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Preds Learn from Hynes During First Practice as Head Coach

Nashville's New Bench Boss Begins to Implement Change as Predators Hear from Fresh Voice

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

One of the first things John Hynes did after he stepped on the ice Wednesday for his inaugural practice with his new club was to seek out Matt Duchene.

The two took a few laps around the rink at Bridgestone Arena engaged in conversation, no doubt discussing the X's and O's of hockey and coming up with solutions as to how the Nashville Predators will find their way back into postseason contention.

Or maybe not.

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Predators Training Camp Opens Thursday, Sept. 13

First Organized Team Practice is Sept. 15 at Centennial Sportsplex

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 12, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday the complete schedule and roster for the team's 2018 training camp, which will begin with physicals and a team meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13 with the club's first organized practice set for Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:45 a.m. CT at Centennial Sportsplex. Dates, times and the roster are subject to change.

Nashville's three-week training camp is headlined by six preseason games, beginning with a doubleheader on the road against the Florida Panthers on Sept. 17 (2:30 and 6 p.m. CT). The Predators then will face off against the Tampa Bay on back-to-back nights, hosting the Lightning on Sept. 21 and traveling to Tampa on Sept. 22. Nashville will close out its preseason slate with two games against the Hurricanes, welcoming Carolina to Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 25 before playing them on the road five days later on Sept. 30.

All training camp sessions - with the exception of a 2 p.m. CT scrimmage at Ford Ice Center on Sept. 16 - will be held at Centennial Sportsplex (Note: The scrimmage is pre-register and for Preds Season-Ticket Citizens only). 

Training camp will be attended by 55 players - 48 are under contract with Nashville and seven are on American Hockey League contracts with the Milwaukee Admirals or are attending on an amateur or professional tryout. Nashville's training camp roster will consist of 32 forwards, 18 defensemen and five goaltenders and is available by clicking here.

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Watson Practices as Preds Look Ahead to Game 2

Nashville Focused on Rebounding from Game 1 Loss, Evening Series Before Heading North

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

If an innocent bystander were challenged to walk into both the Predators' and Jets' locker rooms on Saturday and determine which club lost in Game 1 on Friday night, they'd probably have a difficult time doing so.

Of course, everyone in Nashville knows the unfortunate truth to that answer.

It was the Predators, who outshot and outplayed Winnipeg in the opening contest of their Round Two series, only to find themselves on the wrong side of a 4-1 score after 60 minutes.

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Preds Confident in Ability to Bounce Back from Game 3 Defeat

Pekka Rinne Believes His Club Will Have Best Effort Yet in Game 4

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Although it may not have seemed possible at times during the first period of Game 3 on Monday night, the sun came up again on Tuesday morning.

The Predators rose from their beds, headed to Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, had some meetings, hit the ice for 35 minutes and even cracked a few smiles.

Laughed on more than one occasion as well.

Believe it or not, the sky isn't falling inside of the Nashville dressing room after their 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche cut their series lead to a 2-1 advantage. In fact, it was anything but on Tuesday afternoon.

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Preds Aiming for Better Start Against Desperate Avalanche in Game 2

Nashville Pleased with Finish in Game 1, Hoping to Ride Momentum and Take Advantage of Home Ice

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

As Pekka Rinne often likes to say prior to the commencement of a postseason series, someone is going to win Game 1, and then "it's on."

His club was the victor of the opening act, as the Predators and Avalanche began Round One on Saturday night, a 5-2 final that saw a so-so start turn into a dominant finish and a 1-0 series lead. The Preds will attempt to make it a 2-0 advantage on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena with a chance to take a commanding lead before heading to Denver for Games 3 and 4.

So, now that the Preds have had some time to dissect their efforts in the opening outing, is there something they were particularly pleased with in Game 1? What about something to improve upon?

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Dierks Bentley Practices with Preds, Talks Hockey in Nashville

Country-Music Superstar, Diehard Preds Fan Anticipating Postseason Run in Music City

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Dierks Bentley Skates with Preds

Dierks Bentley and his son practice with the Preds

Country music star Dierks Bentley and his son, Knox, seize the opportunity to skate with the Preds during a practice

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Most of the Preds opted for an off-ice workout in lieu of lacing up their skates on Friday in Nashville, and deservedly so, less than 24 hours after setting a franchise record with 111 points in a single season.

However, not everyone took the option to rest, including Dierks Bentley.

In another classic, "only in Smashville" moment, the country music superstar, and diehard Preds fan, took to the ice, along with his young son, Knox, participating in drills and trying to beat Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros over the glove.

And just as a hockey player might be in awe of their favorite musician, the inverse is also true at first sight for Bentley.

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Fisher Practices with Preds as Comeback Bid Continues

Predators Center Skates with Teammates for First Time Since Announcing Comeback

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

P.K. Subban joked if it was up to him, he would insert Mike Fisher back into the Predators' lineup immediately.

Of course, Subban isn't the one making those decisions, and as far as Fisher is concerned with his conditioning, he's probably relieved that's not the case.

However, after participating in Monday's practice at Bridgestone Arena with his Preds teammates - the first time he's done so since announcing his intention two weeks ago to come back and play for the team - Fisher said he is surprising himself just a bit when it comes to getting back into game shape.

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Forsberg Could Return Soon as Preds Prepare for Final Stretch

Nashville Winger Sheds Non-Contact Jersey, Could Return When Preds Host Blackhawks Tuesday

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Holiday break? Long gone. Bye week? In the rearview. All-Star Weekend? Happy trails.

All of those much-welcomed, midseason respites now passed, the Predators are back in Nashville with 35 games on the schedule staring them down, all of which will come over the next 68 days. For those keeping score at home, that's a lot of skating in a small window of time, all things considered.

Nashville's itinerary to close out the 2018 portion of the regular-season schedule will undoubtedly take not only a physical toll, but a mental one as well as the group attempts to secure a Central Division title for the first time in club history.

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Preds Return from Break Poised to 'Make Some Noise' in Second Half

Despite High Place in Standings, Predators Say They Can Play Much Better

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Monday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex didn't quite feature the same level of excitement as one might observe on the first day of, say, training camp, but it was close.

Rested and recharged coming off of their League-mandated, five-day break, the Nashville Predators got back to work in preparation for the unofficial start of the second half of the season, which comes Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena with the Vegas Golden Knights in town.

It'll be quite a test for the Preds against the expansion team in the third and final meeting of the regular season - Nashville is 0-1-1 against Vegas thus far - and will give them an opportunity to pick up where they left off before the respite, two wins in a row and points in three straight.

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Despite Current Slump, Preds Confident They'll Soon Be Unbeatable Again

Nashville in Midst of 2-4-2 Stretch, Team Remaining Positive

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's inevitable over the course of an 82-game season.

The Predators were able to amass a 16-2-2 stretch through portions of November and December, but they, just like every other NHL club, is also susceptible to hitting a rut at some point.

Their 2-4-2 record in their last eight outings would suggest now is one of those times. Every team goes through it, but it's how quickly a group can come out of it that matters.

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