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Nashville Predators News

All of Smashville Invited to Annual PredsFest Celebration
I can't make it, but you should go.

Nashville Predators again look like a Stanley Cup contender
Not mentioned in this article is the crushing blow the Predators took when they lost veteran team leader Cody McLeod.

Preds goalie Juuse Saros has more gold pads on the way
Great news for fans of the Juuse Saros's gold pads is just bad news for the haters. Of course, there's a bright spot in here for those aforementioned haters.

Around Hockey

2019-2020 NHL Division Preview: The Metropolitan | On the Forecheck
Bobby brings you all the Metropolitan Division news and predictions you can handle, and some hot takes you can't.

2019-2020 NHL Division Preview: The Atlantic | On the Forecheck
The Atlantic division has seen quite a few changes over the summer. Kate fills you in on all the additions and subtractions.

Is Canadiens’ Drouin worth trading for? | ProHockeyTalk
Would you like to see Jonathan Drouin on the Predators? What would you be willing to part with?

What do the Point and Tkachuk bridge deals mean for Laine and the Jets? | TheHockeyNews
Patrik Laine doesn't have much time left to get a deal done before the season starts. Now that some players in similar situations have signed, is the path clear for a deal to keep Laine in Winnipeg?

Adam Fantilli is a phenom, but he's also a 14-year-old who misses his older brother. That's why he left his team | TheHockeyNews
To me, this is an interesting piece on the side of hockey that I'm not too familiar with, but Adam Fantilli is probably a name we'll be hearing a lot more of soon.

Analyzing the NHL’s skill players: Who is the best at breaking out? | Sportsnet.ca
Who's the best at this on the Predators? I bet Bryan could tell us, he's good at like, numbers and stuff.

[Ed: It’s P.K. Su—wait. Uh. Ryan Ellis. Thanks as usual to Corey Sznajder for the tracking work, and to C.J. Turtoro for putting it into convenient bite-sized morsels.]

Ex-Capital Brett Connolly labels Tom Wilson as his breakout player for 2019-2020
When they say "breakout," do they mean other players' teeth?