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Kyle Turris Logs First Practice, Set for Saturday Debut

Preds Practice Ponderings for Nov. 9: Turris Centers Second Line, Bonino Close to Return

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After skating in his first official practice with his new team on Thursday, Kyle Turris stated he not only enjoys country music, but is also a big fan of the Nashville-based rock band Kings Of Leon, a favorite of many of his Predators teammates.

As if he wasn't already a good fit.

Day two in the Music City saw Turris join the rest of the Preds at Ford Ice Center for an hour-long skate, the first opportunity for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff to see their new centerman up close.

Wingers Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith flanked Turris during line rushes on Thursday, the first trio Laviolette may elect to try this weekend. If so, the bench boss believes Turris will be a benefit to whoever he sees the ice with, especially Fiala, who is still searching for his first goal of the season.

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Preds Seek Comradery, Defining Win on Long Road Trip

Preds Practice Ponderings for Oct. 31: Hartnell, Forsberg Relish Team Bonding on California Trip

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a month full of one game here, two games there; it's time to break out the big suitcases.

The Predators embarked on a four-game road trip on Tuesday afternoon, bound for California for three of those contests, all of which will come in a span of four nights.

The time away from home offers not only a chance for the Preds to continue to cure up areas of their game they feel have been lacking through the first few weeks, but also an opportunity to strengthen that comradery which is essential to team success.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 26

Slowing the Game Down is Top of Mind for Frederick Gaudreau; Preds Look for Better 5-on-5 Play

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Just call him steady Freddie.

Four games into his first recall of the 2017-18 season, Predators forward Frederick Gaudreau is making an impact, even if he's not showing up on the scoresheet just yet.

Never drafted, the 24-year-old Quebec native got his first taste of NHL action last season when he skated in nine games. But it was in the Stanley Cup Final where he made a name for himself.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 20

Preds Skate at Unique Chelsea Piers; Effort Equaling Results for Nashville; Weber off IR, Bonino to IR

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

More than one correct answer can be offered up when trying to pinpoint the predominant reason for the Predators' excellent play over their past five contests.

They've picked up nine of a possible 10 points, but even outside of that, the improvement throughout the lineup has been apparent to even the casual observer. With a chance to go two-for-two on their current road trip with a victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, the Preds' increased comfort in their on-ice system and renewed focus within it appear to have them poised for long-term success.

Following Friday's practice, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said he doesn't change the overall theme of how he wants his team to play from season to season, but that it took a couple of games for the Preds to realize their role within it.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 16

Through Five Games, Predators Say Effort Improving Nightly

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The fashion in which the Predators lost a 2-1 overtime contest in Chicago on Saturday night - particularly considering the controversial, game-tying goal late in regulation - undoubtedly brought feelings of frustration and deflation.

But over the course of an 82-game season, those nights are bound to happen, and chances are good that the Preds didn't spend much of their off day on Sunday replaying the final result in their minds.

"Pretty much immediately," forward Colton Sissons said when asked how quickly he lets the disappointment of a game like that float away. "We feel that if we play that way more often than not we're going to come out with two points. We left one on the board, so that was disappointing, but we did like our game a lot."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 11

One Day Later, Samuel Girard Reflects on his NHL Debut

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Typically, the Predators starting goaltender - either Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros - will lead the team onto the ice for warm-ups.

Neither of the puck stoppers assumed that role on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Rather, the honor was reserved for a soft-spoken, 19-year-old from Quebec, about to make his NHL debut.

Indeed, Samuel Girard leapt from the entryway to the frozen sheet and took a couple solo laps, much to the enjoyment of his teammates, before they joined the rookie defenseman.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 9

Scott Hartnell Set for Second Nashville Debut; Preds Ready to Raise Banner in Home Opener

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Scott Hartnell is ripe for his Nashville debut - part two.

The veteran winger and his teammates host their home opener on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena, perhaps the most anticipated such occurrence in franchise history.

The scheduled unveiling and raising of the Western Conference Championship banner may have something to do with that, coupled with a hockey-crazed city's desire to see their team once more.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 6

Nick Bonino Gets Very Early Crack at Former Club in Stanley Cup Final Rematch

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Nick Bonino doesn't have to wait nearly as long as most NHLers in his position.

A two-time Stanley Cup Champion in back-to-back seasons with Pittsburgh, the veteran centerman departed the Steel City over the summer, inking a four-year deal to join the Predators.

While most players have at least a month or so to think about facing their former mates and get "that one" out of the way, Bonino will complete the task Saturday night when the Preds meet the Pens at PPG Paints Arena - and that's just fine by him.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 4

Rookie Defenseman Samuel Girard's First Call was to Parents After Making Opening Night Roster

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Upon finding out he had made the opening night roster of the Nashville Predators, there wasn't any doubt as to whom Samuel Girard would place his first phone call.

The rookie defenseman, just 19 years old, was summoned into the coaches' office prior to Tuesday's practice - a few hours before Nashville's final roster had to be submitted to the NHL - and was told he'd be sticking with the big club after an impressive showing during the preseason.

So before putting on his pads, he made the call back home to Roberval, Quebec, to tell his parents the news. By the time he got off the ice from practice approximately three hours later, his phone was full of missed calls, texts and notifications of congratulations and well wishes from family and friends, an overwhelming and humbling discovery.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 3

Nashville Sets Opening Night Roster; Watson and Teammates Donate Suits for Good Cause

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It wasn't perfect, but nothing at this time of the year ever really is.

Of course, the Predators would have preferred a different outcome as they concluded their preseason schedule with losses to Columbus (4-3, SO) and Tampa Bay (3-2, OT), but there was still plenty that was learned about the group and each other.

So, when the 2017-18 regular season begins for the Preds on Thursday night in Boston, they'll put their newly acquired knowledge to the test in the form of power plays and penalty kills, forechecks and zone coverages, all with the goal of starting out with a single victory.

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