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2018–19 Nashville Predators · NHL
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 3rd Western
2018–19 record 47–29–6
Home record 25–14–2
Road record 22–15–4
Goals for 240
Goals against 214
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 (34)
Assists Ryan Johansen (50)
Points Ryan Johansen (64)
Penalties in minutes P. K. Subban (60)
Wins Pekka Rinne (30)
Goals against average Pekka Rinne (2.42)

The 2018–19 Nashville Predators season was the 21st season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1] They entered the season as the defending Presidents' Trophy winners, which was won by the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 18, 2019.[2] The Predators clinched a playoff spot on March 25, after a 1–0 win over the Minnesota Wild.[3] They were later defeated by the Dallas Stars in six games in the first round.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was published on June 12, 2018.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[5]

2018–19 game log

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

PlayoffsEdit

The Predators faced the Dallas Stars in the First Round of the playoffs,[6] and were defeated in six games.[7]

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

As of April 22, 2019[8]

SkatersEdit

Regular season[9]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 80 14 50 64 7 42
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 82 15 41 56 9 42
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 64 28 22 50 8 26
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 58 34 14 48 12 26
Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 80 8 36 44 27 47
Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 82 7 34 41 21 20
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 76 21 17 38 11 20
Bonino, NickNick Bonino 81 17 18 35 27 18
Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala

|| 64 || 10 || 22 || 32 || –11 || 26

Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban 63 9 22 31 5 60
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 75 15 15 30 20 23
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 79 10 16 26 13 12
Turris, KyleKyle Turris 55 7 16 23 –6 33
Hartman, RyanRyan Hartman

|| 64 || 10 || 10 || 20 || 7 || 44

Watson, AustinAustin Watson 37 7 9 16 11 39
Grimaldi, RoccoRocco Grimaldi 53 5 8 13 –2 10
Weber, YannickYannick Weber 62 2 6 8 7 18
Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 37 3 4 7 5 8
Irwin, MattMatt Irwin 44 1 6 7 5 38
Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle

|| 26 || 5 || 0 || 5 || –1 || 16

Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund

|| 16 || 1 || 4 || 5 || –6 || 4

Hamhuis, DanDan Hamhuis 57 0 5 5 –2 28
Gaudreau, FrederickFrederick Gaudreau 55 3 1 4 1 2
Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds

|| 17 || 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 9

Rinaldo, ZacZac Rinaldo 23 1 2 3 1 20
Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto

|| 18 || 0 || 3 || 3 || 1 || 8

Tolvanen, EeliEeli Tolvanen 4 1 1 2 2 0
Fabbro, DanteDante Fabbro 4 1 0 1 –1 0
Donovan, MattMatt Donovan 2 0 1 1 0 2
McLeod, CodyCody McLeod

|| 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || –3 || 7

Richard, AnthonyAnthony Richard 1 0 0 0 –1 0
Di Giuseppe, PhillipPhillip Di Giuseppe 3 0 0 0 –1 0
Blackwell, ColinColin Blackwell 6 0 0 0 –1 2
Pitlick, RemRem Pitlick 1 0 0 0 0 2

Playoffs[10]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Josi, RomanRoman Josi 6 2 2 4 –1 4
Grimaldi, RoccoRocco Grimaldi 5 3 0 3 1 0
Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban 6 1 2 3 –3 0
Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis 6 0 3 3 –2 0
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen 6 1 1 2 –2 2
Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg 6 1 1 2 –2 6
Turris, KyleKyle Turris 6 1 1 2 2 2
Watson, AustinAustin Watson 6 1 1 2 –2 6
Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund 6 1 1 2 1 2
Bonino, NickNick Bonino 6 0 2 2 –3 2
Jarnkrok, CalleCalle Jarnkrok 6 0 2 2 1 2
Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle 3 0 2 2 4 2
Ekholm, MattiasMattias Ekholm 6 0 2 2 –2 12
Smith, CraigCraig Smith 6 1 0 1 0 2
Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki 2 0 1 1 0 0
Fabbro, DanteDante Fabbro 6 0 1 1 2 0
Hamhuis, DanDan Hamhuis 6 0 0 0 2 0
Arvidsson, ViktorViktor Arvidsson 6 0 0 0 –2 2
Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons 6 0 0 0 –5 6
Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds 2 0 0 0 1 0

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[11]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 56 55 3,219:44 30 19 4 130 2.42 1,581 .918 4 0 0 4
Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros 31 27 1,696:13 17 10 2 74 2.62 870 .915 3 0 0 0
Playoffs[12]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 6 6 329:38 2 4 17 3.09 179 .905 0 0 0 0
Saros, JuuseJuuse Saros 1 0 45:29 0 0 1 1.32 21 .952 0 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Predators. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
Denotes player was 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 2018–19 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2018
To Nashville Predators
3rd-round pick in 2019
[13]
October 1, 2018 (2018-10-01) To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Dougherty
To Nashville Predators
Nicholas Baptiste
[14]
January 14, 2019 (2019-01-14) To New York Rangers
Connor Brickley
To Nashville Predators
Cole Schneider
[15]
February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06) To New Jersey Devils
2nd-round pick in 2019
To Nashville Predators
Brian Boyle
[16]
February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06) To New York Rangers
7th-round pick in 2020
To Nashville Predators
Cody McLeod
[17]
February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) To Arizona Coyotes
Emil Pettersson
To Nashville Predators
Laurent Dauphin
Adam Helewka
[18]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Nicholas Baptiste
To Nashville Predators
Future considerations
[19]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Minnesota Wild
Kevin Fiala
To Nashville Predators
Mikael Granlund
[20]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Hartman
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2020
To Nashville Predators
Wayne Simmonds
[21]
June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) To Tampa Bay Lightning
7th-round pick in 2021
To Nashville Predators
Connor Ingram
[22]

Free agentsEdit

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Connor Brickley from Florida Panthers 1-year [23]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Rocco Grimaldi from Colorado Avalanche 1-year [24]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Mark McNeill to Boston Bruins 1-year [25]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) John Ramage to New Jersey Devils 1-year [26]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jarred Tinordi from Pittsburgh Penguins 1-year [27]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Zac Rinaldo from Arizona Coyotes 1-year [28]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Colin Blackwell from Rochester Americans (AHL) 2-year [29]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Zachary Magwood from Barrie Colts (OHL) 3-year [30]
July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12) Harry Zolnierczyk to Springfield Falcons (AHL) Unknown [31]
July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25) Dan Hamhuis from Dallas Stars 2-year [32]
July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30) Trevor Smith to San Antonio Rampage (AHL) Unknown [33]
September 2, 2018 (2018-09-02) Alexei Emelin to Avangard Omsk (KHL) 3-year [34]
September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16) Anders Lindback to Davos (NL) 1-year [35]
November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04) Matt Donovan from Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) 2-year [36]
February 19, 2019 (2019-02-19) Tom McCollum from Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) 1-year [37]
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) Lukas Craggs from Bowling Green Falcons (WCHA) 2-year [38]
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) Brandon Fortunato from Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC Hockey) 2-year [39]
April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18) Josh Wilkins from Providence Friars (Hockey East) 2-year [40]
May 1, 2019 (2019-05-01) Mathieu Olivier from Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) 2-year [41]

WaiversEdit

Date Player Team Ref
January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01) Phillip Di Giuseppe from Carolina Hurricanes [42]
January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25) Anthony Bitetto to Minnesota Wild [43]

Contract terminationsEdit

Date Player Via Ref
November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02) Tyler Moy Mutual termination [44]
November 8, 2018 (2018-11-08) Carl Persson Mutual termination [45]
December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29) Joonas Lyytinen Mutual termination [46]
January 9, 2019 (2019-01-09) Miroslav Svoboda Mutual termination [47]
May 25, 2019 (2019-05-25) Filip Pyrochta Mutual termination [48]

RetirementEdit

Date Player Ref
May 12, 2018 (2018-05-12) Mike Fisher [49]
October 1, 2018 (2018-10-01) Scott Hartnell [50]

SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract term Ref
July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) Ryan Hartman 1-year [51]
July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) Juuse Saros 3-year [52]
July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30) Miikka Salomaki 1-year [53]
August 14, 2018 (2018-08-14) Ryan Ellis 8-year [54]
November 3, 2018 (2018-11-03) Pekka Rinne 2-year [55]
February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27) Laurent Dauphin 1-year [56]
February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27) Adam Helewka 1-year [57]
March 1, 2019 (2019-03-01) Troy Grosenick 1-year [58]
March 22, 2019 (2019-03-22) Rem Pitlick 2-year [59]
March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27) Dante Fabbro 3-year [60]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Nashville Predators draft picks

Below are the Nashville Predators' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
4 1111 Jachym Kondelik C Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
5 1312 Spencer Stastney D Flag of the United States.png United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5 151 Vladislav Yeryomenko D Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
7 213 Milan Kloucek G Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Dynamo Pardubice (ELH)

Notes:

  1. The Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on February 25, 2018, that sent Mark Letestu to Columbus in exchange for this pick.[61]
  2. The Chicago Blackhawks' fifth-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on February 26, 2018, that sent Victor Ejdsell and a first and fourth-round pick both in 2018 to Chicago in exchange for Ryan Hartman and this pick.[62]

ReferencesEdit

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  14. Preds Acquire Forward Nick Baptiste from Buffalo (October 1, 2018). Retrieved on October 2, 2018.
  15. Predators Acquire Forward Cole Schneider from Rangers (January 14, 2019). Retrieved on January 14, 2019.
  16. Predators Acquire Forward Brian Boyle (February 6, 2019). Retrieved on February 6, 2019.
  17. Predators Acquire Forward Cody McLeod from Rangers (February 6, 2019). Retrieved on February 6, 2019.
  18. Predators Acquire Dauphin, Helewka from Arizona (February 8, 2019). Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  19. Predators Trade Baptiste to Toronto for Future Considerations (February 24, 2019). Retrieved on February 24, 2019.
  20. Predators Acquire Mikael Granlund from Minnesota (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 25, 2019.
  21. Predators Acquire Forward Wayne Simmonds from Philadelphia (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  22. Predators Acquire Goaltender Connor Ingram from Tampa Bay (June 14, 2019). Retrieved on June 15, 2019.
  23. Preds Ink Forward Connor Brickley to One-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  24. Predators Sign Forward Rocco Grimaldi to One-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  25. Bruins Announce Seven Transactions On July 1. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  26. Devils sign defenseman John Ramage to a one-year, two-way contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  27. Preds Add Defenseman Jarred Tinordi with One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  28. Preds Sign Zac Rinaldo to One-Year, Two-Way Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  29. Predators Sign Forward Colin Blackwell to Two-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 4, 2018.
  30. Nashville Signs Zach Magwood to Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 4, 2018.
  31. THUNDERBIRDS SIGN F HARRY ZOLNIERCZYK TO AHL ONE-WAY CONTRACT. springfieldthunderbirds.com. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  32. Predators Sign Defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Two-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 28, 2018.
  33. Rampage Sign Trevor Smith and Sam Lofquist to AHL Contracts. oursportscentral.com. Retrieved on July 30, 2018.
  34. Защитник Алексей Емелин - в "Авангарде"! (ru-RU) (September 2, 2018). Retrieved on September 4, 2018.
  35. HCD verpflichtet Goalie Anders Lindbäck (de-CH) (September 15, 2018). Retrieved on September 17, 2018.
  36. Nashville Signs Defenseman Matt Donovan to Two-Year Deal (November 4, 2018). Retrieved on November 6, 2018.
  37. Predators Sign Goaltender Thomas McCollum (February 19, 2019). Retrieved on February 20, 2019.
  38. Preds Sign Forward Lukas Craggs to Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal (April 5, 2019). Retrieved on April 7, 2019.
  39. Preds Sign Defenseman Brandon Fortunato to Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal (April 5, 2019). Retrieved on April 7, 2019.
  40. Predators Sign Josh Wilkins to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract (April 18, 2019). Retrieved on April 19, 2019.
  41. Predators Sign Mathieu Olivier to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract (May 1, 2019). Retrieved on May 2, 2019.
  42. Predators Claim Phillip Di Giuseppe On Waivers from Carolina (January 1, 2019). Retrieved on January 6, 2019.
  43. Wild claims Anthony Bitetto off waivers from Nashville (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 31, 2019.
  44. American-Swiss forward Tyler Moy on his way to Lausanne? (November 2, 2018). Retrieved on November 4, 2018.
  45. Carl Persson: Waived unconditionally (November 7, 2018). Retrieved on November 9, 2018.
  46. Joonas Lyytinen: Set to be released (December 28, 2018). Retrieved on January 6, 2019.
  47. Miroslav Svoboda: Slated for release (January 8, 2019). Retrieved on January 10, 2019.
  48. Filip Pyrochta: Let go by Preds (May 24, 2019). Retrieved on May 27, 2019.
  49. Fisher retires from Predators after 18 seasons in NHL (May 12, 2018). Retrieved on June 8, 2018.
  50. Former Preds Forward Hartnell Announces Retirement (October 1, 2018). Retrieved on October 2, 2018.
  51. Predators Sign Ryan Hartman to One-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  52. Preds Sign Goaltender Juuse Saros to Three-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  53. Predators Sign Forward Miikka Salomaki to Two-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 5, 2018.
  54. Predators Sign Defenseman Ryan Ellis to Eight-Year Contract (August 14, 2018). Retrieved on August 22, 2018.
  55. Predators Sign Goaltender Pekka Rinne to Two-Year Contract (November 3, 2018). Retrieved on November 4, 2018.
  56. Predators Sign Forward Laurent Dauphin (February 27, 2019). Retrieved on March 4, 2019.
  57. Predators Sign Forward Adam Helewka (February 27, 2019). Retrieved on March 4, 2019.
  58. Predators Sign Goaltender Troy Grosenick (March 1, 2019). Retrieved on March 4, 2019.
  59. Predators Sign Rem Pitlick to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract (March 22, 2019). Retrieved on March 25, 2019.
  60. Predators Sign Dante Fabbro to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract (March 27, 2019). Retrieved on March 27, 2019.
  61. Letestu traded to Blue Jackets after being sent to Predators from Oilers (February 25, 2018). Retrieved on June 7, 2018.
  62. Hartman traded to Predators by Blackhawks (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on June 7, 2018.
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