The Nashville Predators are an NHL team that was formed in 1998 as part of the Western
Conference. The team plays their home games in Nashville, Tennessee. While hockey has
always been a part of Nashville, it was a while before they had their own NHL team. Craig
Leipold, a Wisconsin businessman, is the one responsible for ensuring that the NHL
expansion franchise chosen was the Nashville Predators. The fans who buy Nashville
Predators tickets on a yearly basis will be thankful for this. While they have not seen major
success over the past 14 years, they have had plenty of good times.
While those who buy Nashville Predators tickets have not seen too much success, they still
come in their thousands. The team has yet to win a division title, Presidents trophy,
Conference championship, or Stanley cup. The first five seasons were terrible for the
Predators, with Nashville Predators tickets holders not seeing the playoffs even as a close
possibility. However, 2003-2004 lead to a playoff run and a 2-4 QF loss to the Detroit Red
Since then, the team has gone on to reach the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons.
Nashville Predators tickets holders are used to seeing a team that is good, but never
exceptional. They have yet to make that leap beyond the semi-finals. The last two seasons
saw them lose to Vancouver and Phoenix in bitter semi-final contests. The fans will be
hoping that 2012-2013 brings about an upturn in fortunes and that coveted Stanley Cup
12-9-13: The Predators have been in a funk as of late. With losses to Vancouver, Carolina and Washington last week Nashville is now riding a five-game losing streak. Marek Mazanec has provided the Preds with solid goaltending in place of injured starter Pekka Rinne. Mazanec still has a respectable .915 save percentage on the season but his play slipped a little last week as he allowed 12 goals in three games and posted a subpar .848 save percentage in the three losses.
12-2-13: The Predators has a decent past week earning five out of a possible eight points. The play of rookie defenseman Seth Jones was a bright spot for Nashville early this season. However, his numbers have not been good as of late. In 14 November games, Jones managed only three points and went minus-10, which is enough to drop him to last among Predators skaters in that category. Jones will need to have a strong December if he wants to be considered for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.
11-25-13: The Predators can never seem to find any kind of groove this season. They win a few games, and then lose a few games. Nashville had a winning record this week going 2-1 overall, picking up wins over Detroit and Toronto. Their only loss came against the Rangers in a 2-0 shutout. David Legwand, who was Nashville’s first ever draft pick in 1998, leads the team in points with 14. Barry Trotz’ preaches sound defense and good goaltending. The pairing of Shea Weber and Seth Jones has been one of the best duos in the NHL this season.
11-18-13: The Predators lost two out of three games last week. They lost to the Islanders and Penguins by a combined score of 7-2. However, in their lone win they destroyed the Blackhawks 7-2. Unlike Calgary, the Predators are the best team in the NHL on face offs. Nashville is clicking at 55.1 percent. Paul Gaustad has 61.3 percent efficiency on draws. The Predators have the fewest goals for in the entire Western Conference with 46.
11-12-13: The Predators started off the week well by beating the Avalanche in Denver, but that quickly faded as they dropped a pair of 5-0 contests to the lowly Jets and and Devils. Viktor Stalberg was signed in the offseason to bolster Nashville’s forward depth. So far, Stalberg has been a bust managing only two points in 11 games played. The only positive sign for Nashville right now is Seth Jones is the early favorite to take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
11-5-13: The Preds had a 3-0 first period lead of the Coyotes, but blew that lead as Phoenix scored four times and eventually lost in the shootout. Carter Hutton stopped 35 saves on 38 shots against the Kings on Saturday for a 4-3 win. In one goal games, Nashville is fourth in the NHL with a .750 win percentage and a 6-0-2 record overall. David Legwand continues to score for the Preds as he now has four goals, eight assists, for 12 points on the season.
10-29-13: The Predators have only one win in their last three games and have now slipped out a playoff spot. Star goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to miss over a month with a very serious bacteria infection. Carter Hutton had a 34-save performance in their overtime victory over the Jets but he won’t be able to keep that up night in and night out. Hutton has only played five NHL games. If Rinne is out any longer than expected, look for the Preds to make a move.
10-21-13: After a slow start, Nashville has regained form. The Preds are on a 4-0-1 and Seth Jones scored his second career goal last Saturday in Montreal. They are relying heavily on the 19-year old rearguard that is averaging an astounding 27:22 seconds of ice time over his last three games. Defense and goaltending are never the issue in the Music City. The problem is the offensive production. The Predators have never had a star forward play for their club in their prime.
10-14-13: To put it nicely, the Nashville Predators simply do not score. The Preds have scored a grand total of nine goals in their first five games. This team has to start playing better or head coach Barry Trotz may take the fall. Nashville needs to start getting more shots on net and players in front of the goaltender. Rookie Seth Jones has been a rock. He’s averaging over 23 minutes of ice time, which is almost unheard of for a rookie defender.
10-7-13: It’s safe to say Nashville has not looked good in their first two games. They have had subpar goaltending and no offense whatsoever. The one bright spot is rookie defenseman Seth Jones has looked poised in his first two starts. Coach Barry Trotz has showed faith in Jones by putting him in all situations on the ice.
9-4-13: After missing the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, GM, David Poile, admits that his roster needs an update. The Predators managed the fewest goals per game average (2.27), thus, the additions of Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks and, Stanley Cup-winning, Viktor Stalberg, will bolster their offense. Pekka Rinne is Nashville’s number one and is looking to have a bounce-back season after posting a .910 save percentage, a season ago. The bench boss remains unchanged since the Predators inception in 1998 but the addition of Hall of Famer and U.S U-18 Gold Medal Coach, Phil Housley, to the coaching staff will further instill championship idealism and defensive discipline to a team who ranked 29th in penalty kill last season.
Barring a non-cohesive team, there is little doubt that the Nashville Predators will not return to playoff form and impose a major threat to Central Division team’s success. The Chicago Blackhawks look to run the division, but a revamped Predators team, could turn the Blackhawks in to dust, in the windy city.
8-3-13: The Predators have signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.
Predators 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #4: Seth Jones, D
Pick #64: Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, D
Pick #95: Felix Girard, C
Pick #99: Juuse Saros, G
Pick #125: Saku Maenalanen, RW
Pick #140: Teemu Kivihalme, D
Pick #155: Emil Pettersson, C
Pick #185: Wade Murphy, RW
Pick #203: Janne Juvonen, G