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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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Ellis Could Return to Preds Lineup on Tuesday

Nashville Defenseman Continues to Make Progress, Could Play Tuesday at Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The new year might just begin with a very welcomed addition to the lineup.

After missing all of the 2017 portion of the current season - 38 contests to be exact - while recovering from offseason knee surgery, a return to game action for defenseman Ryan Ellis seems imminent as the Nashville Predators embark on a three-game trip to begin 2018.

Ellis practiced with his teammates - as he has been doing for a few weeks now - on New Year's Day, taking part in drills paired alongside fellow d-man Roman Josi, another positive sign that a return is close.

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Ellis Skates with Preds, Remains 'On Track' in Recovery Process

Nashville Defenseman Joins Teammates On Ice for First Time this Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators had a welcomed addition to their morning skate on Thursday.

Defenseman Ryan Ellis, who has missed the first 25 games of Nashville's season as he recovers from a knee injury, joined his teammates on the ice on Thursday morning, the first time he's skated with the full group since the Stanley Cup Final in June.

Ellis was on the ice prior to the skate taking shots on goaltender Anders Lindback and then remained on and participated in drills for the entirety of the session.

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Kyle Turris Logs First Practice, Set for Saturday Debut

Preds Practice Ponderings for Nov. 9: Turris Centers Second Line, Bonino Close to Return

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After skating in his first official practice with his new team on Thursday, Kyle Turris stated he not only enjoys country music, but is also a big fan of the Nashville-based rock band Kings Of Leon, a favorite of many of his Predators teammates.

As if he wasn't already a good fit.

Day two in the Music City saw Turris join the rest of the Preds at Ford Ice Center for an hour-long skate, the first opportunity for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff to see their new centerman up close.

Wingers Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith flanked Turris during line rushes on Thursday, the first trio Laviolette may elect to try this weekend. If so, the bench boss believes Turris will be a benefit to whoever he sees the ice with, especially Fiala, who is still searching for his first goal of the season.

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Preds Seek Comradery, Defining Win on Long Road Trip

Preds Practice Ponderings for Oct. 31: Hartnell, Forsberg Relish Team Bonding on California Trip

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a month full of one game here, two games there; it's time to break out the big suitcases.

The Predators embarked on a four-game road trip on Tuesday afternoon, bound for California for three of those contests, all of which will come in a span of four nights.

The time away from home offers not only a chance for the Preds to continue to cure up areas of their game they feel have been lacking through the first few weeks, but also an opportunity to strengthen that comradery which is essential to team success.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 26

Slowing the Game Down is Top of Mind for Frederick Gaudreau; Preds Look for Better 5-on-5 Play

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Just call him steady Freddie.

Four games into his first recall of the 2017-18 season, Predators forward Frederick Gaudreau is making an impact, even if he's not showing up on the scoresheet just yet.

Never drafted, the 24-year-old Quebec native got his first taste of NHL action last season when he skated in nine games. But it was in the Stanley Cup Final where he made a name for himself.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 20

Preds Skate at Unique Chelsea Piers; Effort Equaling Results for Nashville; Weber off IR, Bonino to IR

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

More than one correct answer can be offered up when trying to pinpoint the predominant reason for the Predators' excellent play over their past five contests.

They've picked up nine of a possible 10 points, but even outside of that, the improvement throughout the lineup has been apparent to even the casual observer. With a chance to go two-for-two on their current road trip with a victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, the Preds' increased comfort in their on-ice system and renewed focus within it appear to have them poised for long-term success.

Following Friday's practice, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said he doesn't change the overall theme of how he wants his team to play from season to season, but that it took a couple of games for the Preds to realize their role within it.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 16

Through Five Games, Predators Say Effort Improving Nightly

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The fashion in which the Predators lost a 2-1 overtime contest in Chicago on Saturday night - particularly considering the controversial, game-tying goal late in regulation - undoubtedly brought feelings of frustration and deflation.

But over the course of an 82-game season, those nights are bound to happen, and chances are good that the Preds didn't spend much of their off day on Sunday replaying the final result in their minds.

"Pretty much immediately," forward Colton Sissons said when asked how quickly he lets the disappointment of a game like that float away. "We feel that if we play that way more often than not we're going to come out with two points. We left one on the board, so that was disappointing, but we did like our game a lot."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 11

One Day Later, Samuel Girard Reflects on his NHL Debut

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Typically, the Predators starting goaltender - either Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros - will lead the team onto the ice for warm-ups.

Neither of the puck stoppers assumed that role on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Rather, the honor was reserved for a soft-spoken, 19-year-old from Quebec, about to make his NHL debut.

Indeed, Samuel Girard leapt from the entryway to the frozen sheet and took a couple solo laps, much to the enjoyment of his teammates, before they joined the rookie defenseman.

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