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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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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 fall to Calgary Flames 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsCalgary Alberta, Canada – The Nashville Predators fell to the Calgary Flames tonight, losing both games on this road trip, 5-2.  After fighting back from deficits throughout the night, the Flames finally put the game away for the win.

Nashville started the game with Juuse Saros in net, replacing Pekka Rinne who had the night off.  Saros got off to a shaky start giving up the first goal of the game just 1:12 into the contest.  Oliver Kylington put Calgary on the board with a snap shot that beat Saros for the early 1-0 lead.

 Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Buffalo Sabres 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Buffalo Sabres, the hottest team in the NHL, at the Bridgestone Arena tonight, 2-1.   Buffalo had won ten straight games before dropping their last two before coming into Nashville.  The Sabres are coached by former Nashville assistant coach, Phil Housley.

The Predators are still without some of their front line players with Kyle Turris, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban out of the lineup.  Other players have seen their ice time extended and have stepped up to fill the void during their absence. 

Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson (22) handles the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson (22) handles the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Dallas Stars with overtime thriller 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators just wouldn’t quit against the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon, capping off a roaring comeback victory, 5-4. 

Mattias Ekholm closed the sale with his overtime winner at 2:27 of the extra frame.

The Predators improve to an 8-0-0 road record for the year, which is the third longest win record to the start of an NHL season since the 2006-2007 season when the Buffalo Sabres won their first 10 games away from home. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators broke their home ice losing streak to defeat the Las Vegas Golden Knights, 4-1, at Bridgestone Arena. 

Ryan Hartman led the Preds with his two goal effort, that gave Nashville all they would need on the night. 

The Predators had struggled this season at home, where their only three losses had occurred in Nashville.  The Predators outshot the Golden Knights, 28-24 on the night.

Reilly Smith scored the first goal of the Knight for Vegas at 17:14 of the first period when his snapshot beat Predators goalie, Juuse Saros on the high side and Vegas led 1-0. 

Nashville Predators goaltender 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 goaltender 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 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators just continue to win.  Whether it be at home or on the road, the Preds are off to a great start. 

Tonight, they finish their first “back-to-back” series with the victory over the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. 

This comes on the heels of their 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames the night before where the Predators were able to extract a bit of revenge for their home opener against these Flames, where Calgary was able to shutout the Predators.    

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during warm ups prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during warm ups prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

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