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Nashville Predators Analysis

Preds Acquire James Neal from Penguins

The Predators have made a big trade for a scoring forward.

Free Agents To Pursue and Avoid

Free agency is still several weeks away, but that doesn't mean we can't go to sleep thinking about all the shiny new players that could be suiting up for Nashville next year.

Thrust Into the Spotlight

Carter Hutton was forced into the starting role due to Rinne's injury, which may have been more than he bargained for.

First to Fire, First to Hire

First to Fire, First to Hire

5 Challenges facing the next Head Coach

As the Nashville Predators begin a search for their next head coach, there are some major tasks which any prospective bench boss needs to be prepared to take on.

3 Potential New Head Coaches

With the season essentially over and speculation about the time left for Head Coach Barry Trotz, can any of these three candidates make the difference in Nashville?

Poile: "Playing the best we have all year" Really?

David Poile is preparing Nashville Predators fans for a quiet Trade Deadline by saying that the return of Pekka Rinne is the best addition the team could hope for, and they're already playing the best they have all season. Is he just blowing smoke?

Coin Flip Hockey

Instead of developing a coherent offensive strategy, the Nashville Predators rely heavily on goaltending and defense, and recklessly leave the rest to chance.

Carter Hutton is no Chris Mason

Carter Hutton has earned the admiration of Nashville Predators fans for taking on a heavy workload in Pekka Rinne's absence. But is he really the second coming of Chris Mason?

Trade Analysis: Del Zotto Balances Out Predators D

Michael Del Zotto brings a different skill set to the Nashville defense, and his presence may also foster the development of younger blueliners who were stuck behind Kevin Klein on the Predators' depth chart.

Frame-by-Frame Analysis: A Combination of Errors

A subtle extension of the leg at just the right moment made a world of difference when the Predators faced off against the Ducks Thursday night.

What difference would Pekka Rinne make?

Would a healthy Pekka Rinne have put the Predators in playoff contention?

1st Half Review: The Centers

How have Nashville's centers filled their roles so far this season?

It's Time For Change

More than any single individual, David Poile deserves credit for building the Nashville Predators into a legitimately competitive, sustainable NHL franchise. But the time has come for new leadership in Smashville.

What I want: more Ryan Ellis, less Seth Jones

The hype around Nashville Predators rookie Seth Jones is exciting, but playing him 25 minutes a night is ultimately hurting the team.

Central Division Breakdown: Who's The Favorite?

Now that a quarter of the NHL season is complete, we have a decent idea how teams are shaping up - and no, their Win/Loss record doesn't tell that story completely. Which teams have a legitimate shot at hoisting a Central Division banner next fall?

A Tale of Two Teams

The Nashville Predators are the definition of a mediocre team, offsetting soaring victories with deflating losses. Now that a quarter of the season has been played, which trend is likely to continue?

Road To Redemption

One thing we can take heart in so far this season is the play of Nashville Predators leading scorer Craig Smith, who has redeemed himself after bottoming out in 2012-13.

The 10 Game Report: Ascending to Mediocrity

The Nashville Predators look like a decidedly average NHL team. Considering how last season went, I'd say that's quite an improvement.

David Legwand's Ice Time Taking a Big Drop

Nashville's all-time leader in Games Played, Goals, Assists and Total Points (both in the regular season and playoffs) ranks 8th out of the team's 12 forwards in ice time so far this season.

Season Preview: 3 Big Questions Facing the Preds

Any team seeking to bounce back from missing the playoffs with so much youth in the lineup will have a number of questions to answer, but here are three major ones which Nashville Predators fans will follow this season.

Why A Seth Jones/Shea Weber Pair Ain't Happening

Ever since the Predators drafted Seth Jones 4th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, fans and analysts alike have been clamoring for him to play on the left side of Shea Weber. This is a glorious hypothetical, but let's talk about why it's a bad idea.

More Roster Moves Coming for the Predators?

The Nashville Predators have been hit-or-miss with late summer acquisitions, but that doesn't mean they won't make another roster move if the right player and right deal are available.

2014 Winter Olympics: Which Predators Will Go?

Now that the NHL has committed to send its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics, we can start talking about which Nashville Predators will represent their country in Sochi, Russia.

What's Luck Got To Do With It?

Various factors have been cited for the Nashville Predators' 27th-ranked finish in the NHL last season: injuries, after-effects from the lockout, you name it. A new analysis attempts to rank NHL teams by their level of "luck".

NHL Free Agency: Has David Poile Done Enough?

July 5, 2013 saw the Nashville Predators go on a free agent spending spree like never before. But was it enough to set the team up for the 2013-2014 season?

Have The Preds Gone Back to 2010?

Will an old formula spell success for the Nashville Predators next season?

Leafs Waive Grabovski: Should the Preds Claim Him?

Mikhail Grabovski has been one of Toronto's top forwards for the last few years, but had a disappointing season under new head coach Randy Carlyle. Should the Predators claim him off the waiver wire?

Free Agency: 9 Forwards the Preds Should Pursue

In case you haven't heard, the Nashville Predators could use some proven NHL talent at forward these days. Who should be on David Poile's shopping list?

Free Agency: 3 Big Names The Preds Should Avoid

With the 2013 NHL Free Agency season opening officially on Friday, speculation is running wild as to how David Poile might bolster the forward ranks and return this team to the playoffs.

Why the Preds Should Go Get Boston's Tyler Seguin

With all due to respect to Vinny Lecavalier, Nathan Horton, Danny Briere and other free agents this summer, the biggest difference-maker that the Nashville Predators should pursue is on the trade market: Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.

How Does Seth Jones Impact the Preds' Depth Chart?

Bringing in a highly coveted defenseman like Seth Jones could lead to a major shuffle on the Nashville blueline.