Welcome to The Puck Drop, a weekly roundup of all things Nashville Predators. We look at news stories, social media posts, and everything else that has to do with, cue Paul McCann, YOUR NASHVILLE PREDATORS.
This week finds the Predators at the tail end of a four-game stretch against the teams from the Sunshine state. They didn’t fare so well against the Tampa Bay Lightning and find themselves one spot out of the last place in the Central Division.
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Head Coach John Hynes has stressed discipline, but the Predators still find themselves in the penalty box too often. A struggling power-play is also plaguing them at the moment.
The good news is the Predators are pretty good at 5-0n-5 hockey. When they are buzzing, they can compete with any team in the league.
If the Predators can figure out how to play a full sixty minutes of high-intensity hockey, then they will find themselves in the top four of the Central Division.
It is early in the season, but the time for them to gel as a team is now. There is lots of talent on this team, and things should start falling into place for them reasonably soon.
The Predators take on the Florida Panthers in a back-to-back series starting on Thursday.
This week, we look at a milestone for a former Predator, a first for a current Predator, and limited fans in Bridgestone Arena.
Former Nashville Predator Shea Weber Hits A Milestone
On Tuesday, former Predator Shea Weber participated in his 1,000th NHL game. Weber began working on this milestone 16 years ago when he played in his first NHL game for the Predators. Weber became the Predators captain in 2010 and remained so until he was traded before the 2016-17 season.
To this day, Weber is still a favorite among Predators fans. Congratulations to Shea Weber on this epic milestone.
Roman Josi…Man On The Street
In celebration of Shea Weber’s 1,000th NHL game, the Nashville Predators re-released this video of Weber and Roman Josi doing “man on the street” interviews. In the video, Weber and Josi assume fake names and question “unsuspecting” fans about who the better player is.
Predators Announce Ticket Sales For February
The Predators announced that they would be selling tickets for home games in February. The socially-distanced seats went on sale Wednesday. You may want to act quickly, as these tickets will probably go fast.
So go get some tickets and cheer on the Preds. It will be great to see and hear fans in Bridgestone Arena again.
Mathieu Olivier Makes History
Predators forward Mathieu Olivier made NHL history by becoming the first player from Mississippi to score an NHL goal. Olivier scored his first goal in the January 30 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also participated in his first NHL fight.
Olivier impressed the coaches during his time in training camp and earned a spot on the roster. He continues to bring intensity and grit to the Predators lineup with each game he is in.
Congrats to Olivier on his first goal. Hopefully, many more will follow.