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Nashville Predators thumped by visiting Winnipeg Jets 5-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators had nothing for the Winnipeg Jets tonight in a battle of Central Division rivals as the visitors pounded Nashville, 5-1.

From start to finish, the Jets outskated and outplayed the home team and proved why at this point in the season, they sit atop the division.

Brendan Lemieux pulled the wool over the eyes of the Nashville defense at 10:09 of the first period, when he faked a shot on the offensive rush, then slipped the wrap around shot past Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault (85) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault (85) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Arvidsson hat-trick leads Nashville Predators over the Washington Capitals 7-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 7-2, behind Viktor Arvidssons hat-trick. 

Arvidsson has now scored nine goals in nine games for the Predators and shows no sign of wear and tear after returning from a broken thumb. 

Washington was completing a “back-to-back” series tonight in Nashville, having lost in St. Louis last night to the Blues.  The Capitals started their back up in goal, Pheonix Copley, and he got a very rude welcome to the music city. 

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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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 beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsToronto, Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators continue to roll on this ambitious road trip, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0.  That gives the Predators five out of a possible six points in their last three games.  

Nashville used a stiff defense tonight and a brick wall in net, Pekka Rinne, to thwart the Leafs. 

After a scoreless first period, Mattias Ekholm got the Predators on the board at 4:08 of the second period, hammering a slap shot from the point and the power play goal gave Nashville the 1-0 lead.  Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala had the assists.  Fiala has 7 points in his last six games. 

 Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Detroit Red Wings in OT 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsDetroit, MI – The Nashville Predators lost the first game of a six game road trip tonight to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3 in overtime.

Detroit played a very aggressive game tonight while the Predators put on a lazy performance, leaning on their All-Star goaltender Pekka Rinne for most of the night. 

The Red Wings dominated the first ten minutes of the game while Nashville had no shots on goal, but because of Rinne, they remained in the contest.  Oddly enough, it was Nashville that took the early lead in tonight’s contest.

 Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) takes a shot defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) takes a shot defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Washington Capitals 6-3

 

Nashville PredatorsWashington, D.C. – The Nashville Predators finally broke through with a win today, defeating the reigning Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals, 6-3.

The Predators had been on a bit of a slide, losing their last six games, and the victory today could be a sign of better things to come. 

With their mothers in attendance, the Predators had an extra dose of motivation coming into today’s game. 

Washington got off to a quick start when Michal Kempny took the face off and whipped a wrist shot past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.  The score came at the 4:33 mark of the opening frame.

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the New York Rangers 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The struggling Nashville Predators just can’t seem to find a way to win, falling tonight to the visiting New York Rangers, 4-3.

It was a back and forth affair with both teams trading punches and the lead throughout the game, but in the end, the Rangers, and their premier goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, leave Nashville with the win.

Mika Zibanejad started the scoring for New York at 2:42 of the opening frame on a tip in that beat Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) attempts a shot during the first period against the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) attempts a shot during the first period against the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-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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