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Colin Wilson Nearing Return for Predators

The Winger Has Turned in Strong Performances at Practice; Led Preds in Playoff Points in 2016

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Colin Wilson said he was dying to take the ice when he felt the energy inside Bridgestone Arena and saw the light show leading up to Game Three of the Predators' Round One series.

The forward had missed the first two games of the playoff matchup with the Blackhawks - and the final two contests of the regular season - with a lower-body injury and suiting up for Nashville wasn't going to be an option just yet. But that didn't stop him from being a bit irrational when he saw his teammates greeted with a deafening decibel as they skated through the Pred Head outside of the Lexus Lounge.

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Preds Return to Practice, Prep for Blues in Round Two

Preparations for the Second Round Are Underway; Pekka Rinne Honored by PHWA

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Chances were already high that the Nashville Predators would be jetting off to the state of Missouri sometime this week, but when the St. Louis Blues scored in overtime to defeat the Minnesota Wild early Saturday evening, the meeting was confirmed.

The Preds and the Blues will get together in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in what will be the first postseason meeting between the Central Division foes.

After two well-earned days off thanks to a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One, the Predators were back on the ice on Sunday as preparations began to face a St. Louis team that needed only five games to defeat Minnesota.

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Preds Want to Play Desperate Against Desperate Blackhawks in Game Four

Rolling Four Lines Has Been Key to Nashville's Success; Pekka Rinne's Unbelievable Save

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

So close, yet so far.

The Nashville Predators are just one win away from doing something they haven't done in the history of the franchise - sweep a series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

That opportunity exists tomorrow night when the Preds host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of their Round One series at Bridgestone Arena, and with a commanding 3-0 series lead, Nashville could punch its ticket to the Second Round with a victory.

And the Predators would prefer to not give the Hawks one inkling of hope.

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Shot Blocking Helps Preds Deliver Win in Game One

Nashville Blocked 26 Shots in Game One, A Crucial Factor in the Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne stopped all 29 shots the Chicago Blackhawks were able to get through to him in Game One, but the goaltender's Nashville Predators teammates prevented plenty more from finding a way through.

The Preds recorded 26 blocked shots in total during their 1-0 win over Chicago on Thursday night to begin the Round One series, the highest total of any of the 16 teams through one game in the playoffs.

It's a statistic that tells Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette two things: one, his club spent too much time in their own zone, but secondly, his players were willing to do whatever it took to take a 1-0 series lead.

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Preds Fully Prepped, Practiced Prior to Series

GM David Poile Feels Predators Turned a Corner Late in the Regular Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

For three days, the Nashville Predators have studied film, adjusted systems and prepared in every way possible. Now, it's time to execute.

The team concluded their final practice on Wednesday before jetting to Chicago in advance of their Round One series against the Blackhawks, set to begin on Thursday at the United Center.

A stretch of three-straight days of practice hasn't been available since training camp, and the period was used to the Preds full advantage, as Nashville looks to win their first series in three tries against the Hawks.

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Veterans Fisher, Rinne Share Confidence in Preds

Nashville's Captain and Goaltender Ready to Embrace Challenge of Facing Chicago in Round One

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mike Fisher has always been confident in his hockey club.

In his first season as captain of the Nashville Predators, the 36-year-old centerman had to answer tough questions in the first few weeks of the season after the team got off to a rocky start despite high preseason expectations.

Were they actually as good as everyone thought they would be? Could they find a way to reach the postseason for the third consecutive try?

Fisher never wavered in his belief, and in the end, he was right. So now, with the Chicago Blackhawks awaiting the Preds and a Round One series set to begin on Thursday at the United Center, Fisher still has that same confidence. And while the Predators carry respect for their opponent, they also know what they have inside their own room.

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Postseason Practice Ponderings: April 10

Pontus Aberg Joins the Preds as They Prepare for Game One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

For the first time since learning their Round One opponent, the Nashville Predators were back to work on Monday to begin preparations for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette utilized an hour-long practice session at Centennial Sportsplex to set the groundwork necessary to face the Chicago Blackhawks in a series that begins on Thursday night at the United Center. After an 82-game season, the Predators were eager to get back on the ice for what is the best time of the year for anyone involved in the sport.

"That's why you play the 82 games is to get to this point," Laviolette said. "Our guys battle hard to get here and everybody gets excited to play for the playoffs. [Almost] 50 percent of the teams are going home today… and a little more than 50 percent get to stay and play for the Stanley Cup."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: March 10

Ellis and Ekholm are Absent from Practice, But Parenteau Could Make Preds Debut

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

As the Nashville Predators are preparing for the finale of their three-game set in California, a contest that will all but single handedly determine the overall success of the trip, they're dealing with an unfortunate byproduct of the game.

With Vernon Fiddler suffering an upper-body injury, Ryan Ellis reaggravating his lower-body injury and Mattias Ekholm absent from Friday's practice as well, the Preds lineup for Saturday afternoon is in flux.

"It's always challenging with the lineup moving around a little bit," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said at Solar4America Ice at San Jose on Friday. "But it's nothing too out of the ordinary, just because it doesn't happen on a daily basis. Just with the level of physicality of the game, things are happening all the time."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: March 6

Ryan Ellis Returns to the Ice as Nashville Heads to California for the Week

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The calendar may only say March, but it's already starting to feel like April on the ice.

Intensity and significance are ramping up across the NHL with the final full month of the regular season underway, and with 17 games to go for the Nashville Predators - who start a three-game California trip on Tuesday in Anaheim - every shift, every save and every goal is magnified that much more.

The players can feel it, and they know the tension will only rise with each passing day from here on out, especially with the amount of parity throughout the League standings.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: February 10

Before the Bye Week, Nashville Readies for a Weekend Doubleheader

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's rest and relaxation ahead, but the Nashville Predators have to work before they earn the reward.

For the first time in League history, each team is receiving a bye week, a five-day break with no games, no practice, and for the Preds, it begins Monday. The only thing standing in their way is a weekend doubleheader with four points on the line.

Nashville hosts Florida on Saturday afternoon and Dallas on Sunday evening at Bridgestone Arena, two teams that, like the Predators, remain in the thick of the playoff race in their respective conferences. That only figures to magnify the intensity and importance of the weekend ahead.

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