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Watson Grateful, Happy to Be Back with Preds

Nashville Forward Begins Skating With Team Again, Taking Things Day by Day

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

All Austin Watson wants to do is take things one day at a time.

There's no set schedule, no grand itinerary as to when the Predators forward would like to get back into the lineup and help his team on the ice, but just having him back at the team's practice facility on Wednesday provided a boost for everyone near it.

Returning to the organization for the first time since being returned to available status and entering the follow-up care phase of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program, Watson slipped on a Preds jersey and skated with a limited group during an optional practice on Wednesday afternoon.

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Preds Announce 2020 NHL Winter Classic Ticketing Timeline

Ticket Presale for Predators Season-Ticket Citizens Begins on April 1

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2019) - The Nashville Predators, in partnership with the National Hockey League, announced key details surrounding the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to be hosted at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Predators will face off against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 1, 2020.

In a press conference held Wednesday at Cotton Bowl Stadium, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was joined by Predators General Manager David Poile, Chairman Herb Fritch and representatives from the NHLPA, Bridgestone and Dallas Stars, among others, to share information regarding the Winter Classic. Wednesday's announcement included details on the ticket on sale timeline and broadcasting rights.

Starting April 1, the Predators will release tickets to a variety of groups, including current partners, full and half Season-Ticket Citizens, mini-plan holders and members of Preds Perks, Golden U, Kids Club and Ford Ice Center programs. On April 16, the Predators will open the Smashville Presale, making tickets available to subscribers of the team's "This Week in Smashville" email communication. Those who participate in the Smashville Presale will have the opportunity to sit in the Predators fan section while quantities last.

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Preds Add Virtual Venue 2.0, Enables Digital Seat Adds, Changes

New Ticketmaster Product Improves on In-Person Select-A-Seat Events

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Coming to Bridgestone Arena to pick out your Predators season-ticket seats in person is so 2018.

With a desire to always be on the cutting edge of technology in the world of sports, the Preds have now implemented a new ticketing program through Ticketmaster - Virtual Venue 2.0 - becoming the first NHL team to utilize the system.

Essentially, it does just what the title says - giving Predators Season-Ticket Citizens a virtual view of Bridgestone Arena, down to the exact seat location. Already launched and live online, its main purpose is serving Season-Ticket Citizens to help them relocate or add additional seats to their accounts, if they choose to do so.

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Rinne, Simmonds Combine to Push Preds Past Maple Leafs

Nashville Wins Third-Straight Contest as Rinne Shuts Out Toronto for Second Time This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: TOR 0, NSH 3

Rinne, Predators blank Maple Leafs in 3-0 win

Pekka Rinne stopped all 22 shots he faced and Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal with the Predators in a 3-0 win against the Maple Leafs

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Wayne Simmonds got his first, and Pekka Rinne did his thing.

The winger and goaltender combined to shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night to give the Predators their third-consecutive victory.

It's the first three-game win streak for the Preds since Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, and they also finished off a season sweep of the Leafs, becoming the first team to not surrender a single goal against Toronto in a single season (a minimum of two games) since 1992-93.

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Projected Lineup: Maple Leafs vs. Predators

Kyle Turris Back on Fourth Line at Monday's Practice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return home for two dates with Eastern Conference teams in playoff positioning. First up, the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bridgestone Arena tonight (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (41-27-5) closed out their trip to California with wins over the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks last week. Center Kyle Turris was scratched for both of those contests, but appears set to re-enter the Predators' lineup after skating on the fourth line during Monday's practice. Additional roster news for Nashville arrived yesterday evening with the NHL/NHLPA announcing forward Austin Watson's indefinite suspension had ended and he'd been given "available status."

Toronto (43-24-5) has lost three of four and is in the midst of a three-game road trip. The Predators topped the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-0, on Jan. 7. 

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

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How to Watch, Live Stream Maple Leafs vs. Preds

Nashville Returns Home to Host Toronto on 90s Night at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

After finishing their California swing with a pair of victories, the Nashville Predators are back home tonight to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds shut out the Leafs, 4-0, in Toronto back in January.

Wins in Los Angeles and San Jose by 3-1 and 4-2 counts, respectively, led to a boost of confidence for the Preds, as they got back to playing the way they want to, especially at this time of the year. Now, with only nine games to play in the regular season, the Predators face another tough task with the high-powered Maple Leafs club that is among the top teams in the east with 94 points.

"We played two pretty complete games there in L.A. and San Jose, and it's all about building off of that now," Preds center Ryan Johansen said Monday. "That's behind us, we did good things and we just need to keep moving forward… We just need our team game to really be polished up right now while we're making our push into the playoffs."

[Read More: Predators Projected Lineup vs. Maple Leafs]

[Read More: Preds to Celebrate 90s Night by Reuniting Weber, Crisp on TV Broadcast]

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Preds Grant Wish, Sign Three-Year-Old Asher Collier to Contract

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Participant Signs Two-Day, Priceless Deal with Predators

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL /

Make-A-Wish: Asher Collier

Asher joins the Preds for team photo, practice

Three-year-old Asher Collier signs a two-day, priceless contract with the Predators and joins the team at practice and for the team photo

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Three-year-old Asher Collier made franchise history Monday morning as the youngest free-agent the Nashville Predators have ever signed, in partnership with the Preds Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

"I know you guys thought we were all done with the trade deadline being over, but we are not done, we've got our biggest signing left to go," Assistant General Manager Brian Poile said at Asher's signing. "He's going right on the first line - the JOFA line will now have another A added to it."

Collier, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and short bowel syndrome, has loved hockey and the Predators with all his heart since seeing the team sweep the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Preds to Celebrate 90s Night by Reuniting Weber, Crisp on TV Broadcast

Voice of the Predators Pete Weber Recalls Stories with Terry Crisp, Looks Forward to Tuesday's Broadcast

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The band is getting back together for one night only.

Tuesday's game at Bridgestone Arena between the Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs is 90s Night, and while there will be plenty of totally awesome activations in the building, the duo that will call the game on Fox Sports Tennessee will also bring about plenty of nostalgia.

The Voice of the Predators Pete Weber will join his original broadcast partner Terry Crisp on the television side for Tuesday's contest, the perfect way to commemorate the occasion and give viewers a blast from the past.

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Arvidsson Tallies Twice as Preds Finish Trip with Big Win in San Jose

Nashville Forward Hits 30-Goal Mark, Predators Collect Four Points to Conclude California Swing =

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, SJS 2

Forsberg, Arvidsson lead Predators to 4-2 win

Filip Forsberg tallied the go-ahead goal in the 3rd and Viktor Arvidsson scored twice as the Predators posted a 4-2 win against the Sharks

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You could make the argument it's the Nashville Predators' biggest victory of the season to date.

Those who made it happen sure seemed to think so.

A commitment to team defense was evident on Saturday night at SAP Center as the Preds held the Sharks to two goals in a 4-2 win to conclude their trip to California. The victory is Nashville's second in a row and hands San Jose back-to-back losses in regulation at home for the first time this season.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Sharks

Kyle Turris Possibly Scratched Again for Saturday's Game in San Jose

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The final and most daunting stop of the Nashville Predators' three-game trip to California arrives tonight in San Jose (at 9:30 p.m. CT).

The Predators (40-27-5) bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after falling 3-2 in Anaheim. Viktor Arvidsson, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons tallied in the win for Nashville, while center Kyle Turris was among the scratches on Thursday.

San Jose (43-20-8) suffered their first lost in the month of March in their last game - a 4-2 loss at home to the Florida Panthers. The defeat ended a six-game winning streak for the Sharks, who sit second in the Pacific Division.

Nashville held a full morning skate at SAP Center on Saturday morning. Turris skated on a fifth line with Cody McLeod and Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve). Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette announced goaltender Juuse Saros will start in net. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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