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Preds Arrive in Edmonton with Quiet Confidence After Successful Camp

Following Two Weeks of Work, Predators Feeling Confident as Phase 4 Begins

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

On Sunday morning, for the first time in more than four months, the Nashville Predators stepped onto a plane - as a team - and departed for a destination to play hockey.

A feeling of uncertainty was still prevalent, just like the last time they were in the air together, but that sense was overrun by a different emotion - an excitement that hasn't been felt in quite some time.

With two weeks of training camp complete, the Preds jetted off to Edmonton, Alberta, the site of the NHL's Western Conference hub as Phase 4 of their Return To Play Plan begins. Once settled in the JW Marriott within the Secure Zone downtown, the Predators will focus on three days of practice before their exhibition contest with the Dallas Stars on Thursday afternoon.

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Predators Announce 30-Player Roster for Qualifying Round, Playoffs

Roster Consists of 17 Forwards, Nine Defensemen and Four Goaltenders

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

The Nashville Predators have announced their Phase 4 roster consisting of 30 players: 17 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. The team traveled to Edmonton in advance of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Sunday. Nashville's roster consists of the following players:

Forwards: Viktor Arvidsson, Colin Blackwell, Nick Bonino, Daniel Carr, Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg, Mikael Granlund, Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Michael McCarron, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, Eeli Tolvanen, Yakov Trenin, Kyle Turris and Austin Watson.

Defensemen: Alexandre Carrier, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Dante Fabbro, Dan Hamhuis, Korbinian Holzer, Roman Josi, Jarred Tinordi and Yannick Weber.

Goaltenders: Troy Grosenick, Connor Ingram, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros.

Click here to see a PDF version of the 30-player roster. 

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Preds Packing Suitcases, Preparing for Extended Stay in Phase 4

Books, Gaming Systems Popular Choices for Must-Have Items in Bubble

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

At some point over the next few hours, members of the Nashville Predators will lay out an empty suitcase - or three - and determine what they'd like to have in their possession for a potentially two-month stay in Edmonton.

With training camp and Phase 3 of the NHL's Return To Play Plan coming to an end on Saturday, the Preds will turn their attention to Phase 4 and a trip to the Alberta capital that will start with a best-of-5 series against the Arizona Coyotes in the Stanley Cup Qualifier next Sunday.

If the Predators do well and find themselves winning rounds of postseason play, they could be away from home through the beginning of October. No matter what, the group figures to be gone for more than two weeks at the very least

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Preds Official Podcast: Lessons From Training Camp

Rocco Grimaldi Joins the Show as Training Camp Comes to a Close and the Predators Prepare for Phase 4

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten explain what they've gleaned from Training Camp, evaluate the Preds' expected roster and chat Roman Josi's Norris Trophy nomination. Predators winger Rocco Grimaldi  joins the show to share what he's expecting in Edmonton and in the postseason. 

  • Predators reach the end of Training Camp and Phase 3
  • Interview with Preds forward Rocco Grimaldi
  • Roman Josi receives nomination for Norris Trophy as NHL's Best Defenseman
  • Broadcast information for upcoming Preds games
  • Answering your Twitter questions

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Preds Gaining Confidence from Scrimmages as Training Camp Nears End

No Detail Too Small as Predators Run Through Game Situations Ahead of Phase 4

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Prior to their scrimmage on Wednesday, the Predators took a traditional, 16-minute warmup, just as they would prior to a normal game. They were outfitted in their traditional uniforms - half of the players in white, the others in Gold.

The team then retreated to the locker room so the Zambonis could do their thing. Bridgestone Arena's FangVision played an introduction video as the team returned to the ice. The national anthem even played prior to the opening faceoff, and at the first whistle past the 14-minute mark, the ice shavings were shoveled, just as they would be on any given night.

Oh, and the scrimmage began at noon local time, the same moment the puck will drop for Game 1 in fewer than two weeks' time.

No detail is too small to overlook in this setting, especially when none of the scrimmage's participants have played a game in more than four months.

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Hynes Pleased with Progress Made by Preds as Training Camp Continues

Nashville's Head Coach Says Team Showing Plenty of Positives as Games Inch Closer

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

All of a sudden, the Predators are four days away from a flight to Edmonton, Alberta, and a journey they hope will carry through the start of October.

Filip Forsberg scoring goals, Pekka Rinne making saves, Nick Bonino cracking jokes - all the familiar sights and sounds are back. As Preds Training Camp Presented by Vanderbilt Heath enters its final few sessions, the group continues to make daily progress as they prepare for their Stanley Cup Qualifying Round matchup with the Arizona Coyotes that is set to begin on Aug. 2.

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Hamhuis Appreciative, Excited for Another Chance at Stanley Cup Run

Predators Defenseman Receives Support from Daughters to Try for Long Playoff Journey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

When the 2019-20 NHL season was officially paused on March 12, there was still a cautious optimism at the time that the delay would be a short one.

But then the days began to turn into weeks, which turned into months, and what once seemed to be a foregone conclusion of an eventual end to the season suddenly appeared foggy at best.

Consequently, Dan Hamhuis began to wonder if his newfound position as a homeschool teacher was about to become permanent.

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Weber Played Key Role in RTP, CBA Ratification Between NHL, NHLPA

Predators Defenseman Also Serves as Players' Association Representative, Spent Last Four Months Helping to Negotiate New Deals

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Yannick Weber was anything but bored over the last four months.

While so many of his teammates and fellow NHLers were constructing home gyms in their garages, binge-watching television programs and finding any other way to pass the time, Weber was on the phone.

A lot.

Not only is the veteran defenseman in his fourth season as a member of the Nashville Predators, he also serves as the team's National Hockey League Players' Association representative. Throughout the year, Weber acts as a liaison to keep his teammates updated on discussions on various topics between the League and the Players' Association by participating in conference calls and the like.

And, as one might imagine, Weber had plenty to do as the spring turned into summer.

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Preds Official Podcast: Really, Truly, Back on the Ice

Predators Defenseman and Players' Association Rep Yannick Weber Joins the Show to Discuss CBA and RTP Agreements; Preds Begin Training Camp in Phase 3

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

The Predators are a week into Training Camp, with their first game a little more than a week away. Defenseman Yannick Weber  describes his involvement as the Preds player representative in the CBA extension ratification. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis tackle a slew of updates, including the game schedule, camp preparation for the Coyotes and the Preds' lineup. 

  • Updates on the NHL and NHLPA Agreement on the Return To Play Plan and a CBA Extension
  • Predators begin Training Camp in Phase 3
  • Nashville's Qualifying Round schedule against Arizona
  • Preds lineup finding chemistry in camp
  • Interview with Preds defenseman Yannick Weber
  • Answering your Twitter questions

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Familiar Faces Finding Chemistry Again as Preds Training Camp Continues

Nashville's Head Coach Wants Players to Gel Quickly as Games Inch Closer

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

A familiar trio paraded down the ice together just moments into the first Preds practice in four months, and they've continued to do so all week long.

Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson - better known to many as the "JOFA" line - have been reunited. So have Nick Bonino, Craig Smith and Rocco Grimaldi, the most consistent combination for Nashville all season long. Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund, who showed a connection right from the start of 2019-20, are together as well.

Predators Training Camp Presented by Vanderbilt Health has begun with more than just the welcome sight of familiar faces on a sheet of ice. Head Coach John Hynes is going with what's worked in the past too.

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