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Nashville Predators Year in Review: July-Dec. 2013

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 10:51 AM CT / Features
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Nashville Predators Year in Review: July-Dec. 2013

JULY

7.5 Preds sign Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom, Matt Hendricks and Carter Hutton during the first day of NHL Free Agency

On the first day of NHL free agency, the Preds made a splash, signing more players in one day than had ever been done in franchise history.

AUGUST

8.31 Preds staff and community volunteers build KaBOOM! Playground for Purpose Prep Academy

More than 200 volunteers from the Nashville Predators staff and other companies in the Middle Tennessee area built a playground for Purpose Prep Academy in conjunction with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure that children have a safe place to play available in their community.

SEPTEMBER

9.11 Preds open training camp and travel to Florida for team building and exhibition games 

Many new faces joined the Preds for training camp at the start of the 2013-14 season. Following a few days getting acclimated to Music City and team facilities, the Preds hit the road to Florida, where they took part in training camp and team-building exercises in Naples, and exhibition games in Sunrise and Tampa.

OCTOBER

10.8 Opening night in Smashville

The Preds first home game of the 2013-14 season took place against the Minnesota Wild. Opening night saw two of Nashville’s rookies make a big splash as Filip Forsberg recorded his first NHL goal and Seth Jones recorded his first career NHL point. The Preds would win the game 3-2.

10.9 Ground is broken for the new rink in Southeastern Davidson County

Hockey sticks with shovels replacing the handles were the tools of choice as Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, representatives from the Preds and the city, and players Seth Jones and David Legwand were on hand to commemorate the start of construction on the new rink near Hickory Hollow.

10.15 SEC and Nashville Sports Council announce historic partnership

The Nashville Sports Council and the Southeastern Conference announced a historic partnership that will bring 12 consecutive SEC Basketball Championships to Bridgestone Arena.

"The entire Nashville community is honored to be named as the host city for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and have the opportunity to continue to host the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament during the next 12 years,” said Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Nashville Sports Council. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the SEC and ESPN to create a showcase event for SEC basketball teams, coaches and fans."

NOVEMBER

11.8 Bridgestone Arena named a finalist for Pollstar’s Arena of the Year award

Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators, was nominated for the 2013 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Arena has been honored with this nomination.

“We take pride in keeping this arena at the forefront of the industry,” Bridgestone Arena and Nashville Predators COO Sean Henry said, “From the quality of shows that take the stage and the number of fans who walk through the doors. Our employees are committed and deliver a world-class experience for guests, performers and players.”

11.13 Preds Foundation recognized for dedication to Middle Tennessee community 

The Nashville Predators Foundation, an integral part of the Nashville Predators organization, was honored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Davidson County, the Nashville Business Journal and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter for their philanthropic work in Nashville and the surrounding communities of Middle Tennessee.

11.21 Bridgestone Arena hosts nine events in nine days 

Following a time that saw its main tenant, the Nashville Predators, away for 22 of the previous 24 days, Bridgestone Arena hosted nine events in as many days leading up to Thanksgiving. The nine events included four hockey games and the following shows: George Jones Tribute, Rob Zombie and KORN, Paramore, Kanye West and the Story Tour.

DECEMBER

12.3 Marek Mazanec named NHL Rookie of the Month for November 

Marek Mazanec posted a 5-4-1 record, a 2.00 goals-against-average, a .932 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances and was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November.

12.16 Carter Hutton named NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week

Hutton went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against-average, a .960 save percentage to lead the Preds to their second three-game winning streak of the season.

12.21 The Preds and Bridgestone Arena officially open the Nissan SoBro Entrance

A number of renovations took place at Bridgestone Arena in 2013, with one of the most visible being the re-design of the entrance on the south side of the building. The new Nissan SoBro entrance was opened as an option for fans to enter and leave the building for the first time on Dec. 21 as the Preds took on the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to the new LED screens added to that side of the building, the new entrance will soon include a pub and Preds Pro Shop.

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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