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2015–16 Nashville Predators · NHL
Division 4th Central
Conference 7th Western
2015–16 record 41–27–14
Home record 23–11–7
Road record 18–16–7
Goals for 228
Goals against 215
General Manager David Poile
Coach Peter Laviolette
Captain Shea Weber
Alternate captains Mike Fisher
Roman Josi
James Neal
Arena Bridgestone Arena
Team leaders
Goals Filip Forsberg (33)
Assists Roman Josi (47)
Points Filip Forsberg (64)
Penalties in minutes Barret Jackman (76)
Wins Pekka Rinne (34)
Goals against average Carter Hutton (2.33)

The 2015–16 Nashville Predators season was the 18th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1] It was also the first time that the Predators played in a game 7 in a playoff series.

Off-seasonEdit

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2015–16 Game Log[2]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

SummaryEdit

First round: AnaheimEdit

After trailing 2-1 in the second period, the Predators opened their playoff run with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.[3] The Predators took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.[4] Back home in Nashville for Game 3, the Predators were shut out in a 3-0 loss and the Ducks pushed the series to 2-1.[5] The Ducks evened the series in a 4-1 victory in Game 4.[6] The Ducks pulled to a one-game lead over the Predators with a 5-2 victory in Game 5.[7] Back in Nashville for Game 6, the Predators kept the series alive with a 3-1 victory over the Ducks.[8] The Predators scored two goals in the first period and held off a late rally by the Ducks to win Game 7 2-1 and advance on to the Western Conference semifinals.[9]

Second round: San JoseEdit

Despite scoring the first goal, the Predators fell 5-2 to the Sharks in Game 1 of the second round.[10] The Predators fell to a two-game deficit in a 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 2.[11] After allowing a power play goal in the first period, the Predators scored four unanswered goals – including two on power plays – to take Game 3.[12] A third overtime goal by Mike Fisher gave the Predators a 4-3 victory in Game 4 and evened the series at two games a piece.[13] The Predators fell 5-1 to the Sharks in Game 5.[14] Despite trailing two goals in the first period of Game 6, the Predators rallied back to tie the game in the third period and score the winning goal in overtime to force a Game 7, which they lost 5–0.[15]

ResultsEdit

2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statsEdit

Final stats

SkatersEdit

Regular Season[16]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 82 33 31 64 1 47
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 81 14 47 61 −3 43
Neal, JamesJames Neal 82 31 27 58 27 65
Weber, SheaShea Weber 78 20 31 51 −7 27
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro 81 7 43 50 11 62
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 82 21 16 37 4 40
Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 82 8 27 35 14 44
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen

|| 42 || 8 || 26 || 34 || 10 || 36

Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 79 10 22 32 13 35
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 81 16 14 30 1 14
Wilson, ColinColin Wilson 64 6 18 24 −1 14
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 70 13 10 23 −14 29
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 56 8 8 16 −8 35
Jones, SethSeth Jones

|| 40 || 1 || 10 || 11 || −5 || 10

Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 61 5 5 10 −1 28
Watson, AustinAustin Watson 57 3 7 10 −4 32
Hodgson, CodyCody Hodgson 39 3 5 8 2 6
Nystrom, EricEric Nystrom 46 7 0 7 −6 20
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 34 4 2 6 5 12
Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad 63 2 4 6 −4 46
Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto 28 1 5 6 0 19
Jackman, BarretBarret Jackman 73 1 4 5 1 76
Bourque, GabrielGabriel Bourque 22 1 3 4 0 18
Granberg, PetterPetter Granberg 27 0 2 2 1 13
Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala 5 1 0 1 0 0
Bass, CodyCody Bass 17 0 0 0 −1 17
Bartley, VictorVictor Bartley

|| 1 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −1 || 0

Elliott, StefanStefan Elliott

|| 2 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −1 || 0

Potter, CoreyCorey Potter 1 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Wilson, ColinColin Wilson 14 5 8 13 8 0
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 14 1 8 9 –6 12
Neal, JamesJames Neal 14 4 4 8 1 8
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 14 4 4 8 0 16
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 14 5 2 7 –1 2
Weber, SheaShea Weber 14 3 4 7 −7 18
Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 14 3 4 7 2 4
Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 14 0 6 6 0 4
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 14 2 2 4 –11 2
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro 12 0 2 2 –3 16
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 11 1 1 2 1 4
Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2 6
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 14 1 1 2 –3 8
Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad 14 1 0 1 0 0
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 14 0 1 1 –5 4
Jackman, BarretBarret Jackman 14 0 0 0 1 22
Nystrom, EricEric Nystrom 1 0 0 0 0 2
Bass, CodyCody Bass 6 0 0 0 –2 2
Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto 14 0 0 0 1 6
Aberg, PontusPontus Aberg 2 0 0 0 0 0
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 10 0 0 0 –1 8

GoaltendersEdit

Regular Season[17]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 66 66 3895:22 34 21 10 161 2.48 1744 .908 4 0 2 6
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton 17 15 978:56 7 5 4 38 2.33 464 .918 2 0 1 0
Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros 1 1 58:01 0 1 0 3 3.10 23 .870 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 14 14 866 7 7 38 2.63 404 .906 0 0 1 0
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton 3 0 20 0 0 1 3.00 3 .667 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Predators. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

RosterEdit

Awards and honoursEdit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Weber, S.S. Weber NHL Second Star of the Week[18] December 7, 2015
Weber, S.S. Weber NHL All-Star game selection[19] January 6, 2016
Josi, R.R. Josi NHL All-Star game selection[19] January 6, 2016
Rinne, P.P. Rinne NHL All-Star game selection[19] January 6, 2016
Neal, J.J. Neal NHL All-Star game replacement selection[20] January 28, 2016

Milestones Edit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Arvidsson, V.V. Arvidsson 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 8, 2015
Hodgson, C.C. Hodgson 300th Career NHL Game November 1, 2015
Weber, S.S. Weber 400th Career NHL Point November 10, 2015
S. Weber 700th Career NHL Game November 12, 2015
Jarnkrok, C.C. Jarnkrok 100th Career NHL Game November 12, 2015
Josi, R.R. Josi 100th Career NHL Assist November 17, 2015
Neal, J.J. Neal 500th Career NHL Game November 23, 2015
Rinne, P.P. Rinne 400th Career NHL Game November 27, 2015
Smith, C.C. Smith 300th Career NHL Game November 28, 2015


Transactions Edit

The Predators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades Edit

Date
Details
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) To Calgary Flames
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2016
To Nashville Predators
Max Reinhart
[21]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) To New York Rangers
Magnus Hellberg
To Nashville Predators
6th-round pick in 2017
[22]
July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Taylor Beck
To Nashville Predators
Jamie Devane
[23]
January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06) To Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones
To Nashville Predators
Ryan Johansen
[24]
January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14) To Ottawa Senators
Conor Allen
To Nashville Predators
Patrick Mullen
[25]
January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) To Arizona Coyotes
Victor Bartley
To Nashville Predators
Stefan Elliott
[26]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Arizona Coyotes
Future considerations
To Nashville Predators
Corey Potter
[27]
June 20, 2016 (2016-06-20) To Buffalo Sabres
Jimmy Vesey (rights)
To Nashville Predators
MIN's 3rd-round pick in 2016
[28]

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Barret Jackman St. Louis Blues 2 year, $4 million [29]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Cody Hodgson Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $1.05 million [30]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Conor Allen New York Rangers 1 year, $575,000 [31]
July 4, 2015 (2015-07-04) Cody Bass Rockford IceHogs 1 year, $575,000 [32]
January 5, 2016 (2016-01-05) Frederick Gaudreau Milwaukee Admirals 2 years, entry-level contract [33]
April 21, 2016 (2016-04-21) Adam Payerl Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $575,000 [34]
June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01) Jonas Gunnarsson Malmo Redhawks 1 year, entry-level contract [35]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Viktor Stalberg New York Rangers 1 year, $1.1 million [36]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Joe Piskula Anaheim Ducks 1 year, $600,000 [37]
August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06) Matt Cullen Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $800,000 [38]
August 17, 2015 Mike Santorelli Anaheim Ducks 1 year, $875,000 [39]
September 10, 2015 Cody Franson Buffalo Sabres 2 years, $6.65 million [40]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date
Petter Granberg[41] Toronto Maple Leafs November 22, 2015

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26) Mike Fisher 2 years, $8.8 million [42]
June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29) Austin Watson 2 years, $1.15 million [43]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mike Ribeiro 2 years, $7 million [44]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Gabriel Bourque 1 year, $866,250 [45]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Max Reinhart 1 year, $575,000 [46]
July 10, 2015 (2015-07-10) Vladislav Kamenev 3 years, entry-level contract [47]
July 10, 2015 (2015-07-10) Yakov Trenin 3 years, entry-level contract [48]
July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13) Anthony Bitetto 1 year, $665,500 [49]
July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) Taylor Aronson 1 year, $605,000 [50]
July 17, 2015 (2015-07-17) Calle Jarnkrok 1 year, $735,000 [51]
July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) Craig Smith 5 years, $21.25 million [52]
July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) Jack Dougherty 3 years, entry-level contract [53]
July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) Colin Wilson 4 years, $15.75 million [54]
October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26) Mattias Ekholm 6 years, $22.5 million contract extension [55]
November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12) Alexandre Carrier 3 years, entry-level contract [56]
February 22, 2016 (2016-02-22) Colton Sissons 3 years, $1.875 million contract extension [57]
February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) Anthony Bitetto 2 years, $1.225 million contract extension [58]
March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) Miikka Salomaki 2 years, $1.225 million contract extension [59]
May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16) Justin Kirkland 3 years, entry-level contract [60]
June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01) Cody Bass 2 years, $1.225 million contract extension [61]
June 13, 2016 (2016-06-13) Marek Mazanec 1 year, $575,000 [62]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Nashville Predators draft picks

Below are the Nashville Predators' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, that was held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 55 Iakov Trenin C Flag of Russia Russia Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
3 85 Thomas Novak C Flag of the United States United States Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
4 100[a] Anthony Richards C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 115 Alexandre Carrier D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
5 145 Karel Vejmelka G Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech U20)
6 175 Tyler Moy C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Harvard University (NCAA)
7 205 Evan Smith G Flag of the United States United States Austin Bruins (NAHL)
Draft notes[63]

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