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Nashville Predators fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 behind Aho’s hat trick

 

Nashville PredatorsRaleigh, NC – The Nashville Predators fell to the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon behind 21 year old Sebastian Aho’s hat trick, 6-3.

The 21 year old took center stage while an old nemesis in net, Petr Mrazek, stonewalled the Predators for the win.  Mrazek has beaten the Predators 7 times dating back to his days with the Detroit Red WIngs. 

Aho put the ‘Canes on the board at 15:44 of the first period when he took the puck in the neutral zone and beat Pekka Rinne through the five-hole for the early 1-0 lead.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) go after the loose puck during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) go after the loose puck during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory-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 continue their slide losing to the Dallas Stars 2-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have some good news and bad news tonight. 

First the good news;

Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban returned to the line-up as Nashville hosted the Dallas Stars.  

The bad news;

The Predators lost 2-0.

The Predators were hoping to regain their “mojo” after the Christmas break, coming off of a disastrous road trip where they only picked up one point in four games, but as hard as they played, they couldn’t get the puck in the net.

Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (89) hits /Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (89) hits /Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators continue their free fall losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsBoston, MA – The Nashville Predators continue their downward spiral, losing to the Boston Bruins today, 5-2.  Patrice Bergeron led the way for the home team, with three points on the day.

Nashville concludes a brutal road trip, losing all four games before the Christmas break.  The Predators are still without key players on their roster due to injury.  Filip Forsberg, P.K Subban and Viktor Arvidsson are still sitting in the locker room.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak had big days on the ice with each scoring a goal and two assists.  Bergeron scored his 300th goal of his NHL career after being on the injury list and added a couple of assists.

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) and center Ryan Donato (17) fight for a loose puck at the post against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) and center Ryan Donato (17) fight for a loose puck at the post against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia, PA – The road woes continue for the Nashville Predators as they drop another road game to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, 2-1.  Claude Giroux had the game winner for the Flyers who will be in Nashville on New Year’s Day.

The Predators continue to be hit by the injury bug as Colton Sissons was out of the line-up tonight after being helped off of the ice on Tuesday night against Chicago.

Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and P.K Subban have been on the injury list for several weeks, and their absence is beginning to strain this Nashville team.  The Predators recalled forward Tyler Gaudet today to join the team.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators are having a real hard time winning games on the road.  Tonight, the second game of a back-to-back series saw the Predators fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1.

Nashville is still without the services of Filip Forsberg, P.K Subban, and Viktor Arvidsson due to injuries, and their absence is starting to show.  The Predators are in the midst of an intense road trip this week with visits to Philadelphia and Boston on the schedule. 

Things looked good early as Kevin Fiala put Nashville on the scoreboard first with his wrist shot that beat Chicago goalie Cam Ward top shelf and the Predators took a 1-0 lead at 19:27 of the opening frame.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) defends against Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) during the first period at the United Center. (Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) defends against Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) during the first period at the United Center. (Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators destroy the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators started strong and never let up tonight against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, winning 5-2.  Nashville got off to a 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game and Chicago could never recover.

After an embarrassing loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, the Predators had a spirited practice session that lasted only thirty minutes to prepare for the Blackhawks.  Coach Peter Laviolette said that the leaders in his locker room “took care of business” to get this team ready to play Predators hockey, and it showed tonight.

Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot during the first period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot during the first period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators destroy Anaheim Ducks behind Austin Watson’s hat trick, 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the visiting Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena tonight, 5-2, behind Austin Watson’s first NHL hat trick. 

Watson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at the 11:04 mark of the first period, scoring off of a rebound of a Nick Bonino shot in the crease to get the festivities started.

A spirited battle between the two teams saw multiple minutes of penalties, especially during a contentious second period.

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) after a goal during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) after a goal during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators humiliate the visiting St. Louis Blues 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators put on a scoring exhibition tonight in Smashville, defeating the floundering St. Louis Blues, 4-1. 

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves on the night for Nashville and became the winningest Finland-born goaltender in NHL history with win #320.

Rinne passed Miikka Kiprusoff for the record.

St. Louis played their first game under new bench boss Craig Berube after the Blues parted ways with coach Mike Yeo. on Monday after the loss to the L.A Kings.  

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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