James Neal - the best personalized free web-based Email en en James Neal Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. "Our guys know the big picture," Laviolette said. "They understand what it is that we're trying to do here. And... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:13:00 GMT 2017-05-23T06:13:00Z Predators face Ducks in Game 5 without star C Ryan Johansen ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators already face a daunting challenge when they attempt to take control of the Western Conference finals in a pivotal Game 5 on the road. Without Ryan Johansen, that task is immeasurably tougher. The star Nashville center will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after emergency surgery on... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:05:00Z Ducks resting up for aggressive Preds down 2-1 in West NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The postseason can be exhausting, and playing four games in seven nights going from an emotional Game 7 to wrap up one series to the Western Conference finals is starting to take a toll on the Anaheim Ducks. Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in nearly 20 years sure isn't helping. Coach Randy Carlyle sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:33:00Z Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks traded their way to NHL's final 4 Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks in the West — all made a handful of significant trades to get t... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:23:00Z Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver of room over Rinne's shoulder. "So I just closed my eyes and shot it in there," V... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:39:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:39:00Z Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their disti... Sat, 13 May 2017 05:29:00 GMT 2017-05-13T05:29:00Z Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic Finn and his Predators are looming again in front of the Du... Fri, 12 May 2017 03:21:00 GMT 2017-05-12T03:21:00Z Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them. Jaskin scored in his first playoff game this season, Jaden Schwartz got the game-winner and the Blues topped the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night to stay alive in their second-round series. Jaskin found out moments before the game he was in the l... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:24:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:24:00Z Getzlaf is driving Ducks toward pivotal Game 5 with Oilers ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A decade after Ryan Getzlaf raised the Stanley Cup for the first and only time, the Anaheim Ducks captain appears to be extremely eager to hoist it above his head again. Getzlaf's spectacular postseason hit a new high point Wednesday when he figured in every goal for the Ducks in their 4-3 overtime win at Edmonton, getting two goals and two assists as ... Fri, 05 May 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-05-05T00:35:00Z Predators edge Blues 2-1, take 3-1 series lead NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis gave goalie Pekka Rinne a hand in the crease with a key save inside the final minute of the second period, then he broke open a scoreless game with a power-play goal. The St. Louis Blues just don't agree with how Nashville got the man advantage that led to Ellis' goal. James Neal made sure it didn't ... Wed, 03 May 2017 05:54:00 GMT 2017-05-03T05:54:00Z Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3-2 to even series ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win. Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:14:00Z Four Loco: NHL plays 4 OT playoff games in crazy night In Toronto, Tyler Bozak's tip-in put a charge into the Air Canada Centre. Ditto with Nashville when the Predators scored in OT for another win over Chicago. They had some extra fun in Boston and Calgary, too, before Ottawa and Anaheim finally broke through. There are few thrills quite like overtime playoff hockey, and the NHL hasn't had... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:54:00 GMT 2017-04-18T07:54:00Z Preds beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are at a point they've never been before in franchise history, and now they have a chance to keep their first-round series from going back to Chicago. They can thank a 20-year-old playing the fourth postseason game of his career for putting them in that position. Kevin Fiala scored on a ba... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:33:00 GMT 2017-04-18T06:33:00Z