Nashville Predators 2014 News and Updates
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 2013-2014 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.