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Nashville Predators defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from last night’s loss to Buffalo with an impressive win against the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon, 4-1. 

Filip Forsberg led the way with two goals and an assist on the night, and Juuse Saros had 29 saves in net.

Nashville completed their last “back-to-back” series with today’s win, and moves closer to securing first place in the Central Division.   

Ryan Johansen started the scoring for the Predators at 7:50 of the first period with a wicked wrist shot that beat Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy for the 1-0 lead.  Filip Forsberg had the assist.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated by center Kyle Turris (8) and teammates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Buffalo Sabres 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena tonight, 7-4.  To say this was an embarrassing loss would be an understatement.

Nashville still leads the central division of the Western Conference, but only by five points over Winnipeg, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart tipped his hat to the Predators with his hat trick, while Jack Eichel had a career high five assists. 

This was a game that the Predators want to quickly forget.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin (93) is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (not pictured) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat San Jose Sharks 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – They don’t get any easier at this stage of the NHL season, but the Nashville Predators, behind goalie Juuse Saros, gutted out the win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena, 5-3 tonight. 

The win prevents the Sharks from clinching a playoff spot. 

Back up goalie Juuse Saros, who started in place of Pekka Rinne, put on a clinic in goal with 39 saves. 

The win gives Nashville 111 points on the season as their quest for the President’s Trophy continues.  Players and coaches have made no secret that they want that trophy and with it, home ice for the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators break losing streak in shootout win over the Minnesota Wild 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators ended their brief three game losing streak in the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena tonight with a hard earned shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, 2-1.

With the win, Nashville extends their NHL points lead to 109 points.  

The Predators were anxious to break the streak they were on and to avenge the loss on Saturday night to Minnesota, 4-1.

Roman Josi got the Predators off to an early 1-0 lead at 2:51 of the first period.  It was a one-timer off the faceoff that blistered past Minnesota goalie, Devan Dubnyk. 

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores in the shootout against Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores in the shootout against Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop third straight in 5-4 loss to Winnipeg Jets

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators managed to salvage a point in their 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets tonight, as Mark Scheifele scored the game winner, beating Juuse Saros for the Predators. 

The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Jets.

In one of the most exciting games of their five game series, the teams traded punches all night, and the lead. 

Roman Josi got the Predators started at 10:09 of the first period on a slap shot that beat Jets goalie, Connor Hellebuyck for the 1-0 early Nashville lead.  Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson assisted on the score.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) checks Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) checks Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop 2nd game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators fell 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild, their second straight loss.  The Predators had not lost two in a row since February.

This is the first game of a back-to-back, as they travel to Winnipeg for a matchup with the Jets tomorrow night.  The Jets have won their last four games and are in search of 100 points. 

Nashville got off to a good start as Ryan Johansen put the Preds on the board first, scoring at 8:37 of the first period.  He fired a blast from the left circle, then took the rebound off of goalie Devan Dubnyk for the 1-0 lead.  Johansen was assisted by P K Subban and Filip Forsberg.

Mar 24, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save in the second period against Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 24, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save in the second period against Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) at Xcel Energy Center.  Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators drop home contest against Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were flat tonight and the Toronto Maple Leafs took full advantage, defeating the Predators 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

Another sell-out crowd watched Auston Matthews and his team put an old fashioned whipping on the favored Predators, where Nashville had their fifteen game point streak end with the loss. 

The Predators are 14-1-1 over the last 16 games. They find themselves now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 106 points for the NHL lead.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators have little trouble with the Buffalo Sabres with 4-0 win

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to roll through the opposition with a convincing win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight, 4-0. The win completes a sweep of their three game road trip, and Pekka Rinne wins his 11th straight in goal.  Nashville defeats their former assistant coach Phil Housley, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Sabres.

Buffalo started fast, controlling the offense to begin the affair, outshooting the Predators 13-10 in the opening frame.  Buffalo would outshoot Nashville on the night, 35-32.

The problem was, they couldn’t break through the leading candidate for the Vezina trophy, Pekka Rinne, who had 35 saves on the night and recorded another shut-out. 

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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101st Airborne Division takes part in Nashville Predators Military Salute Week

 

Written by Capt. Jennifer Cruz
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionNashville, TN – The leadership of 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade along with the 101st Airborne Division Band, took part in the Nashville Predators’ Military Salute Week at Bridgestone Arena.

During the Predators’ March 6th game against the Dallas Stars, the Big 5 Band played during the first and second intermission. Positioned just above the Zamboni tunnel, they performed classic rock covers for the more than 17,000 fans who filled the arena.

“Before a big performance like this I always get very excited. It’s fantastic that this large of an audience will be hearing Army music tonight,” said Pfc. Shawn McGovern, an Army musician with the 101st Airborne Division Band.

Members of the 101st Airborne Division Brass Band, perform during the New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville March 10. The band was performing in support of the Predators Military Salute Week. (Capt. Jennifer Cruz, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Members of the 101st Airborne Division Brass Band, perform during the New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville March 10. The band was performing in support of the Predators Military Salute Week. (Capt. Jennifer Cruz, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Nashville Predators clinch playoff berth with win over Colorado Avalanche 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 road win over the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg had two goals each to lead the Predators to the victory.  This is the fourth straight 20 goal season for Forsberg and the fourth straight playoff appearance for Nashville. 

Juuse Saros provided the backstop for Nashville tonight, stopping 33 shots on goal.

Sissons started the scoring for the Predators at 17:26 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the early 1-0 lead.  Sissons was assisted on the goal by P K Subban and Craig Smith.

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. ( Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. ( Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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