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Six Characteristics: Predators 2018-19 Regular-Season Schedule

Nashville Embarks on Six-Game Road Trip for First Time in Four Years; Preds Play New Year's Eve, New Year's Day Set

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators defense of their Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title will get underway on Thursday, Oct. 4 in New York against the Rangers.

The full 2018-19 regular-season schedule for all 31 NHL clubs was revealed on Thursday by the League and NHLN, and below we have the Preds' highlights you need to see:

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Predators Open 2018-19 Season Against Rangers; Home Opener Set

Nashville's 21st Season Presented by Fifth Third Bank Begins Oct. 4 on the Road

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (June 21, 2018) - The Nashville Predators begin their 21st NHL season presented by Fifth Third Bank with two road games against the New York Rangers and New York Islanders on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, respectively, before returning to Smashville for a four-game homestand. Nashville's 2018- 19 home opener - and raising of the Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title banners - is set for Oct. 9 at Bridgestone Arena against the Calgary Flames. The Preds close out the homestand with contests against last season's playoff rivals in the Winnipeg Jets, a season-series wrap-up with the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild.

Nashville rounds out its October slate with the first of 10 back-to-backs on Oct. 19-20 in Calgary and Edmonton and home games against former Hart Trophy-winner Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 27 and last season's Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 30.

November begins with the Preds traveling to Tampa Bay and hosting Boston before embarking on five- game Western Conference road trip from Nov. 7-15. The road swing - Nashville's second-longest of 2018-19 - starts with a rematch of last season's Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 7 and features a game in Dallas, a back-to-back with Anaheim and San Jose and closes in Arizona against the Coyotes. 

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Preds Promote Nolan to Chief Amateur Scout; Drulia to Pro Scout

Longtime Scout Receives Promotion; Former Admirals Assistant Coach Moves to Scouting

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Ellis and Kevin Fiala. Colton Sissons and Eeli Tolvanen, as well. Viktor Arvidsson and Juuse Saros, too.

If it weren't for the work of Tom Nolan, those names may not be on the back of a Nashville Predators jersey. So, when Nolan and his fellow Preds scouts gather in Dallas this weekend for the 2018 NHL Draft in search of the next Arvidsson or Ellis, the veteran talent finder will be doing so with a new title.

The Predators have promoted Nolan to become their chief amateur scout, replacing the void left by Jeff Kealty, who was recently named Nashville's assistant general manager and director of scouting.

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Elite Edge Hockey Showcase Hosts Over 200 Youth Players in Nashville

Showcase Celebrates 13th Year with Special Guest Speakers, Don Koharski Officiating School and International Participants

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Thirteen years ago, a handful of young hockey players descended on the city of Nashville to participate in the inaugural Elite Edge Hockey Showcase. It was an opportunity to skate in front of collegiate and junior coaches, a chance these participants, predominantly from the Southeastern United States, likely wouldn't have received otherwise.

Thirteen summers later, more than 200 skaters and goaltenders, some who live a short drive from Ford Ice Center, others who reside halfway around the world, were back in Nashville to take advantage of the showcase so many others have enjoyed before them.

The goal of the camp is still the same - give young hockey players, who aspire to advance in the game, a chance to be seen by coaches and scouts who can make those dreams a reality - but the participants aren't just leaving as better hockey players, they're better people, too.

Here now, a collection of stories from the 2018 edition of Elite Edge.

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Niederreiter's five best moments from 2017-18 campaign

Five highlights from Nino Niederreiter's season

by Kayleigh Jackson /

In a season marked by injuries, Nino Niederreiter still managed to pull out the stops with some big goals and clutch plays. Take a look back at the top five highlights from Niederreiter's 2017-18 season. 

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Niederreiter helping change expectations of Swiss hockey

Silver medal at recent World Championships indicative of rising

by Aaron Vickers / Special to

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Nino Niederreiter is helping shape the expectation of success in Switzerland. And he's seen, the Minnesota Wild forward suggests, his home country setting satisfaction at a higher level.

"Absolutely," said Niederreiter, who helped push his country into an improbable gold-medal meeting with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, but fell by the slimmest of margins in a shootout to claim silver.

"At the end of the day, our main goal is always to be in the top eight, for sure, and then move on from there. Reaching the quarterfinal has to be a goal, year-in and year-out. The last two years, we've done that. It's a stepping stone. We're trying to improve year-in, year-out. Once you get to that quarterfinal, anything is possible.

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Stanley Cup Final

Golden Knights dream of Hollywood ending for Stanley Cup Final run

Vegas players draw up wish list of actors to portray historic inaugural season

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- The story of the Vegas Golden Knights sounds like a too-good-to-be-true Hollywood pitch: A band of self-described hockey misfits comes together and beats the odds to reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first season.

But this real-life hockey epic is happening and would make a great movie someday.

Game 1 of the best-of-7 Cup Final against the Washington Capitals is at T-Mobile Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, CBC, TVAS).

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Fisher, Josi, Subban, Ekholm Say "Thank You" to Smashville

Preds Players Praise Fans via Instagram Posts

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

With the offseason underway, a few who call Smashville home decided to say "thank you."

Preds Captain Roman Josi, as well as defensemen P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm all took to Instagram in the recent days to recall their accomplishments during the 2017-18 season in Nashville and beyond. Plus, centerman Mike Fisher penned a heartfelt note as he confirmed his retirement from the game one final time.

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Photos: Best of the 2017-18 Season

Take A Look Back at the Top Shots of the Preds Throughout Their Record-Breaking Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

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Predators Promote Kealty, Poile and Nichol

Preds Front Office Shifts to Give Trio Increased Role in Hockey Operation Decisions

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (May 22, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday the promotions of Jeff Kealty to Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting; Brian Poile to Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations; and Scott Nichol to General Manager of the Milwaukee Admirals and Director of Player Development. The moves come after former Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton was hired as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild.

"We'd like to thank Paul for his 20-plus years of contributions to our franchise. He has an incredible scouting eye and played a major role in our organization's success of building and developing young, homegrown talent," said David Poile. "At the same time, we are excited to have these three individuals move into expanded roles within our department and to be able to promote from within our organization."

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