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Signing NHL Deal, Joining Preds A Dream Come True for Pitlick

Collegiate Star Excited to Learn, Grow with Predators

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

One week ago, Rem Pitlick, a junior forward and the leading scorer of the University of Minnesota men's hockey team, was skating in the B1G Tournament with his fellow collegiate athletes.

One week later, Pitlick is officially a member of the Nashville Predators.

Less than two hours after his two-year, entry-level contract was announced on Friday morning, he boarded the team plane - his Minnesota Golden Gophers backpack in tow - headed for Winnipeg with his new teammates.

Amazing what can change in seven days, isn't it?

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Predators Sign Rem Pitlick to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract

Hobey Baker Award Nominee had Career-High 21 goals, 45 Points for Minnesota

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 22, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has signed forward Rem Pitlick to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pitlick, 21 (4/2/97), completed his junior season at the University of Minnesota on Saturday as his team fell to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. It was a career campaign for the 5-foot-9, 196-pound center, who established highs in goals (21), assists (24) and points (45) with the Golden Gophers. His 45 points led Minnesota, were third in the Big Ten and tied for sixth nationally, and he tied for the NCAA lead in power-play goals (10) and shorthanded goals (3). Pitlick posted a career-best 13-game point streak from Jan. 11 to Feb. 16 in which he tallied nine goals and 11 assists and earned at least a point in 31 of his 38 games this season. He was nominated for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top college hockey player, and was named First Team All-Big Ten. Pitlick closed out his three-year career at Minnesota with 108 points (47g-61a) in 111 games.

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Preds Fall to Penguins in Shootout, Still Gain Important Point

Ryan Ellis Ties Game Late, Nashville Keeps Pace in Division Race

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall to Penguins in SO

NSH Recap: Ellis scores late, Preds fall in shootout

Ryan Ellis scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game and force overtime, but the Predators fell to the Penguins in a shootout, 2-1

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Ryan Ellis tied the game late in regulation, but the Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout by a 2-1 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The result snaps Nashville's three-game winning streak, but it does give them points in four straight and 90 on the season overall to keep pace in the Central Division.

It took the Predators exactly 56 minutes and 59 seconds to find the back of the net, and although the game ultimately fell out of Nashville's favor, the home team wasn't viewing the result as a setback in their improved play as of late.

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Projected Lineup: Penguins vs. Predators

Austin Watson, Dan Hamhuis (IR) Join Predators for Morning Skate

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Stanley Cup Final rematch will always be mentioned when the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins face off. The 2017 finalists meet tonight in Nashville (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Predators (42-27-5) have compiled three-straight wins for the first time in nearly two months, including a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Kyle Turris returned to the lineup on Tuesday and centered the fourth line after being scratched for the two previous contests. Austin Watson joined Nashville for their optional practice on Wednesday. 

The Penguins (39-24-11) are 0-1-2 in their last three games and fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout on Tuesday. Pittsburgh will host Nashville on March 29 to complete the teams' season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Thursday and were joined by Watson, Zac Rinaldo (Injured Reserve) and Dan Hamhuis (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Penguins vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts Pittsburgh Aiming to Extend Win Streak to Four

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will try to make it four wins in a row when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Bridgestone Arena. It's the first of two meetings between the two foes; the Preds will visit the Pens late next week.

With a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, the Predators have rattled off three-straight victories for the first time in almost two months. There are only eight games remaining in the regular season, and after struggling to find consistency, the Preds appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time.

Tonight, they'll face another tough test against a Penguins team that is battling to maintain their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But, as the Predators always say, it's all about how they play, not so much the opponent.

[Read More: Predators Projected Lineup vs. Penguins]

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Watson Grateful, Happy to Be Back with Preds

Nashville Forward Begins Skating With Team Again, Taking Things Day by Day

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

All Austin Watson wants to do is take things one day at a time.

There's no set schedule, no grand itinerary as to when the Predators forward would like to get back into the lineup and help his team on the ice, but just having him back at the team's practice facility on Wednesday provided a boost for everyone near it.

Returning to the organization for the first time since being returned to available status and entering the follow-up care phase of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program, Watson slipped on a Preds jersey and skated with a limited group during an optional practice on Wednesday afternoon.

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Preds Announce 2020 NHL Winter Classic Ticketing Timeline

Ticket Presale for Predators Season-Ticket Citizens Begins on April 1

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2019) - The Nashville Predators, in partnership with the National Hockey League, announced key details surrounding the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to be hosted at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Predators will face off against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 1, 2020.

In a press conference held Wednesday at Cotton Bowl Stadium, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was joined by Predators General Manager David Poile, Chairman Herb Fritch and representatives from the NHLPA, Bridgestone and Dallas Stars, among others, to share information regarding the Winter Classic. Wednesday's announcement included details on the ticket on sale timeline and broadcasting rights.

Starting April 1, the Predators will release tickets to a variety of groups, including current partners, full and half Season-Ticket Citizens, mini-plan holders and members of Preds Perks, Golden U, Kids Club and Ford Ice Center programs. On April 16, the Predators will open the Smashville Presale, making tickets available to subscribers of the team's "This Week in Smashville" email communication. Those who participate in the Smashville Presale will have the opportunity to sit in the Predators fan section while quantities last.

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Preds Add Virtual Venue 2.0, Enables Digital Seat Adds, Changes

New Ticketmaster Product Improves on In-Person Select-A-Seat Events

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Coming to Bridgestone Arena to pick out your Predators season-ticket seats in person is so 2018.

With a desire to always be on the cutting edge of technology in the world of sports, the Preds have now implemented a new ticketing program through Ticketmaster - Virtual Venue 2.0 - becoming the first NHL team to utilize the system.

Essentially, it does just what the title says - giving Predators Season-Ticket Citizens a virtual view of Bridgestone Arena, down to the exact seat location. Already launched and live online, its main purpose is serving Season-Ticket Citizens to help them relocate or add additional seats to their accounts, if they choose to do so.

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Rinne, Simmonds Combine to Push Preds Past Maple Leafs

Nashville Wins Third-Straight Contest as Rinne Shuts Out Toronto for Second Time This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: TOR 0, NSH 3

Rinne, Predators blank Maple Leafs in 3-0 win

Pekka Rinne stopped all 22 shots he faced and Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal with the Predators in a 3-0 win against the Maple Leafs

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Wayne Simmonds got his first, and Pekka Rinne did his thing.

The winger and goaltender combined to shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night to give the Predators their third-consecutive victory.

It's the first three-game win streak for the Preds since Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, and they also finished off a season sweep of the Leafs, becoming the first team to not surrender a single goal against Toronto in a single season (a minimum of two games) since 1992-93.

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Projected Lineup: Maple Leafs vs. Predators

Kyle Turris Back on Fourth Line at Monday's Practice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return home for two dates with Eastern Conference teams in playoff positioning. First up, the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bridgestone Arena tonight (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (41-27-5) closed out their trip to California with wins over the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks last week. Center Kyle Turris was scratched for both of those contests, but appears set to re-enter the Predators' lineup after skating on the fourth line during Monday's practice. Additional roster news for Nashville arrived yesterday evening with the NHL/NHLPA announcing forward Austin Watson's indefinite suspension had ended and he'd been given "available status."

Toronto (43-24-5) has lost three of four and is in the midst of a three-game road trip. The Predators topped the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-0, on Jan. 7. 

The Preds held an optional morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Monday's practice:

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