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Thank You, Smashville

From On-Ice Performance to Off-Ice Support, Preds Look Back on Record Season in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

We know Predators fans everywhere would rather be talking about their hockey team making their way through their second consecutive Western Conference Final right now.

Trust us, we wish we were writing on that subject.

But with the ink drying on the final pages of the 2017-18 season, it's worth a look back - and peek forward - at what's to come in Smashville.

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Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm Win Gold at World Championship

Sweden Wins Gold Medal; Josi, Fiala Earn Silver, Bonino Takes Bronze

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's a golden moment for the Nashville Swedes.

Filip Forsberg scored the winner in the shootout as Sweden defeated Switzerland by a 3-2 final in the Gold Medal Game at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. As a result, Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm collect their first World Championship gold medals of their careers, while Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala earn silver medals, the second time Josi has taken home silver.

Tweet from @TomAWillis: Filip Forsberg is money in the shootout and Sweden wins Gold.������������ #Preds | #IIHFWorlds

Josi and Fiala assisted on Switzerland's first goal of the contest, and Josi also added a helper on the second Swiss goal. Ekholm tallied an assist on Sweden's first marker of the game before Forsberg scored in the shootout, and then Swedish netminder Anders Nilsson made one more save to send the Swedes flying off the bench.

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World Championship Update: Five Preds to Face Off for Gold Medal

Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm and Sweden to Face Josi, Fiala and Switzerland; Bonino and Turris Battle for Bronze

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

At least two Predators will be departing Denmark with a gold medal.

Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm and Sweden will take on Roman Josi, Kevin Fiala and Switzerland in the 2018 World Championship gold medal game on Sunday, a chance for international bragging rights between the Nashville teammates.

In addition, Nick Bonino and Team USA will face Kyle Turris and Team Canada for a bronze medal in the early game on Sunday.

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World Championship Update: Seven Preds to Face Off in Semifinals

Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm, Josi, Fiala, Bonino and Turris to Face Nashville Teammates for Chance to Play for Gold

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Seven of the eight Preds who began the day with a quarterfinal contest at the World Championship are moving on.

The United States, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland were all victorious in their Thursday outings, advancing to the semifinals on Saturday to determine who will play for gold and bronze on Sunday. Eeli Tolvanen is the only Predators skater not moving on as Finland was defeated by the Swiss on Thursday.

Predators players will face off against one another to determine those medal matchups, with Nick Bonino (USA) taking on Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm (Sweden) in the first contest of the day on Saturday. Then, it'll be Kyle Turris (Canada) meeting Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala (Switzerland) in the late game.

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Tolvanen Could Earn Roster Spot with Preds Next Season

Nashville Prospect Will Be Given Every Opportunity to Succeed in 2018-19

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The list of hockey players who see NHL ice time within nine months of being drafted is limited. Those who find success in the League across that same time span is even more exclusive group.

Eeli Tolvanen checked one of those boxes in his first taste with the Predators, not bad for a then-18-year old skating for his fourth different team - he had appearances with Finland at the World Junior Championship and the Winter Olympics - in a single season.

Now, less than a month removed from his 19th birthday, the twine-tickling winger has arguably established himself as Nashville's top prospect and a player who could find himself at the NHL level again in just a few months.

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World Championship Update: Eight Preds to Play in Quarterfinals

Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm, Josi, Fiala, Bonino, Turris and Tolvanen Still Alive in Quest for Gold

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

With the preliminary round complete, all eight Predators players who made their way to the 2018 IIHF World Championship now have a shot at medaling in the tournament.

Many of the Preds participants at the World Championship have found themselves on the scoresheet in the short time they've been in Denmark, and all of them will face off on Thursday - many against one another - for a chance to advance to the semifinals.

Before we look ahead, a quick recap to this point.

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Preds Want Hartman to Play Increased Role Next Season

Poile, Laviolette Believe Nashville Winger Could Be Integral Part of Team in Years to Come

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

While Ryan Hartman may not be quite ready to hit the ice when the Predators report to training camp on Sept. 13, he's sure to have every opportunity to carve out a solidified role for himself when the time comes.

That's according to Preds General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette, who addressed the media on Monday to officially conclude the 2017-18 season, a campaign that saw Nashville acquire Hartman at the Trade Deadline from Chicago.

Poile revealed Monday that Hartman will undergo offseason shoulder surgery - a procedure that carries a four to five month recovery period - but the GM is hopeful the winger will be ready for regular-season action come October. A restricted free agent, Hartman will need to come to terms on a new deal this summer with Nashville, but the Predators certainly want him in the fold and are anxious to see what he can do with the right chances.

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End of Season Updates: Preds Want Same Core in 2018-19

Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Hartman Battled Injuries in the Playoffs; Pekka Rinne Remains No. 1 Goaltender

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

GM Poile: End of Season Comments

Poile recaps NHL-best regular season, playoff loss

General Manager David Poile recaps the Predators most successful regular season in franchise history and coming up short in the playoffs

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This year's end-of-season press conference, with Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette, had a different feel than previous editions.

Even considering the 2017 version, which took place exactly 11 months ago following the Preds' loss in the Stanley Cup Final, both the Predators GM and head coach stressed several times on Monday that they don't want to see big changes, they simply want a second shot at the Stanley Cup. Poile said that's not something he usually finds himself saying.

After falling in seven games to the second-place team from the 2017-18 regular season, the Winnipeg Jets, the Preds management and players are convinced the club's foundation is rock solid. With the vast majority of the team signed to long-term contracts and many of the players just now entering the prime of their careers, the Predators see a Stanley Cup in their not-so-distant future.

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Poile, Laviolette Agree with Preds Players: This Group is Special

Nashville General Manager, Head Coach Say Minimal Changes Coming, Core of Preds Will Remain to Try for Another Cup Run

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

GM & Coach: End of Season Q&A

Poile, Laviolette want Preds core to get second shot

GM David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette say they just want another shot at the Cup, they don't see the need to overhaul the team

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Exit meetings across the National Hockey League each spring are somewhat similar.

One by one, players meet with their respective coaches and general managers to discuss the good and bad of the previous season, what to work on during the summer and what to expect when training camp fires back up in September.

David Poile has participated in these meetings for two decades in Nashville, but in the conversations he and Peter Laviolette had over the past couple of days with Predators players, there was something different, refreshing, eye-opening.

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Playoff Disappointment Still Fresh, Preds Know Window to Win Remains Open

Core Group of Players Say Their Chance to Bring Stanley Cup to Nashville Remains Promising

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

If everything had gone according to plan, the Predators would be getting ready to host Game 1 of the Western Conference Final tonight.

At the beginning of every season, 31 teams make essentially that same plan, the ultimate goal to win it all. The reality is only one of those clubs will see their plan come to fruition, the other 30 left to figure out what went wrong.

The Predators believed they had as good of a chance as any to have a parade in their town come mid-June.

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