2018-19 Nashville Predators Season
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2018%E2%80%9319 Nashville Predators Season

2018-19 Nashville Predators
Central Division champions
Division1st Central
Conference3rd Western
2018-19 record47-29-6
Home record25-14-2
Road record22-15-4
Goals for240
Goals against214
Team information
General ManagerDavid Poile
CoachPeter Laviolette
CaptainRoman Josi
Alternate captainsMattias Ekholm
Ryan Ellis
Filip Forsberg
Ryan Johansen
ArenaBridgestone Arena
Minor league affiliate(s)Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Team leaders
GoalsViktor Arvidsson (34)
AssistsRyan Johansen (50)
PointsRyan Johansen (64)
Penalty minutesP. K. Subban (60)
Plus/minusNick Bonino
Mattias Ekholm (+27)
WinsPekka Rinne (30)
Goals against averagePekka 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.

Standings

Divisional standings

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 43 240 214 +26 100
2 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 47 30 5 45 272 244 +28 99
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 45 28 9 42 247 223 +24 99
4 x – Dallas Stars 82 43 32 7 42 210 202 +8 93
5 x – Colorado Avalanche 82 38 30 14 36 260 246 +14 90
6 Chicago Blackhawks 82 36 34 12 33 270 292 −22 84
7 Minnesota Wild 82 37 36 9 36 211 237 −26 83
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 43 240 214 +26 100
2 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 47 30 5 45 272 244 +28 99
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 45 28 9 42 247 223 +24 99
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Calgary Flames 82 50 25 7 50 289 227 +62 107
2 x – San Jose Sharks 82 46 27 9 46 289 261 +28 101
3 x – Vegas Golden Knights 82 43 32 7 40 249 230 +19 93
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE x – Dallas Stars 82 43 32 7 42 210 202 +8 93
2 CE x – Colorado Avalanche 82 38 30 14 36 260 246 +14 90
3 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 39 35 8 35 213 223 −10 86
4 CE Chicago Blackhawks 82 36 34 12 33 270 292 −22 84
5 CE Minnesota Wild 82 37 36 9 36 211 237 −26 83
6 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 35 36 11 29 225 254 −29 81
7 PA Anaheim Ducks 82 35 37 10 32 199 251 −52 80
8 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 35 38 9 32 232 274 −42 79
9 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 31 42 9 28 202 263 −61 71
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results

Preseason

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

Regular season

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

Playoffs

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

Player statistics

As of April 22, 2019[8]

Skaters

Goaltenders

Regular season[11]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Pekka Rinne 56 55 3,219:44 30 19 4 130 2.42 1,581 .918 4 0 0 4
Juuse 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
Pekka Rinne 6 6 329:38 2 4 17 3.09 179 .905 0 0 0 0
Juuse 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.

Transactions

The Predators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018-19 season.

Trades

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 agents

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]

Waivers

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]

Signings

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 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  Czech Republic Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
5 1312 Spencer Stastney D  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5 151 Vladislav Yeryomenko D  Belarus Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
7 213 Milan Kloucek G  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]

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