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Smashville Scope: April 13-20

Jarnkrok's 500 Games, Preds Players Acclimating Back Into Lineup, Preds Foundation Events and More in This Week's Smashville Scope, Presented by JOCKEY

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Smashville Scope presented by JOCKEY prepares fans for the week ahead with news, videos and clips from the past week, plus, game and event info for the next seven days. Use promo code "GOAL" to save 25% on your next JOCKEY purchase

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Calle Jarnkrok never played a game for the team that drafted him into the NHL. Today, he's got 500 to his name, all with Nashville.

The centerman/winger/whatever-role-the-Preds-need-him-to-play reached the milestone during Monday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena, and Jarnkrok tallied his team-leading 12th goal on the evening, and added an assist, for good measure.

Originally selected by Detroit in 2010, the Red Wings dealt Jarnkrok to Nashville at the 2014 Trade Deadline, and since then, he's blossomed into one of 13 players to appear in 500 games with the Predators.

Offensive or defensive zone, power play, penalty kill, 3-on-3 in overtime, and even a shift or two as a defenseman a few seasons back, Jarnkrok has simply done it all for the Preds since he made his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. He was a full-time participant during the following campaign, and the 29-year-old Swede has never looked back.

"I've been getting a little better each year," Jarnkrok said Tuesday. "Right now, I'm getting some more ice time playing with very good players, and that definitely helps my game for sure, but I think I've been improving a little bit every year."

As most hockey players are, Jarnkrok is being modest. Those around him know what he means to this team, and in a season where so much has been different, Jarnkrok has continued to be a model of consistency for the Preds.

Video: CHI@NSH: Granlund, Jarnkrok combine for goal in 2nd

"He's a really good player, first of all," Preds forward Mikael Granlund said of Jarnkrok. "We've been playing together quite a bit here, so it's a lot of fun to play [with him]. He's a really responsible player, he's a really smart player and there's a lot of trust out there. We can both kind of play off [of each other], and there's someone who's going to be responsible."

"What a heck of an accomplishment, 500 games, and he doesn't play the game the easy way either," Preds Head Coach John Hynes said. "Those are 500 games of work ethic, commitment, and it's really good to see. He's such a key part of our team, just the way that he plays and his professionalism, the way he plays every night, the way he practices, attention to detail that he plays with and he's really fun to be able to coach.

"Some of the things that go unnoticed, sometimes with Jarny, is he's like a glue of the team. He does a lot of the dirty work, he can play anywhere in your lineup; I mean this guy never complains. On the power play, off the power play, he plays 20 minutes, last night he played 23 minutes, some games you might play 12 minutes, but he's the ultimate pro, ultimate teammate, and he's been a real pleasure to coach. He's been a great Predator, and it's a great accomplishment for him and well deserved."

Video: Jarnkrok shares why he's called a "smart player"

That's the kind of praise Jarnkrok truly deserves, but the man himself is soft-spoken, instead preferring to let his play do the talking. He's not always boisterous every night, but no matter the task, Jarnkrok shows up.  

He's grown up in Nashville, too, and since his debut back in 2014, he's since become a father - twice - and has made Tennessee a second home to raise a family, while becoming one of the more reliable players in franchise history.

Perhaps he'll do so for another 500.

"It's nice to get to 500," Jarnkrok said. "It feels like it's been quick. It doesn't feel like it's been that many years, but hopefully I'll have some more games in me."

Ask Not What the Team Can Do for You:

There's no denying the Predators are where they are in the Central Division standings thanks in part to contributions from a number of players who may not have thought they'd ever play in Nashville this season.

But, in a year unlike any other, expect the unexpected.

For most of the season, Nashville has dealt with injury after injury for a total of 253 individual man games lost through April 19. The Preds have called on the help of a number of rookies and less-experienced players - even dressing six rookies on a number of occasions earlier in the campaign - and frequently, the team has survived, even flourished, with their assistance.

Of course, players will eventually be healthy once more, and two notable names - Associate Captain Ryan Ellis and forward Matt Duchene - have returned to the Predators lineup over the past couple of weeks.

Predators Head Coach John Hynes has always emphasized there will be tough decisions made, and while Ellis and Duchene were welcomed back into the lineup, they knew this was a team with a completely different swagger than when they first exited with injuries.

Hynes says, it's up to those players who are returning to find their way back into the mix. So far, so good.

"As we've all seen, things can change every day with injuries or guys out or how the team performs," Hynes said last week. "I do think that we have some good combinations that have been together, and a lot of it really comes down to the players that will return. They'll have to understand - and they do, because we have conversations - that the team is playing at a certain level, to a certain standard. Everyone's on the same page with what we believe it takes to win hockey games, and it's on the players coming in to fit into that. It's not about trying to change something for a player that comes in, the player that comes in has to fit into what we're doing. The way that we're working, the structure we're playing with, that's a big component, and the attitude we have in games and practices is really important, so you have those discussions.

"Opportunities will arise where players are going to get opportunities to get back in the lineup, and then it's not about them, it's about the team. When you come back into the lineup, it's truly about how you can help us win and where you fit in. It might not be in the same position you were when you left, and that's the big thing. If you take a guy like Ryan Ellis, Ryan came back, he's a co-captain of our team, a big-time player, and he came back and we felt like we had some pretty good chemistry on the power play unit, so he didn't come right back in on the power play. And his mindset was, 'I want to come in, I want to fit in, I want to help the team win. Wherever you need me to play, that's where I'm going to play.' That's what we're expecting from every player that comes back from injury or that comes into the lineup is what I can do for the team, it's not what the team can do for me."

Sign Up for Preds Blood Drive with the American Red Cross:

Preds fans already helped to save more than 10,000 lives in 2020, and you can raise that number in 2021.

The Nashville Predators have teamed up with the American Red Cross again to host blood drives all over the region now through the end of the week on April 23. All presenting donors will receive a Preds and Red Cross branded foam puck and be entered to win a Preds and Red Cross branded puck signed by a current Preds player.

To make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Preds19, and click here to learn more about the partnership.

Tweet from @PredsFoundation: Today is the first day of our week-long drive with @RedCrossTN! Spots are still available throughout the week. Make appointment: https://t.co/Vll08ixZma pic.twitter.com/ADsQZdQ1iZ

Preds Foundation Fiesta Coming Soon:

The pandemic hasn't slowed constant efforts to help the community from the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub, and there are new ways for you to help.

Finally, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Predators at Topgolf Nashville on Wednesday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. CT for the Foundation Fiesta, presented by Kroger. A ticket includes three hours of golf, food and drinks and the opportunity to win prizes including autographed memorabilia, all while cheering on the Preds as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the last road game of the regular season. Tickets are on sale now: NashvillePredators.com/fiesta

Chicago Wolves Update:

With the Milwaukee Admirals electing to sit out the 2020-21 season in the AHL, the Predators are utilizing an agreement with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Wolves to serve as Nashville's AHL affiliate this season.

Predators prospects Anthony Richard, Sean Malone, Cole Smith, Lukas Craggs, Patrick Harper, Luke Evangelista, Frederic Allard, Josh Healey and Connor Ingram are currently on the Chicago roster, and many are making an impact as the season continues.

The Wolves dropped their lone game of the past week in a shootout against Rockford by a 4-3 final, but Smith tallied twice in regulation, while Ingram made 37 saves in 65 minutes. Chicago remains atop the AHL's Central Division with 32 points.

Goal of the Week:

Video: CHI@NSH: Kunin finishes Granlund's feed for 5-2 lead

Assist of the Week:

Video: CHI@NSH: Granlund, Jarnkrok combine for goal in 2nd

Save of the Week:

Video: NSH@CAR: Saros stops Slavin and Svechnikov in the 1st

Quote of the Week:

Preds Head Coach John Hynes on playing in front of an increased crowd of 33 percent at Bridgestone Arena during Monday night's win over Chicago:

"It's the best environment that we've played in this year. I'm really thankful, and I think we as a group are really thankful for the fans. It's great to see them back in the building, as many fans as we've had in the building, and it's nice to see the players reward them with a nice win tonight and playing hard. We're looking forward to going to Chicago [for two games] and trying to do a good job there, and then we've got another two-game set coming up [at home next week], and hopefully the building continues to be the way it is, because it certainly brings energy to our group."

Shot of the Week:

…and there's more where that came from.

Predators vs. Lightning, April 13 Photo Gallery

Predators at Hurricanes, April 15 Photo Gallery

Predators at Hurricanes, April 17 Photo Gallery

Predators vs. Blackhawks, April 19 Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Wednesday at Chicago Blackhawks, 6 p.m. CT

TV: NBCSN Radio: 102.5 The Game

Friday at Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Bally Sports South Radio: 102.5 The Game

Monday vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Bally Sports South Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Tuesday vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Bally Sports South Radio: 102.5 The Game

Click Here for Tickets

Predators Official Podcast:

The NHL Trade Deadline passes, and the Predators and GM David Poile decide to keep the team together and add defenseman Erik Gudbranson (3:25). Winners of 13 of their last 17 games, Nashville is in a playoff spot and vibin' (8:15). Predators rookie forward Tanner Jeannot , a fan favorite already, joins the podcast (19:01). Plus, Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis debate what the Predators' ideal lineup could look like (46:48). 

Week in Review:

Preds Feed Off Home Crowd, Start Week with Another Win Over Blackhawks

Preds Conclude Two-Game Set with Loss to Hurricanes

Gudbranson Thrilled to Join Preds for Postseason Push

Hamilton Thrilled for Nashville to Host U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Preds Fans May Unlock Exclusive Josi, McGraw Chat Through Apple Music

Preds Fall to Hurricanes to Start Two-Game Set

Predators Sign Tomas Vomacka to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract

Metro Public Health Update Allows Increased Bridgestone Arena Capacity

Preds Broadcasters Adapt to Calling Away Games in Empty Bridgestone Arena

Predators Prospect Report: April 14

Arvidsson Tallies Twice as Preds Score Seven Against Lightning

Predators Foundation Allocates $735,000 in Grants to 184 Local Nonprofits

Poile's Belief in Preds Leads to Single Move at Trade Deadline

Predators Acquire Defenseman Erik Gudbranson from Ottawa

Predators Sign Josh Healey to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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