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Nashville Predators Franchise Story

The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Their name is sometimes shortened to the "Preds."

Franchise history

The Predators in action as seen from Section 303 (The Cellblock).The team was named after the fossil skull of a saber-toothed cat—a species extinct for at least 10,000 years—that was found in August 1971, in a cave during the excavation for the AmSouth Center in downtown Nashville. The fossil is only the fifth of its kind found in North America.

When awarded a franchise, the Predators got a very lucrative deal. The city of Nashville paid 31.50% of the $80-million fee to join the league. The city also absorbs operating losses from the arena, despite the fact that the Nashville Arena is operated by a subsidiary of the team.[1]

The Predators first took the ice on October 10, 1998, where they lost 1-0 at home to the Florida Panthers. Three nights later, on October 13, they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 for their first win. Forward Andrew Brunette scored the first goal on a play that was reviewed by the video goal judge.

2003-04 season
In the 2003-04 NHL season, the Predators, under coach Barry Trotz, finished eighth in the Western Conference and made their first trip to the playoffs. The rival Detroit Red Wings beat them in six games in the quarterfinal.

2005-06 season
In 2005-06, the Predators set an NHL record by winning their first four games by one goal each (although two of those were shootout victories, which would have been tie games in previous seasons). They also became only the fourth NHL franchise to start the season 8-0; the last time a team did so was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who set the mark with a 10-0 start in 1993. The Buffalo Sabres tied the Leafs' record in 2006. The Predators set the franchise mark for wins in a season with a 2-0 shutout of the Phoenix Coyotes on March 16, 2006. In that match, Chris Mason became the ninth goaltender to score a goal. By the end of the season, the Predators had accumulated 106 points—their first 100-point season—and clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in team history. They finished the season with an NHL-best 32-8-1 record at home.

In the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Predators faced the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The Sharks beat them in five games.

2006-07 season
The Predators acquired veteran center Jason Arnott from free agency on July 2, 2006. Arnott and David Legwand led the team in goals with 27 each. Late in the season the Predators traded two former first round draft picks Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent, plus their first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2007 draft, to the Philadelphia Flyers for five-time NHL all-star Peter Forsberg.

The Predators finished the season in fourth place in the Western Conference with 110 points, a franchise record. They were once again defeated in the conference quarter-finals in 5 games during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, choking against the San Jose Sharks 4 games to 1 for the second straight season.


Catfish throwing

Nashville's alternate logo; a more detailed, three-quarters front view of the team's saber toothed cat logo.Fans of the Nashville Predators have copy a tradition of the Detroit Red Wings to show their support: on occasion, a fan will throw a catfish onto the ice. The Tennessean[1] newspaper in Nashville cites the first instance of this on October 30, 2003. At least four catfish were thrown onto the ice after the first Nashville goal on November 13, 2003.

The Detroit Red Wings tradition where fans sometimes throw an octopus onto the ice, with the creature's eight legs symbolizing the eight wins it once took the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. It is likely a fan decided to copy the Detroit Red Wings and use a Southern icon of a catfish.

Section 303
Section 303 in the Nashville Arena is a vocal and relatively organized section of fans who think of themselves as the "loudest section of the loudest arena in the NHL". The section, located in the upper section of the arena, has been recognized by the Predators front office, who printed a banner to display on the wall of the arena immediately behind the rowdy section. Predators owner Craig Leipold has also recognized the Cellblock (as they are known) by stopping by the section at the end of the Predator's second season in Nashville and giving praise[2] to the fans by way of bowing to them.

Team captains
Tom Fitzgerald, 1998-2002
Greg Johnson, 2002-2006
Kimmo Timonen, 2006- present

Hall of Famers

Retired numbers
99 Wayne Gretzky, number retired league-wide February 6, 2000

First-round draft picks
1998: David Legwand (2nd overall)
1999: Brian Finley (6th overall)
2000: Scott Hartnell (6th overall)
2001: Dan Hamhuis (12th overall)
2002: Scottie Upshall (6th overall)
2003: Ryan Suter (7th overall)
2004: Alexander Radulov (15th overall)
2005: Ryan Parent (18th overall)
2006: None

Franchise scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history, through 2005-06. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Predators player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Kimmo Timonen* D 573 79 212 301 .53
David Legwand* C 484 106 177 283 .58
Scott Walker RW 410 96 151 247 .60
Greg Johnson C 502 93 145 238 .47
Cliff Ronning C 301 81 145 226 .75
Scott Hartnell* LW 436 93 118 211 .48
Martin Erat* LW 330 62 132 194 .59
Paul Kariya* LW 164 55 106 161 .98
Steve Sullivan* LW 150 62 96 158 1.05
Marek Zidlicky* D 228 30 102 132 .58

NHL awards and trophies
Lester Patrick Trophy

David Poile: 2000-01

Franchise individual records
Most goals in a season: Steve Sullivan & Paul Kariya, 31 (2005-06)
Most assists in a season: Paul Kariya, 54 (2005-06)
Most points in a season: Paul Kariya, 85 (2005-06)
Most penalty minutes in a season: Patrick Cote, 242 (1998-99)
Most points in a season, defenceman: Kimmo Timonen, 55 (2006-07)
Most points in a season, rookie: Alexander Radulov, 37 (2006-07)
Most wins in a season: Tomas Vokoun, 36 (2005-06)
Most shutouts in a season: Chris Mason & Tomas Vokoun, 5 (2006-07)

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