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The Defensemen Society

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Dan Hamhuis is seated on the baseline of a slightly busted semi-circle. The 16-year NHLer is one of seven Nashville Predators defencemen participating in a group chat about all aspects of the position they play. It’s early December, post-practice, and backwards hats, hoodies and athleisure rule the day. The sweaty jerseys and socks have been whisked away, equipment staff are busy toiling in other areas of the team facility and the dressing room has pretty much cleared out apart from the blue-liners when Hamhuis, speaking to the idea that defencemen belong to their own little tribe, suggests that if he walked into a room full of hockey players he didn’t know, he’d eventually be able to sort out who else is part of the brotherhood without having to ask. “I think there’s a personality thing,” Hamhuis says. “I don’t want to blanket it, but I think you kind of can.” He opens it up to the room: “What do you guys think?”

Ryan Ellis, plunked on a chair facing Hamhuis, senses his opportunity. “It’s like we’re more win-oriented,” he says, igniting a round of chuckles.

That’s not exactly how Hamhuis was framing things, but you can see why the joke plays well. Whether it’s a bunch of blueliners skating in today’s green-light game or retired guys from more staid eras past, you don’t have to probe very hard to discover a common pride. “You’re not out to get goals and points as much as forwards,” says Hamhuis. “We’re more under-the-radar kind of guys, doing things that maybe don’t get the glory.”

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Video- Viktor Arvidsson Fined For Diving/Embellishment

NEW YORK (January 17, 2020) -- Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Arvidsson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 586 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 27. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 0:14 of the first period during NHL Game No. 671 against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 7. Arvidsson (embellishment) and Bruins forward Brad Marchand (cross-checking) received coincidental minor penalties on the play.

I believe the incident is in the video below.

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Video- Goal Scored By #35 Pekka Rinne

Preds win 5-2.

 

 

added 11:40pm, Longer, YouTube version below.

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John Hynes Named Head Coach For The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (January 7, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has named John Hynes as the third head coach in franchise history.

"John Hynes is bright young coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans," Poile said. "We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team."

"This is a tremendous opportunity to join an organization with a history of success, a team with immense talent and a phenomenal fanbase," Hynes said. "This organization has a strong foundation, from its ownership and executives to the entire front-office staff, and I'm excited to come in and try to maximize this team's abilities."

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Peter Laviolette Done In Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (January 6, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Monday that the team has relieved Head Coach Peter Laviolette and Associate Coach Kevin McCarthy of their coaching responsibilities.

"Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization reached unprecedented heights - from our franchise-altering run to the Stanley Cup Final to a Presidents' Trophy and our first two Central Division titles," Poile said. "Their passion for the game, ability to motivate a team and drive to be the best makes this a difficult decision. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Peter and Kevin for all their contributions to the Nashville Predators over the past five-and-a-half seasons."

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Watching The Winter Classic

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The Dallas Stars Defeated The Nashville Predators In The Winter Classic

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-2 at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in front of a crowd of 85,630 at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday.

Mattias Janmark, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera scored in the first 6:35 of the third after Blake Comeau scored with 1:08 remaining in the second period.

Ben Bishop made 31 saves for the Stars (23-14-4), who have won three games in a row, all with third-period comebacks. They scored four unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Sunday. Dallas leads the NHL with seven wins in games it has trailed after two periods.

Matt Duchene and Dante Fabbro scored, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for the Predators (18-15-6), who lost their third straight game. Roman Josi had two assists, extending his point streak to eight games (seven goals, eight assists).

The Winter Classic, the first outdoor game for Dallas and Nashville, was the second most attended NHL game in history behind the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium (105,491).

The temperature at puck drop was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Video- Corey Perry Elbow On Ryan Ellis

Five and a game for Perry, Ellis to the room.

Refs did review the hit.

 

 

added 2:54pm, below, a two minute video of the elbow.

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Before The Puck Drops On Today’s Winter Classic

via the NHL PR department,

Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators, Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas (2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT, NBC, SN, TVA).

OUTDOOR GAME EXPERIENCE

The Stars and Predators will be making their outdoor game debut, becoming the 24th and 25th NHL teams to take part in one of the marquee dates on the NHL calendar.

Overall, the Stars feature six players who have participated in a prior outdoor NHL game, while the Predators counter with eight skaters plus head coach Peter Laviolette. Stars forwards Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry both scored as members of the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-0 win over Los Angeles in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium. Predators forward Nick Bonino, also a member of that Ducks team, is the only current Nashville player with an outdoor game goal, scored as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 vs. Philadelphia at Heinz Field.

Laviolette will be making his third appearance as head coach in an NHL regular-season outdoor game, following trips with the Philadelphia Flyers to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in 2010 (Fenway Park, PHI 1 at BOS 2, OT) and 2012 (Citizens Bank Park, NYR 3 at PHI 2). Laviolette will become the fourth head coach with at least three such appearances, joining Joel Quenneville (five), Mike Babcock (four), Claude Julien (four) and Alain Vigneault (three).

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Winter Classic Numbers

DALLAS (Dec. 30, 2019) – A look at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® “By the Numbers.”

1 – The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl® Stadium will be the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

2 – Number of 2020 GRAMMY nominations country duo Dan + Shay received this year. The duo will take the stage during the first intermission of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

4 – Number of horseback riders that will carry U.S., Texas, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators flags as part of the national anthem ceremony for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

6 – Cotton Bowl® Stadium will become the sixth football stadium to host the NHL Winter Classic. Cotton Bowl® Stadium is the third college football venue to host the game, joining Michigan Stadium (2014) and Notre Dame Stadium (2019).

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