This Month in Preds Franchise History: November
Jersey Unveils, Rinne's Birthday Feats Highlight Month of November in Team Historyby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
The month of November in 2020 has looked a bit different than any previous installment of the timespan in Predators franchise history, but this isn't the first time the 11th month of the year has included the reveal of a new jersey for the club.
Come for the fresh threads, stay for Pekka Rinne signing contracts and recording shutouts on his birthday, plus much more, in this look back at the month of November with the Preds.
NHL Commissioners Address Outdoor Game in Nashville, Player Tracking
Gary Bettman, Bill Daly Visit Nashville, Say They Want City to Host Outdoor Game Soonby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
When the NHL's top brass pay a visit to Nashville, the question always comes up - when will the Music City host an outdoor hockey game?
It seems the answer to that topic has shifted in recent years from no longer a matter of "if" but "when" the event will take place.
Any time NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the item, his indication remains steadfast that Nashville will inevitably host an outdoor game soon, and that was the case again on Monday. Bettman, along with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, was in town to take in a game, visit with Predators ownership, management and staff, and to hold a press conference.
Smashville Scope: January 6
Roman Josi's Record Breaking Numbers, Behind-the-Scenes at the Winter Classic, Ryan Johansen Mic'd Up and More in This Week's Scopeby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
Roman Josi's teammates and coaches would all tell you the same thing: The captain has been Nashville's best and most consistent player this season.
His club-leading 44 points and current 10-game point streak - the latter of which is a career-high - do plenty of talking, and his recent NHL All-Star nod shows the rest of the League has taken notice too. It's no secret the Swiss blueliner is one of the best in the world at what he does, but the numbers are still worth mentioning.
With an assist on Sunday night in Anaheim, Josi, set a Predators franchise record for consecutive games with a point by a defenseman, topping a nine-game mark set by former captain Shea Weber. That apple also helped Josi become just the eighth defenseman in the last 20 years to register a point streak of at least 10 games (the record is 15, set by Shane Gostisbehere four seasons ago).
And while we're at it, here are some other digits to make note of.
Preds Official Podcast: 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
The Show Provides a Full Recap of the Winter Classic and Discusses How the Preds Will Adapt Without Ryan Ellisby Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com
The Predators take center stage at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika joins the show to recap the event. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis discuss how the Preds will try to replace Ryan Ellis, as they try to end their losing streak. Highlights Include:
- Full recap of the Winter Classic
- Interview with NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika with behind-the-scenes info on the Winter Classic
- How do the Preds deal with an injury to Ryan Ellis?
- Answering your Twitter questions
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Preds Fall to Stars in Winter Classic
Bridgestone Recap: Nashville Scores Early Before Dallas Earns Win at Cotton Bowlby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
Four unanswered goals for the Stars erased a 2-0 lead for the Nashville Predators and bestowed a 4-2 victory to Dallas in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl.
The loss on New Year's Day was difficult to stomach for the Predators. They appreciated the experience and significance of playing in the NHL's premier regular-season event, but to fall in game with such pomp and circumstance - and one in which they held a multi-goal lead - left the group deeply disappointed in the final result.
"This game, it didn't feel like just a regular-season game, it felt like something bigger," Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "I feel like it just makes it a little bit worse, makes it sting a little bit more than any other game."
"It was a playoff type of game," Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "[In the third period], it's not good enough letting three goals in a big game, and it's disappointing."
NHL Winter Classic Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars
Pollock Printing Projected Lineup: Preds Face Stars Outdoors in 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classicby Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Director of Digital & Radio Content
The biggest regular-season game in franchise history is here for the Nashville Predators, as they take on the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (at 1 p.m. CT).
Nashville (18-14-6) dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins to close out 2019. The club is three points out of a playoff spot with multiple games in hand. The Preds were without Colton Sissons (lower-body; Injured Reserve) and Dan Hamhuis (upper-body injury) for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh. Hamhuis resumed skating with the team on Monday and practiced at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.
Dallas (22-14-4) will host the first NHL Winter Classic between two southern teams. The Stars have won two in a row overall, including a comeback victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
The Preds held a practice at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Tuesday evening, but will not hold a morning skate. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's skate:
How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Stars in the NHL Winter Classic
Nashville Begins the New Year in Dallas at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classicby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
It's finally time.
A new decade has arrived, 2020 is here and the Nashville Predators are set to ring in the New Year today when the face the Dallas Stars in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. The one-of-a-kind event marks the first time the Preds have ever played outdoors, and with more than 20,000 Predators fans expected to make the trek from Nashville alone, it's sure to be a memorable experience.
However, the Predators are also well aware that this is a potential four-point game against a divisional rival, and Nashville is simply focused on collecting points, no matter how they come.
Preds Take In the Sights at Cotton Bowl Before Winter Classic Arrives
Nashville Players, Coaches, Families Make Memories Before True Test Arrives on New Year's Dayby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
It's about a 100-foot walk from the Predators dressing room, down a ramp and through a tunnel until the Texas sky opens up.
When Preds players and coaches took that journey for the first time on Tuesday evening - with just hours left in the decade - they couldn't help but marvel at the scope of what lay in front of them. A legendary football stadium - empty for now, but ready for 85,000 on New Year's Day - rose up around them, a hockey rink constructed right in the middle of it all.
Donning their vintage white sweaters designed specifically for the occasion, the team gathered at center ice for a group photo, a moment to capture what will no doubt be a highlight of their careers when they look back years from now.
Preds Winter Classic Blog: The Road to The Cotton Bowl
Keep Up with the Predators as They Prepare to Play in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Dallasby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
It's almost time.
We're now just days away from the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl, and the Nashville Predators are gearing up to take on the Dallas Stars on New Year's Day.
As the Preds take care of their own preparations in Nashville to start, the rink build continues in Texas as everything comes together in advance of the outdoor showcase.
Click here for all you need to know about the Winter Classic, and enjoy all the sights and sounds of what's to come on the first day of the new decade.
Preds Ready for Winter Classic, Excited for Experience, Opportunity
Nashville Players Want to Soak It All In, But Know Two Points Matter Mostby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
There isn't much Pekka Rinne hasn't experienced stopping pucks for the Nashville Predators over the past 13 years, but on Monday, when he was asked about his experience playing outdoors, the goaltender had to think for a moment.
Rinne was a child back home in Finland the last time he laced up skates beneath a winter sky, and he always hoped to do it again one day.
He just never imagined it would be at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in front of almost 90,000 rabid fans.