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Preds Return from Break Poised to 'Make Some Noise' in Second Half

Despite High Place in Standings, Predators Say They Can Play Much Better

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Monday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex didn't quite feature the same level of excitement as one might observe on the first day of, say, training camp, but it was close.

Rested and recharged coming off of their League-mandated, five-day break, the Nashville Predators got back to work in preparation for the unofficial start of the second half of the season, which comes Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena with the Vegas Golden Knights in town.

It'll be quite a test for the Preds against the expansion team in the third and final meeting of the regular season - Nashville is 0-1-1 against Vegas thus far - and will give them an opportunity to pick up where they left off before the respite, two wins in a row and points in three straight.

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Preds Recall Juuse Saros, Assign Anders Lindback

Saros Went 2-1-0 in Three-Game Stint with Milwaukee

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Juuse Saros from the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals. Additionally, the club has reassigned goaltender Anders Lindback to Milwaukee.

Saros went 2-1-0 in a three-game stint with Milwaukee from Jan. 10-14, stopping 94 of 97 shots against, including a 27-save shutout over the Cleveland Monsters on Wednesday. The 22-year-old is 4-3-3 with a 2.43 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances with the Predators this season. He allowed only five goals in the month of December, stopping 169 of 174 shots against in five appearances while going 3-0-1. He set a Predators record for most saves in a shutout by stopping 46 in Nashville's 4-0 victory in Edmonton on Dec. 14

Originally a fourth-round (99th overall) draft pick by the Preds in 2013, Saros holds a 14-12-6 career record in the NHL. The Forssa, Finland native recorded his first NHL shutout on Dec. 30, 2016 at St. Louis and appeared in two games for Nashville in last season's Stanley Cup Final. Saros is 45-15-1 in 62 career games at the AHL level with a 2.24 goals-against average and .921 save percentage and was named to the AHL All-Star Classic in 2016-17.

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PDF: Predators 2017-18 Midseason Review

Line of Kevin Fiala, Kyle Turris and Craig Smith has Predators Offense Surging at Bye Week Break

by Predators PR @PredsPR /

At the halfway point of the 2017-18 campaign, the Nashville Predators are ahead of the pace they set at the midpoint of last season, a campaign that saw them reach the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, by almost any metric.

  • Through 42 team games, 12 Preds players who were on the team last season have more points than they had at this point in 2016-17.
  • The Preds have been dominant against the Central this season, going 10-3-2 against their divisional foes. 
  • Since acquiring Kyle Turris on Nov. 5, the line featuring him centering Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith has posted a combined 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points.
  • Pekka Rinne won his 20th game of the season in his 31st game, the second-quickest he's reached the mark in his career (2014-15, 27 games).
  • The Preds are one of four teams (TBL, VGK, BOS) in the top 11 in both goals for and goals against per game.

Want to see more impressive stats from the Preds' opening 41 games? Click the PDF link below: 

[Read More: Predators Midseason Review (PDF)]

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20th Season: A Lineage of Defense

From Kimmo Timonen to Roman Josi, Predators Have Developed All-Star Blueliners for Decades

by John Glennon @glennonsports /

Growing up in Switzerland, Roman Josi didn't know much about the Nashville Predators.

But after getting drafted by the Preds in 2008, Josi began to research his new team.

It didn't take him long to discover what the organization's specialty was: producing quality defensemen.

"You just start looking at the teams over the years and you see how many great defensemen play here," Josi said. "When I first came over, it was Shea Weber and Ryan Suter who were two of the top defensemen in the League. But even before that, with guys like [Dan] Hamhuis and [Kimmo] Timonen, you could tell they did a really good job of developing defensemen and making sure they were ready for the NHL."

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Preds, Montgomery County, Fort Campbell Host Clarksville Broomball Match

101st Airborne Division Tops Montgomery County in Friendly Matchup

by Keely Ninness @PredsNHL /

With the glow of the outdoor rink lights and the sound of announcers calling out the lineups for the city's first-ever broomball match, excitement could be felt throughout downtown Clarksville.

A fixture during the winter season, the outdoor rink was brimming with both players and spectators. The matchup, dubbed Mayor vs. Majors, pitted Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Predators alumni against soldiers stationed at Ft. Campbell, headed by Major General Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander.

After a puck drop by GNASH, the game was on. Families and hockey fans alike were in attendance, cheering on the players and having a laugh over the slips and slides they took while shuffling down the ice.

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Preds, Special Spaces Give Bedroom Makeover to Deserving Teen

Predators Wives, Girlfriends and Front Office Staff Join in Completing Makeover

by Keely Ninness @PredsNHL /

In a quiet neighborhood in Franklin, Tennessee, the streets were crowded with cars sporting Preds license plates and bumper stickers.

Inside one of the homes, Predators' wives and girlfriends were hard at work transforming 19-year-old Krystal Adams's bedroom into a beach-themed getaway. Because of her battle with a rare brain tumor, the Predators, in partnership with Special Spaces, wanted to give Krystal the perfect space to relax and unwind.

"A child's room is an escape from their life-threatening conditions," Rhonda McCarthy, wife of Associate Coach Kevin McCarthy and Director of the Nashville chapter of Special Spaces said. "The Preds work with Special Spaces to guarantee every child will always have a space to escape and forget about their pain."

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My Favorite Things: Colton Sissons

The Rolling Stones, Game of Thrones, Brussels Sprouts All Favorites of Preds Forward

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Colton Sissons will always be remembered for his hat trick in Game 6 of last spring's Western Conference Final to propel the Preds past Anaheim.

You also probably know that in just two short seasons, he's gone from AHL call-up to full-time NHLer. You may even know his father, Doug, not only has a fantastic moustache, but is incredibly proud of his son.

But did you know that the younger Sissons is equally skilled in the kitchen as he is on the ice? Or that he holds Mick Jagger in very high regard?

We asked the Preds forward about his Rolling Stones fandom, among other topics.

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Fisher Named Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Pro Athlete of the Year

Former Preds Captain to Receive 2018 Honor During Ceremony in June

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mike Fisher may no longer be captaining the Nashville Predators, but the honors keep on coming.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has announced Fisher as the recipient of their 2018 Professional Athlete of the Year Award, recognizing his contributions on and off the ice in the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The award will be presented to Fisher at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's 52nd Annual Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 16 at the Omni-Nashville Hotel.

Fisher announced his retirement this past summer after 17 seasons in the NHL, with the final six-plus of those spent as a member of the Preds. The Peterborough, Ontario, native served as captain in his final season, leading the Predators to within two wins of a Stanley Cup.

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Rinne Named to Central Division All-Star Team

Preds Goaltender to Join Subban, Laviolette at 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A third member of the Nashville Predators will be booking a flight to 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne has been named to the Central Division squad that will participate in the 2018 festivities during the final weekend in January in Tampa Bay, Florida, joining Preds defenseman and Central Division Captain P.K. Subban, plus, Predators and Central Division Head Coach Peter Laviolette as the Nashville representatives.

This marks Rinne's third NHL All-Star nod of his career (he also made an appearance at the 2009 YoungStars game in Montreal) with the first coming during the 2015 campaign - however, the netminder was unable to participate due to injury.

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Photos: Preds Wear Titans Jerseys for Pregame Arrival to Arena

Predators Players Show Support for Titans Run in NFL Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The handful of Predators players taking the second bus to Staples Center were all huddled around an iPhone.

Sure, they had their own game to worry about in just a few hours against the Los Angeles Kings, but at that moment on Interstate 10, they were fully invested in how the Tennessee Titans were faring in Kansas City.

The final answer saw the Titans advancing to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs that continue this weekend when the Titans head to Foxboro for a meeting with the New England Patriots (7:15 p.m. CT, CBS).

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