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Nashville Predators defeat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 clinch Stanley Cup Playoff spot

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The Nashville Predators punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight with a win over the Minnesota Wild, 1-0.  Ryan Johansen scored the game winner, just 4:32 into the opening period.

The Predators were coming off of a humiliating loss to the central division leading Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night and with the St. Louis Blues breathing down their neck, they desperately needed a win tonight.

Winnipeg lost to the Dallas Stars, but the Blues beat the Vegas Golden Knights to stay within two points of the Predators.  The final few games of the regular season will determine how these teams shake out for the playoffs.  Nashville still has a chance to win the division, but they could also fall to third place by seasons end.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save in front of Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin (19) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save in front of Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin (19) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators humiliated by Winnipeg 5-0

 

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – The Nashville Predators were no match tonight for the central division leading Winnipeg Jets, getting shutout 5-0.

There will be a lot of soul searching in the Predators locker room after this one, and it will be interesting to see which direction this team goes from here. 

Nashville was hoping for a chance to take over the division with a win, and now they’re looking over their shoulder at St. Louis making a charge for second place.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates towards Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates towards Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators down the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in shootout

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The Nashville Predators clawed their way back from a 2-1 deficit against the Minnesota Wild tonight to win the game, 3-2 in a shootout.

The two points Nashville picked up keeps them in touch with the Central Division leading Winnipeg Jets who beat Columbus 5-2 today.

Nashville faced several ex-Predators tonight with Kevin Fiala facing his former team, along with Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Suter and Pontus Aberg.  

The Predators brought former Minnesota sharp-shooter Mikael Granlund with them to face his former team as well. 

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) shoots the puck against Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) shoots the puck against Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators comeback falls short to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsColumbus, OH – The Nashville Predators fought back from a two goal deficit in the third period tonight only to fall short in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3.

An unfortunate penalty in the OT by Viktor Arvidsson sealed the deal for Columbus as they took advantage of the power play to score the winning goal at 1:22 of the extra period. 

The Predators were playing this game with Pekka Rinne in net with the absence of Juuse Saros who was unavailable for the contest.  Rinne doesn’t normally play in back-to-back games, but was forced into action tonight.

 Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win overtime thriller against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators almost let this one slip away tonight in Chicago, but Filip Forsberg saved the day with his overtime winner to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.

Nashville had led the entire game and looked poised to win the game when Artem Anisimov sent the game to overtime with the goal at 17:39 of the third period.

Pekka Rinne was superb in net, as always, keeping the Predators in the game, stopping 34 of 37 shots on goal.  The Predators had 31 shots on goal on the night.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period at United Center. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period at United Center. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators end regular season with win over Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to make history as the Central Division/Western Conference regular season champions ended their season with a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.  In front of their 102nd sell out Bridgestone Arena crowd, the boys didn’t disappoint.

Each fan who attended the game was given a Predators visor, and after Filip Forsberg recorded his hat trick, the ice was filled with visors.  Preds radio announcer Pete Weber called it a “visor” trick, instead of the hat trick as it’s known.

(From left to right) Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defenseman Roman Josi (59) defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) and left wing Filip Forsberg (9) pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the Nashville Predators are awarded the Presidents' Trophy before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

(From left to right) Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) goalie Pekka Rinne (35) defenseman Roman Josi (59) defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) and left wing Filip Forsberg (9) pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the Nashville Predators are awarded the Presidents’ Trophy before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

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Nashville Predators win Central Division and Western Conference title with win over Washington Capitals 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators set several franchise records tonight with a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals. 

First, they clinched the Central Division and the regular-season Western Conference titles, their first in franchise history. 

Nashville also scored their 52nd victory of the season which breaks the old mark of 51 wins back in the 2006-2007 season.

The win, combined with a Boston Bruin loss, clinched the Presidents Trophy for the NHL team with the best record.  With one game remaining, Nashville has 115 points.

 Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. The Predators won 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. The Predators won 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from last night’s loss to Buffalo with an impressive win against the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon, 4-1. 

Filip Forsberg led the way with two goals and an assist on the night, and Juuse Saros had 29 saves in net.

Nashville completed their last “back-to-back” series with today’s win, and moves closer to securing first place in the Central Division.   

Ryan Johansen started the scoring for the Predators at 7:50 of the first period with a wicked wrist shot that beat Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy for the 1-0 lead.  Filip Forsberg had the assist.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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