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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 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 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 defeat the Philadelphia Flyers behind Juuse Saros shutout 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dominated the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Bridgestone Arena behind the shutout performance of Juuse Saros in goal, 4-0.

This was the second shutout of the season for Saros and was only his second start in two weeks.  Saros stopped all 32 shots on goal tonight and was named the first star of the game.

The two teams played a back and forth first period with no scoring before the intermission.  That all changed in the second period.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

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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 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 snap losing streak to defeat Ottawa Senators 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from a disastrous Canadian road trip to defeat the Ottawa Senators at the Bridgestone Arena, 3-1.

The win in front of a noisy “Smashville” home crowd, was a much needed shot in the arm following two losses last week to Vancouver and Calgary.  The injury plagued Predators have been finding ways to win without P.K Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris, all on the injury list.

Ottawa scored first, just twenty six seconds into the contest on a mishandled shot by Pekka Rinne.  Zack Smith’s backhand skipped over the outstretched glove of Rinne for the early 1-0 Ottawa lead.

 Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-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 Colorado Avalanche 5-0, advance to second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO – The Nashville Predators advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a convincing win over the pesky Colorado Avalanche, 5-0.  The victory sets up a premier showdown with the Winnipeg Jets, who experts are calling the series to watch. 

Nashville came out storming against the Avs early and often in this game.  Mattias Ekholm lit the lamp first for the Predators at 7:02 of the first period when his snapshot beat Andrew Hammond for the early 1-0 lead.

Austin Watson made it 2-0 at 10:19 of the first with a wicked wrister after an assist from Colton Sissons and Nick Bonino.  The line of Watson, Sissons and Bonino was the highlight of the lineup in this game tonight.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) and Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) get tied up with each other in the first period in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) and Nashville Predators right wing Miikka Salomaki (20) get tied up with each other in the first period in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-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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