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Nashville Predators fall to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators can’t seem to find a way to win games lately, falling tonight to the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.  

This is the third consecutive loss for the home boys, and Detroit comes away with a sweep of the two game series.

It wasn’t from lack of effort, which coach Peter Laviolette is pleased with, they just can’t seem to catch a break or get the puck to bounce in their favor.

Feb 12, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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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 defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette notches 600th

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO– The Nashville Predators broke through with a much needed win today in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado, shutting down the Avalanche, 4-1.

Coming off of back to back losses, the Predators stood tall behind the unbelievable play of their Vicenza Trophy winning goalie, Pekka Rinne.

Rinne absolutely shut the Avalanche down in the first period and had it not been for his stellar play, Nashville could have easily been down 5-0.

Head coach Peter Laviolette had commented that he saw a lot of good things in his team over the last couple of games, but they needed to come better prepared to start the first period.  Nashville fell behind early in the last two games and couldn’t recover.

Jan 21, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) attempts on Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) attempts on Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) in the second period at the Pepsi Center.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators fall short in comeback against the Ottawa Senators

 

Nashville PredatorsOttawa Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators made a valiant effort to dig themselves out of a three-goal deficit tonight, only to lose in overtime against the Ottawa Senators, 4-3.

The Predators found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period of play, causing coach Peter Laviolette to pull Pekka Rinne from goal to begin the second period. 

The move sent a strong message to his team that he wasn’t happy with their lazy play of the opening frame.

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) battles for the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) battles for the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils in shootout thriller 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 behind the goaltending of Juuse Saros, and a nifty shootout goal from Ryan Johansen.  

Nashville sweeps their three game homestand before hitting the road next week, and continues to get solid play from up and down the bench with key players on the injury list.

Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Predators at 18:43 of the first period, sweeping up a fresh rebound that beat New Jersey goalie Keith Kincaid, for the early 1-0 lead.  Gaudreau netted the goal off of a Miikka Salomaki shot that bounced off the pads of Kincaid.  

Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) has a shot blocked by New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) after a shot during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) has a shot blocked by New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) after a shot during the first 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 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 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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