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10th: The Enforcers

Monday, 02.18.2008 / 6:53 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: The Enforcers

In ten seasons, the Nashville Predators have evolved from a blue-collar expansion team to a perennial contender, and while the game plan and style of play has changed, one role has always been filled – that of the enforcer. 

From Denny Lambert and Patrick Cote in 1998-99, to Darcy Hordichuk and Jordin Tootoo in 2007-08, a player willing to drop the gloves and go a round or two has always been a fan favorite. Others that have filled the bruiser role through the years have been Stu Grimson, Jim McKenzie, Bob Boughner, Jeremy Stevenson and Jamie Allison. 

Though their contributions don’t always show up on the scoresheet, the enforcer has always played an important role in the history of the franchise, whether it be bringing the squad and fans alive with a spirited round of fisticuffs, or to send a message to the opposing team not to mess with the Preds star players.

Enforcers racked up a franchise-high 79 bouts in 2003-04, while Cote set a single-season high with 30 battles in 1998-99 – he holds also holds the record for most fights in a Preds career with 42.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33