Press Kit: Predators Look To Keep Win Streak Going Ahead Of Blues Game

Juuse Saros. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Predators

Three massive wins have put the Predators in a great position to steal third place in the Central Division from the Blues, who Nashville will face in a matinee on Saturday (March 12).

After a rough February, the Preds picked up wins against San Jose (8-0), Dallas (2-1) and Anaheim (4-1) with the skill of Juuse Saros in net, only giving up two goals. Saros has continued to be the backbone of this Predators team, with a save percentage of .925, placing him at fifth best in the NHL. He is also tied for fourth best in wins with 28.

Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene have also played some of their best hockey these past three games. They accumulated eight goals and 12 assists to start off March.

“I think when you look at this time of year, particularly the last two games, it shows how important 60 minutes of hockey is,” said head coach John Hynes in a postgame press conference on Thursday. “You have to be able to play in certain situations and stay with it.”

Nashville is currently sitting in the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 70 points, three points ahead of Dallas and only three points behind St. Louis. The Blues are sitting in second place in the Central Division with 73 points.

Saturday’s game can put the Preds back into the top three division spot if they can pull off a win.

So far this season, the Predators and Blues share one win each in the season series. After Saturday’s game, the two Central Division rivals will face each other once more at the end of April, both at Bridgestone Arena in front of a home crowd.

The Blues have been anchored by the offensive prowess from Jordan Kyrou and Vladimir Tarasenko, who both have 55 points and 49 points, respectively. Kyrou has scored two goals against the Preds, while Tarasenko has only scored onece.

St. Louis has played four different goalies this season due to injury, but their two main goalies are Ville Husso who has played 23 games this season and holds a save percentage of .930. The other is Jordan Binnington who has played 28 games with a saving percentage of .904.

Binnington gave up four goals against the Preds in the season series opener, while Husso held Nashville to just three goals in a 5-3 win for the Blues.

The Blues have lost four of their last five, ending a four-game skid with a 6-2 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday, March 10.

Momentum is on the side of the Preds with a chance to get in second place in the division, but the Blues are still one of the better teams in the Western Conference who have always played their best hockey against the Preds.

A win for Nashville can keep the team moving in the right direction as the season winds down, but a loss can make their playoff chances much less secure as they will face one of the toughest stretches of the season later this month.

Puck drop is set for 11:30 a.m. and lineups will be announced prior to the game on Saturday morning.

Predators’ Tanner Jeannot & Wife Keely To Host Diaper Drive For Mother To Mother

Tanner Jeannot. Photo: Courtesy of the Predators

The Nashville Predators Foundation, along with Preds forward Tanner Jeannot and his wife Keely, will host a Diaper Drive for Mother to Mother on Tuesday (March 8) before the game against the Dallas Stars.

Mother to Mother, a Nashville-based non-profit organization, works to ensure that impoverished children in the community have access to basic essential items.

“I’m excited and honored for my wife and I to be part of this important initiative,” says Jeannot. “As a soon-to-be father, I’ve been able to see first-hand how much this organization means to parents around Nashville and the Middle Tennessee communities. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Smashville help us, the Predators Foundation and Mother to Mother out with this cause.”

The Jeannots and the Preds Foundation will each match up to $5,000 worth of donations, making them go three times as far. In partnership with Mother to Mother, donations will be distributed to those in need in the Fort Campbell and Clarksville community as part of Preds Military Week from March 8-12.

Fans are encouraged to drop diapers off at any Bridgestone Arena entrance prior to the 7 p.m. puck drop or purchase from the Amazon wish list.

During the 2020-21 season, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and the Predators Foundation contributed more than $4 million in cash and in-kind gifts throughout the Nashville community and surrounding areas. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded over $8 million in grants alone to Nashville-area charitable organizations, including a single-season record of $735,000 in 2020-21.

Dustin Lynch, Jessie James Decker Join NHL Stadium Series Pregame Festivities

Country artists Dustin Lynch and Jessie James Decker have joined the lineup for the pregame entertainment ahead of Saturday’s 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series between the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 26.

Decker will perform the national anthem in front of the sold out crowd joined by Nashville Sign Language Club performer Heather Olmstead. Lynch will open the game with a performance of his new hit single, “Party Mode.”

They join fellow country artists Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley who will be performing during the first intermission of the game.

Lynch, accompanied by the Vanderbilt Spirit dance team, will open the festivities with a performance during the on-field arrivals of the Predators and Lightning. Lynch has built a success career with eight No. 1s, four Top 5 albums, nine Gold and Platinum certified singles, and over 3.3 billion global on-demand streams. Launching the “Party Mode Tour” this spring, his fifth studio album, Blue In The Sky, is out now.

Signed to Warner Music Nashville, Decker has shown off her talent as a singer, songwriter, TV personality, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and two-time New York Times best-selling author. Her 2017 album, Southern Girl City Lights, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Walker Hayes will also join the lineup with an exclusive TikTok livestreame performance inside the NHL PreGame fan festival. He will perform on the TikTok Tailgate Stage at The PreGame, the official fan festival of the NHL Stadium Series in Nissan Stadium’s Parking Lot R. The concert will be exclusively livestreamed on the NHL’s TikTok account at 4:30pm CT.

The “Stadium Biscuits” house band, led by bandleader John Bohlinger, will share center stage throughout the game with a lineup of Nashville-based musical artists, including Frankie BallardChayce BeckhamBexarJackson DeanLindsay EllMorgan EvansJosh HedleyTiera Kennedy and Ajay Popoff.

The game, pregame celebrations, and first intermission concert will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. CT on TNT.

Bridgestone Winter Park Changes Dates Due to Weather Concerns

The Nashville Predators announced that Bridgestone Winter Park has been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 24, due to weather concerns. It will be operating fully from Feb. 25-26 in the City of Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park.

Scheduled performer, Cody Parks and the Dirty South, will now perform live on the band stage inside Bridgestone Arena.

Those attending Thursday’s game are encouraged to be seated by 5:45 p.m. to see Pekka Rinne‘s Number Retirement Ceremony, taking place at 6 p.m. Fans at home can tune into Bally Sports South beginning at 6 p.m. to watch the pregame celebration.

Additionally, the NHL trophies and Dr Pepper College Championship trophy will be moved inside the arena for fans to view.

Bridgestone Winter Park Hours: 

  • Friday, Feb. 25: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about vendors and performances as well as to reserve your complimentary ticket, head to nashvillepredators.com/WinterPark.

Predators, Bridgestone Arena, TSU To Host NHL’s Black Hockey History Tour

The Nashville Predators will host the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Tour, a 525-square-foot mobile museum that celebrates black achievement in hockey. The tour will stop at Tennessee State University and Bridgestone Area from Feb. 25-26.

The museum’s exhibits highlight past, current, and future black hockey players, grassroots organizations committed to growing the game and women who have impacted hockey. Additionally, the museum showcases a collection of player artifacts. The Nashville stop will also feature an interactive Nashville Predators locker room display.

“We are always excited to have the NHL’s Black Hockey History Tour Truck stop in Nashville,” says Robin Lee, Nashville Predators Senior Director of Corporate Sponsorship Service. “As our organization strives to be a leader in the diversity, equity and inclusion space, the Black Hockey History Truck is an amazing asset to share with our community. Representation matters and this exhibit is a great opportunity for minority students in our youth hockey programs to see what is possible and work towards that goal.”

The Black Hockey History Tour, which launched in 2019, is part of the NHL’s Black History Month celebrations and will visit 28 cities across North America in 2022. The curated mobile museum will showcase today’s stars and look back at the pioneers and trailblazers who helped shape NHL history.

Admission to the bus is free for all ages.

Black Hockey History Tour Stops:

Feb. 25 – TSU, parked inside Hale Stadium (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) & Bridgestone Arena, parked on Fifth Avenue (4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Feb. 26 – Bridgestone Arena, parked on Fifth Avenue (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Former Predator David Lewand, Five Former Tennessee Vols To Be Inducted In TN Sports Hall Of Fame

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has announced a string of inductees for its 2022 Class, including first Nashville Predators NHL Draft pick David Lewand, as well as five former Tennessee Volunteers.

“We’re thrilled to be able to add David to our Class of 2022,” says Brad Willis, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. “As this full class continues to be announced, we feel like people will be pleased with the amount of different sports and regions of the state that are represented.”

Lewand played 12 seasons in Nashville, during which he set several franchise records. Legwand holds the records for games played (956), most goals scored (210), most assists (356), and most points (566).

“We are proud to honor this great group of athletes with induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame,” adds Willis. “These five athletes from five different programs are a great example of the hard work and dedication required to meet Hall of Fame status.”

Vols being enshrined include Sharrieffa Barksdale (track and field), R.A. Dickey (baseball), Harry Galbreath (football), Nikki-McCray Penson (women’s basketball), and Tony White (men’s basketball).

Barksdale was a standout track star for the Lady Vols, becoming the first female in the history of the women’s 400-meter hurdles to go under 55 seconds. She won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in 1983 and earned a spot on the US Olympic Team in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Nashville native Dickey attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He ultimately decided not to sign with Detroit and attended the University of Tennessee, and was named Academic All-American and Academic All-SEC during his time in Knoxville. Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft and made his MLB debut in 2001. He went on to play for Texas, Seattle, Minnesota, the New York Mets, Toronto, and Atlanta. In 2012, Dickey posted a 20-6 record and became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award with the Mets.

Galbreath, a Clarksville native, starred as an offensive guard at Tennessee from 1984 to 1987, where he played in every game of his career. He was selected in the 8th round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Galbreath was named to the All-Rookie team in 1988 and spent five seasons in Miami before going to play for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets. After his playing career, he served as offensive line coach at Austin Peay, Tennessee State, and Hampton University. Galbreath passed away in July of 2010.

McCray, a native of Collierville, played for legendary Coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee from 1992-1995, playing 127 games and scoring over 1,500 points. She played professionally in the ABL before joining the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 1998. McCray was named a WNBA All-Star three times and won gold medals with Team USA in 1996 and 2000.

White played at the University of Tennessee from 1983 to 1987. He is the third all-time leading scorer for Tennessee with 2,219 points. White appeared in 127 games averaging 17.5 points per game throughout his career at Tennessee. He also holds the school record for most points scored in a single game with 51. White was a second-round pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft.

This group of athletes join Titans star defensive end Jevon Kearse, Maryville College coaching legend Randy Lambert, and Trevecca basketball legend David Suddeth as members of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

The full 2022 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class will be released in the coming days as well as information regarding tickets for the induction ceremony, presented by the Tennessee Titans.

Predators Sign Defenseman Mark Borowiecki To One-Year Deal

Nick Borowiecki. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mark Borowiecki to a one-year, $900,000 contract for the 2022-23 season.

Borowiecki has skated in 39 games for the Predators in the 2021-22 season, his second with the organization, and has recorded two assists and 103 penalty minutes. He leads all Nashville defensemen and is sixth among NHL blueliners in hits with 134, and he’s 15th in the NHL in hits per 60 minutes at 15.3.

“It means a lot. More than I can probably say, more than I can articulate at the risk of getting a little too sentimental,” said Borowiecki in a postgame press conference. “This organization has really stood by me. This group of guys in the locker room especially some of these older guys, like Mattias [Ekholm] and Roman [Josi]. The support they’ve given me through last year and coming into this year and trying to find my game again [has meant the world]. Again, I just can’t put it into words.”

The Ottawa native was originally drafted by the Senators in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. He appeared in 185 career AHL contests with the Binghamton Senators, winning the Calder Cup in 2011 and earning a spot in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2012.

The 2020-21 season was Borowiecki’s first with the Predators in which he appeared in 22 games, recording one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 13:41 of average ice time. He signed as a free agent with Nashville in October 2020 and is in the midst of his 11th career NHL season. He posted 54 points (15 goals, 39 assists) in 436 games, 375 of which came with Ottawa from 2012-20.

“The amount of gratitude my wife and I have, it’s pretty special to me,” continued Borowiecki. “My son is two-years-old and when he sees the Preds logo, he says ‘daddy’s team.’ It makes me emotional just saying that, but that’s pretty sweet. When I heard him say that I knew this is the place I wanted to be and that I didn’t want to play anywhere else.”

Since joining the Preds, Borowiecki has been very active in the community. He serves as the Predators’ “Hockey Is For Everyone” ambassador and regularly contributes to Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub initiatives throughout the season. In addition to several good Samaritan acts of kindness, he is actively involved with local LGBT charities and supports Canadian military members through the Soldier On program.

Predators To Host A Bridgestone Winter Park Ahead Of Stadium Series Game

The Predators are hosting Bridgestone Winter Park in the City of Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park from Feb. 24-26. The event will take place in part to celebrate veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne‘s number retirement and the team’s participation in the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series game on Feb. 26.

The free family-friendly community event will take place across Fifth Avenue from Bridgestone Arena, featuring live musical performances, Predators fan activations, appearances by Nashville Predators alumni broadcasters, and more.

“Pekka Rinne’s number retirement and the first NHL outdoor game in Tennessee’s history give us a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that is great about Smashville and Music City,” says Claire Francis, Senior Director of Marketing for the team. “We are blessed to host these two great moments in the franchise’s history during the same week and we aim to create a memorable celebration for hockey fans and music lovers.”

Live entertainment is scheduled for all three days that the park is open starting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, the evening of Rinne’s number retirement. Fans with tickets to the game will be encouraged to enter Bridgestone Arena beginning at 4:30 p.m. so they are in their seats for the 6 p.m. ceremony. Fans without tickets will be able to watch the ceremony on video screens programmed in the park.

A full schedule for Bridgestone Winter Park, including performance times can be found one the Preds website.

Featured performers are Bexar, Borderline Natives, Brassville, Cody Parks and The Dirty South, Jeverson, Kat & Alex, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Parmalee, with more still to be announced.

In addition to the musical performances, Bridgestone Winter Park will serve as host to several fan activations, including the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Truck and a hockey trophy display featuring the Clarence Campbell Bowl, the King Clancy Award, the Vezina Trophy and the Presidents’ Trophy, courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The three-day event will feature multiple food vendors, including Hattie B’s, Puckett’s food trolley and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Additional partner activations in the park include the Jack Daniel’s Airstream, Boston Beer Beverage Vehicle, Yee-Haw/Ole Smoky Moonshine Beverage trailer, Frito-Lay Snack Cart and Tennessee Lottery Mobile Tickets.

Bridgestone Winter Park will be open:

• Thursday, Feb. 24: 3:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

• Friday, Feb. 25: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 26: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.