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On the Forecheck 1 hour ago
BONUS: 2018-2019 Player Reviews: Anthony Richard

BONUS: 2018-2019 Player Reviews: Anthony Richard

Richard only spent one game in Nashville, but we take a look at his season anyway. If anyone here expects me to give a fair assessment of seven minutes of hockey then I can’t help you. Anthony Richard skated in his first NHL game at the beginning of December in place of an ailing Nick Bonino. He skated for 7 minutes and 22 seconds, finished with a 38.46% Corsi rating, and was on the ice for one goal against. It was an unceremonious debut for the 22-year-old prospect who hopes to challenge for a full-time roster spot soon enough. But, luckily for us, Richard contributed plenty at the AHL...
On the Forecheck 3 hours ago
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Colton Sissons

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Colton Sissons

Photo by Frederick Breedon/ The forward turned in another solid defensive performance this season, while setting some other personal bests. Colton Sissons quietly turned in career highs in goals (15, reaching double digits for the first time) and points (30) this season, while maintaining the solid defensive play that’s earned Nashville Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s trust. The Report Card: Data: evolving-hockey.com | Viz: Bryan Bastin Colton Sissons relative to the rest of the NHL. Season in Review: Sissons had another solid season in gold,...
On the Forecheck 7 hours ago
Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Hockey, Hockey, Hockey!

Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Hockey, Hockey, Hockey!

Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via We drove down for the Monday night game and had so much fun! I love that hockey is happening again. Smashville News: Carr Hoping to Turn New Opportunity into Full-Time Role with Preds | NHL.comMy husband and I both thought Daniel Carr looked pretty good Monday night. He played hard every shift. The question is, who would go so he could stay? Bridgestone Arena Undergoes Offseason Renovations for 'Year of the Fan' | NHL.comFang Vision and a new bar, plus other innovations. I have got to find all of those new pretzels next time I am down for a...
On the Forecheck Sep 18, 2019
2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: Regression or Overreaction?

2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: Regression or Overreaction?

Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Contract years for some; first impressions for others. Last week, I wrote about six players that I could see having relative breakout seasons as prospects in the Nashville organization. You can see which three forwards, two defenders, and goalie I tabbed below: 2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: Breakout Candidates This time I am analyzing six potential cases of regression during the 2019-20 season. I want to stress again how relative this exercise is; you might see a name or two below that will surprise you, but their presence here is...
On the Forecheck Sep 18, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Wayne Simmonds

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Wayne Simmonds

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Wayne Simmonds took a brief vacation from the Metro Division to play with the Preds. The Predators acquired Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers the day of the trade deadline in exchange for Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth-round draft pick. While this wasn’t a trade that set off fireworks in Smashville, it made sense on paper. With a struggling team power play, it seemed like a wise move to bring in someone with Simmonds’s power play experience. Coach Laviolette’s familiarity with Simmonds from their days together in Philly made him a...
On the Forecheck Sep 18, 2019
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Sweater Weather

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Sweater Weather

Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via It doesn’t matter that it’s 100 degrees in Nashville in September, it’s still hockey sweater season. Hockey News & Rants 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Miikka Salomäki | On the ForecheckWhen I first started here at OTF, Miikka Salomäki showed a lot of potential. It helped that he became notorious for obliterating guys Nashville didn’t like during the 2016 playoffs. However since then he’s slipped into the role of “what happened to that one guy” after losing time to injuries. The plucky optimist in me says there...
On the Forecheck Sep 17, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Juuse Saros

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Juuse Saros

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via The future starter had a career season at 23. Juuse Saros is Nashville’s goaltending future. He’s basically attached at the hip to mentor and friend Pekka Rinne. Saros continues to skate in more games as Rinne approaches his last two seasons...at least on his current contract. Season Overview Saros skated in 31 games this season, a career high. A few of those games were consecutive after Rinne suffered a small injury early in the fall. Saros, as expected, performed admirably. Take a look at his season overview here: Over 31 games,...
On the Forecheck Sep 17, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Miikka Salomäki

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Miikka Salomäki

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports “The Ox” was doing what oxen do best before his season was cut short. Miikka Salomäki is kind of like comfort food: you know what you’re getting when you order it at the Cracker Barrel, you know exactly what to expect, and you don’t have to take the risk of an unknown food possibly being better offensively because you know you’ve got ol’ number 20 out there takin’ up space for about ten minutes a night. Season In Review Okay, okay, maybe I’m being a little hard on Salomäki. I mean, he’s not supposed to be Filip Forsberg or...
On the Forecheck Sep 17, 2019
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Hello Hockey, My Old Friend

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Hello Hockey, My Old Friend

Hey, the Preds actually played hockey yesterday! TWICE! Nashville Predators News & Notes Poile Discusses Preds Personnel as Training Camp ContinuesPoile gives his thoughts on Tolvanen’s NHL chances, dodges questions about Josi’s contract, and tries to figure out the puzzle that is Kyle Turris. Hockey Returneth: Grading the Nashville Predators’ 2005 offseason | On The ForecheckThe one where Paul Kariya comes to town. Preds Official Podcast: Back On The Ice | Nashville PredatorsRoman Josi joins the show as Training Camp begins. Other Hockey News & Notes Canucks reach three-year...
On the Forecheck Sep 16, 2019
Game Thread: Preseason’s Here!

Game Thread: Preseason’s Here!

Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Join us for the Predators-Panthers doubleheader today. Hockey’s back, y’all!
On the Forecheck Sep 16, 2019
Hockey Returneth: Grading the Predators’ 2005 offseason

Hockey Returneth: Grading the Predators’ 2005 offseason

As the Star Wars prequels mercifully ended, the Preds’ run as an NHL threat was just beginning Because nostalgia is the “it” thing right now, this summer, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the off-seasons from the Predators’ past. For this series, we’re only looking at moves made between the end of the season and the start of the regular season. We’ve made it to the sizzlin’ summer of 2005 everyone! Back then, Tom Cruise was using Oprah’s couch into his own personal trampoline, Christian Bale was making his debut as Batman (insert gruff, intelligible voice here), and...
On the Forecheck Sep 16, 2019
Monday’s Dump and Chase: Icy Hot

Monday’s Dump and Chase: Icy Hot

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Preseason tilts are today and tonight, folks! Nashville Predators News and Notes Scrimmage Provides Preds Perfect Tune-Up Ahead of Preseason DoubleheaderThe Preds had a scrimmage on Sunday in preparation for Monday's double header. Around the League Matthews discusses Mexican roots, National Hispanic Heritage Month | NHL.comMatthews gives us a bit of perspective on his unique upbringing in Arizona. Crosby not going to speculate on Penguins' championship windowI don't want to speculate on their window, either. Let's not. McAvoy signs three-year, $14.7 million...
The Hockey Writers Sep 15, 2019

Meet the Predators’ New Guy: Daniel Carr

Believe it or not, there were more additions to the Nashville Predators’ roster than Matt Duchene this summer. In a previous piece, we looked at Steven Santini as one of the players general manager David Poile received in the P.K. Subban trade. In addition to signing Duchene, the Predators also signed free agent Daniel Carr […] The post Meet the Predators’ New Guy: Daniel Carr appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
On the Forecheck Sep 15, 2019
Sunday’s Dump & Chase: New Faces, Old Places

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: New Faces, Old Places

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Get your piping-hot Matt Duchene sightings here, plus some other news. Nashville Predators News & Notes Duchene Settling In as Predators Training Camp Hits the Ice | NHL.comI know that he's actually really here, not just for a bachelor party, this time, but that practice jersey really looks like a bad photoshop. Especially with the way it clashes with the helmet. And the pants. Maybe the gloves too? Anyway, it's a real photo and he's really here. Other News & Notes Report: Jets RFA Patrik Laine to skate with Swiss league's SC Bern |...
On the Forecheck Sep 14, 2019
Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Fresh Ice

Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Fresh Ice

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports We’re so close to the season now. Nashville Predators/Nashville Hockey News & Notes Preds Fans Invited to Preseason Doubleheader Celebration on Monday | NHL.comThe idea of just taking off work to go watch a hockey game is a little mindboggling, but I'd definitely take Gnash up on that offer if I could. Three Key Storylines to Watch During Nashville Predators Training Camp | On the ForecheckSadly, we weren't in a position to write any of you excuses from work ourselves to breathlessly hover over Twitter, but you probably didn't need that. Bobby...

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