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Hockey's first African-American superstar?

After being drafted No. 4 overall, Nashville defenseman Seth Jones, son of former NBA player "Popeye," takes to the ice to potentially become hockey's first African-American superstar

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.

Colin Wilson Poised to Lead Preds in Scoring

Following two shoulder surgeries in the offseason, expect the hungry Boston University alumnus to emerge as a potent power forward in the upcoming season . . . as long as he stays healthy.

Craig Smith Season Preview: Something to Prove

Smith followed up a strong rookie campaign with a ghastly season we'd like to forget. Which one is more evident of the player he'll become?

Rich Clune: On-Ice Bad Boy, Off-Ice Leader

The gritty plugger earned himself a 2-year extension in the offseason that won't go into effect until next year, so expect the same type of performance this season.

Seth Jones Season Preview: A New Hope

How large of a role can we reasonably expect a teenager to play on the Nashville Predators blueline?

Fantasy Hockey: Stats Forecasts for the Predators

With the opening of the 2013-2014 NHL season less than a fortnight away, fantasy hockey draft season is officially open. Here's your guide on how to draft the leading players in Nashville.

Training Camp: 9 More Players Cut

The scythe has swung again, as nine more players were sent from the Nashville Predators training camp today, following 19 from the day before.

Mattias Ekholm Season Preview: Is This His Year?

The prospects are bright for Ekholm's future, but don't be surprised if the 2009 Swedish draft pick plays another year in Milwaukee, and gets called up only in injury situations.

Who Will Lead the Nashville Predators in Scoring?

Despite the mantra that team results are the only things that truly matter, there is a bit of pride to be had in leading your hockey team in scoring. Who will earn their spot in Nashville Predators history this season?

How Waivers Could Impact Preds' Roster Decisions

As David Poile begins pruning the roster in the lead-up to Opening Night of the 2013-14 NHL season, the requirement for some players to go through waivers could influence his decision-making.

How Will Barry Trotz Deploy His Bounty of Centers?

A look at the overabundance of centers for the Nashville Predators and how the roster will shake out. Who will be moved down? Who will be moved over? Coach Barry Trotz will have to tinker around to find the right pieces for the puzzle.

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NHLVideo: "Shea Weber's Keys to Successful 2013-14 Season 9/10/13"

Well, you have to give the Nashville Predators organization credit: everyone is on message!

Nick Spaling Season Preview: Utility, or Futility?

Will Spaling earn a long-term contract from the Nashville Predators with his work this season, or will he be pushed out of the way by one of the kids climbing the organizational ladder?

Ryan Ellis Preview: Is This His Year?

Ryan Ellis came to Nashville following an unparalleled junior hockey career, but has failed to produce big numbers at the NHL level. With Seth Jones now on the scene, is time running out for Ellis to prove himself with the Predators?

Training Camp Practice Times & Teams Announced

At long last you have your chance to see guys like Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, and the rest of the Nashville Predators hit the ice, as the 2013 Training Camp gets up to full speed tomorrow at Centennial Sportsplex.

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.

Preds TV Schedule Announced: 73 Games to Air

The Nashville Predators and Fox Sports Tennessee announced their 2013-2014 NHL broadcast schedule today, with 73 out of 82 games airing in total, all in HD.

Kevin Klein Preview: Natural Born Penalty Killer

We weren't surprised to see the Nashville Predators struggle to score last season, but the 29th-ranked penalty kill was more Trashville than Smashville. Can Kevin Klein lead the PK unit back to dominance?

Team Records: Will New Ones Be Set This Year?

We usually focus on team success when looking ahead to a new season, but might individual players earn their way into the Nashville Predators' history book?

NHL Odds: Will the Predators Make the Playoffs?

It's the fundamental question facing the Nashville Predators this season - are they good enough to return to the playoffs for the eighth time in ten seasons? Bovada's sports book doesn't appear to be convinced.

Preds News: Trotz Declares Hutton as Backup Goalie

Over a week before his players take the ice at training camp, Barry Trotz has already handed the backup goaltending job to free agent acquisition Carter Hutton.

Preds vs Titans: Who Will Win More This Season?

With the Nashville Predators preparing to open training camp and the Tennessee Titans gearing up for the NFL season, Nashville's sports fans are ready to cheer on a winner. Which team is in a better position to succeed this year?

NHL Odds: Bovada Pegs Preds as a Longshot

Las Vegas doesn't seem to be too impressed with the Nashville Predators' work this summer

"The Goldenization" of Bridgestone Arena

Are the Nashville Predators scheming to keep legions of Chicago Blackhawks fans from storming Bridgestone Arena this season? Or are they simply doing their best to grow the business of hockey here in Tennessee?

Central Division Preview: St. Louis Blues

The Blues have been an outstanding regular season team for a couple years now, but can they follow through with playoff success in 2014?

Central Division Preview: Minnesota Wild

Will the Minnesota Wild become one of the greatest rivals for the Nashville Predators now that they'll compete against each other in the NHL's new Central Division?

Central Division Preview: Dallas Stars

How will the new-look Dallas Stars fare as they move into the NHL's Central Division next season?

Central Division Preview: Colorado Avalanche

After finishing with the second-worst record in the NHL, Colorado passed on taking Seth Jones in the draft, allowing him to fall to Nashville. That decision could be a factor in the new Predators/Avalanche division rivalry for the next 15-20 years.

Central Division Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks captured their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons this summer, but will they rule the NHL's new seven-team Central Division?