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Broadcaster Blog: Family, Hockey Man Poile Set to Enter U.S. Hall of Fame

Voice of the Predators Pete Weber Looks Back at David Poile's Career Thus Far Leading Into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction

by Pete Weber @PeteWeberSports / Voice of the Predators

The United States Hockey Hall of Fame has turned its annual induction ceremonies into a road show - and this year it comes to Nashville. That's right, Music City becomes Hockey City on Dec. 12. And one of the inductees is Predators General Manager David Poile.

He is already established as the GM with the most victories in National Hockey League history. Many things have led to this honor for Poile, but I want to look beyond the numbers and characterize the type of person he is.

Poile is extremely methodical in his approach. He learned from his father, hockey-lifer Bud Poile, and his mentor with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames, Cliff Fletcher. Poile has been running his own teams, beginning with the Washington Capitals in 1982, then moving to start the Predators franchise in 1998.

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Preds Get Back to Basics to Beat Senators

Watson, Ellis, Smith All Tally in 20th Win of Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: OTT 1, NSH 3

Predators score three unanswered in 3-1 win over Sens

Austin Watson, Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith each scored a goal, while Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in the Predators' 3-1 win over the Senators

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The home team allowed a goal just 34 seconds into Tuesday's game, but it was all positive from there.

Three different Preds found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 final at Bridgestone Arena. The result ends Nashville's two-game skid and gives them their 20th win of the campaign.

After a road trip to Western Canada didn't go their way, the Preds returned home to face a Senators club also dealing with injury issues, and Nashville kept it simple to collect the satisfying victory.

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Nashville Predators Foundation Grants in Action

Nashville Predators Foundation Grant Photo Gallery

by Kallie Sohm @SohmKallie / Digital Media Intern

Adventure Science Center: 


Amputee Blade Runners:

Cumberland River Compact:

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee:

McNeilly Center:


Sweet Sleep:


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Projected Lineup: Senators vs. Predators

Preds, Sens to Play Season Series in a Week; Kyle Turris Back on the Ice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Starting tonight, the Predators and Senators will play their two-game season series over the next six days. 

Nashville (19-10-1) has dropped their last two games, both on the road in Western Canada. Kyle Turris (Injured Reserve) was on the ice for the practice on Monday wearing a non-contact sweater, while Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis missed the session. 

Ottawa (13-14-4) has recently had some injury trouble of their own, losing top forwards Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan. The Senators will face the Predators tonight and then host Nashville in Ottawa on Monday.

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

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How to Watch, Live Stream Senators vs. Preds

Nashville Begins Three-Game Homestand with Ottawa in Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will try to get back in the win column tonight as they begin three-game homestand with the Ottawa Senators in town. It's the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season, both of which will come in the next week.

After dropping both contests of a two-game trip to Western Canada, the Predators are hoping some time at home can bring success once more. Nashville continues to be without four key players - Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Kyle Turris and P.K. Subban - all of who remain on Injured Reserve.

The Senators are also dealing with the own injury troubles as top players Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan are on IR with groin and concussion injuries, respectively.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Senators]

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Weber, Nashville Fire Department Present Check to Metro Animal Care

Check for $7,000 Goes to Metro Animal Care and Control; $7 Adoption Fees Aimed to Help Clear Animal Shelter

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Weber Helps Dogs Get Adopted

Weber, Nashville Fire helping dogs get adopted

Yannick Weber and the Nashville Fire Department team up to help dogs get adopted from Metro Animal Care and Control

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A dog named Souffle didn't even make it off the Bridgestone Arena plaza without getting adopted on Monday afternoon.

That's exactly the kind of enthusiasm Metro Animal Care and Control is hoping for from the community as the holidays approach, and Predators defenseman Yannick Weber, the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Metro Nashville Fire Department are helping to make it happen.

Following Monday's Preds practice, Weber assisted in presenting a check for $7,000 from the sale of Preds Fire t-shirts and jerseys last season on behalf of the Metro Fire Department and the Weber Woof Pack. In addition, MACC will be hosting $7 adoptions for the remainder of the week in honor of Weber' No. 7 jersey.

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Photos: Preds & Pins Raises Money for 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund

Predators Players and Nashville Celebrities Bowl for Good Cause at Seventh Annual Event, Presented by UnitedHealthcare

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Seventh Annual Preds & Pins

Preds and Pins raises money for 365 Fund

The Seventh Annual Preds and Pins bowling event raised over $25,000 for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund

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Swiss-born Kevin Fiala admitted he doesn't have much experience with a bowling ball, but that didn't stop him and his teammates from helping to strike out cancer.

Preds forwards Ryan Hartman, Eeli Tolvanen and Zac Rinaldo joined Fiala, as well as other athletes and celebrities at the Seventh Annual Preds & Pins Celebrity Bowling Tournament, presented by UnitedHealthcare.

Along with the special guests, Preds fans came out to the Hermitage Strike and Spare to raise money to support the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily, which helps fund research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Preds Finish Western Canada Trip with Loss to Flames

Saros Makes First Start Since Nov. 23; Nashville Winless in Last Six Road Outings

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Predators fall to Flames, 5-2

NSH Recap: Sissons, Smith score in 5-2 loss to Flames

Colton Sissons and Craig Smith each lit the lamp, but the Predators gave up three unanswered goals in the 3rd as they fell to the Flames, 5-2

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In his first start since Nov. 23, Juuse Saros gave the Predators a chance to win in Calgary, but a perfect redirection in the third period led the Flames to score the game's final three goals on their way to a 5-2 victory.

Craig Smith wired a wrister that eluded Flames' netminder Mike Smith to tie the game, 2-2, early in the final frame, but Calgary answered, and answered quickly, with Garnet Hathaway scoring at 6:03, Alan Quine finding twine at 12:12 and Elias Lindholm adding the empty-netter at 17:00.

The result makes injury-riddled Nashville winless in their last six road (0-5-1) outings and sees their season series against the Flames finish at 1-2-0.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Flames

Juuse Saros Could Make First Start Since Nov. 23 in St. Louis

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The third and final act between the Predators and Flames comes tonight in Calgary (at 9 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (19-9-1) dropped the opening game of their two-game road trip, 5-3, to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday evening. Goaltender Pekka Rinne started the contest, but was replaced by Juuse Saros to start the third. The Preds are expected to be without their four players on Injured Reserve (Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Kyle Turris and P.K. Subban) again tonight. 

Calgary (18-9-2) is 1-1-0 against Nashville so far this season. The Flames have won four in a row, but saw captain Mark Giordano and Ryan Lomberg suspended following their 2-0 win over the Wild on Thursday. Mikael Backlund was also injured in the contest. All three will miss tonight's game. 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome. Austin Watson was not on the ice for the session. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds Official Podcast: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Calls Poile

Podcast Interviews Predators GM, Looks at NHL's Expansion to Seattle and Preds' Injuries

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Prior to being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile joins the show. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis look at Seattle joining the NHL as the 32nd franchise and answer fan questions on practice, lineup chemistry and travel. Plus, the episode looks at how the Predators are trying to play a tighter, more defensive game in light of their rash of injuries.  

Highlights Include: 

  • Why Preds need to play defensive game following injuries
  • Interview with Preds GM David Poile
  • Seattle joins NHL as 32nd franchise
  • Preds bowl at Preds & Pins
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Giveaway opportunity of tickets to Marvel Universe Live; listen to see how to enter!

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