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wild owner leipold says he's happy for old team, predators


st. paul, minn. — minnesota wild owner craig leipold says he's "happily surprised" by the excitement generated in nashville by the predators, the club he helped enter the nhl nearly 20 years ago.leipold said wednesday that seeing the support in a nontraditional market for the predators has been "pretty cool to watch."when asked whether he was jealous of nashville's success, in light of the division rival wild's elimination in the first round, leipold said he was simply envious of all four teams still alive in the playoffs.the predators lead the anaheim ducks 2-1 in the western conference finals. they're unbeaten at home in the postseason.leipold sold his stake in the predators in 2007. he bought the wild in 2008.






predators poised to menace blackhawks for foreseeable future


it has been nearly four weeks since the predators skated the blackhawks out of the playoffs in the first round.since then, the predators have won another series and look like decent bets to make the stanley cup final.the hawks look like decent bets to improve their golf game.if you're a hawks fan hoping the predators are having a flash-in-the-pan season, don't bet on that.one thing the last four weeks has showed is the predators are no longer a stepping stone in the central division. thanks to the way general manager david poile has constructed the team, they portend to be menaces to the hawks and the western conference over the next few years.think of the predators as the anti-hawks. while the hawks have a lot of high-priced veterans, the predators have few contracts burdening their salar






predators poised to menace blackhawks for foreseeable future


it has been nearly four weeks since the predators skated the blackhawks out of the playoffs in the first round.since then, the predators have won another series and look like decent bets to make the stanley cup final.the hawks look like decent bets to improve their golf game.if you're a hawks fan hoping the predators are having a flash-in-the-pan season, don't bet on that.one thing the last four weeks has showed is the predators are no longer a stepping stone in the central division, and thanks to the way general manager david poile has constructed the team, they portend to be menaces to the hawks and the western conference over the next few years.think of the predators as the anti-hawks. while the hawks have a lot of high-priced veteran players, the predators have few salary-cap burdening






predators' ryan johansen will miss rest of nhl playoffs after surgery on thigh


predators lost more than just a game thursday night against the anaheim ducks.        






saturday's matchup: blackhawks at predators


tv/radio: 7 p.m. saturday; csn, wgn-am 720.storylines: if the season had ended friday, the blackhawks and predators would square off in the first round of the playoffs. the hawks have won three of the first four meetings.trending: both teams boast some of the hottest scorers in the league. the predators' filip forsberg has 10 goals in his last six games. patrick kane had 10 goals in eight games entering friday.






predators win again at home, take game 4 to even stanley cup final with penguins


behind a raucous crowd, the predators won 4-1 to improve to 9-1 at home in playoffs.        






next step for predators: getting beyond second round


nashville, tenn. — now that they've swept the western conference's top seed out of the stanley cup playoffs, the nashville predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round.the predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. they came close last year before losing a seventh game to the san jose sharks.then again, the predators also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the chicago blackhawks before this week."we've got a lot of work to do," predators coach peter laviolette said thursday night after a 4-1 victory that completed the stunning sweep of chicago. "it's such a long process. i promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. that's not to disrespect (the b






hard blackhawks truth coming at you


five things off game 3 of blackhawks-predators:1. some hard truths coming at you.the predators are faster and quicker to the puck than the blackhawks.the predators are smarter positionally and move better in five-man units than the hawks.the predators win more puck battles and create more offense than the hawks.the predators are putting on a clinic with quick zone exits and controlled zone entries, almost mocking a hawks franchise that used to strafe opponents that way.the predators play a better puck-possession game than the hawks, a team that won three stanley cups in seven years based precisely on the best puck-possession game.it’s a wonder the hawks got game 3 to overtime.but it’s not a wonder they choked away a 2-0 lead in the third period.the hawks showed early speed and quickness. t






hard blackhawks truth coming at you


five things off game 3 of blackhawks-predators:1. some hard truths coming at you.the predators are faster and quicker to the puck than the blackhawks.the predators are smarter positionally and move better in five-man units than the hawks.the predators win more puck battles and create more offense than the hawks.the predators are putting on a clinic with quick zone exits and controlled zone entries, almost mocking a hawks franchise that used to strafe opponents that way.the predators play a better puck-possession game than the hawks, a team that won three stanley cups in seven years based precisely on the best puck-possession game.it’s a wonder the hawks got game 3 to overtime.but it’s not a wonder they choked away a 2-0 lead in the third period.the hawks showed early speed and quickness. t






hard blackhawks truth coming at you


five things off game 3 of blackhawks-predators:1. some hard truths coming at you.the predators are faster and quicker to the puck than the blackhawks.the predators are smarter positionally and move better in five-man units than the hawks.the predators win more puck battles and create more offense than the hawks.the predators are putting on a clinic with quick zone exits and controlled zone entries, almost mocking a hawks franchise that used to strafe opponents that way.the predators play a better puck-possession game than the hawks, a team that won three stanley cups in seven years based precisely on the best puck-possession game.it’s a wonder the hawks got game 3 to overtime.but it’s not a wonder they choked away a 2-0 lead in the third period.the hawks showed early speed and quickness. t






ryan johansen, predators top scorer, lost to injury for rest of playoffs


the nashville predators already face a daunting challenge when they attempt to take control of the western conference finals in a pivotal game 5 on the road.without ryan johansen, that task is immeasurably tougher.the star nashville center will miss the rest of the stanley cup playoffs after emergency surgery on a left thigh injury, abruptly leaving the predators without their leading scorer when they visit the anaheim ducks on saturday night.the predators announced the injury friday after the rest of the club traveled to anaheim. johansen was hurt at an unspecified point in the ducks' 3-2 overtime victory thursday in game 4, which evened a tense, physical series .johansen leads the predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their top line with filip forsberg and viktor a






nashville predators' postseason run has turned music city into smashville


nashville, tenn. — the place known as smashville is ready for its close-up.the nashville predators have reached their first western conference final in franchise history and that has spread hockey fever far beyond their arena and the team’s loyal legion of fans. stars from carrie underwood to lady antebellum are lining up to sing the national anthem and the likes of john hiatt to lee greenwood are singing with the house band during intermissions.not only do predators’ flags and banners drape nashville’s famous honkytonks, they now hang from front porches in the suburbs of music city.“you can’t drive through a neighborhood without seeing a flag,” predators president sean henry said. “so it’s fun to tap into a passion that this community has for sports, and right now it’s all about the nashv






penguins rout predators 6-0 for 3-2 lead in stanley cup final


pittsburgh – fortunately for the pittsburgh penguins, their trio of stars brought their “a” games. unfortunately for the nashville predators, they did not, and pekka rinne brought his “road” game.sidney crosby, evgeni malkin and phil kessel combining for eight points and rinne once again not looking sharp in steel city computed to a 6-0 penguins beatdown in game 5 thursday night. after a one-sided affair that dished the predators a big helping of humble pie, the penguins find themselves one game from back-to-back stanley cup championships and the predators find themselves facing elimination for the first time in their cinderella ride to hockey’s pinnacle.“still a lot of work to be done,” crosby said after a dogged night at the office. “but the way we played, if we can build off that moment






predators sign defenseman andrew o'brien to two-way contract


nashville, tenn. — the nashville predators have signed defenseman andrew o'brien to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2017-18 season.o'brien's deal will be worth $650,000 at the nhl level and $62,500 at the american hockey league level.the predators acquired the 6-foot-4 o'brien from the anaheim ducks on jan. 19. o'brien, 24, played 32 games for the predators' ahl affiliate in milwaukee this season and had two goals and 10 points. o'brien also played 10 games for the ahl's san diego gulls and had two assists.o'brien has played 167 career ahl games and has 12 goals and 28 assists. anaheim selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.






bold prediction: blackhawks in 7 (or maybe, possibly, predators in 6)


i suppose i could find metrics that fit whatever narrative i wanted to write in advance of the blackhawks-predators first-round playoff series that starts thursday, and so, i have, and i believe the hawks will win in overtime of game 7.or the predators will end it in six.bold, eh?that’s how close this series is — a lot closer than people want to believe, especially perhaps nbc, the national blackhawks corporation — and here are some metrics that speak to more uncertainty than you might expect from a 1-vs.-8 series.the hawks spent the season losing the five-on-five corsi battle when it came to high-danger shots, according to naturalstattrick.com, managing just 47.30 percent of the prime opportunities in their average game and ranking 25th in the nhl. the predators, meanwhile, finished the s






penguins go for the stanley cup while predators try to prolong their remarkable


greetings from bridgestone arena. the stanley cup will be in the house sunday night because the pittsburgh penguins, who hold a 3-2 lead over the nashville predators in the best-of-seven cup final series, can win their second straight nhl title with a victory sunday night. if the predators win at home — where they’re 9-1 in the playoffs — the cup will go to the winner of game 7 on wednesday at pittsburgh. the penguins are trying to become the first team to win the cup two seasons in a row since the detroit red wings did it in 1997 and 1998.it’s not clear whether defenseman ryan ellis will play sunday, when the predators will face elimination for the first time in their surprising postseason run. ellis, who was injured during the second period of the team’s 6-0 loss in game 5 at pittsburgh






mrazek, green lead red wings past predators 1-0


nashville, tenn. — petr mrazek made 42 saves, mike green scored in the first period and the detroit red wings beat the nashville predators 1-0 on urday night.pekka rinne made 18 saves for nashville, which has lost two of three.mrazek is 5-0-0 in his career against nashville. he made nine saves in the first, 16 in the second and 17 in the third to record his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career. he has been the goaltender of record in both of detroit's wins over the predators this season. the first e in detroit on oct. 21, in which several predators could not finish the game due to a bout of food poisoning.green scored with 1:30 left in the opening period.






penguins need one more win over the predators to repeat as stanley cup champions


a loss by one goal or by six goals is, in the end, the same outcome. but nashville predators coach peter laviolette acknowledged it will be difficult for his team to soon forget its ugly 6-0 loss to the energized and aggressive pittsburgh penguins on thursday night, a rout that lifted the penguins to within one victory of becoming the first team to repeat as stanley cup champion since 1998 and pushed the predators near the end of their feel-good playoff run.“i don’t know if anybody shakes off a game like that, that quickly,” laviolette said after the penguins dissected the predators’ defense and again turned ppg paints arena into goaltender pekka rinne’s personal purgatory. “sometimes it’s good to hang on to it a little bit.”they’ll need whatever motivation they can get from their worst-ev






5 things: dare the predators to try that again with the blackhawks


trying to capture the spirit of the thing that was predators 1, blackhawks 0:1. old-time hockey. the predators played some old-time hockey in game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the hawks, but it wasn’t the toe blake and eddie shore old-time hockey the way the hanson brothers shouted in “slap shot.’’ nope, it was only as old-time as dominik hasek’s sabres in the late 1990s.it was simple and frustrating hockey: get a goal and sit on it. take a lead into the second period and block shots while keeping everything to the outside. take a lead into the third period and prevent any traffic in front of the goalie.“they were happy to check the rest of the game and did a good job of it,’’ hawks coach joel quenneville said. photos from game 1 of the western conference quarterfinals bet






next step for predators: getting beyond second round


nashville, tenn. (ap) — now that they’ve swept the western conference’s top seed out of the stanley cup playoffs, the nashville predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round.the predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. they came close last year before losing a seventh game to the san jose sharks.then again, the predators also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the chicago blackhawks before this week.“we’ve got a lot of work to do,” predators coach peter laviolette said thursday night after a 4-1 victory that completed the stunning sweep of chicago. “it’s such a long process. i promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. that’s not to disrespect (






nhl notes: predators focusing on next, harder step


the nashville predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. then again, they also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the chicago blackhawks before this week."we've got a lot of work to do," predators coach peter laviolette said thursday after a 4-1 victory that completed a stunning sweep of top-seeded chicago. "it's such a long process. i promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. that's not to disrespect (the blackhawks). it's just the way the playoffs go."and when you're in the finals, it's lightning speed and ridiculously hard."the predators face the winner of the wild-st. louis seriesthis marked the first time a no. 1 seed has lost in the opening round since the los angeles kings knocke






nhl notes: predators focusing on next, harder step


the nashville predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. then again, they also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the chicago blackhawks before this week."we've got a lot of work to do," predators coach peter laviolette said thursday after a 4-1 victory that completed a stunning sweep of top-seeded chicago. "it's such a long process. i promise you this, the next round will be harder than this one. that's not to disrespect [the blackhawks]. it's just the way the playoffs go."and when you're in the finals, it's lightning speed and ridiculously hard."the predators face the winner of the wild-st. louis series.this marked the first time a no. 1 seed has lost in the opening round since the los angeles kings knock






predators lose injured c ryan johansen for rest of playoffs


anaheim, calif. — nashville center ryan johansen will miss the rest of the stanley cup playoffs after emergency surgery on a left thigh injury, leaving the predators without their top postseason scorer heading into game 5 of the western conference finals.the predators announced the injury friday after the club traveled to anaheim to face the ducks on saturday night.johansen was injured during the ducks' overtime victory in game 4, which evened the series.the smooth forward leads the predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their top line with filip forsberg and viktor arvidsson.johansen scored 61 regular-season points to match arvidsson for the team lead.






postseason here, predators hope trade for subban pays off


nashville, tenn. (ap) — the adjustment period is over for p.k. subban along with the regular season, and now expectations for the all-star defenseman could not be higher.the nashville predators swapped their captain and own all-star defenseman shea weber to montreal last june , believing that subban could provide both a boost to the offense and help a franchise that has never gotten out of the second round finally win its first stanley cup.well, the playoffs start thursday night with the eighth-seeded predators in chicago against the blackhawks.the former norris trophy winner, who had to get used to living in the united states for the first time in his life, understands that for all the fun of learning about music city and his new teammates that the postseason is the biggest reason why he






predators need to stick with pekka rinne in goal against the penguins


pekka rinne is a normal guy in a job that cultivates quirkiness.unlike many of his brethren, the nashville predators’ goaltender doesn’t become a quivering mass of nerves or exude a stay-away-from-me vibe before games, and he seemed amused by media inquiries he fielded friday about his sub-par play in the first two games of the stanley cup final and the urgency for him to win game 3 against the pittsburgh penguins on saturday night at bridgestone arena.“every question is like somebody died,” he said, smiling.because he has not been as sharp as he was in carrying the predators to the western conference championship — and because coach peter laviolette has declined to say if rinne will start when the predators will play host to a cup final game for the first time — a guessing game has raged






predators on brink as rinne struggles again in pittsburgh


pittsburgh — pekka rinne's struggles in pittsburgh have his nashville predators on the brink of elimination.the predators are hardly blaming rinne for their predicament.the penguins overwhelmed rinne again, sending nashville's star goaltender to the bench in pittsburgh for a second straight game in the stanley cup final. he was pulled after the first period by coach peter laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the penguins in game 5 on thursday night."we've got to be better in front of him," laviolette said. "i don't think that they were necessarily bad goals. our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. we just have to do a better job in front of him."the predators are in a 3-2 hole with game 6 coming up sunday night in nashville."we know we can be a lot






goalie pekka rinne making difference for banged-up predators


the nashville predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day because of an upper-body injury.they still have pekka rinne in net.and the predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the first stanley cup final berth in the franchise history.as coach peter laviolette put it, the guys know what's at stake.standing in their way? the anaheim ducks, the only team to beat them in their home rink in the playoffs over the past two postseasons.the predators returned home with a 3-2 western conference finals lead after a 3-1 victory over the ducks in anaheim on saturday led by rinne, who is 7-3 in the honda center in the postseason. to avoid a return trip for a game 7 to test that once again, they can eliminate the ducks on monday night in game 6."we ob






predators star ryan johansen to miss rest of playoffs after having surgery for t


nashville center ryan johansen will miss the rest of the stanley cup playoffs after emergency surgery on a left thigh injury, leaving the predators without their top postseason scorer heading into game 5 of the western conference finals. the predators announced the injury friday after the club traveled to anaheim, where they will play the ducks on saturday night. johansen was injured during the ducks' overtime victory in game 4, which evened the series. the smooth forward leads the predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their top line with filip forsberg and viktor arvidsson.johansen had 61 regular-season points to match arvidsson for the team lead. [email protected]






game 2: predators 5, blackhawks 0


game 2: predators 5, blackhawks 0erin hooley / chicago tribunenashville predators center ryan johansen slips over blackhawks defenseman trevor van riemsdyk (57) as he scores a fourth goal  during the third period.nashville predators center ryan johansen slips over blackhawks defenseman trevor van riemsdyk (57) as he scores a fourth goal  during the third period. (erin hooley / chicago tribune)see more galleries






saturday's recap: predators 5, blackhawks 0


ryan johansen had a goal and two assists, ryan ellis, harry zolnierczyk, colton sissons and kevin fiala also scored and goaltender pekka rinne made 30 saves to propel the nashville predators to a 5-0 victory over the chicago blackhawks in game 2 of the western conference quarterfinals saturday night at the united center.the predators seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that will continue with game 3 on monday night in nashville.big number59: saves for rinne in the series.chris kuc’s three stars1. pekka rinne, predators: veteran goaltender recorded his second consecutive shutout—and third in his career in the postseason—and added two assists.2. ryan johansen: predators: assisted on the predators’ first score and sealed the victory with his goal in the third period.3. ryan ellis: g






defense provides offense for predators and ducks in the playoffs


greetings from nashville, where the predators will take a 2-1 series lead over the ducks into game 4 of their western conference final series thursday night at bridgestone arena. also on the line is the predators’ six-game home winning streak in this season’s playoffs and a 10-game postseason home winning streak that stretches back to last spring. game 5 will be played on saturday at honda center,any discussion of the predators’ success invariably includes a mention of the mobility of their defensemen and the offensive contributions their defensemen provide. many teams have one or two defensemen who can skate and are good with the puck, but few are as deep in that regard as the predators, who are expanding a league-wide trend toward finding and developing defensemen who can contribute at b






james neal's ot goal puts predators past ducks to open west final


anaheim, calif. — james neal scored 9:24 into overtime, and the nashville predators kicked off their first appearance in the western conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the anaheim ducks on friday night.pekka rinne made 27 saves for the predators, who continued their dominant surge through these stanley cup playoffs with a strong start and a gritty overtime effort after hampus lindholm’s first playoff goal in two years tied it for the ducks.filip forsberg and austin watson scored in regulation for nashville, which improved to 9-2 in the postseason.jakob silfverberg scored on the ducks’ first shot, and john gibson stopped 43 shots. just two days after finishing off edmonton in the second round, anaheim struggled to keep up at times with the more-rested predators.game 2 is sunday night






wild-nashville game preview


1 p.m. at nashville • bridgestone arena • fsn, 100.3-fmpreview: the wild closed out a 4-10-2 month thursday with a 5-1 pounding of ottawa. the wild is 3-1 vs. the preds this season, 2-0 in nashville. a win saturday in nashville makes it more likely the blues wil be the wild’s first-round playoff opponent; a loss strengthens the predators’ chances of being minnesota’s first-round matchup.players to watch: center joel eriksson ek has scored in his first nhl, ahl and shl (sweden) games this season and first game back to the nhl. predators c filip forsberg is tied for 17th in the nhl with 30 goals. .numbers: since the all-star break, the predators are tied for second in the nhl with 89 goals and ranks fourth with 3.18 goals per game.injuries: wild lw zach parise (upper body) is probable. preda






'real hockey starts now' as penguins move within one game of cup


pittsburgh – fortunately for the pittsburgh penguins, their trio of stars brought their “a” games. unfortunately for the nashville predators, they did not, and pekka rinne brought his “road” game.sidney crosby, evgeni malkin and phil kessel combining for eight points and rinne once again not looking sharp in steel city computed to a 6-0 penguins beatdown in game 5 thursday night. after a one-sided affair that dished the predators a big helping of humble pie, the penguins find themselves one game from back-to-back stanley cup championships and the predators find themselves facing elimination for the first time in their cinderella ride to hockey’s pinnacle.“still a lot of work to be done,” crosby said after a dogged night at the office. “but the way we played, if we can build off that moment






feeling better about the blackhawks based on predators' success? just say no


still time to celebrate snarko de mayo:i’ve seen this question pop up the last month or so as the predators advanced in the stanley cup playoffs and now sit tied at 2 with the ducks in the western conference finals:if the predators reach the stanley cup final or even win the cup, will that make you feel better about the blackhawks’ first-round loss?the correct answer is no.nope.no way, eh?it’s a dead-bang loser all the way around. saying something like “at least we lost to the team that won the cup’’ is the kind of game blues fans probably have played. do you want to be like blues fans? wise up, people.even if the predators win the cup, the hawks remain four rounds, 16 wins and a lot of speed behind the best, and if the predators get knocked out, then the hawks not only remain four rounds,






preds' postseason run has turned music city into smashville


nashville, tenn. — the place known as smashville is ready for its close-up.the nashville predators have reached their first western conference final in franchise history and that has spread hockey fever far beyond their arena and the team's loyal legion of fans. stars from carrie underwood to lady antebellum are lining up to sing the national anthem and the likes of john hiatt to lee greenwood are singing with the house band during intermissions.not only do predators' flags and banners drape nashville's famous honkytonks, they now hang from front porches in the suburbs of music city."you can't drive through a neighborhood without seeing a flag," predators president sean henry said. "so it's fun to tap into a passion that this community has for sports, and right now it's all about the nashv






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