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Nashville Predators defeat New York Rangers 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators completed a four game homestand with a resounding victory over the visiting New York Rangers, 5-2.  Nashville has now won eight of their last ten games with the Bridgestone Arena win.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne showed why he is one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL, stopping 20 shots and picking up the victory.  The win is his seventh straight.

The game was a physical affair with the Rangers losing both Marc Staal and Jimmy Vesey in the second period. 

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates with teammates after a goal during the second period against the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates with teammates after a goal during the second period against the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Fall to Chicago Blackhawks 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN The Nashville Predators came out flat tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks and never really got their rhythm, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. 

Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg was magnificent in goal, stopping 42 shots on the night. Forsberg made 22 saves in the third period alone.  Chicago has won two straight with this win tonight.

Just 3 minutes into the contest, Chicago’s David Kampf opened the scoring with a wrister over the shoulder of starting Nashville goaltender, Juuse Saros and the Blackhawks held a 1-0 lead.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat New Jersey Devils behind Pekka Rinne’s fourth shut-out, 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators will head into the NHl All-Star break on a winning note, shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 3-0 behind Pekka Rinne’s fourth shutout of the season.

New Jersey has been shutout in it’s last two games, and have lost four straight.  Their depleted line-up, due to injury, has seen them go 2-7-3 in their last 12 games.  New Jersey is struggling in net with regular goaltenders, Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid both out with injuries. 

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Tampa Bay Lightning in Overtime 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators saw their five game winning streak come to an end tonight with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena.

Yanni Gourde gave the lightning the win at 1:45 of overtime, after Nashville turned the puck over to him with a wide open net.

Tampa Bay was playing their second game in a row after a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last night, 2-0.

Juuse Saros started in goal for the Predators, giving Pekka Rinne the night off.  

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Defeat Florida Panthers 4-3 for Fifth in a Row

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators won their fifth game in a row Saturday night, with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena.  

Nashville’s Kevin Fiala scored two goals to pace the Predators to the win. Nick Bonino scored and had two assists, along with P.K.Subban to finish the Panthers for the night.

Florida was playing the second game of a back-to-back series, after a win over the red hot Las Vegas Golden Knights last night, 4-3.

Fiala got the Predators started just 36 seconds into the contest when he scored on a shot from the slot giving Nashville an early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates after a goal during the second period against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates after a goal during the second period against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Defeat Arizona Coyotes 3-2 In Shootout

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – Wins are not coming easy for the Nashville Predators, but they keep coming.  The Predators went to a shootout to defeat Arizona, 3-2 tonight at the Bridgestone Arena.

Ryan Ellis ties the game 2-2 with 2:36 remaining, then Craig Smith sealed the deal in the shootout, along with Kyle Turris, 2-1.

The win avenges a loss at Arizona earlier and moved the Predators into first place in the Central Division.  Nashville is now 27-11-6.

Scott Hartnell got things started at 18:17 of the second period, lighting the lamp for Nashville on a breakaway goal, after a superior pass from Ryan Ellis.  

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) waits for the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) waits for the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Defeat Las Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 Behind Saros’ Shutout

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators finally broke through against the Las Vegas Golden Knights behind Juuse Saros’ shutout performance, 1-0.  Nashville had lost to the Knights in their previous two meetings, but Saros stepped up and closed the door, stopping 43 shots.  This was his third shutout of the season.

Nashville was returning from their bye week, and while they showed some signs of “rust,” Saros was fresh and ready, having played three games with Milwaukee last week.  Head coach Peter Laviolette’s decision to give starting goaltender Pekka Rinne extra rest, paid off big time for the Predators.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Edmonton Oilers 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators needed a win in the worst way tonight at Bridgestone Arena, and with the Edmonton Oilers in town, the Preds were “licking” their chops. 

Nashville has defeated the Oilers in 11 straight games, dating back to March 2014.  Final score, 2-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, stopped 25 shots and Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to their second win in a row.  Nashville is now 3-1-1 in their last five games.

Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) scores a goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) as left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) assists during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) scores a goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) as left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) assists during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Lose in Overtime to Phoenix Coyotes 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The struggling Nashville Predators let one slip away last night against the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, in a wild overtime finish.

After taking a 2-1 lead, Nashville’s Austin Watson put the Predators a man down with a penalty with just over 4 minutes remaining in the game.  Arizona’s Christian Fischer scored the game-winner at 2:41 for the win.

The goal was reviewed and challenged by Nashville, but to no avail.  Phoenix wins, 3-2.  Nashville has lost three of the last four.  

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76). (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76). (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Lose 3-0 to Vegas Golden Knights

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators just don’t have the Vegas Golden Knights figured out.  Whether it’s in Nashville, or Las Vegas, the uptempo game pushed by Vegas is just too much for the Predators. 

Las Vegas had the best record in the NHL for the month of December, going 11-1-1.  They sit atop the Western Conference and obviously they haven’t been told they’re an expansion team, and this style of hockey just isn’t played by expansion teams.  

But it seems to be working, whatever formula they’re following, because tonight they put another dominating performance on Nashville, for the 3-0 shutout.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) is guarded by Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) in the second period during an NHL Hockey game at T-Mobile Arena. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) is guarded by Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) in the second period during an NHL Hockey game at T-Mobile Arena. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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