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Nashville Predators defeat the Minnesota Wild in another shootout victory 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN -The Nashville Predators had an old fashioned street brawl tonight against some former teammates and the rest of the Minnesota Wild, but in the end, they stood victorious with the 5-4 win.

Former Predator Kevin Fiala, who was briefly honored during the first period of tonight’s game, quickly became the villain after scoring two goals on the night.  But the Smashville “love” quickly became boos when he got caught up in some fisticuffs with former teammate Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen.

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators take division lead with win over the L.A. Kings 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators played like gangbusters for the first two periods of hockey tonight, then had to hold on for the win against the L.A Kings, 2-1.  With the win, the Predators take over first place in the Central Division of the Western Conference. 

The Kings suffer their sixth loss in a row and are reeling towards the end of their season, as Nashville was expected to have little trouble with L.A tonight.

Kyle Turris got things started for Nashville at 8:50 of the opening period taking a cross ice pass from Filip Forsberg and blasting the one-timer past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for the early 1-0 lead.

 Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) has a wrap around attempt blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) has a wrap around attempt blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators down the Dallas Stars 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsDallas, TX – The Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars in a highly entertaining game tonight 5-3.  Pekka Rinne stood tall in net for the Predators to keep Nashville in this one, giving the boys a chance to win it. 

The Predators win the season series against the Stars with the win tonight, in what many feel will be a first round matchup for the Stanley Cup playoffs.  The two teams have already been announced as the feature of the Winter Classic.

Brian Boyle continues to show why the Predators made a trade for him just a couple of weeks ago as he lit the lamp first for the Predators at 10:50 of the opening frame.  It was Boyle’s second goal for the Predators since joining the team and got Nashville the early lead, 1-0.

Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) chase the puck during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) chase the puck during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators end home losing streak by defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators broke a three game home losing streak tonight by downing the visiting Arizona Coyotes, 5-2.  Nashville had to come from behind to do it.

Vinnie Hinostroza took a pass from Alex Goligoski in the slot and flipped a shot over the shoulder of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne at 16:59 of the opening frame, for the early 1-0 lead.  This after the Predators dominated play from the outset but couldn’t score.

The period ended with the Coyotes taking the lead to the locker room, but you just knew that Nashville would storm out into the second period and take charge. 

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) scores past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Calvin Pickard (30) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) scores past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Calvin Pickard (30) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Florida Panthers 4-1 behind Saros and Arvidsson

 

Nashville PredatorsSunrise, FL – The Nashville Predators started the home stretch of the NHL season tonight with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.  Juuse Saros got the win in net and Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals to lead their team to the win.

Both teams looked a little rusty coming off the NHL All-Star break and it was Florida that held the 1-0 lead going to the third period.  Saros got the start in net to rest Pekka Rinne who played in the all-star game, and had never beaten the Panthers until tonight.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the second period at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the second period at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell-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 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 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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