now has 12 points, along with a ridiculous +14 rating.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored his seventh goal of the season. | 11/04/2014 10:54 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored his seventh goal of the season.
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Impact
He was +1 and also had four shots on goal. Hornqvist is fitting in very nicely this season.
Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov will serve a four-game suspension for a hit on Calgary Flames forward Michael Ferland. | 11/02/2014 4:44 PM
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Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov will serve a four-game suspension for a hit on Calgary Flames forward Michael Ferland.
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Impact
Volchenkov has just two assists and 4 PIM in 10 games this season, a.k.a. he has no fantasy value.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has now lost two of the last three games. | 11/01/2014 9:50 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has now lost two of the last three games.
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Impact
After not losing in regulation through his first six starts, Rinne was able to stop only 26-of-30 shots in Friday's loss to Calgary. Rinne still has good numbers (6-2-1, 1.97 GA, .927 SV%), and should be a solid performer all season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has now lost two of the last three games. | 11/01/2014 9:48 AM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has now lost two of the last three games.
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Impact
After not losing in regulation through his first six starts, Rinne was able to stop only 26-of-30 shots in Friday's loss to Calgary. Rinne still has solid numbers (6-2-1, 1.97 GA, .927 SV%), and should be a solid performer all season.
Predators winger James Neal had a strong game Friday against the Flames. | 11/01/2014 9:42 AM
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Predators winger James Neal had a strong game Friday against the Flames.
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Impact
He had two goals and seven shots on goal, and was +1 on the night. Neal now has seven goals on the season, but zero assists, as well.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils. | 10/28/2014 9:44 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils.
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Impact
Pittsburgh scored seven unanswered goals and won, 8-3. The Penguins were 3-for-6 on the power play. Hornqvist's points, however, came at even strength. He was plus-two with two shots.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils. | 10/28/2014 9:43 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored and had an assist on Tuesday against the Devils.
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Impact
Pittsburgh scored seven unanswered goals and won, 8-3. The Penguins were 3-for-6 on the power play. Hornqvist points, however, came at even strength. He was plus-two with two shots.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne took his first loss in regulation, of the season. | 10/25/2014 10:30 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne took his first loss in regulation, of the season.
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Impact
It was also Nashville's first regulation loss as well. Rinne made 23 saves in a 3-0 loss, and is now 5-1-1 on the season. Rinne will continue to be an elite option in net, for fantasy owners.
Predators winger James Neal should have added motivation on Saturday facing the Penguins for the first time since the offseason trade. | 10/25/2014 1:19 PM
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Predators winger James Neal should have added motivation on Saturday facing the Penguins for the first time since the offseason trade.
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Impact
Neal did not have a very good playoff season last spring, which resulted in a trade to Nashville for Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spalling. Neal and Hornqvist should be motivated to play well on Saturday against their former teams. Neal has five goals in his last four games, including a hat trick on Thursday.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will be facing his old team on Saturday night in Nashville. | 10/25/2014 12:28 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will be facing his old team on Saturday night in Nashville.
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Impact
Hornqvist, along with Nick Spaling, are returning to Nashville for the first time since the offseason trade that sent James Neal to the Predators for Hornqvist and Spaling. The deal has worked out for both sides so far.
Predators winger James Neal scored a hat trick on Thursday against the Blackhawks. | 10/23/2014 10:53 PM
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Predators winger James Neal scored a hat trick on Thursday against the Blackhawks.
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Impact
Neal scored the only goals of the game for Nashville, but it was enough for a 3-2 victory. Neal was all over the ice with six shots on net. He now has five goals on the season.
Penguins center Nick Spaling scored his first goal as a Penguin on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 10:43 PM
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Penguins center Nick Spaling scored his first goal as a Penguin on Wednesday.
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Impact
Spaling had a goal and an assist in what was easily his best fantasy day of the young 2014-2015 season. Spaling was also plus-two, but Pittsburgh lost, 5-3.
Nashville center Mike Ribeiro notched two points on Tuesday night against Arizona. | 10/21/2014 10:52 PM
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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro notched two points on Tuesday night against Arizona.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has five points on the season. James Neal and Ryan Ellis also tallied for the Predators.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a power play goal on Saturday for his third score of the season. | 10/19/2014 10:08 AM
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a power play goal on Saturday for his third score of the season.
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Impact
Weber also had two penalty minutes, three shots and two hits. He has three goals, four points and a plus-five rating five games into the season.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in Pittsburgh's, 3-1, victory over the Islanders on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 9:42 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in Pittsburgh's, 3-1, victory over the Islanders on Saturday.
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Impact
Hornqvist scored on a deflection off a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin on the power play. His second goal came was an empty-netter with less than two minutes left in the game. Hornqvist registered 12 shots on net and was minus-one. He also had an assist.
Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in Pittsburgh's, 3-1, victory over the Islanders on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 9:39 PM
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Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in Pittsburgh's, 3-1, victory over the Islanders on Saturday.
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Impact
Hornqvist scored on a deflection off a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin on the power play. His second goal came was an empty-netter with less than two minutes left in the game. Hornqvist registered 12 shots on net and was minus-one.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne shutout the Jets on Friday. | 10/17/2014 10:45 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne shutout the Jets on Friday.
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Impact
He stopped all 29 shots faced, and is well on his way in rebounding from an injury-plagued 2013-14 season. Rinne has potential to be an elite goaltender this season.
Nashville winger James Neal scored his first goal as a Predator on Friday against Winnipeg. | 10/17/2014 10:41 PM
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Nashville winger James Neal scored his first goal as a Predator on Friday against Winnipeg.
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Impact
He added the insurance goal in Nashville's 2-0 win. Neal will most likely be unable to produce the way he did in Pittsburgh, but should be around the 50-point mark this season.
Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been activated from the injured reserve. | 10/17/2014 3:17 PM
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Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been activated from the injured reserve.
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Impact
Stalberg totaled just 18 points in 70 games last season and has little value to fantasy owners even when healthy.
Predators forward Craig Smith had two assists on Tuesday against the Flames. | 10/15/2014 10:40 AM
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Predators forward Craig Smith had two assists on Tuesday against the Flames.
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Impact
Smith finished plus-two on the day with two penalty minutes and five shots on goal. Nashville, however, came back to tie the game and won in a shootout.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start on Tuesday night according to thepredatorial.com. | 10/14/2014 6:24 PM
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start on Tuesday night according to thepredatorial.com.
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Impact
The Nashville defense is doing a good job of limiting the shots Rinne has faced to start the season. Rinne faced just 20 shots on Thursday and then 18 on Saturday.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 17 of 18 shots en route to a 4-1 victory over Dallas. | 10/12/2014 12:49 AM
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Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 17 of 18 shots en route to a 4-1 victory over Dallas.
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Impact
He looks healthy after the hip issues of a season ago. Rinne's 2-0 in his return and his solid net play should help all Nashville players improve on their plus/minus rating.
Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist scored a goal and assist Saturday night. | 10/12/2014 12:45 AM
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Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist scored a goal and assist Saturday night.
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Impact
Hornqvist also took a stunning nine shots. The 27-year-old scored a career-high 53 points last season, and we expect him exceed that total playing with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a goal in the season opener against the Senators on Thursday. | 10/09/2014 10:44 PM
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a goal in the season opener against the Senators on Thursday.
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Impact
Weber gave the Predators a 2-1 lead about halfway through the third period. Weber scored on a backhanded shot set up by Ryan Ellis and Paul Gaustad. The defenseman also had two penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. Nashville held on to win, 3-2.
Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve. | 10/07/2014 1:16 PM
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Nashville left wing Viktor Stalberg (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve.
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Impact
Stalberg was expected to miss 2-4 weeks from the time of the injury and could return after another 10 days or so. he totaled just 18 points in 70 games last season and has little value to fantasy owners even when healthy. Nashville is a bit short-handed on the left side with Matt Cullen also sidelined.
Nashville forward Matt Cullen has been placed on injured reserve. | 10/07/2014 1:13 PM
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Nashville forward Matt Cullen has been placed on injured reserve.
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Impact
The 37-year-old Cullen (10 G, 29 A) has fallen on the depth chart and shouldn't expect to see a lot of minutes this season. His fantasy value, therefore, is minimal.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne looks healthy after the hip issues of a season ago. | 10/02/2014 12:02 PM
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Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne looks healthy after the hip issues of a season ago.
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Impact
Rinne's return should help all Nashville players improve on their plus/minus rating. We have him winning 31 times with a 2.42 GAA and 0.916 save percentage.
Nashville defenseman Roman Josi should be paired with Shea Weber which will help him continue to post solid fantasy numbers. | 10/02/2014 12:00 PM
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Nashville defenseman Roman Josi should be paired with Shea Weber which will help him continue to post solid fantasy numbers.
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Impact
Josi scored 13 goals and added 27 assists in 72 games last season and the 24-year-old should be able to at least match the 40-point total in 2014-15.
Nashville center Olli Jokinen is getting up there in age and the once 90-point scorer will be lucky to put up half that total in 2014-15. | 10/02/2014 11:57 AM
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Nashville center Olli Jokinen is getting up there in age and the once 90-point scorer will be lucky to put up half that total in 2014-15.
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Impact
Jokinen is expected to play between Gabriel Bourque and Craig Smith on the second line to start the season, but the Predators are solid up the middle and there is no guarantee he'll be there all season particularly after Mike Fisher returns from an Achilles injury.
Nashville forward Craig Smith put up career-best numbers last season and could continue to improve in 2014-15. | 10/02/2014 11:52 AM
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Nashville forward Craig Smith put up career-best numbers last season and could continue to improve in 2014-15.
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Impact
Smith should see plenty of ice time on the second line with Olli Jokinen and Gabriel Bourque and also on the power play where his speed is particularly useful with more open ice.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber has always been a top scorer and that won't change in 2014-15 | 10/02/2014 11:47 AM
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber has always been a top scorer and that won't change in 2014-15
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Impact
Weber posted 56 points last season and we have him with another 54 points in 2014-15. We see an improved plus/minus rating with the return of goalie Pekka Rinne.
Predators Colin Wilson is expected to play on the first line with Mike Ribeiro and newly-acquired James Neal. | 10/02/2014 11:44 AM
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Predators Colin Wilson is expected to play on the first line with Mike Ribeiro and newly-acquired James Neal.
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Impact
Wilson is more of a assist guy than a scorer, but could develop into a 15-20 goal winger.
Nashville center Mike Ribeiro could end up being the top line center in between James Neal and Matt Cullen this season. | 10/02/2014 11:36 AM
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Nashville center Mike Ribeiro could end up being the top line center in between James Neal and Matt Cullen this season.
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Impact
Ribeiro blamed off ice issues in Arizona for last season's weak production (16 goals, 31 assists) and we do believe he'll rebound.
Nashville winger James Neal will be in for a shock when he looks to his center and it will no longer be Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. | 10/02/2014 11:33 AM
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Nashville winger James Neal will be in for a shock when he looks to his center and it will no longer be Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby.
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Impact
Neal's fantasy value has to take a hit depite being on the Predators' top line. We have him with 28 goals and 50 points starting alongside Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen. he posted 61 points in 59 games last season.
Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist is poised to be one of the biggest fantasy sleepers this season. | 10/01/2014 11:46 AM
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Penguins new right winger Patric Hornqvist is poised to be one of the biggest fantasy sleepers this season.
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Impact
Hornqvist is expected to skate on a scoring line with Evgeni Malkin and the team's top power-play line. The 27-year-old scored a career-high 53 points last season, and we expect him exceed that total by 10 points or more. Hornqvist could also challenge his career-high 30-goal mark he set back in 2009-2010 with Nashville.
Seth Jones focused on bulking up this summer | 07/21/2014 9:49 AM
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Seth Jones has been working with Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good to bulk up over the summer.
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Jones has already added five pounds, which brings him up to 210. "Physically he needs to mature more," assistant coach Phil Housley said. "He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That's just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he's mature." Jones had 25 points in his rookie season, but he was also minus-23.
Craig Smith excited about new Nashville coach | 07/20/2014 4:24 PM
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Expectations are high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
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Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could be sky-high. The reason? New Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. Smith can take advantage and he's excited about Laviolette's arrival in Nashville. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style. . ."
Derek Roy joins Gary Roberts' fitness program | 07/19/2014 10:37 AM
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After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.
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So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Poile on Derek Roy: This is his last chance | 07/16/2014 9:54 AM
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Nashville Predators GM David Poile thinks he's offering Derek Roy his "last chance" to prove that he can still be a top-tier skilled forward.
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Roy is still only 31, so we think he'll get other chances, at the same time, it is certainly true that he might never get another opportunity to rebound that's as good as the one Poile's giving him. The Predators are shifting philosophies to one that favors offense, but they lack skilled forwards. That's put Roy in a position to serve on one of the Predators' top two lines and get plenty of power-play minutes. He had just 37 points in 75 games last season, but there was a time when he would consistently get over 60 points per campaign.
Mike Ribeiro opens up about recent problems | 07/15/2014 10:47 PM
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Mike Ribeiro admitted that he was dealing with marital problems last season that he believes impacted his performance.
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Ribeiro said that those issues resulted in him not being committed to his job with the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes inked him to a four-year, $22 million contract last summer, but GM Don Maloney decided to buy him out in June, citing "real behavioral issues" that the team "could not tolerate." Ribeiro is now a member of the Nashville Predators on a one-year, $1.05 million contract. "I had a chance to really focus on myself and really learn about myself," Ribeiro said. "That's why I'm comfortable. What Mr. Maloney said - it shocked some people, my wife wasn't happy about it. I sat down, thought about it. I'm comfortable with myself now. I'm open with what happened or didn't happen with our marriage issues, and really I think I'm comfortable with it and not trying to hide it." If he can put all this behind him, then Ribeiro would be a serious candidate to record 60-70 points in 2014-15.
Predators ink Kevin Fiala to entry-level deal | 07/15/2014 5:46 PM
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Kevin Fiala has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Fiala was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 17 Swedish league games last season and finished with three goals and 11 points. He'll enter training camp with a chance of making the team's opening game roster, but it wouldn't be surprising if he needs some time to adjust to North American hockey before he's ready to compete at the NHL level.
Viktor Arvidsson agrees to entry-level deal | 07/15/2014 5:19 PM
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Viktor Arvidsson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville.
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Arvidsson had 40 points and 59 penalty minutes in 50 games in the Swedish league last season. He was selected with the 112th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Derek Roy signs one-year contract with Preds | 07/15/2014 12:28 PM
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Derek Roy has inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Nashville also signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday morning. Like Ribeiro, Roy could prove to be a big steal for the Predators, but there's also a reason why he would sign at that price. Roy has seen his production decline significantly over the last few years and he just had 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. Still, he's just 31 and will probably start the season on one of Nashville's top two lines. Combine that with the Predators desire to put a greater emphasis on offense next season and the stage seems set for Roy to bounce back.
Nashville signs Mike Ribeiro to one-year deal | 07/15/2014 12:03 PM
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The Nashville Predators have signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
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The fact that Ribeiro will earn just $1.05 million after commanding a four-year, $22 million contract last summer speaks volumes to how severe his fall from grace has been. Ribeiro didn't have a particularly good season, but the Coyotes said they bought him out due to "behavioral issues" rather than performance ones. Perhaps that scared off other suitors, but the Predators needed a center that was worthy of playing alongside James Neal and when he's at his best, Ribeiro certainly qualifies. This could be a big bounce back season for him.
Predators will be cautious with Kevin Fiala | 07/11/2014 10:00 AM
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The Nashville Predators won't rule out the possibility of Kevin Fiala making the team's opening game roster.
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At the same time, they want to exercise some caution after selecting him with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. For his part, Fiala gets that this might be a process. "My goal is NHL, and I want to do it right now. But I think step-by-step, and if I don't do it this year, I'm going to work hard and do it step-by-step and hopefully do it next year," he said. Fiala has plenty of offensive upside, which is something the Predators are desperately after.
Filip Forsberg should benefit from Laviolette | 07/10/2014 9:50 AM
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The Nashville Predators hiring of Peter Laviolette could benefit Filip Forsberg.
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Laviolette is expected to put more of an emphasis on offensive play than the Predators have had in recent years, which should play into Forsberg's strengths. "I've heard a lot of good things about him and talked to a couple of guys that he has coached before. They told me good things too, so I'm looking forward to working with him this season," said Forsberg. "I'm just trying to play the type of game I've always been playing and have been pretty successful with so far. Hopefully that's a game he likes and wants to have on his team in the future." He had 15 goals and 34 points in 47 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had five points in 13 NHL contests, but he was limited to 11:24 minutes per game.
Mattias Ekholm inks two-year deal with Preds | 07/09/2014 9:58 AM
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Mattias Ekholm has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Ekholm was a restricted free agent and had filed for salary arbitration. His cap hit will reportedly be just below $1.1 million. He had a goal and nine points in 62 games in 2013-14.
Anthony Bitetto agrees to two-way contract | 07/08/2014 1:41 PM
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Anthony Bitetto has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville.
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Bitetto had 36 points and 85 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games in 2013-14. He was taken by the Predators in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months, according to predators.nhl.com. | 07/07/2014 10:07 PM
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Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months, according to predators.nhl.com.
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While Fisher isn't great, he's the Predators top center and was expected to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. Either Matt Cullen or Colin Wilson will play with Neal while Fisher is out. Obviously, both are a big step down from Evgeni Malkin.
Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months. | 07/07/2014 10:06 PM
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Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months.
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While Fisher isn't great, he's the Predators top center and was expected to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. Either Matt Cullen or Colin Wilson will play with Neal while Fisher is out. Obviously, both are a big step down from Evgeni Malkin.
Mike Fisher (Achilles) will miss 4-6 months | 07/07/2014 5:17 PM
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Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while training.
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Fisher will miss the next four-to-six months as a result. In other words, Fisher isn't expected to return until November at the earliest and he might end up missing half the season. Even if he does end up missing just the first month, this will probably have a significant impact on his offseason training regimen, so we wouldn't be surprised if he struggles once he is back.
Nashville Predators sign Anton Volchenkov | 07/07/2014 4:55 PM
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Anton Volchenkov has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Volchenkov became a free agent after the New Jersey Devils bought out the last two seasons of his six-year, $25.5 million contract. He's a defensive defenseman that will probably end up on Nashville's third-pairing.
Time as UFA should wake up Del Zotto | 07/07/2014 9:47 AM
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Columnist Larry Brooks feels this summer should serve as a wake-up call for Michael Del Zotto.
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Not only did Nashville not bother to qualify Del Zotto, but he is still looking for work a week into the unrestricted free agent market. It wasn't long ago that the Rangers were giving Del Zotto top-four minutes, but now he needs to prove that he's worthy of simply playing in the NHL. He should eventually find a team that's willing to give him a one-year "show me" contract and then the pressure will be on for him to bounce back.
Offensive-minded coach appealed to center | 07/06/2014 9:47 AM
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Veteran center Olli Jokinen says he decided to join the Nashville Predators as a free agent because of their new coach's offensive-minded approach.
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Peter Laviolette purshed for Nashville to pursue the 35-year-old. "Obviously with the excitement and the passion about the game and ideas of how he (Laviolette) was going to coach this team, that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here," Jokinen said. "Speaking with him, I got excited. I wanted to start playing tomorrow." Jokinen has never played for Laviolette, though his best years in Florida came when Laviolette was a divisional foe as the Carolina Hurricanes' coach. "I think playing against his teams, as a player you were like `I'd love to play for this guy. I'd love to play for his teams,' " Jokinen said. "His teams have always been high-tempo with good skating and they create a lot of chances and a lot of offense. At the same time his teams were hard to play against. They were very organized and stuck with their game plans." Jokinen had 18 goals and 25 assists last season in 82 games with the Jets.
James Neal wants to learn from past mistakes | 07/05/2014 6:37 PM
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James Neal sees the Predators as his opportunity for a fresh start.
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"Your emotion gets the better of you," said Neal. There were things that have happened in my game that you regret. I have to change and be better for it. I've changed as a player, I've grown as a player. I'm still young, I have a very long way to go. Mistakes happen and I'm going to be better for it and move forward and not let that stuff happen again." He has some character issues and the tendency to run around on the ice, looking for trouble when things aren't going his way. If he can take that aspect out of his game then he will be better for it. Neal has an excellent release and one-timer, which he used to score 40 goals in 2011-12. He has surpassed the 20-goal mark in each of his six NHL seasons.
Mattias Ekholm signs up for arbitration | 07/05/2014 2:08 PM
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Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm, who is a restricted free agent, has registered for salary arbitration.
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He is coming off his entry-level deal with the Predators, which carried a $900,000 cap hit. Ekholm appeared in 62 games last season and he contributed nine points.
Olli Jokinen could be Preds' #1 center | 07/05/2014 11:20 AM
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There is a good chance that Olli Jokinen could be the Predators number one center this upcoming season.
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If that should come to pass, he would almost certainly play alongside newly-acquired James Neal which would increase his fantasy value from what it was last season. Nashville GM David Poile alluded to the possiblity of Jokinen skating on the top line. "Arguably you could say we are putting him in a more important position than he has been in the past couple of years," Poile said. Keep an eye on how the Preds use Jokinen in training camp.
Joe Piskula signs two-way contract with Preds | 07/04/2014 8:27 PM
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Nashville signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday night worth $550,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 in the AHL.
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The 29 year-old Wisconsin native spent most of last season with Milwaukee in the AHL, accumulating three goals and 23 points in 73 games to go with a +20 rating.
Nashville likes Olli Jokinen's versatility | 07/03/2014 12:56 PM
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Nashville feels the addition of Olli Jokinen gives them roster flexibility.
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GM David Poile envisions using him at center, but he notes that Jokinen can play on the wing as well. He can contribute offensively and he provides leadership. "With all the young players we have here, I think adding that veteran forward presence was the right thing to do," Poile said. "I was in full concert with Peter Laviolette on this decision."
Olli Jokinen signs with the Predators | 07/02/2014 6:21 PM
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Olli Jokinen has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Jokinen is far from an ideal choice to serve as a top-line center at this stage of his career, but the 35-year-old was serviceable with the Jets last season. He had 43 points and 62 penalty minutes in 82 games in 2013-14. If the Predators end up putting Jokinen on the same line as James Neal, which is entirely possible given their options, then Jokinen might surpass the 50-point mark.
Predators don't land top-line center Tuesday | 07/02/2014 10:47 AM
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The Nashville Predators weren't able to fulfill their objective of signing a top-line center on July 1.
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They need someone to match up with James Neal after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins. "To me it's about signing the right player at the right time for the right price," Predators GM David Poile said. He added, "July 1 is the starting point. In the past, we've signed free agents well past the July 1 date and there may be some other options to pursue, and we're going to continue to improve our team when the correct opportunity presents itself." However, there isn't much talent left on the market to grab. Certainly no one that's a clear cut number one center is available as an unrestricted free agent at this point, although there are some fallback options like Mikhail Grabovski left.
Predators in the hunt for a center | 07/01/2014 10:34 AM
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The Nashville Predators are entering the free agent period with the goal of signing a center.
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The Predators would ideally like to lure someone over that wouldn't look out of place playing alongside James Neal. Nashville is aggressively trying to improve offensively after averaging just 2.61 goals per game in 2013-14. The Predators might pursue Paul Stastny, but they're more likely to get Derek Roy or Mikhail Grabovski, if they get a center at all.
Report: Add Michael Del Zotto to the UFA list | 06/30/2014 4:57 PM
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Michael Del Zotto will not get a qualifying offer from Nashville, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.
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The Predators rolled the dice by acquiring him in exchange for Kevin Klein, but he didn't make a smooth transition. It was thought that he might get a chance to bounce back under new coach Peter Laviolette, but now he'll be looking to do that with another team. Del Zotto produced three goals and 16 points in 67 games with Nashville and the New York Rangers last season.
Report: Isles looking at Michael Del Zotto | 06/30/2014 9:55 AM
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The New York Islanders reportedly have an interest in Michael Del Zotto.
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It's believed that Del Zotto will either be dealt by Nashville or he will not be qualified on Monday. The Predators don't feel that the former Rangers blueliner is a fit with their organization, so they are expected to cut ties with him shortly.
Predators hope getting Neal will attract UFAs | 06/29/2014 10:53 AM
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The Nashville Predators are hoping that acquiring James Neal will make top-end forwards more interested in signing with them.
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Predators GM David Poile confirmed that he's still in the market for skilled forwards. If nothing else, a guy like Paul Stastny, who is projected to enter the unrestricted free agent market, will know that they'll have a great linemate to work with in Nashville.
Report: Predators trying to trade Del Zotto | 06/28/2014 7:43 PM
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Michael Del Zotto is being shopped by the Predators, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.
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Del Zotto played 25 games with the Predators after the trade with the Rangers. In 67 games last season, he recorded 16 points, not exactly the type of numbers you want to see from a guy who is of the offensive-defenseman mold. Del Zotto is a restricted free agent who earned $2.9 million last season. Only 24, there should be interest around the league, though the Predators probably shouldn't expect a big haul in return.
Fiala likely to return to Sweden this season | 06/28/2014 1:16 PM
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Although he has an abundance of talent, Nashville first-round pick Kevin Fiala will likely return to Sweden this upcoming season rather than play in the NHL.
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The small but skilled winger only played 17 games in the Swedish Hockey League and will likely need more seasoning. If all goes well, look for him to make his NHL debut in 2016.

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