NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Duchene was feeling a bit nervous before his debut with Nashville. A misstep in the pregame warmup helped the Predators’ new free agent feel more at ease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arbitrator upheld Slava Voynov's one-season NHL suspension Thursday but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators mixed up the roster in February by bringing in four new players. It turns out the biggest addition may have come in the final week of the regular...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson is returning to the lineup for the first time since he was suspended by the NHL more than two months ago for alcohol...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has earned reinstatement from the NHL as he enters the follow-up phase of the league's substance abuse program.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pat Maroon gave his team a spark the last time it faced Nashville when he fought Austin Watson 2 seconds into the game that snapped the Blues' five-game losing streak to the Predators. Therefore, he didn't hesitate to try and see history repeat itself when Cody McLeod challenged him two minutes into their next meeting.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have acquired veteran forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the June NHL draft.
The Predators announced the trade Wednesday.
Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points in his 12th NHL season, and he also has 88 hits in 47 games with New Jersey this season. Boyle won the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after battling chronic myeloid leukemia.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are back at work feeling a little healthier after an eight-day break for their bye and ready to put together all the pieces for the stretch run to the postseason.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators forward Austin Watson, who began this season on suspension, has been suspended again as part of the NHL's substance abuse program.
The NHL and NHL Players' Association announced Tuesday that Watson had been placed in Stage Two of the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program "for treatment related exclusively to his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vincent Trocheck's legs are feeling good and the Panthers are grateful.
Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad each had a goal and an assist to lead Florida to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
On a breakaway, Trocheck slipped a backhander between Juuse Saros' pads at 2:59 of the second to give Florida a 3-0 lead. After missing 27 games with a broken ankle, Trocheck has three points in the two games he has played since returning to the lineup.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes got into a groove after Micheal Ferland tangled with Austin Watson.
Aho had three goals and an assist to help Carolina beat the Nashville Predators 6-3 on Sunday.
The Hurricanes won for the seventh time in eight games. There was no score when Ferland fought Watson 8:19 into the first period.
"That set the tone," Aho said. "We were all fired up after that."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson says the arrest last year that led to his 18-game suspension came when he started drinking again after 23 months of sobriety.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne was beaten early, but never again.
Ryan Ellis scored his first game-winning goal of the season, Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Austin Watson and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which halted a two-game skid.
Zack Smith scored for Ottawa, which has lost four of five.
Nashville improved its record against Eastern Conference opponents to 9-0-0 this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson had a difficult time remembering the last time he scored a hat trick — at any level.
"American Hockey League, maybe?" Watson said. "A couple of years now."
Watson, known as a grinder who is strong on the penalty kill, recorded his first career NHL hat trick Sunday night as Nashville defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.
Watson, a 26-year-old right wing, became the fourth Predators player to record a hat trick this season, a franchise record.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn is known for his offensive touch. He showed his physical side on Friday night.
Ryan O'Reilly, Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo finished with a goal and an assist, and the Blues snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne leads the Finns in wins.
Rinne made 28 saves to set an NHL record for victories by a goalie from Finland, and the Nashville Predators beat St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday night in Craig Berube's first game as Blues coach.
Frederick Gaudreau, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which has won three straight. Rinne earned his 320th career win, surpassing Miikka Kiprusoff for most by a Finnish-born goaltender.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forward Austin Watson has been reinstated to the Predators' roster after serving an 18-game suspension for domestic abuse, and he issued a statement apologizing to everyone for the June incident that cost him the start of the season.
Watson issued the statement Wednesday through the NHL Players' Association thanking his family, friends and the Nashville Predators for their continued support.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson's girlfriend is taking blame for the incident that led the NHL to suspend the Nashville Predators' forward for 27 games, a punishment reduced to 18 games by an arbitrator on appeal.
Jenn Guardino issued a statement Saturday saying the incident on June 16 was not an act of domestic violence and that Watson would never hit or abuse her.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator's decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson's suspension for domestic abuse has been reduced from 27 to 18 games by an arbitrator.
The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced arbitrator Shyam Das' decision Thursday.
Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension last month. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators started training camp explaining why they're keeping a player after the NHL suspended forward Austin Watson for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.
Predators president Sean Henry and general manager David Poile made the move sound more like a family affair than a business decision Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.
Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension Wednesday after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson on Tuesday pleaded no contest to domestic assault but can have the misdemeanor charge dismissed if he fulfills terms of his judicial diversion program.
Mark Puryear, Watson's lawyer, says his client must successfully serve three months of probation and complete both an in-patient treatment program and a batterer's intervention program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested on a charge of domestic assault involving his girlfriend over the weekend.
Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said Wednesday that Watson was arrested Saturday evening. Watson was released from jail on $4,500 bond and is due in court June 28.
DENVER (AP) — The Nashville Predators are done dealing with the speed of Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.
Next, they get the physicality of Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets .
DENVER (AP) — Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how.
It was plain to see which won out — this time.
Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence.
Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his second goal of the third period, helping Nashville beat Colorado 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Facing a tired team, the Nashville Predators jumped on Winnipeg early.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and the surging Predators scored two short-handed goals in beating the Jets 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings.
Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Thursday night to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.
The Predators also matched Colorado for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The victory kept Nashville's edge at six points ahead of Winnipeg and Vegas for the Western Conference lead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A year after an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have been hard at work preparing for the postseason.
It's just a happy byproduct that they've matched the NHL's longest winning streak this season in the process.
Austin Watson scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Thursday night to extend their franchise-record run to 10 games.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — David Poile now has the most wins in NHL history as a general manager.
Viktor Arvidsson scored a pair of goals as Poile's Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The victory was the 1,320th in Poile's career, surpassing Glen Sather, the front-office leader for the Oilers' dynasty of the 1980s who later took over the New York Rangers in 2000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Watson committed a penalty that allowed the Nashville Predators' last game to slip away from them.
The grinding forward made up for it two nights later with a rare scoring outburst to beat the Los Angeles Kings.
Watson scored two goals, P.K. Subban added two assists and the Predators sent the Kings to their first regulation loss at home since mid-November, 4-3 Saturday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato.
Watson was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding during the first period of the Predators' 5-2 home victory Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After a brief stint out of the lineup, Nashville captain Roman Josi was glad to be back.
Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
"Anytime you're hurt, you miss playing with the guys, being on the ice for games," Josi said. "It felt good to be back, and more importantly, we got the win."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year $3.3 million deal keeping him under contract through 2019-20.
The Predators announced the deal Monday.
Watson will earn $1 million this season, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in the third year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal.
Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their distinct combination of smash and flash.
DENVER (AP) — Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne worried that a one-goal advantage heading into the third period wouldn't be enough for the Predators on Tuesday night.
Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson provided him with some quick insurance.
Johansen and Watson scored in the first 2:42 of the third, and both had an assist in the Predators' 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
"We got really timely goals," Rinne said. "It was a big game for Colorado — they weren't going away."