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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.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 56 11 31 0 42
F. Forsberg 56 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 56 15 21 -2 36
M. Ribeiro 56 6 30 3 36
J. Neal 56 21 14 19 35
M. Ekholm 56 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 55 6 16 2 22
C. Jarnkrok 55 11 8 2 19
C. Smith 56 11 7 -1 18
R. Johansen 16 4 12 6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 6 2 1 .924 2.10