Changing Expectations

The gut wrenching playoff exit the Predators experienced last season left a bad taste in the mouths of everyone involved with the team. Seeing them come so close to beating the eventual Stanley Cup champions while being shorthanded due to injuries wasn’t easy, but it gave many hope that a big step forward would be […]

Defense Goes From Unquestionably Elite to a Slight Question Mark

We sit one week since the groundbreaking trade between Nashville and Columbus. The addition  of Ryan Johansen has excited everyone, and you’d be hard pressed to be disappointed in what he has already brought to the team. With 3 points in as many games, Johansen is living up to the billing of the long awaited […]

Analyzing All Aspects of the Jones-Johansen Trade

Apparently there was a trade that went down yesterday in Nashville . A deal that has just a few people discussing the impact for both teams. If you’ve been camped in your basement with no interaction with the outside world, we can fill you in. The Nashville Predators completed the biggest trade in their franchise […]

Ryan Johansen, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, or Jonathan Drouin?

In a season where trade rumors have been at the top of almost every conversation about the Nashville Predators, Ryan Johansen and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have been widely reported as inquiries done by David Poile. In addition, the fallout in Tampa with Jonathan Drouin has placed him in the same category as the above mentioned names […]

Nashville’s Christmas Wish List

Most of us unwrapped gifts and spent time with family on this unusually warm Christmas day. Hopefully you received everything you wanted during the holidays. Your wish list probably included a resurgent Predator team for the rest of the season. Here’s what Nashville hopes is under their tree this year.   A Healthy Mike Fisher […]

How a Good Power Play Can Become Great

The hole the Predators are digging themselves is getting a little deeper each day. The inability of the forward group to produce offensively on a consistent basis is, among other factors, plaguing the team from attaining desired results.   The notion of them not being potent enough up front is not a breaking news alert. […]

Keep the Hand Off the Panic Button

The agitation is escalating quite rapidly in Nashville. The last defeat to the Blackhawks saw the locker room begin to express their own dose of frustration. The puck isn’t finding the opposition’s net. The penalty kill is faltering to an anemic low. Pekka Rinne isn’t Superman right now.   Adding to all that, the Predators […]

Jarnkrok Primed to Take Advantage of Opportunity

The Predators won their last game but lost Mike Fisher to injury in the process. The team has acquired a slight injury bug over the last couple of weeks. Until Fisher, they managed to keep their top offensive scorers off the scratch list, so the production was easier to replace with Milwaukee guys.   Now, […]

Correctable Errors Causing a Skid

The first rut the team has faced thus far in the 2015 season ,and even that may be a stretch when we’re talking about 2 games out of 82 or more that will be played. That’s the reality and classic overreaction in professional sports. Nashville is fine, but we will explore a few areas of […]

Same Record, Better Team?

Nashville is off to a great 8-3-2 start in the 2015 campaign. What was their record through 13 games last season? 8-3-2…. So does this mean they’re destined for a similar very solid regular season and another first round heartbreak? Who knows, but even though both teams have largely the same cast of players, there […]

Great Starts Leading to Early Season Success

The Preds are rolling at 7-1-1 and atop the Western Conference. The best part? Yes, the fan base is excited about the good start, but the franchise is getting to a point where this type of success isn’t met with surprise. Their becoming yearly contenders and expectations have risen. It’s awesome to see.   Now […]

Balancing the Blueline

The Nashville Predators are finally capitalizing on their biggest strength. We’ve been beating the drum for a few years, and now much of the NHL community is on the bandwagon that the Predators deploy the most talented defensive core in the league.   What makes this season different thus far? The willingness to spread more […]

Overthinking Line Combinations

The Predators are off and running in the new season. Two wins coming out of the gate is hard to complain about. Even though, let’s be honest, games they should come out victorious most of the time.   An intriguing talking point has risen when Laviolette switched up the line combinations after a lackluster performance […]

Best Decision Made With Fiala

In a surprise to some, Kevin Fiala was part of yesterday’s major cuts from the team’s training camp and will start the season with the Admirals. And that’s the right decision when stepping back and really analyzing the situation.   Yes, he made it very clear his intention was to make the opening night roster […]

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #64 Victor Bartley

We’re wrapping up the summer series of “Looking Back and Moving Forward” as hockey begins to creep around the corner. It’s been too long. With that being said, let’s finish strong with the Ottawa native, Victor Bartley.   Bartley is described as the extra guy or seventh defenseman in Nashville. Entering his fourth season with […]