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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 defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsMontreal Quebec, Can– The Nashville Predators rebounded from last night’s loss to Detroit, winning the back end of a “back-to-back” series, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Craig Smith scored twice and Juuse Saros was stellar in goal for the win.  Nashville was playing their old captain Shea Weber who scored the only Montreal goal. 

Smith got the scoring started for the Predators at 10:44 of the first period, finding a rebound in front of the Montreal net and slipping the puck into the net past Carey Price for the 1-0 lead.

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; 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. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; 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 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 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 fall to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators couldn’t get head coach Peter Laviolette his 200th victory as the Nashville bench boss tonight as the Colorado Avalanche proved to be too much, winning in Nashville, 3-2.

Colorado was led by Nathan MacKinnon who scored twice on the night and ended Nashville’s 11 game win streak against the Avs, and also ended Nashville’s six-game home win streak.

The Predators got on the board first when Ryan Hartman scored off of a rebound to put Nashville ahead 1-0.

Nashville Predators right wing Ryan Hartman (38) is tripped by Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) as he battles for a puck during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Ryan Hartman (38) is tripped by Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) as he battles for a puck during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators lose to St. Louis Blues 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Louis, MO – The Nashville Predators stunk it up tonight against the St. Louis Blues in the final game of their back-to-back series, losing 6-2.

It was expected to be a tough night for Nashville after they defeated St. Louis in Nashville on Wednesday night, and the altercations were expected.

Austin Watson and Patrick Maroon of the Blues went after each other just two seconds into the contest, dropping the gloves right out of the gate.  

Then, just sixty seconds later, Nashville’s Ryan Hartman and Brayden Schenn came together, and the tone was set for the night. 

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) defends during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) defends during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win thriller against Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The teams with the two best records in the NHL squared off tonight in Smashville, and Ryan Johansen led the way in a 3-2 victory for the Predators.

With Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban out of the lineup for Nashville, other players have had to step up their game, and that’s exactly what coach Peter Laviolette is getting from his squad.

Tampa Bay got on the board first when Victor Hedman beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne for an early 1-0 Lightning lead.  Rinne made 29 saves on the night and has a 9-0-1 record against the southern Florida boys.

 Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Dallas Stars with overtime thriller 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators just wouldn’t quit against the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon, capping off a roaring comeback victory, 5-4. 

Mattias Ekholm closed the sale with his overtime winner at 2:27 of the extra frame.

The Predators improve to an 8-0-0 road record for the year, which is the third longest win record to the start of an NHL season since the 2006-2007 season when the Buffalo Sabres won their first 10 games away from home. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators blow two goal lead to lose to San Jose Sharks 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators blew a two goal lead in the third period to fall to the visiting San Jose Sharks, 5-4.

The Predators were on a five game winning streak until tonight, and dropped only their second game to the Sharks in their last 11 meetings in Tennessee.

San Jose struck first on a power play goal in the first period, but Viktor Arvidsson evened the score on a breakaway goal to end the first period. 

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Minnesota Wild 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators completed their five game home stand with a 4-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild tonight at Bridgestone Arena.  After a disappointing opening night loss, the Preds have now reeled off four straight wins, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Craig Smith put the Predators up 1-0 on a backhander that beat Wild starting goalie, Alex Stalock, with assists from P.K Subban and Ryan Johansen.  Stalock got the start over Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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