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The Nashville Predators announced Monday evening they have relieved head coach Peter Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy of their duties. Laviolette went 248-143-60 across five and a half seasons in Nashville and led the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.

An interim coach was not immediately named by the Predators, who host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday before traveling to Chicago on Thursday to take on the Blackhawks. Mike Babcock, Peter DeBoer and John Hynes come to mind as possibilities but it's unclear how quickly the Predators will move in the hiring process.

Four days ago, Predators GM David Poile told a local radio station he was "not contemplating making any coaching change at this time." But his patience was obviously running thin and things changed quickly.

The Predators made a big splash over the summer by landing Matt Duchene. They jumped out to an 8-3-1 start this season and were trending in a positive direction before spiraling out of the Western Conference playoff picture by going 11-12-6 over the next two-plus months.

The Predators are four points out of the second wildcard spot in the West with three games in hand. They're hoping a new voice in the locker room could help turn their season around like it did for the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues last season.

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