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DNC Serves up More than Concessions

Preds' Food and Retail Concessions Partner Gives Back

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson /

Delaware North Corporation (DNC), the food and retail concessions partner of the Nashville Predators since Day One, does more than serve an array of food, beverages and retail items to fans that enter Bridgestone Arena's doors for hockey games and events.

DNC's impact reaches far beyond Nashville and the state of Tennessee; most recently their efforts have reached as far as the Dominican Republic. By training local residents to give their time during events as nonprofit volunteers in exchange for funds raised through those volunteers, DNC helped Lancaster Christian Academy (LCA) not only build a new gymnasium for their school, but give to their sister school in the Dominican Republic.

"One of the greatest achievements of this fundraising has been our ability to support a mission that Lancaster began several years ago," Bridgestone Coordinator for Lancaster Christian Academy Wendy Blair said.

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Preds Training Camp Day Seven: Rinne Returns

Goaltender Pekka Rinne Makes His First Appearance of the Season After Returning from the World Cup of Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

There was a new goaltender on the ice during Wednesday's session of Predators training camp - big, athletic, never gave up on a shot - an impressive showing, to say the least.

So maybe the No. 35 jersey was familiar after all, but making his first on-ice appearance of the season with the Preds since returning from representing Finland at the World Cup of Hockey, Pekka Rinne's energy was palpable, ramping things up just a tad as a mostly veteran group skated in the early afternoon.

Indeed, Nashville's stud netminder is back in town - much to his excitement, and everyone else around him.

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Nashville Signs 2016 Second-Rounder Girard

Defenseman Inks Entry-Level Contract

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 28, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenseman Samuel Girard to a three-year entry-level contract.  

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Preds Split Preseason Doubleheader with Panthers

Nashville Falls 4-1 Before Finishing with a 2-1 Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

The Nashville Predators went 1-for-2 in their first preseason action, as they travelled to South Florida on Tuesday, falling 4-1 in their first outing with the Florida Panthers before finishing the night with a 2-1 victory over the same opponent.

More important than the score, the six periods of hockey in one day afforded the opportunity for the coaching staff and management to see almost every player in camp in a game situation, a benefit when it comes to evaluating the talent pool.

There were high and low points, but that's to be expected in the first games, as Head Coach Peter Laviolette explained.

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October 1: Skate of the Union at Bridgestone Arena

Get Set for the 2016-17 Season with Preds Players and Executives

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Hockey is back in Smashville! Join us this Saturday, October 1st for a full afternoon of events leading up to the first preseason home game in Smashville! The afternoon festivities will include a special unveiling you will not want to miss, annual Skate of the Union address featuring Preds players and Executives, plaza party and more. 

The Preds are also hosting a PENCIL Foundation and Nashville Predators Foundation School Supply Drive and encourage fans to bring new notebooks, notecards and glue sticks to donate prior to the game. 

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Preds Set for Preseason Doubleheader in Florida

First Exhibition Games Provide Chances for All Involved

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

As the Nashville Predators travel to Florida to face the Panthers for a preseason doubleheader today, there won't be any points at stake, no chances to move up or down in the standings.

However, an exhibition game certainly doesn't lack importance to those directly involved. It means plenty for a player trying to prove his worth to the organization, and just as much to the coach tasked with helping to make that final decision.

When the Preds take the ice at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (CT) at the BB&T Center - which can be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network - don't expect the level of urgency to drop considerably from that of a regular-season contest.

Video: Peter Laviolette discusses preseason hockey

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Predators Reduce Roster to 57

Sawchenko Released from Amateur Tryout

by Press Release @PredsPR / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 26, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has released goalie Zachary Sawchenko from his amateur tryout.  

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 57 players: 32 forwards, 20 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is available here.

The Predators will open the preseason tomorrow with a doubleheader at the Florida Panthers (2:30 and 6:00 p.m. CT). They then travel to Columbus on Thursday to face the Blue Jackets at 6:00 p.m. Nashville will host its first preseason game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 1, against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Preds Training Camp Day Four: Scrimmage Time

Players Get Taste of Game Action Ahead of Upcoming Preseason Games

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

Fans of the Nashville Predators came out to the Ford Ice Center in droves on Sunday to get an autograph, snap a photo with Gnash and see firsthand many of the future Preds show their stuff in a gold and white scrimmage.

Behind goals from Eric Robinson, Tyson Spink and Jack Dougherty, the gold team topped team white by a 3-1 final. Colton Sissons tallied for white in the first game action many of the players had been a part of since last spring.

"The battle level just spikes up right away," Sissons said of the scrimmage. "You get those puck battles in the corners and there's not too many bodies out there, so we're double shifting a little bit and getting our lungs back. That part of it is great, and I think just getting that mindset when things are happening pretty quickly now and just getting back to that game feel is important."

Video: Colton Sissons discusses the Preds scrimmage

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Preds Training Camp Day Three: Nice To Meet You

Defensemen Carle, Weber Look To Earn Their Spot in Preds Lineup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

As the first day of official on-ice practices commenced at Nashville Predators training camp, much was the same.

The familiar sounds of skates, sticks and pucks colliding with ice and glass, Head Coach Peter Laviolette pushing his players to give it all they have - that's what happens this time of year at Centennial Sportsplex.

But there are always changes, too, including some new faces on the receiving end of their coach's instruction.

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Ribeiro Meets Offseason Challenge Head On

Forward Focused on Defense, Faceoffs During Summer

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis /

A Game Seven loss in mid-May to the San Jose Sharks stung a little more for Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro. He wanted to do more. He should have done more.

A healthy scratch in Games Three and Four of the Round Two series, the veteran center's furthest trip into the postseason in eight years didn't go how it was supposed to. Didn't go how he wanted it to.

Two points in 12 playoff games in 2016 were the numbers suddenly being used to define Ribeiro's season. Not the 50 he recorded in 81 regular-season games, good for the third-highest total by a Preds forward, and the 10th occasion in his 18-year career he'd hit at least the half-century mark. But the Montreal native knew he'd overcome the sudden spiral in his career, because that's what his career was. Too small to play in the NHL, too one-dimensional to consistently produce, too old to still compete. He'd heard them all before, and he'd challenged the narrative forced upon himself every time.

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