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2017–18 Nashville Predators · NHL
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 1st Western
2017–18 record 53–18–11
Home record 28–9–4
Road record 25–9–7
Goals for 267
Goals against 211
General Manager David Poile
Coach Peter Laviolette
Captain Roman Josi
Alternate captains Mattias Ekholm
Ryan Ellis
Filip Forsberg
Ryan Johansen
Arena Bridgestone Arena
Team leaders
Goals Viktor Arvidsson (29)
Assists P. K. Subban (43)
Points Filip Forsberg (64)
Penalties in minutes Austin Watson (123)
Wins Pekka Rinne (42)
Goals against average Pekka Rinne (2.31)

The 2017–18 Nashville Predators season was the 20th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997. The team reached the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and won the Central Division as well as winning the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in franchise history. However, the Predators were eliminated from Stanley Cup contention in the Second Round of the playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets in seven games.[1]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was published on June 19, 2017.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on June 22, 2017.[3][4]

2017–18 game log

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

PlayoffsEdit

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

Final Stats[5]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 78 29 32 61 20 36
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 67 26 38 64 27 38
Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban 82 16 43 59 18 82
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 75 14 39 53 24 24
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 79 15 39 54 13 78
Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala 80 23 25 48 20 26
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 79 25 26 51 20 24
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 68 16 19 35 20 12
Turris, KyleKyle Turris

|| 65 || 13 || 29 || 42 || 22 || 24

Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 81 10 24 34 25 46
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 81 9 18 27 2 42
Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 44 9 23 32 26 6
Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 62 13 11 24 –3 82
Bonino, NickNick Bonino 71 12 13 25 4 20
Watson, AustinAustin Watson 76 14 5 19 2 123
Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin 76 1 8 9 9 40
Irwin, MattMatt Irwin 50 2 6 8 2 8
Aberg, PontusPontus Aberg

|| 37 || 2 || 6 || 8 || 8 || 8

Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 58 2 6 8 −8 34
Hartman, RyanRyan Hartman

|| 21 || 3 || 3 || 6 || –4 || 14

Weber, YannickYannick Weber 47 2 3 5 2 16
Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto 32 1 2 3 –1 27
Girard, SamuelSamuel Girard

|| 5 || 1 || 2 || 3 || −3 || 2

Gaudreau, FrédérickFrédérick Gaudreau 20 0 3 3 0 2
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 16 2 2 4 0 8
McLeod, CodyCody McLeod

|| 23 || 1 || 1 || 2 || 0 || 72

Tolvanen, EeliEeli Tolvanen 3 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 13 7 9 16 2 2
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 13 5 9 14 3 2
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 13 5 4 9 –1 6
Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban 13 4 5 9 –2 10
Watson, AustinAustin Watson 13 5 3 8 3 12
Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 13 1 7 8 4 12
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 13 3 4 7 –2 8
Bonino, NickNick Bonino 13 2 3 5 –1 9
Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 13 0 5 5 –4 8
Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala 12 3 1 4 –3 8
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 13 2 2 4 –3 2
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 13 0 4 4 –4 2
Hartman, RyanRyan Hartman 9 2 1 3 0 10
Turris, KyleKyle Turris 13 0 3 3 –3 6
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 12 1 0 1 0 2
Weber, YannickYannick Weber 4 1 0 1 2 2
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 7 0 1 1 –3 0
Irwin, MattMatt Irwin 12 0 0 0 1 2
Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin 10 0 0 0 –1 0
Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 8 0 0 0 –1 2
Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 4 0 0 0 –1 0

Goaltenders
Regular season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 59 59 3,476:00 42 13 4 134 2.31 1706 .927 8 0 1 6
Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros 26 23 1,497:00 11 5 7 61 2.44 749 .925 3 0 2 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 13 13 685 7 6 35 3.07 363 .904 2 0 0 0
Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros 4 0 114 0 0 2 1.05 42 .952 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

TransactionsEdit

The Predators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) To Colorado Avalanche
Colin Wilson
To Nashville Predators
4th-round pick in 2019
[6]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) To Vegas Golden Knights
3rd-round pick in 2019
To Nashville Predators
Alexei Emelin
[7]
November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05) To Colorado Avalanche
Samuel Girard
Vladislav Kamenev
2nd-round pick in 2018
To Nashville Predators
Kyle Turris
[8]
February 3, 2018 (2018-02-03) To Dallas Stars
Andrew O'Brien
To Nashville Predators
Mark McNeill
[9]
February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25) To Edmonton Oilers
Pontus Aberg
To Nashville Predators
Mark Letestu
[10]
February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25) To Columbus Blue Jackets
Mark Letestu
To Nashville Predators
4th-round pick in 2018
[10]
February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25) To San Jose Sharks
6th-round pick in 2018
To Nashville Predators
Brandon Bollig
Troy Grosenick
[11]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Chicago Blackhawks
Victor Ejdsell
1st-round pick in 2018
4th-round pick in 2018
To Nashville Predators
Ryan Hartman
5th-round pick in 2018
[12]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Arizona Coyotes
Pierre-Cedric Labrie
Trevor Murphy
To Nashville Predators
Tyler Gaudet
John Ramage
[13]

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Nick Bonino Pittsburgh Penguins 4-year, $16.4 million [14]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Matt O'Connor Ottawa Senators 1-year, $650,000 [15]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Scott Hartnell Columbus Blue Jackets 1-year, $1 million [16]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Anders Lindback Rögle BK 1-year, $650,000 [17]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Pierre-Cedric Labrie Chicago Blackhawks 1-year, $650,000 [18]
April 2, 2018 (2018-04-02) Tanner Jeannot Moose Jaw Warriors 3-year, $2.14 million entry-level contract [19]
April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03) Niclas Westerholm SaiPa 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [20]
April 26, 2018 (2018-04-26) Miroslav Svoboda HC Plzeň 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [21]
May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07) Filip Pyrochta HC Bílí Tygři Liberec 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [22]
May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09) Carl Persson Karlskrona HK 2-year, $1.45 million entry-level contract [23]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Brad Hunt Vegas Golden Knights 2-year, $1.3 million [24]
July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02) Mike Liambas Anaheim Ducks 1-year, $650,000
August 14, 2017 (2017-08-14) Marek Mazanec Slovan Bratislava Unknown [25]
August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17) Jaynen Rissling Allen Americans Unknown [26]
May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18) Petter Granberg Skellefteå AIK 3-year [27]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date Ref

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date Ref
Cody McLeod New York Rangers January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25) [28]

Players releasedEdit

Date Player Via Ref

Lost via retirementEdit

Date Player Ref
August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) Mike Fisher [29]
September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) Vernon Fiddler [30]
May 12, 2018 (2018-05-12) Mike Fisher [31]

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 17, 2017 (2017-07-17) Frederick Gaudreau 3-year, $2 million [32]
July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18) Pontus Aberg 2-year, $1.3 million [33]
July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21) Marek Mazanec 1-year, $650,000 [34]
July 22, 2017 (2017-07-22) Viktor Arvidsson 7-year, $29.75 million [35]
July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24) Austin Watson 3-year, $3.3 million [36]
July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28) Ryan Johansen 8-year, $64 million [37]
November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05) Kyle Turris 6-year, $36 million contract extension [8]
January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09) Anthony Bitetto 1-year, $650,000 contract extension [38]
January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09) Matt Irwin 2-year, $1.35 million contract extension [39]
January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09) Yannick Weber 2-year, $1.35 million contract extension [40]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) Mike Fisher 1-year, $1 million [41]
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) Eeli Tolvanen 3-year, $9.4375 million entry-level contract [42]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Nashville Predators draft picks

Below are the Nashville Predators' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 30 Eeli Tolvanen RW Flag of Finland Finland Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
2 61 Grant Mismash C Flag of the United States United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
3 92 David Farrance D Flag of the United States United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5 154 Tomas Vomacka G Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL)
6 1761 Pavel Koltygin C Flag of Russia Russia Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
7 216 Jacob Paquette D Flag of Canada Canada Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Draft notes:[43]

  1. The New York Rangers' sixth-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on July 1, 2015, that sent Magnus Hellberg to New York in exchange for this pick.[44]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. Six Characteristics: Preds 2017-18 Regular-Season Schedule (June 22, 2017). Retrieved on September 19, 2017.
  4. Preds Open 2017-18 Season Season on Road vs. Bruins, Penguins (June 23, 2017). Retrieved on September 19, 2017.
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  7. Alexei Emelin traded to Predators by Golden Knights. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 2, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Predators Acquire Forward Kyle Turris, Signs Six-Year Deal (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  9. Nashville Acquires Forward Mark McNeill from Dallas (February 3, 2018). Retrieved on February 4, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Preds Acquire Fourth-Round Pick in 2018 NHL Draft (February 25, 2018). Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
  11. Predators Acquire Bollig, Grosenick from Sharks (February 25, 2018). Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
  12. Preds Acquire Forward Ryan Hartman from Chicago (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 26, 2018.
  13. Preds Acquire Tyler Gaudet, John Ramage from Arizona (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 26, 2018.
  14. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (July 1, 2017). Predators Sign Nick Bonino to Four-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  15. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (July 1, 2017). Predators Add O'Connor With One-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  16. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (July 1, 2017). Predators Sign Hartnell to One-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  17. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (July 1, 2017). Predators Ink Labrie to One-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  18. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (July 1, 2017). Predators Sign Lindback to One-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  19. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (April 2, 2018). Predators Sign Tanner Jeannot to Entry-Level Contract. Press release. Retrieved on April 4, 2018.
  20. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (April 3, 2018). Predators Sign Goaltender Niclas Westerholm. Press release. Retrieved on April 4, 2018.
  21. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (April 26, 2018). Predators Sign Goaltender Miroslav Svoboda. Press release. Retrieved on April 27, 2018.
  22. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (May 7, 2018). Predators Sign Defenseman Filip Pyrochta. Press release. Retrieved on May 8, 2018.
  23. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (May 9, 2018). Predators Sign Swedish Forward Carl Persson. Press release. Retrieved on May 9, 2018.
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  27. Petter Granberg återvänder (Swedish). skellefteaaik.se. Retrieved on June 11, 2019.
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  30. Fiddler, Vernon. "Canadian Born, Texas Taught", The Player's Tribune, September 13, 2017. Retrieved on September 16, 2017. 
  31. Satriano, David. "Fisher retires from Predators after 18 seasons in NHL", NHL, NHL Enterprises, L.P., May 12, 2018. Retrieved on May 15, 2018. 
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  33. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (June 18, 2017). Predators Sign Pontus Aberg to Two-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on June 21, 2017.
  34. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (June 21, 2017). Predators Sign Mazanec to One-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on June 21, 2017.
  35. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (June 22, 2017). Preds Sign Viktor Arvidsson to Seven-Year, $29.75 Million Contract. Press release. Retrieved on June 26, 2017.
  36. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (June 24, 2017). Preds Sign Austin Watson to Three-Year Contract. Press release. Retrieved on June 26, 2017.
  37. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (June 28, 2017). Johansen Inks Eight-Year Deal: "This Is Where I Belong". Press release. Retrieved on June 30, 2017.
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  39. Preds Ink Matt Irwin to Two-Year Deal (January 9, 2018). Retrieved on January 10, 2018.
  40. Preds Sign Yannick Weber to Two-Year Contract (January 9, 2018). Retrieved on January 10, 2018.
  41. Predators Sign Mike Fisher to One-Year Deal (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 26, 2018.
  42. Preds Sign Eeli Tolvanen to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract (March 29, 2018). Retrieved on March 30, 2018.
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  44. NHL Enterprises, L.P.. Nashville Acquires a Sixth-Round Pick from the New York Rangers. Press release. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
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