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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 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 Winnipeg Jets 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN -The Nashville Predators unloaded on the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 3-0.  Winnipeg eliminated Nashville in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, and the Predators were looking for some payback. 

Ryan Hartman, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen provided the scoring for the Predators, but Winnipeg came unglued, handing Nashville 9 power plays on the night.  Nashville never scored a power play goal.

Oct 11, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck away from Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 11, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck away from Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 4-0 to force a game 7 in Nashville

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators manhandled the Winnipeg Jets tonight with a 4-0 shutout victory in front of a sold out “white out” crowd in Winnipeg. 

The win forces a game 7 in Nashville on Thursday night.

The Nashville penalty kill was superb against the Jets, and it had to be since there was only one penalty called against the Jets all night.  The Predators fought off six minutes of penalties in the first period alone.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Winnipeg Jets 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will have to go back to Winnipeg and win a road game to stay alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after being schooled at home by the Jets tonight, 6-2.

While the hockey “experts” continue to second guess head coach Peter Laviolette’s strategy for game five tonight, Winnipeg put on a clinic on how to attack the net and keep the pressure on Predators’ goalie, Pekka RInne.  Rinne was pulled in the third period.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Paul Stastny scored at 7:44 of the second period after a Patrik Laine shot was blocked by Rinne but the rebound fell at the feet of Stastny who scored, giving the Jets the early 1-0 lead. 

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in Double Overtime

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – In a game that went back and forth all night, the Nashville Predators showed they had the grit and determination to win this very important round 2 contest against the Winnipeg Jets, getting the winning goal in the second overtime.

Kevin Fiala would be the hero of tonight’s game, scoring the game winner at 5:37 of the second overtime.  Preds win, 5-4.

Nashville desperately needed this win tonight so as to not go to Winnipeg two down in their series.  After losing the first game at home it was imperative that the Predators come back with a strong win tonight.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs 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 Colorado Avalanche 3-2 can clinch series on Friday in Nashville

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO – The Nashville Predators took care of business in the mile high city tonight with a clutch comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.  That sends the series back to Nashville where the Predators can clinch the series with a win.

Horrible officiating dominated this contest tonight, putting Nashville in several penalty situations that didn’t appear to be called against the Avs, frustrating both players and coaches on the Nashville bench.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) reacts after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) reacts after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators take commanding 2-0 lead with win over Colorado Avalanche 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will take flight to the high altitudes of Colorado with a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning today, 5-4.

The Predators scored by committee as five different players hit the scoreboard, but they still had to come from behind for the victory. 

Colorado struck first, as they did in game one, when former Predator Gabriel Bourque found the back of the Nashville net just 2:34 into the game and Colorado took the early lead, 1-0.

Apr 14, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) jumps to screen Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 14, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) jumps to screen Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators take game one with win over Colorado Avalanche 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators overcame a sluggish first period against the Colorado Avalanche, but kicked in the afterburners midway through the second period to defeat the Avs, 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

In game one of their opening round Stanley Cup series, Nashville knew that Colorado was fast and talented, but as all teams try to do against Nashville, a quick start and a quick strike is what they aim for.

But Nashville has Filip Forsberg.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) allows a goal to Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) allows a goal to Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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