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Smashville Scope: October 12

Training Camp Lessons, Todd Richards Recovering, OHL Prospects Impressing and More in This Week's Smashville Scope, Presented by JOCKEY

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

And then there were 23.

After starting with 55 players in attendance three weeks ago, Nashville's Training Camp is officially over, and the Predators have set their Opening Night roster ahead of Thursday's meeting against the Seattle Kraken to start the 2021-22 season.

Over that 21-day span, the Preds won four of their six preseason outings - and only lost once in regulation - while coming together and accomplishing exactly what they set out to do in the first normal training camp since 2019.

The systems, the special teams, the conditioning, the bonding - that's all been taken care of while maintaining a fresh outlook every day in a process that could easily become monotonous with the same routine day after day.

Instead, there's been a different energy around the group, and it's left a feeling of anticipation for what's to come when the puck drops for real.

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Predators Set 2021-22 Opening Night Roster

Nashville Opens its 24th NHL Season Thursday at Bridgestone Arena Against Expansion Seattle Kraken

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 12, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced the team's roster ahead of Thursday's opening night against the Seattle Kraken at Bridgestone Arena. Additionally, the team has placed forward Mathieu Olivier on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

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Predators Assign Afanasyev, Davies to Milwaukee

Preds Roster Stands at 26 Players Ahead of Thursday Night's Season Opener Against Seattle

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 10, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the team has assigned forward Egor Afanasyev and defenseman Jeremy Davies to Milwaukee (AHL).

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Preds Conclude Preseason with Four-Game Win Streak, Top Carolina Again

Josi, Trenin, Forsberg, Jeannot Tally for Nashville to Finish Exhibition Schedule with 4-1-1 Record

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Four different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-3 final on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. The result concludes the preseason schedule for the Preds with a four-game win streak and a 4-1-1 record over that span.

Carolina led 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a goal from Jordan Martinook, but Nashville answered in the second stanza with three tallies in the first 7:33 of the frame. First, Preds Captain Roman Josi took a feed from Matt Duchene and converted on the power play just 32 seconds into the period for Nashville's fifth goal with the man advantage of the preseason.

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Preds Official Podcast: Opening Week 2021

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman Joins the Show as the Predators Prepare for Opening Night; Listen for Your Chance to Win Preds Tickets

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The 2021-22 NHL season is almost here, and Opening Night is less than one week away. The Predators have reached the conclusion of Training Camp, and there are some tough roster decisions to make. Brooks Bratten and Kara Hammer discuss, plus NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman joins the show (17:24) to talk all things Preds. Plus, listen to see how you can win tickets to see the Predators host Seattle at Bridgestone Arena on Opening Night! 

  • Predators Training Camp concludes, and Opening Night is looming
  • Who will make Nashville's 23-man roster?
  • Interview with NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Listen for your chance to win Opening Night tickets!

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Preseason Game Day: Hurricanes vs. Preds Preview

Nashville Hosts Carolina in the Exhibition Finale This Afternoon with Final Roster Decisions Looming

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Just like that, the preseason finale is here.

Nashville's dress rehearsal comes this afternoon as the Predators host the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena (3 p.m. CT) in the final contest for both clubs before the 2021-22 regular season begins next week.

While games of the exhibition variety don't count in the standings, of course, the Preds wouldn't mind finishing the preseason on a four-game win streak, and that's possible today thanks in part to a 3-2 overtime win at Carolina on Tuesday night. Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene scored in regulation for Nashville before Filip Forsberg set up Philip Tomasino in OT to finish off the night.

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Jeannot, Afanasyev Taking Different Paths on NHL Journey to Nashville

Predators Forward Tanner Jeannot Ready for Added Responsibility; Egor Afanasyev Looking to Make Opening Night Roster

by Justin Hershey @justinhershey26 /

There are several ways to make it in the NHL.

Some players are highly sought after from the start, earning their way through impressive play from their youth and eventually hearing their name called from the podium at the NHL Draft. Others need to scrape and claw for their shot at NHL stardom, stopping across the world in junior leagues and hoping their skills prove their worth.

Both paths can yield results, and both paths are important parts of building an organization. The Nashville Predators have been fortunate enough to discover and develop a number of youthful forwards over the years, including both Tanner Jeannot and Egor Afanasyev.

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Tomasino Tallies OT Winner as Preds Beat Hurricanes in Carolina

Johansen, Duchene Also Score for Nashville as Predators Win Third-Straight in Preseason

by Zach Gilchriest & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Philip Tomasino played the role of hero on Tuesday night in Carolina. 

The rookie forward scored at 2:49 of overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena for their third-straight preseason win in the penultimate contest of the exhibition schedule. 

The tilt moved Nashville to 3-1-1 through those five preseason games, and with both teams icing lineups nearly full of NHL regulars, Tuesday's game provided the toughest challenge yet for the Preds. 

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Preseason Game Day: Preds at Hurricanes Preview

Nashville Travels to Carolina for Penultimate Preseason Contest

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The penultimate game of Nashville's preseason schedule has arrived, and the Predators have traveled to Raleigh to take on the Hurricanes this evening at 6 p.m. CT.

The visit to PNC Arena marks the first time the Preds have been back to Carolina since facing the Canes in the opening round of the 2021 postseason, and while tonight's exhibition contest likely won't have the same animosity as a playoff tilt, there is still plenty to play for.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 33 Players

Nashville Assigns Six to Milwaukee; Admirals Training Camp Opens Tuesday

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 4, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the team has assigned forwards Tommy Novak and Anthony Richard; defenseman David Farrance; and goaltender Devin Cooley to Milwaukee (AHL).

Defensemen Matt Donovan and Josh Healey have been released from their tryout agreements and will report to Milwaukee.

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