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Nashville Predators drop second in a row to the St. Louis Blues 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped the second game of a back-to-back series to the St. Louis Blues today, 5-4.  The only good thing about the game was their ability to come back to earn a point.

Nashville was fighting their way out of a wet paper bag the entire contest, and never led the game.  Viktor Arvidsson was the bright spot scoring twice in the loss.

Costly turnovers and sloppy puck management has been the order of the day for the Predators and with a week power play, it doesn’t bode well for a deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

 Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) battles for a loose puck behind St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) battles for a loose puck behind St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Florida Panthers 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped their second game in a row at home to the Florida Panthers tonight, 4-2.

The Predators had fought back from a three goal deficit to draw to within a goal, but Jared McCann closed the door with his tip-in at 11:38 of the final frame.

Aaron Ekblad started the scoring at 4:05 of the first period, burying the one timer on the power play to beat Juuse Saros in goal for the 1-0 lead.  Ekblad has now scored the most goals by a defenseman in Panthers history.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates the puck into the offensive zone during the first period against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates the puck into the offensive zone during the first period against the Florida Panthers 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 defeat the Vancouver Canucks in overtime thriller 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators almost let this one get away, but in the end, Colton Sissons was able to score the game winner in overtime for the 4-3 Nashville win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

It was a bit of sweet revenge for the Predators after the beatdown they suffered in Vancouver last week. 

Nashville is still working their way through the injury bug with Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban still unavailable.  The Predators did get Kyle Turris back in the lineup tonight for the win, and that meant Eeli Tolvanen was sent down to Milwaukee this morning.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks through traffic for a shot during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks through traffic for a shot during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators snap losing streak to defeat Ottawa Senators 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from a disastrous Canadian road trip to defeat the Ottawa Senators at the Bridgestone Arena, 3-1.

The win in front of a noisy “Smashville” home crowd, was a much needed shot in the arm following two losses last week to Vancouver and Calgary.  The injury plagued Predators have been finding ways to win without P.K Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris, all on the injury list.

Ottawa scored first, just twenty six seconds into the contest on a mishandled shot by Pekka Rinne.  Zack Smith’s backhand skipped over the outstretched glove of Rinne for the early 1-0 Ottawa lead.

 Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Calgary Flames 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsCalgary Alberta, Canada – The Nashville Predators fell to the Calgary Flames tonight, losing both games on this road trip, 5-2.  After fighting back from deficits throughout the night, the Flames finally put the game away for the win.

Nashville started the game with Juuse Saros in net, replacing Pekka Rinne who had the night off.  Saros got off to a shaky start giving up the first goal of the game just 1:12 into the contest.  Oliver Kylington put Calgary on the board with a snap shot that beat Saros for the early 1-0 lead.

 Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Buffalo Sabres 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Buffalo Sabres, the hottest team in the NHL, at the Bridgestone Arena tonight, 2-1.   Buffalo had won ten straight games before dropping their last two before coming into Nashville.  The Sabres are coached by former Nashville assistant coach, Phil Housley.

The Predators are still without some of their front line players with Kyle Turris, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban out of the lineup.  Other players have seen their ice time extended and have stepped up to fill the void during their absence. 

Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson (22) handles the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson (22) handles the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-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 defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators welcomed the return of Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne back to the ice tonight with a strong 4-1 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.   

Rinne had missed the last five games due to injury, but tonight’s performance, where he blocked 42 shots on net, proves the rest did him some good.  Pekka never missed a beat.

Nashville owned the first period scoring at 6:02 of the first period when Kyle Turris got the tip in on net for the early 1-0 lead.  Mattias Ekholm and Carrie Jarnkrok assisted on the score.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) shoots on goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena.  (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) shoots on goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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