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Preds Split Preseason Doubleheader with Panthers

Miikka Salomaki Scores Twice as Preds Win Second Game in Overtime

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Two goals from Miikka Salomaki - including the overtime winner - led the way for the Nashville Predators as they finished off their doubleheader with the Florida Panthers to open the preseason schedule.

Salomaki bookended a 3-2 OT win for the Preds in the second outing of the day after Nashville fell 5-3 to Florida in the early contest.

Earlier in training camp, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette called the doubleheader one of the best ways to evaluate players, affording him the chance to see 40 of the 53 on Nashville's current roster in game action within the span of a few hours. Combine Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage with Tuesday's doubleheader and Laviolette saw exactly what he wanted.

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WATCH LIVE: Panthers vs. Predators Doubleheader

Fans Within Predators TV Viewing Area May Watch Preseason Doubleheader for Free Online

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators are hosting the Florida Panthers in a doubleheader to open the preseason. 

Fans within the Predators/FOX Sports Tennessee viewing area are able to watch online (below) for free, with the first game starting at 3:30 p.m. (CT) and the second game facing off at 7 p.m. 

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Roman Josi Named Captain of the Nashville Predators

Ellis Named Associate Captain, Three Preds Named Assistant Captains

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that defenseman Roman Josi has been named the eighth captain in franchise history. Additionally, defenseman Ryan Ellis was announced as associate captain and Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as assistant captains.

"This is the right time to name Roman the captain of our franchise," Poile said. "Not only is he one of our best players, but he's also become one of the top defensemen in the entire League. He's respected by his teammates, coaches and opponents and he represents our organization and logo with the utmost class and integrity on and off the ice. I know Roman is ready to become captain and I have no doubt he will fulfill these duties with the same passion we've become accustomed to seeing from him day after day."

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Josi Humbled by Captaincy Designation, Ready to Lead Preds

Star Defenseman Becomes Second Homegrown Captain in Predators History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's been almost a decade since his name was called with the 38th selection of the 2008 Draft.

The blueliner from Switzerland had loads of promise - a solid defender with an offensive streak to go along, just as handy with a tennis racket as he was with a hockey stick.

And what started out as a hope quickly morphed into reality. Defensemen of his caliber are not commonplace. Except in Nashville.

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Game Day: Panthers vs. Preds (x2)

Nashville Hosts Florida in a Doubleheader to Begin the Preseason Schedule

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's preseason hockey, twice as nice.

The Nashville Predators begin their exhibition slate for the 2017-18 season today at Bridgestone Arena when they host the Florida Panthers for two contests, the first of which begins at 3:30 p.m. CT.

It'll be the first time the Preds have been on the ice as a team since June, with rosters for both games set to have a mix of proven players and those trying to catch the eye of the Nashville brass. With 53 players on the current roster, all but 13 are expected to see some sort of game action today.

Here are the Predators rosters for both games against the Panthers.

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Watson Wants to Improve Again; Ekholm Relishes Training Camp Sessions

With New Contract, Austin Watson Expects More from Himself; Training Camp Anything but Boring for Mattias Ekholm

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Before he led the entire League in hits throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs - and it wasn't even close - Austin Watson was spending the 2016-17 season establishing himself as a full-time NHL player, crafting his game into exactly what the Predators were looking for.

It didn't always come easy for Nashville's first-round selection in 2010, with Watson admitting on a number of occasions that when he got his first few chances with the big club, he was playing not to make a mistake, which in turn led to exactly what he was trying to avoid.

But now, the 6-foot-4 winger has turned into one of the more reliable forwards in a number of situations for Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and because of his efforts last season, Watson was rewarded with a three-year deal over the summer to remain in a city that has become home.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 53 Players

Team Assigns Pavel Koltygin, Jacob Paquette to Their Junior Clubs

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 18, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has assigned forward Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville/QMJHL) and defenseman Jacob Paquette (Kingston/OHL) to their junior teams.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 53 players - 29 forwards, 19 defensemen and five goalies. An updated roster is available here.

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Scrimmage Key Part of Evaluation for Laviolette, Preds Staff

Nashville's Head Coach Has Plenty to Watch Leading to Exhibition Doubleheader

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's only so much time for Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette to prepare his team for a double dose of exhibition action.

Nashville will host the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena at 3:30 and 7 p.m. CT for a split-squad doubleheader, an exhibition that Laviolette calls the best way to evaluate his roster just days into training camp.

The Predators bench boss, who is entering his fourth season at the helm, used the first day of on-ice sessions to begin implementing systems and styles with his group - some of it refreshers, others new material - and it continued Sunday afternoon with an intrasquad scrimmage at Ford Ice Center. For Laviolette, the evaluations are always ongoing, no matter who is watching.

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Josi Talks Leadership, D-Corps and Motivation for Preds

Star Defenseman Says Predators More Than Ready to Be Back in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Like most of his Nashville Predators teammates, it took Roman Josi a couple of weeks to wind down from his club's appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and everything that came along with it.

But once he was back home in Switzerland, the offseason routines took over, and as it does every summer, the itch to get back to Tennessee returned.

So, when Josi hit the ice for the first official day of on-ice practices of the 2017-18 season, the pearly whites were out in full force between the high-pace, full-ice drills.

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Healthy Competition Plentiful as Preds Training Camp Begins

Frederick Gaudreau, Cody Bass Just Two Players Battling for NHL Roster Spots

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

For some, training camp is simply a chance to get back into game shape and fine tune skills before the 2017-18 regular season begins. Trying to make an impression or wondering if and when they may be sent to the minors isn't a thought.

Then there are others currently on the Nashville Predators roster - 55 in total as of now - battling for what may be just a few spots up for grabs on the NHL ledger, which must be finalized by Oct. 3, less than three weeks away.

Forwards Frederick Gaudreau and Cody Bass know they fit into this category. Nothing is guaranteed and everything must be earned for players like them, each with their own unique services to offer on the ice.

How they perform in the coming days will determine where they find themselves residing at the beginning of the next month, but who doesn't love a good challenge? Gaudreau and Bass have no choice.

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