There are equipment malfunctions and there’s what happened to Nashville Predators winger Colin Wilson Saturday night.
In the first period of Nashville’s contest against Minnesota, Wilson was breaking into the Wild zone and chasing a loose puck. As soon as Wilson got to the puck, his skate exploded, leaving debris everywhere. From there, Wilson tried to pirouette around the ice to get back to the bench: Read more
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has dropped the gloves with some regularity in his career, but his fight with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher might be one he remembers for a long time.
In Tuesday’s game, Bieksa and Fisher were tangled up after a whistle in the Predators’ zone and came to blows. According to HockeyFights.com, Bieksa has had more than 50 fights in the NHL, while Fisher’s battle with Bieksa was the 31st time he had dropped the gloves in his NHL career. The tilt itself was quite substantial, lasting more than 30 seconds with both players exchanging pucnhes. The moment Bieksa will remember, though, came early in the scrap when Fisher connected with a short right jab: Read more
Can you sense it, folks? It’s almost world juniors time. Sure, the tournament is a month and a half away, but players need to be making impressions on national team brass all the time and for Canadian hopefuls, the CHL-Russia Super Series can be a big boost – just as Lawson Crouse, who caught eyes last year and turned his efforts into gold.
So far, Russia has been blanked, losing all four games to the WHL and OHL. Now it’s the QMJHL’s turn to defend home turf. One player honored with that duty is in our spotlight today. Let’s take a whirl around the world of prospects.
Heading into Saturday night’s action, Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro had only scored once in 12 games. He didn’t get any help from St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen, either.
With the Predators on the power play in the second period, the puck ended up on the stick of Riberio, who had a wide open net to bury the puck into, when Allen dove across to steal a sure goal away from the Nashville pivot: Read more
Minnesota’s Zach Parise was off to a great start in 2015-16 with seven goals and nine points in 11 games, but the Wild left winger may be on the shelf following a collision early in Thursday’s contest against the Nashville Predators.
Less than two minutes into the tilt, Parise chased a puck into the Nashville end. He was using his body to ward off Predators blueliner Ryan Ellis, whom Parise had beaten to the loose puck, when Nashville right winger James Neal made an attempted hit that resulted in his knee knocking into Parise’s. Upon contact, Parise fell to the ice and attempted to get back to his feet: Read more
The Nashville Predators have never been a flashy team. Under the guidance of GM David Poile, the Predators have had a blue collar attitude, preached system and defense and found success with a team built from the back end out. Part of that is cultivating a stellar blueline, and Nashville locked up a promising piece for their defense by signing Mattias Ekholm to a six-year, $22.5-million extension Monday.
Ekholm, 25, is entering his third full season with the Predators and has already become a solid contributor to Nashville’s defensive depth. Ekholm was a top-four defenseman for the Predators in 2014-15 and through 2015-16, he has played on both the second- and third-pairing, logging more than 18 minutes per night.
The six-year extension for Ekholm, especially at a cap hit of $3.75 million per season, makes it clear what Nashville’s intentions are. He’s now the third-highest paid defenseman on the Nashville roster, out-earning Ryan Ellis and making only $250,000 less per season than standout Roman Josi. The Predators are grooming Ekholm to be an everyday top-four defender and that could come as soon as this season. Read more
For hardcore followers of THN, you may notice that several of us are in the tank for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals when it comes to jerseys. The most recent two have been outstanding and the Nashville Predators affiliate now has a fun add-on: for the team’s games on Nov. 27 and 28, the Admirals will be wearing special Star Wars-themed sweaters. Check out the goodness:
2014-15 Record: 47-25-10 (104 Pts.)
THN’s Prediction: 5th, Central Division
What To Expect: Defying widespread expectations of a basement finish in 2014-15, Nashville exploded for 104 points. GM David Poile liked what he saw and used the off-season to add depth, putting faith in his core group to build on its excellent first season under coach Peter Laviolette.
Poile sprinkled his roster with minor UFA additions: Forward Cody Hodgson, recently bought out by the Sabres; Steve Moses, a pint-sized KHL scoring winger; and Barret Jackman, a longtime Blues stay-at-home D-man. Read more