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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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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61