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.


Preds 3, Sharks 0: Carter Hutton's 1st Shutout

The Nashville Predators continued their torrid pace of late, pushing their recent record to 6-1-1 with an impressive 3-0 win at San Jose tonight.


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Can the Preds follow up on last night's Duck roasting?

Preds 5, Ducks 2: Goals, Goals, Goals!

The Nashville Predators ran their recent record to 5-1-1 by jumping out to an early lead on the Anaheim Ducks and holding on for a 5-2 win to launch their current road trip.


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Settle in for some late night hockey as the Predators and Ducks face off at 9:00 p.m. Central.

NHL All Star Game: Coming Soon to Nashville?

Folks have been musing over the opportunity for Nashville to host the NHL All-Star Weekend for several years now, but today's article over at the Tennessean makes it sound like an official announcement could come soon.


Join the Predators vs Capitals Game Thread!

Join your fellow Preds fans in the comments as the Washington Capitals roll into town...

Do Poile & Trotz Deserve a 16th Season?

David Poile and Barry Trotz have run the Nashville Predators since their earliest days. But has the time come for change?

Predators vs Capitals Preview: Welcome Back Wardo!

Alex Ovechkin is worth the price of admission alone, but many Preds fans will look forward to seeing former Nashville forward Joel Ward, who is enjoying his finest pro season.


Join the Predators vs Stars Game Thread!

Can the Predators keep lighting the lamp like they did last night against Buffalo? Let's tune into FS-TN and find out...

Predators @ Stars Preview: Thinking of Pevs

As the Nashville Predators head south to face division rival Dallas tonight, we can't help but recall the terrifying health scare suffered recently by former Predator Rich Peverley.

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