John Hynes will behind the Nashville Predators bench for Tuesday night's house video game versus Boston, one month after being fired as head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

The Predators, who run out playoff position in the NHL's Western Conference, made the announcement a little bit more than 12 hours after dismissing bench boss Peter Laviolette on Monday night together with associate coach Kevin McCarthy.

"This is a tremendous chance to sign up with a company with a history of success, a group with tremendous skill and a phenomenal fanbase," Hynes, the 3rd head coach in the Predators' 21-year history, said in declaration. "This company has a strong foundation, from its ownership and executives to the entire front-office staff, and I'm thrilled to come in and attempt to optimize this team's capabilities."

Nashville is 11th in the conference with a 19-15-7 record.

The Predators won 248 regular-season video games under Laviolette and reached the playoffs each of his very first 5 seasons.

Nashville lost to Pittsburgh in six games in the 2017 Stanley Cup last, won the Presidents' Trophy and made it to the second round of the playoffs in 2018 and last spring was removed in the preliminary.

The Predators sputtered through the very first half of this season."John Hynes is bright young coach and terrific leader who has a track record of both successfully establishing young players and successfully inspiring veterans," Predators GM David Poile stated. Nash city has the skill to take it to another level, and (I believe) will under Hynes. Before joining the NHL training ranks, Hynes was head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League from 2010-15. The one-time forward helped BU to four straight Frozen Four looks and was colleagues with Predators assistant GM Jeff Kealty.
Peter Laviolette was fired as Predators head coach on Monday evening with the team sporting a 19-15-7 season record. (Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)

Poile traded away defenceman P.K. Subban, Nashville's highest-paid gamer, and signed free-agent forward Matt Duchene to a $56 million, seven-year agreement on July 1. But the Predators sputtered through the very first half of this season. They hadn't won more than two straight video games since a four-game streak in late October.

This marked the sixth NHL coaching change of the season.

'Bright young coach'

New Jersey fired Hynes on Dec. 3 after an awkward 7-1 loss to Buffalo dropped its record to 9-13-4.

After dismissing Hynes, Devils general manager Ray Shero said, "John is a respected leader [and] developer of skill."

The 44-year-old assembled a 150-159-45 mark in 354 regular-season video games over four-plus seasons and led the Devils to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs for the very first time in 6 years.

"John Hynes is bright young coach and great leader who has a performance history of both effectively establishing young gamers and effectively encouraging veterans," Predators GM David Poile stated. "We love his training resume and are positive that he has gained from every stop during his profession, and has the finest capability to get the maximum potential out of our group."

2011 AHL coach of year

In New Jersey, Hynes helped 2017 first total draft choice Nico Hischier end up being an intense young NHLer and assisted in the development of forward Kyle Palmieri, who developed career highs in goals (30) and points (57) during his first season with the Devils in 2015-16.