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Preds Set for Preseason Doubleheader in Florida

First Exhibition Games Provide Chances for All Involved

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

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 / NashvillePredators.com

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 / NashvillePredators.com

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 / NashvillePredators.com

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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Preds Training Camp Day Two: Need For Speed

Predators Look to Be One of League's Faster Teams

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

It may seem obvious. If one hockey player is faster than the other, a competitive advantage is almost certain. But as the game continues to evolve, the collective speed of an entire team may just be the most important attribute when it comes to building a winning squad.

Predators General Manager David Poile seems to believe that's the case when reviewing the moves he's made over the past few seasons.

The hiring of Head Coach Peter Laviolette, who prefers to run an up-tempo, offensive system, was the start. With the acquisitions of younger, faster players like Ryan Johansen and P.K. Subban over the past eight months, that trend is continuing.

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Poile Expects the Unexpected in Training Camp

Preds General Manager Knows Anything Can Happen As Camp Unfolds

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

David Poile should know this team better than anyone. After all, the Nashville Predators general manager, entering his 19th season with the club, is the only GM the franchise has ever known and has spent the past few seasons constructing a team he believes will be a contender.

But he's also been around long enough to know that the only thing that's certain in training camp is the uncertainty that comes with it.

"If I've learned anything over the years, we're very optimistic, but you just don't know what you have until you start playing," Poile said. "We made some significant changes last year. The team is going to be different, how we play is going to be different, our chemistry, our culture, our identity; we have to start figuring that out and getting that in training camp."

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P.K. Subban Embracing Nashville, Ready for Season

Preds Defenseman Has High Expectations for the Team and Himself

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

As P.K. Subban emerged from the Nashville Predators dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, he couldn't help but notice some familiar faces from his former city.

A collection of Canadian media members from Montreal, where Subban made his living during the first seven years of his NHL career, were on hand to document his opening moments as a member of the Preds during his first official day on the new job.

But Subban made it clear he has already moved on from his former club, choosing to focus on what he believes is a team that could do something special this season.

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As Training Camp Opens, Preds Have High Expectations

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

One of the dominant buzzwords at the first official media availability of the Nashville Predators 2016-17 season was, well, buzz.

There's a good reason for it, too. There's no denying the anticipation surrounding a team that advanced further in the postseason than they ever had before, just one win from their first Western Conference Final appearance. Add that to the offseason acquisition of All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban to an already potent lineup, and the potential that exists in the Nashville locker room is one that hasn't been seen before.

Those who will be tasked with taking those possibilities and turning them into reality spoke on the subject, and while it's easy to be optimistic on the first day of training camp, there's a belief around the organization that those sentiments aren't outlandish.

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What To Watch For: Preds Training Camp

Three Storylines to Look For as Training Camp Opens

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

When the Nashville Predators open training camp on Thursday for the 19th time in franchise history, they'll do so with perhaps more expectation than any Preds team that has come before them.

After coming just one win from advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time, plus the summertime acquisition of All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, there's reason to believe the team could be headed for something special.

But long before there's even a thought of the opportunity that awaits, General Manager David Poile, Head Coach Peter Laviolette and the rest of the Preds management and coaching staff must reduce their roster from 57, as it stands now, to 23 before Opening Night on Oct. 14. And while there will be plenty to take in over the next three weeks, here are a few things to make note of as preparations for the 2016-17 season officially get underway.

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