Dirk Hoag

Managing Editor

started writing about hockey online back in the mid-1990's, for sites such as the (long-gone) In the Crease and In 2005, he started On the Forecheck as a general NHL blog, which became, over the course of time, dedicated to Nashville Predators coverage and statistical analysis of the league at large.

Specific aspects of this analysis have been distributed widely (such as the NHL Super Schedule) and cited by mainstream media outlets. Penalty Plus/Minus was even credited with helping Sean Avery win an arbitration case against the New York Rangers.

In October of 2012 he also launched a personal site, Working the Net, dedicated to sharing advice on how to grow an audience online with blogging & social networks, life in the small-but-growing town of Nolensville, Tennessee, and a variety of personal ramblings that don't fit within the confines of OTF.

You can follow him on Twitter (@Forechecker), email him at, or view his profile at LinkedIn.


Join the Preds vs Wild Game Thread!

Here we are, gang, the end of the line. Will this be Barry Trotz's last game as Nashville's head coach?


Join the Preds vs Hawks Game Thread!

OK, folks, time to hold off the Red Horde as it invades Bridgestone Arena... let's hope the home season finishes on a strong note, eh?

Predators vs Blackhawks Preview: Home Ice Finale

While the Nashville Predators play out the string on their season, the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to defend their 2013 Stanley Cup championship.


Join the Predators vs Coyotes Game Thread!

The Coyotes & Preds face off at 7:00 p.m., so join your fellows and follow along in the comments.

Predators vs Coyotes Preview: Appreciate Tonight

On Fan Appreciation Night, the Nashville Predators hit the ice for the first time since being eliminated from playoff contention.

Weber: "It Sucks... Something's got to change."

Shea Weber vented his frustration over the Predators' elimination from playoff contention, but what can he do to turn things around in Smashville?

Th-th-th-tha-tha-tha-that's all, folks! Preds Out

Gabriel Bourque's two goals weren't enough to salvage Nashville's playoff hopes as they fell in a shootout at Dallas.


Join the Predators vs Stars Game Thread!

Can the Preds keep hope alive for one more day? Let's find out...

Sissons Goes Back to Milwaukee

With healthy bodies returning to action in recent days, the Nashville Predators have sent center Colton Sissons back to Milwaukee.

The Week Ahead: Clinging to Hope

With only four games remaining in the Regular Season, the Nashville Predators still have a glimmer of a sliver of a hope of a chance at making the playoffs, so at least we get the opportunity to see the younger players play meaningful hockey.

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