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Nashville Predators beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-2, win Central Division title

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have now won back to back central division titles with a season ending win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2.

With the title the Predators are the #1 seed headed to the Stanley Cup playoffs and will have home ice advantage.

The win tonight was another come from behind gem for Nashville as they found themselves down 2-0 after the first period.

Brendan Perlini scored with the one-timer just three minutes into the game.  Then Drake Caggiula scored at 10:07 into the opening frame and the Blackhawks had the early 2-0 lead.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defend a shot attempt from Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defend a shot attempt from Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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My Two Cents: The Nashville Predators race to a photo finish

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – The National Hockey League is racing to the finish line of their regular season schedule.  The “second” season begins next week with the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Nashville Predators have a spot in those playoffs, yet as of this writing, we don’t know who or where they will play.  It doesn’t matter, because Predators fans are RABID about their team even though their play of late hasn’t been too consistent.

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators downed by Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were thumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in Nashville, 5-2.  Columbus is fighting for a spot in the playoffs and played like their hockey lives depended on it tonight.

Scoring just fifty seconds into the contest, the Blue Jackets set the tone early and went on to dominate the Predators on their home ice.

Nashville is still tied with the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the central division of the Western Conference, but the St. Louis Blues posted a win tonight and inch to within two points of the leaders.  The final week of the regular season is going to be a doozy. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) passes the puck from behind his net during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) passes the puck from behind his net during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 in a Bridgestone Arena shoot-out, with Sidney Crosby proving to be the difference.

The Predators were pedaling uphill all night long chasing the game after a whirlwind start where they attacked the Pens in the opening frame of the contest.  Once again, the story of their season so far, they have no power play.

The two teams traded punches during the first period with plenty of opportunities for both teams, but both Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray stood tall in net for their respective teams to keep the game scoreless.

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators had their way with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, pitching a shutout, 3-0.  Newly acquired forward Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal as a Predator and Pekka Rinne stood tall in net, as Nashville shutout the Leafs for the second time this season.

Brian Boyle got things started for Nashville at 4:47 of the first period when he and Craig Smith pulled off the classic “give and go” to perfection, ripping the puck past Toronto goalie, Frederik Andersen for the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville would take that lead into the first intermission.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) watches the puck behind Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) watches the puck behind Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSan Jose, CA – The Nashville Predators completed their final west coast swing tonight as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2.  Viktor Arvidsson scored to goals in the winning effort.

The Sharks present one of the hottest scoring teams in the NHL and the Predators knew they would have to keep them out of the net.  Juuse Saros started between the pipes tonight, giving Pekka Rinne a night off.

But keep your eyes on Colton Sissons who’s been playing great hockey of late.  Tonight he put his Predators on the board first at 1:07 of the opening period, snatching a juicy rebound in front of the net and the Predators had the early 2-0 lead.

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators lose their 6th game of their last 11 falling to Anaheim Ducks 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsAnaheim, CA – The Nashville Predators are limping to the finish line of the regular season, unable to find ways to win.  Tonight, they dug a two goal deficit, only fight back to lose 3-2.

As the Nashville coaching staff continues to try and find the line combinations that will “click” the Predators are still making too many turnovers and not capitalizing on their opportunities.

Ryan Getzlaf got the Ducks on the board first just 3:30 into the opening frame, taking a Josh Manson stretch pass and ripping a snap shot past Nashville goalie, Pekka Rinne and the Ducks would take the early lead, 1-0.

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) moves in on goal against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson (32) and goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) moves in on goal against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson (32) and goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators just can’t seem to find a way to fight their way through the hurricane. The Carolina Hurricanes.  They’ve now lost 10 of 13 meetings against the team, losing at home tonight, 5-3.

With some momentum coming from back to back wins against the Minnesota Wild, the Predators had confidence heading into tonight’s contest, but the news that Filip Forsberg would not be in the line-up may have deflated that confidence.

Forsberg is listed day to day with an upper body issue and the timeline for his return has not been determined. 

Mar 9, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to deflect a shot on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to deflect a shot on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Minnesota Wild in another shootout victory 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN -The Nashville Predators had an old fashioned street brawl tonight against some former teammates and the rest of the Minnesota Wild, but in the end, they stood victorious with the 5-4 win.

Former Predator Kevin Fiala, who was briefly honored during the first period of tonight’s game, quickly became the villain after scoring two goals on the night.  But the Smashville “love” quickly became boos when he got caught up in some fisticuffs with former teammate Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen.

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-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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