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With the NHL regular season right around the corner, TSN.ca profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up are the Nashville Predators, looking at a new approach, with a new coach, for the first time since their inaugural season. Catch up on their summer moves and the issues they face this season, as well as Craig Buttons analysis of their top prospect and an analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Central GM: David Poile Head Coach: Peter Laviolette 2013-14: 38-32-12 (6th in Central) Playoffs: Did not qualify Goals For: 216 (19th) Goals Against: 242 (23rd) Powerplay: 19.2% (12th) Penalty Kill: 80.2% (25th) That Was Then: The Predators 2013-14 season got off to a bad start when less than three weeks into the campaign goaltender Pekka Rinne was found to have an infection in his surgically repaired hip. The infection forced Rinne to miss four months of the season leaving the Predators to turn to Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec between the pipes. Hutton and Mazanec were then given unenviable task of playing behind a defence that, though led by veteran Shea Weber, lacked experience. That inexperienced defence core featured 23-year-olds Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and a€“ after a mid-season trade a€“ Michael Del Zotto all playing with 19-year-old first-round draft pick Seth Jones. Hutton posted a 20-11-4 record with a 2.62 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 40 games. While Mazanec fared worse, posting a 8-10-4 record with a 2.80 GAA and .902 save percentage. The low point for the Predators came in November, when the team dropped consecutive games to the Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins and were outscored 17-2 in the process. Rinne returned to the lineup in March, but he was unable to regain his usual form. He posted a career-worst .902 save percentage and 2.77 GAA. The Finnish netminder finished the season with a 10-10-3 record in 24 games. The team was on the outside looking in for a playoff spot once Rinne returned and despite earning at least a point in 11 of their final 12 games, the Predators finished three points behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild card playoff spot. Following the season, the Predators fired their lone coach in franchise history; Barry Trotz, who spent 15 seasons at the teama€?s helm. Scott Cullens Analytics Predators 2013-14 Stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 2.45 3.15 6.2% .906 47.6% .500 21-41 2.57 2.95 6.8% .920 48.3% .500 42-62 2.52 3.14 7.6% .904 51.5% .500 63-82 3.45 2.60 11.3% .910 50.1% .600 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8 .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: A good power play helped Predators tread water despite below-average numbers across the board. Games 21-41: Carter Hutton had a decent stretch in net, but Predators still struggling. Games 42-62: Goaltending fell off, but possession improved notably, especially for D Seth Jones and RW Craig Smith. Games 63-82: Line of Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist led late-season scoring surge. Key 2014 Additions: C Olli Jokinen, RW James Neal, C Mike Ribeiro, C Derek Roy, D Anton Volchenkov Key 2014 Subtractions: D Michael Del Zotto, RW Patrick Eaves, RW Patric Hornqvist, C Nick Spaling This Is Now: The Predators enter the 2014 season with plenty of new faces, starting behind the bench with head coach Peter Laviolette. Laviolette is back in the league after being fired three games into the 2013-14 season as his Philadelphia Flyers started the year winless. He spent four seasons with the Flyers, missing the playoffs only once. Laviolette won the Stanley Cup as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Along with Laviolette, Mike Ribeiro, Olli Jokinen, Derek Roy, Anton Volchenkov and James Neal are all new to Music City. Neal was acquired in the Predators biggest move of the off-season; a trade made during the first round of the NHL Draft which sent Neal to Nashville from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Hornqvist was one of four Predators to crack the 20-goal mark in 2013-14. With Neal comes the threat of a breakout scorer for the Predators, something that was sorely missing last season. Craig Smith led the Predators with 24 goals, while Weber was next-best with 23 from the blue line in 2013-14. Neal scored 27 goals in 59 games with the Penguins last season. Ribeiro, Jokinen and Roy fight for centre duties with Predators, a position race which is wide open due to the injury to Mike Fisher. The 34-year-old Fisher will miss the at least the beginning of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, suffered in July. The three free agent signees will fight for centre spots along with young guns Calle Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg as well as the returning vet Paul Gaustad. Volchenkov adds experience to the still-developing majority of the Predators defence behind Weber and Roman Josi. However, the return of Rinne - who enters this season in full health - may provide the biggest boost for the Predators as they attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Colin Wilson Mike Ribeiro James Neal Matt Cullen Olli Jokinen Craig Smith Gabriel Bourque Derek Roy Paul Gaustad Eric Nystrom Calle Jarnkrok Viktor Stalberg Filip Forsberg Austin Watson Richard Clune Taylor Beck Mike Fisher Colton Sissons Defence Left Right Roman Josi Shea Weber Mattias Ekholm Seth Jones Anton Volchenkov Ryan Ellis Victor Bartley Joe Piskula Anthony Bitetto Johan Alm Goaltenders Pekka Rinne Carter Hutton Marek Mazanec Craigs List TSN Director of Scouting Craig Buttons Top Prospect: Filip Forsberg Filip has a combination of skill, power and intensity. The skill is evidenced with an excellent shot and release. He gets himself into scoring positions and challenges goaltenders. If the shot is closed down he can create a scoring chance with a very good sense of where other opportunities may be for his teammates. With quickness and agility in his skating, he is very difficult to defend. He utilizes his size to win battles for the puck and gain advantages along the boards and around the net. Filip has an undeniable determination in his game. From the tops of the circles down in the offensive zone he will not allow himself to be negated. He is determined to make a difference for his team and have a positive impact on winning. Fantasy - Cullens Player to Watch - James Neal Over the past three seasons, only four players (Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry and Phil Kessel) have more goals than James Neals 88, but a lot of that has come while riding shotgun on Evgeni Malkins win in Pittsburgh. Moving to Nashville, Neal is a marquee offensive acquisition for the Predators, but doesnt have a playmaking centre anywhere near Malkins calibre feeding him the puck, so its going to be difficult to generate as many scoring chances as he did with the Penguins. Given the change in circumstances, its difficult to fathom Neal returning to the 40-goal pace that hes maintained over the past three seasons, but the question is how far will his numbers drop? In a healthy season, its possible that Neal could still score 30 goals and thats only happened four times in Nashville history, most recently in 2009-10 by Patric Hornqvist (who was part of the Neal trade this summer). Chris Copeland Jersey . When New Zealand finally held on for an 8-7 win, France No. 8 Imanol Harinordoquy collapsed to the ground, having given every drop of energy he could muster, and lay prone as All Blacks danced around him in celebration. Few critics had given France any chance, but coach Marc Lievremonts team rallied from 8-0 down and came within one kick of taking the lead with 15 minutes remaining, only for flyhalf Francois Trinh-Ducs 49-meter effort to drift wide. Ersan Ilyasova Jersey . 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Were over halfway through the season now, and the pressure is mounting on Richard to deliver. Richards 2016 Results Richard UK Fan Base Season Record v Jaguars 10-6 11-5 0-1 v Bengals 10-6 7-9 1-1 v Redskins 5-11 9-7 1-2 v Raiders 8-7 8-7 1-2-1 v Vikings 9-5 10-4 1-3-1 v Eagles 9-6 9-6 1-3-2 v Patriots 8-7 7-8 2-3-2 v Bills 8-5 (OT loss) 8-5 (OT win) 2-4-2 v Giants 8-5 10-3 2-5-2 NFL Week nine grades It is a positive report for most of the NFC South, but problems persist for the Green Bay Packers. This week he faces Carolina Panthers UK fan Richard Green, who is keen to impress after their team scraped a 13-10 win in week nine. Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens, Friday, 12:30am Sky Sports 1Graves: The Cleveland Browns are staring an 0-16 season square in the face. Their problems were evident for all to see against the Cowboys last Sunday. For much of that game Ezekiel Elliott ran four yards before being touched, Dak Prescott was barely hit throughout the entire game, and mind numbing penalties were conceded at the most critical of times.That being said, there is hope for Cleveland. In wide receivers, Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman, they have talented play-making threats, and quarterback Cody Kessler has shown flashes of promise. They have pieces but are still some way short of those pieces forming a competitive team. Wide receiver Mike Wallace scored a 95-yard touchdown on Sunday, and hopes to repeat the feat against Cleveland The Baltimore Ravens have been struggling of late but brought an end to a four game losing streak against AFC North rivals, Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Mike Wallaces 95-yard touchdown may have been a highlight, but the return of veteran Steve Smith was also a big boost to the Ravens. That, aligned with a short turnaround and simply a better roster all point to another Baltimore win. Ravens Green: Baltimore have just come off a good win against the Steelers, albeit Big Ben wasnt 100 per cent. But the Ravens defence was a force throughout. What can I say about the Browns? They have some talent with Isaiah Crowell, Coleman and Pryor, but Joe Flacco and co. will take this one. RavensAtlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 6pm Sky Sports 2Graves: After a 3-0 start the Eagles season is in serious danger of derailing. Rookie QB Carson Wentz isnt being helped by poor wide receiver play, and in recent weeks thats led to turnovers. Not the ideal scenario when youre preparing to face one of the hottest offences in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons lead the league in points per game, passing yards, and sit No 2 in overall offence. Turnovers are going to be critical in deciding the outcome of this game. If the Eagles lose this battle, Atlanta will romp away with it but if they can eliminate these, their defence is good enough to make this close.Philadelphia are giving up just 18 points per game compared to the Falcons who are averaging 28.8 points. Philadelphias defence is good... but is it good enough to hang with the Falcons high flying offence? Probably not. Falcons The Atlanta Falcons are a scoring machine but face another tough defence in Philadelphia Green: This could be a tricky one for Matt Ryan and the high scoring Falcons. But with Wentzs great start to the season fading a little, interceptions are creeping in and the Eagles running game is less than consistent. Ryan, accompanied by Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, will be too strong and pick up the win. Falcons Dallas Cowboys @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 9pm Sky Sports 2Graves: The No 1 team in the NFC, No 1 ranked rushing attack and riding a seven game winning streak. The Dallas Cowboys continue to confound the experts with an offence led by rookies at QB and running back, behind an offensive line which many believe to be the best in football. This is a match-up which would appear to be headed just one way against a Pittsburgh Steelers team which has lost their last three... but dont be so sure.The Steelers are a different team when playing at home - theyre 3-1 there this season and have wracked up 114 points in four games. Compare that to just 70 on the road where they are 1-3. The stats suggest Big Ben [Roethlisberger], Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell and co are simply more effective when in Pittsburgh. That being said the Cowboys are an incredible 15-5 in their last 20 regular season road games, including 4-0 this season. At times such as this, its prudent to ride with the hot hand. Cowboys Ben Roethlisbergers fitness could be key to the outcome of their week 10 match up when they take on the Cowboys Green: This will all depend on how fit Ben Roethlisberger is. If 100 per cent then we have a game on our hands, but if not then Dak Prescott can take charge and Ezekiel Elliott will do what he does best.Last week saw the first real quiet week from Beell so an improved performance from him will be key.dddddddddddd Its a close one but I think the Cowboys edge it and move to 8-1. CowboysSeattle Seahawks @ New England Patriots, Monday, 1am Sky Sports 2Graves: Some will feel the Seahawks got away with one in beating the Bills on Monday night but love them or hate them, you simply have to respect the way this Seattle defence plays in the clutch. Once again they rank in the top 10 in nearly all of the NFLs major defensive categories. That said, this weeks opponents arent too shabby either.The Patriots, at 7-1 have the joint best record in the NFL. Their defence is ranked second in points allowed, giving up an average of 16.5 points per game and then theres their offence. Tom Brady has the highest passer rating of any QB this season and New England are undefeated since he returned from his suspension. Crucially, hes proved he can overcome the Legion of Boom.As with the Cowboys, its tough to pick against one of the strongest teams in the NFL, and New England have just looked dominant - no matter what the opposition this season and no matter the players theyve had to play without.What about the Buffalo Bills shutting them out in week four, I hear some cry? Well, four weeks later, New England went into Buffalo and comfortably handled them. I dont see the status quo changing this week. Patriots Tom Brady has been in MVP form since his return from suspension, and now faces Super Bowl 49 opponent Seattle Seahawks Green: The main event! Russell Wilson looked back to his old self again last week and Brady is on a mission since coming back from suspension. A huge game for the Seattles defence, can they keep Brady quiet?I think Brady will find a way to his wide receivers, and of course there is always record-breaking Rob Gronkowski to worry about. I can see a valiant effort from Seahawks but the Pats take this one. PatriotsCincinnati Bengals @ New York Giants, Tuesday, 1:30am Sky Sports 1Graves: A big game to close out week 10 takes place in New York. The Giants, riding a three game winning streak know they have to keep winning to stay in touch with Dallas in the NFC East. While the Bengals, at 3-4-1, are still below .500 and desperately need a win to maintain their play-off hopes. Big Blues highly paid defence has shown signs of life recently. Safety Landon Collins has three interceptions in their last two games but the problems are still there offensively. In a system that doesnt really stretch the field, theyve also allowed opponents to stay in games by turning the ball over. That needs to stop if they are to win on Monday night. The Bengals players left Wembley and headed into their bye week a frustrated bunch. The return of Tyler Eifert has clearly helped their offence though and the combination of Eifert and A.J. Green in the passing game, alongside Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard out of the backfield will give the Giants all they can handle.The question is, can Cincinnatis defence handle Odell Beckham Jr and co? This feels like a coin flip game and although their record might not suggest this, I feel the Bengals are a better team. It may well be their last chance to prove it if they harbour serious post season aspirations. Bengals Tyler Eifert scored a TD at Wembley and both Richards believe he is a valuable addition to the Cincinnati offence Green: Tricky one to predict. With the Bengals coming off a bye they should be well rested, but the team also had to deal with travelling back from London. The Giants hold home advantage, with the added bonus of Eli Manning and Beckham Jr coming off a great 28-23 win against the Eagles.The Bengals have a better running game with Hill and Bernard and the expensive NY defence needs to step up. Unfortunately for Giants fans, I dont think it will be this week. Tyler Eifert will be a key player in this one and with A.J. Green catching passes too, Cincinnati will come out on top, just. 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