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Training Camp Day 16: One More Tune Up

Preds Prepare for Their Final Preseason Game; Players Test Go-Kart Skills

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

All of a sudden, there's only one week to go.

Next Friday night, the Nashville Predators will begin their 19th season in franchise history. Between now and then, they'll have a few practices, and one more preseason tune up.

The Preds head to Tampa Bay tomorrow to face the Lightning, the final opportunity for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff to see their players in game action before the real thing. Although the roster has dwindled and the regular season is fast approaching, there is still work to be done.

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Training Camp Day 15: Maz Earns His Spot

Goaltender Marek Mazanec Will Start the Season with the Preds as Pekka Rinne's Backup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

Marek Mazanec isn't the superstitious type.

He doesn't pay attention to whether or not he puts his right or left leg pad on first. It doesn't matter if he has the same snack every day. Lucky pair of socks? Nope.

He will, however, add a smiley face to his autograph if he has the time.

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Training Camp Day 14: One Last Piece

Defenseman Roman Josi Joins the Preds After Returning from the World Cup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

Thirteen days after Nashville Predators Training Camp opened to commence the 2016-17 season, the final attendee arrived. But he had a good excuse.

Defenseman Roman Josi joined his Preds teammates on the ice Wednesday at Centennial Sportsplex, a few days after leading Team Europe to the final of the World Cup of Hockey against Canada. Josi and his mates ultimately fell in two games to the host nation, but the run Europe went on to come within two wins of stunning the hockey community was certainly noteworthy.

Equally as impressive was the play of Josi, anchoring the European defense corps and munching minutes against the other clubs' top lines throughout the tournament. Nothing new to those in Nashville who see him on a nightly basis, however.

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Training Camp Day 12: Sissons Finding His Role

Preds Center Hoping to Land in the NHL Full Time This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

If it was up to Colton Sissons, he'd never play another game at the minor-league level.

While the ultimate decision doesn't belong to him, he may still get his wish. Those who are in charge of determining where Sissons will fit within the organization during the 2016-17 season have liked what they've seen from the 22-year-old centerman over the past couple of weeks and could make him a full-time NHLer sooner than later.

For Sissons, who began the 2015-16 campaign captaining the Milwaukee Admirals before finding himself in Nashville for 34 regular-season contests - and 10 more in the playoffs - the confidence is abundant at a time when it matters most.

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Training Camp Day Nine: How Swede It Is

Ekholm and Subban Paired Together During Friday's Practice

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

The band is (almost) back together.

Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm joined their Nashville Predators teammates on the ice during Friday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex after returning from representing Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey.

With the addition of the two Swedes, that makes defenseman Roman Josi of Team Europe - who fell in Game Two of the World Cup Final to Team Canada last night - as the last remaining Preds representative who hasn't returned to training camp yet.

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Predators Sign Allard to Entry-Level Contract

Nashville's 2016 Third-Round Pick Inks Three-Year Deal

by Press Release @PredsPR / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 30, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has signed defenseman Frederic Allard to a three-year, entry-level contract. 

Allard, 18 (12/27/97), has played the last three seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). In 2015-16, he played 64 games, amassing 59 points (14g-45a). He scored 11 power-play goals, two game-winning goals, and recorded 34 penalty minutes. Allard played 62 games for the Sagueneens in 2014-15, recording 30 points (2g-28a) and 24 penalty minutes. In 2013-14, Allard recorded 23 points (4g-19a) and 26 penalty minutes in 61 games.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 56

Donnellan Released from PTO

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has released defenseman Mike Donnellan from his professional tryout. 

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 56 players: 32 forwards, 19 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is available here.

The Predators take the ice tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It can be watched live on nashvillepredators.com and heard on the team's flagship station, 102.5 The Game. Nashville will host its first preseason game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 1, at a sold-out Bridgestone Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. The Preds will host their annual Skate of the Union at 3:00 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza, which will include an afternoon full of events.

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Preds Training Camp Day Seven: Rinne Returns

Goaltender Pekka Rinne Makes His First Appearance of the Season After Returning from the World Cup of Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

There was a new goaltender on the ice during Wednesday's session of Predators training camp - big, athletic, never gave up on a shot - an impressive showing, to say the least.

So maybe the No. 35 jersey was familiar after all, but making his first on-ice appearance of the season with the Preds since returning from representing Finland at the World Cup of Hockey, Pekka Rinne's energy was palpable, ramping things up just a tad as a mostly veteran group skated in the early afternoon.

Indeed, Nashville's stud netminder is back in town - much to his excitement, and everyone else around him.

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Preds Split Preseason Doubleheader with Panthers

Nashville Falls 4-1 Before Finishing with a 2-1 Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

The Nashville Predators went 1-for-2 in their first preseason action, as they travelled to South Florida on Tuesday, falling 4-1 in their first outing with the Florida Panthers before finishing the night with a 2-1 victory over the same opponent.

More important than the score, the six periods of hockey in one day afforded the opportunity for the coaching staff and management to see almost every player in camp in a game situation, a benefit when it comes to evaluating the talent pool.

There were high and low points, but that's to be expected in the first games, as Head Coach Peter Laviolette explained.

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Preds Set for Preseason Doubleheader in Florida

First Exhibition Games Provide Chances for All Involved

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

As the Nashville Predators travel to Florida to face the Panthers for a preseason doubleheader today, there won't be any points at stake, no chances to move up or down in the standings.

However, an exhibition game certainly doesn't lack importance to those directly involved. It means plenty for a player trying to prove his worth to the organization, and just as much to the coach tasked with helping to make that final decision.

When the Preds take the ice at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (CT) at the BB&T Center - which can be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network - don't expect the level of urgency to drop considerably from that of a regular-season contest.

Video: Peter Laviolette discusses preseason hockey

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