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Predators Set 2018-19 Opening Night Roster

Nashville Opens 2018-19 Season on Thursday in New York Against Rangers

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 2, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Rocco Grimaldi to Milwaukee (AHL). Additionally, forward Ryan Hartman has been placed on injured reserve and forward Austin Watson (suspension) has been designated non-roster.

Nashville's current roster may be seen by clicking here.

The Predators begin the 2018-19 season - their 21st as a National Hockey League franchise - at the New York Rangers on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Nashville completes its two-game road trip to start the season on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT at the Barclays Center against the New York Islanders. The team will then return to Bridgestone Arena to host the Calgary Flames and raise their Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title banners in the home regular-season opener on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. Thursday's season opener will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network while Saturday's contest against the Islanders can be seen on FOX Sports Tennessee; all three games will be carried live on 102.5 The Game.

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Predators Assign Colin Blackwell to Milwaukee

Nashville Opens the 2018-19 Season Against the Rangers on Thursday

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (October 1, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has assigned forward Colin Blackwell to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 25 players - 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. An updated roster is available here.

After taking down the Carolina Hurricanes in their final exhibition game on Sunday, the Predators begin their 21st season in the National Hockey League on Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Nashville will then take on the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Sunday before the home-opener at Bridgestone Arena against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 9.

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Preseason Finale: Preds Set to Face Hurricanes in Carolina

Nashville Trying for Better Effort in Regular-Season Dress Rehearsal

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The dress rehearsal has arrived.

The Predators are set to take on the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon from Raleigh in the final contest of the 2018 preseason for both clubs. With 26 players remaining on the Nashville roster, today serves as one final chance for those players on the bubble to impress the coaching staff.

Finishing off with a win would certainly feel good heading into Opening Night on Thursday in New York, but more than that, the Preds simply want a positive showing from their group this afternoon.

"I'd like to see a better game," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said simply. "That's the most important thing, just from the last couple of home games that we played. I think the players know that, and so we tried to address some things, just with our speed and our competitiveness. We're still evaluating as well, so we'll use the last game the best we can."

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Preds Believe Assigning Tolvanen to AHL is Best for Development

Nashville Hopes Experience in Milwaukee Will Shape Top Prospect Into NHL Player

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's all part of the process.

The Predators would have been thrilled to see Eeli Tolvanen light it up in the preseason and solidify a spot on the Opening Night roster. But, as just about every other player in the Nashville locker room has done before him, one more stop is needed.

The Preds assigned the 19-year-old winger to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Wednesday afternoon to bring the NHL roster down to 26, just one week out from the start of the regular season.

For Tolvanen, it's an opportunity to continue to develop and improve as a player, something the Predators want him to embrace.

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Predators Assign Two to Milwaukee

Camp Roster Now has 16 Forwards, Eight Blueliners and Two Goalies

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 26, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has assigned forward Eeli Tolvanen to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

Additionally, the team has released defenseman Brian Cooper from his professional tryout agreement and intends to send him to Milwaukee's training camp.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 26 players - 16 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

Nashville is 2-3-0 through five preseason contests with one remaining on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh. It will serve as the final dress rehearsal before the Predators' regular-season opener on Oct. 4 in New York against the Rangers. The game can be heard live on 102.5 The Game at 12:30 p.m. CT.

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How to Watch, Listen to Hurricanes vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts Carolina in Final Home Preseason Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators are back at Bridgestone Arena tonight to host the penultimate game of their preseason schedule, with the Carolina Hurricanes in town. It's the fifth of six contests for the Preds on the exhibition slate - No. 6 is also against the Canes - with the final meeting set for Sunday afternoon in Raleigh.

For the Predators, tonight's lineup will have a much closer feel to what should be expected on Opening Night, now just over one week away. Nashville cut their roster down to 28 players over the past 48 hours, and Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette expects to try out line combinations and defensive pairings that could be seen in the regular season.

That includes giving the line of Ryan Johansen centering Filip Forsberg and Kevin Fiala another try. The trio combined for five goals and 13 points against Florida in their preseason game on Sept. 17, and Nashville's coaching staff could elect to keep Fiala on that line as opposed to Viktor Arvidsson, who skated with Craig Smith and Kyle Turris during Monday's practice.

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Blackwell, Grimaldi Among Preds Still Competing for Roster Spots

Pair of Forwards Making Impressions as Training Camp Enters Final Week

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

And then there were 28.

With four of their six preseason games completed, the Predators elected to make their largest transaction of training camp on Sunday, reducing their roster by 20 players. Four more cleared waivers on Monday and were assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL, leaving Nashville just five participants above the 23-man group they must be down to prior to Opening Night next week.

Almost all of the 28 remaining were mainstays with the big club last season, except for a select few who have shown the coaching staff enough promise to keep them around for at least a few more days.

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Predators Assign Four to Milwaukee Admirals

Training Camp Roster Now Stands at 28 Players

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 24, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forwards Connor Brickley and Tyler Gaudet; defenseman Jarred Tinordi and goaltender Troy Grosenick to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 28 players - 17 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

Nashville is more than halfway through its six-game preseason schedule, going 2-2-0 with two contests against the Carolina Hurricanes remaining. The Predators will host the Hurricanes tomorrow at Bridgestone Arena - that game will be televised live on FOX Sports Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT. Nashville will close out the preseason on the road in Raleigh on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. CT. Both games can also be heard live on 102.5 The Game.

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Predators Reduce Roster by 20 Players

Training Camp Roster Stands at 32 Entering Final Two Preseason Contests

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 23, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forwards Tanner Jeannot, Justin Kirkland, Zachary Magwood, Tyler Moy, Carl Persson, Anthony Richard, Emil Pettersson and Yakov Trenin; defensemen Frederic Allard, Filip Pyrochta, Jack Dougherty, Joonas Lyytinen and Alexandre Carrier; and goaltender Miroslav Svoboda to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators have also released the following players from their professional tryout agreements with the intention of assigning them to Milwaukee's training camp: Forwards Alex Overhardt, Jeremy Gregoire, Matt Lane and Mathieu Olivier; defenseman Matt Donovan; and goaltender Thomas McCollum.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 32 players - 19 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

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Preds Official Podcast: Bitetto Recaps His Wedding, Talks Camp

Podcast Forecasts Fiala's Future; Interviews Bitetto on Life, Love and Hockey

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis describe the new cuisine coming to Bridgestone Arena this season and debate what the ceiling is for Preds winger Kevin Fiala. They're also joined by defenseman Anthony Bitetto, who shares his engagement story and recaps his summer wedding. 

Highlights Include:

  • How high is Kevin Fiala's ceiling?
  • What is preseason travel like?
  • Previewing the new food and drink at the arena
  • Interview with Anthony Bitetto
  • An on-air fantasy football bet
  • Giveaway opportunity of Preds preseason tickets; listen to see how to enter!
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