Nashville Predators 2014-2015 News and Updates
11/20/14 - How ‘bout those Preds? The Nashville Predators are establishing themselves as one of this season’s elite teams; their 26 points are fourth-most in the NHL at this point in the season, and a point clear of second-place St. Louis in their Central Division.
11/13/14 - While the Nashville Predators are toward the bottom in goals scored per game – a 2.5 average, good for 24th out of the 30 teams) – the defense is giving the Preds a chance. The Predators are third in the NHL overall, averaging just 1.9 goals allowed per game, and goaltender Pekka Rinne is a key to that effort, with a goals-against average of 1.83.
11/6/14 - They’re in second place, but the Nashville Predators are also in the very competitive Central Division, which means a short losing string could see them fall from their lofty position. As it is, a key defenseman, Anton Volchenkov, has been suspended four games for an illegal check to the head in a previous game.
10/29/14 - The Predators will be playing several away games against the Flames, the Canucks, Jets, Stars, and Blues before returning home for a game against the Edmonton Oilers. This time away from home could effectively widen the gap between league leaders which can only increase team and fan morale. Once the Nashville Predators do return to defend their own ice as they face off with the Oilers, fans are sure to be ready for yet another victory to add to their already successful season. As the Predators spend the next few games away from home, many fans will be preparing to offer them a warm welcome on November 11th. Tickets for the Oilers vs Predators game are still available, and starting at just $4 with many seating areas still open for selection.
4/9/14 – Nashville was eliminated from the playoff following Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Dallas, in rookie Seth Jones’ return home. The Predators (35-32-12) got two goals from center Gabriel Bourque, but it wasn’t enough; Nashville will miss the postseason for a second straight year. Shootouts have been the Predators’ nemesis this year, losing 9 of 11 in their 2013-14 campaign. Nashville Predators tickets are fairly cheap for the last two games to be played at Bridgestone Arena this year – prices for Thursday’s game against Phoenix range from $21-$103 and $85-$344 for Saturday’s game against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
4/3/14 – Following five days off, the Predators will pick up action in Anaheim for their final game against Stanley Cup winner and six-time Olympian Teemu Selanne on Friday. Nashville is 4-1-1 in their last six in which they averaged 4.3 goals per contest. Can the Preds keep up the high-scoring effort in their last six games of the season? You’ll have just two chances to see the team when they return from their three game road trip – 4/10 vs Phoenix (min. $11) and 4/12 vs. Chicago (min. $99).
3/28/14 – The Preds ended their six game home losing streak with a 6-1 beating over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. It was a special evening at Bridgestone Arena as both Colton Sissons and Calle Jarnkrok notched their first career NHL goals and Shea Weber scored a pair to reach the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career. The victory was Nashville’s fifth time this season scoring four or more goals in a game and should bode well for their confidence as they visit rival Dallas tonight. Seth Jones, Patrick Eaves, and Pail Gaustad are expected to be out still with injuries.
3/19/14 – The Predators look to get back on track following two straight losses to Edmonton and St. Louis. Prior to Saturday’s game against the Blues, the Preds had won three straight and remained optimistic about their NHL Playoff chances. Instead, Nashville drew its fifth straight loss on home ice and followed it up with a 1-5 road loss to the Oilers. Key points are up for grabs in Vancouver Wednesday night when the Preds visit Vancouver to face the Canucks; both teams are on the outside looking in as far as the postseason picture is concerned.
3/11/14 – Just minutes before the NHL trade deadline passed, the Nashville Predators acquired forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Patrick Eaves, in addition to a conditional third-round selection in the 2014 Entry Draft for Center David Legwand. The “Original Predator” was traded to his hometown Detroit Red Wings. Now the Predators are eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 17 games remaining. Nashville squeaked by the Ottawa Senators in overtime last night to grab their first win in five games. Three goals in the second-period got the Predators off to a 3-0 lead before Ottawa came back with three of their own in the third-period. Defenseman Seth Jones scored with 1:11 left in the overtime session to give the Nashville Predators the 4-3 OT victory. The Predators have just one game in the next week and a half at Bridgestone Arena and that’ll be played Saturday vs. St. Louis. It is the most expensive game remaining in Nashville this season, averaging $108.
3/4/14 – Good news Predators fans! Pekka Rinne is expected to start in the net tonight against Pittsburgh and the Tuesday evening meeting is the cheapest game (avg. $48) remaining at Bridgestone Arena this season. Rinne has not been in the net for the Predators since Oct. 22 when he was sidelined after a surgery on his hip to take care of an E.Coli infection. You can catch his return for just $11 in the third of five straight home games for Nashville.
2/25/14 - Four Nashville Predators will get back to work following their trip to Sochi. Simon Moser & Roman Josi (Switzerland), Shea Weber (Canada) and manager Pete Rogers (USA) will be back in Music City when the Preds square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning this Thursday (tickets start at $13). Nashville will have to take advantage of a precious five-game homestand after the Olympic break, which most teams will not enjoy. Over the hiatus, general manager David Poile underwent surgery after being struck in the face by an errant puck that broke his nose and has left him blind in his right eye. Though the harrowing injury prevented Poile from participating in the Olympics as manager for Team USA, the coach is already back in the office and back to work. Get Nashville Predators tickets now and be there to welcome back their tough-as-nails GM and returning Olympians!
2/21/14 – Goaltender Pekka Rinne’s (hip) return appears to be on the near horizon. Rinne participated in his second practice with the team since having surgery in October and felt no soreness. Nashville’s forward Craig Smith will look to continue his scoring ways when the team returns to league play Feb 27 at Bridgestone Arena. The 24-year old has 36 points on 18 goals, and 18 assists and is looking to becoming the first Predator since Patric Horngvist in 2009-10 to net 30 goals. Nashville Predators tickets are available for just $10 for next Thursday’s return; just four points behind 8th place Dallas, the Preds are still in the hunt for a playoff spot!
2/3/14 – What upper-body injury? Shea Weber scored twice Friday night against the Devils, including the game winner with 1:29 left in OT to give the defenseman 25 points in his past 25 games. But Saturday, the Preds dropped their final game at Scottrade Center this season, falling to St. Louis 4-3 in a shootout. The Preds will look to bounce back Thursday on the road against a team that shut them out 0-4 in their last meeting, Minnesota Wild. Then, they’ll turn their attention to NHL’s best, when Anaheim visits Bridgestone Arena (2/8); Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators tickets range from $25 (upper level-goal) - $207 (lower level-baseline, first row).
1/30/14 – The Preds return home Friday night to take on the New Jersey Devils after being on the road for three straight. Experienced defenseman and Predators captain Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Nashville has four games left before the Olympic break and the Predators hope to have their leader and second-leading scorer back soon. With 56 points, the Preds are seven points behind for the second wild card spot in the West. With one of the cheaper tickets in the league (avg. $76), Predators fans need to turn up at Bridgestone Arena and support their team on the road to the NHL playoffs!
Nashville Predators 2014-2015 Season
The Nashville Predators and their burgeoning fan base enter the 2014-2015 season brimming with optimism—and we you can’t blame them! The puzzle pieces have finally lined up, and new head coach Peter Laviolette leads this playoff-caliber squad. Nashville made a big offseason splash with the acquisition of big scorer James Neal from Pittsburgh, and is expected to fire-up the team's high-scoring offense and jet-pack play. The return of elite goaltender Pekka Rinne will be one to watch, as the crease minder will make another run at the Vezina Trophy. For the first time in club history, the Predators will not have Barry Trotz as bench boss, but Laviolette is a Stanley Cup-winning coach. The Bridgestone Arena Squad missed playoffs by a mere three points in the ultra-competitive Western Conference last year; score Nashville Predators tickets and see them earn a berth this season!
After losing Ryan Suter in free agency last season and failing to make the NHL Playoffs, the Preds roster needed an upgrade. Nashville selected ten prospects in the 2013 draft including the No. 4 overall pick in Seth Jones. Jones will contribute to the Preds strong defense under the League’s best defenseman Shea Weber. The organization also signed Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg in addition to Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom this offseason.
Like the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators won’t be selling single-game tickets to the three games against the Chicago Blackhawks being played at Bridgestone Arena. To avoid purchasing tickets to multiple games to see the Predators play the Blackhawks, consider buying from the secondary market where single-game Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are being sold. All three matchups against the defending Stanley Cup Champions are in high demand; the games on 11/16 and 4/12 are the two most expensive games this season on the Predators home schedule, averaging $194 and $179 respectively. The 12/17 game is averaging $113, just $10 more than the average price of Nashville Predators tickets this season. Hockey tickets in Nashville are up 45% since last year, but the Predators still rank seventh cheapest in the NHL.
The revamped Central Division now has the Nashville Predators seeing more of the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets and less of the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets who not only jumped Divisions but also Conferences.