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Nashville Predators fall to the Florida Panthers in shoot-out 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the visiting Florida Panthers 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena tonight, still without the services of Filip Forsberg.

Forsberg has been out of the Predators line-up with a lower body injury suffered in Nashville’s road win over Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Neither team could get anything going in the opening period of tonight’s game, with both teams getting opportunities that were cast away by both starting goaltenders.  Pekka Rinne in net for Nashville and Samuel Montembeault for Florida both started strong to open the game.

Nashville Predators Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm

Nashville Predators Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm

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Nashville Predators defeat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsLas Vegas, NV – The Nashville Predators put on a dominating performance tonight in Sin City, defeating the Las Vegas Golden Knights, 5-2 to pick up their first road win of the season.

Kyle Turris got things started at just 2:14 of the opening period on a tip-in from Ryan Ellis to give Nashville the early 1-0 lead.  Rocco Grimaldi also assisted on the goal.

Vegas came right back at 9:55 when Mark Stone snapped a shot past Pekka Rinne for the equalizer, 1-1.  Then, Reilly Smith put the Golden Knights up 2-1 with a goal at 17:23, and suddenly the momentum was in favor of the home team.

Nashville Predators Goalie Pekka Rinne and Viktor Arvidsson (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville Predators Goalie Pekka Rinne and Viktor Arvidsson (Mike Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators rebounded from the weekend loss to the Detroit Red Wings in fine fashion tonight, beating the hapless San Jose Sharks, 5-2.

As head coach Peter Laviolette continues to shuffle his lines to see where the magic is, the Predators appeared to be hitting on all points tonight. 

THE Captain, Roman Josi got things started for Nashville at 6:16 of the opening frame with a wrist shot that put the Preds on the scoreboard first, leading 1-0.  Josi was assisted on the score by Colton Sissons and Ryan Ellis.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.(Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.(Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to Detroit Red Wings 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators lost to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, 5-3.  Nashville just never could get a leg up on the Wings as they were having to come back all night long.

Coming off of an opening night win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, the Predators came into Bridgestone Arena with a lot of momentum, but they have always had trouble with Detroit and especially with Red Wings net minder, Jimmy Howard.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his first of two goals at 10:29 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat starting Predators goalie, Juuse Saros for the early 1-0 lead.  The Wings then made it 2-0 at 11:40 of the opening frame when Anthony Mantha slipped a back hand into the net.

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)

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 defeat Minnesota Wild 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The reigning Western Conference Champion Nashville Predators had to dig themselves out of a two goal deficit tonight to defeat the Minnesota Wild, 5-2.   In the much anticipated home opener, featuring more firepower in the line-up, Preds fans were feeling the excitement at puck drop.

Of course, it didn’t hurt when Keith Urban performed during the first intermission, keeping the Smashville faithful on their feet until the start of the second period.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) is guarded by Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) in the second period during an NHL Hockey game at T-Mobile Arena. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) is guarded by Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) in the second period during an NHL Hockey game at T-Mobile Arena during last seasons competition.(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Dallas Stars 5-3, face elimination

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have been backed into a corner by the Dallas Stars, losing at home, 5-3 and now facing elimination in their first round playoff series.

Dallas was all over the Predators right from the puck drop in today’s matinee game.  The Stars now lead the best of seven series, 3-2, and can capture the series on Monday night in Dallas.

Nashville got on the board first, which is usually a good omen, when Rocco Grimaldi scored at 6:25 of the opening frame.  Grimaldi captured a bouncing puck while driving to the net and netted the goal past Ben Bishop to take the early lead, 1-0.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a slap shot from Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson (16) during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) is unable to stop a slap shot from Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson (16) during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators manhandled by the Dallas Stars 5-1

 

Nashville PredatorsDallas, TX – The Nashville Predators were dominated by the Dallas Stars tonight, 5-1.  Every aspect of the Dallas attack was on point as the Stars evened the series 2-2.

The two teams head back to Nashville for a Saturday afternoon matinee at the Bridgestone Arena.  Puck drop is at 2:00pm.

The Predators never knew what hit them as the Stars scored three goals within the first ten minutes of the game.  Nashville didn’t help their cause any with four penalties in the first period, putting Dallas on the power play.  

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends against Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47) and center Tyler Seguin (91) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends against Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47) and center Tyler Seguin (91) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Dallas Stars 2-1 to even playoff series

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators evened their playoff series against the Dallas Stars tonight with an exciting, overtime win, 2-1.  Craig Smith drove the dagger in the heart of the Stars with his overtime winner.

Dallas won the series opener on Wednesday night, 3-2, to set the tone for a hard fought series between two teams that absolutely do not like each other.  

These are also the two teams that will be featured in the upcoming Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl on New Years Eve.

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates after the game winning goal by Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (not pictured) past Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) in overtime of game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates after the game winning goal by Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (not pictured) past Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) in overtime of game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win a thriller against the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, sit atop the central division

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – Things looked pretty bleak for the Nashville Predators tonight after the first intermission, trailing the lowly Vancouver Canucks, 2-0.  With Nashville in a real battle for the central division title of the Western Conference, and the St. Louis Blues bearing down on the Preds, this game had real significance. 

Not only does Nashville want to win their division, but they want home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and it all seemed to be slipping away in this game tonight.

First, Markus Granlund backhanded the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne after taking a perfect pass from Quinn Hughes and the Canucks led 1-0.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) as Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reacts during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) as Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reacts during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, move back into a tie for Central Division lead

 

Nashville PredatorsBuffalo, NY – The Nashville Predators move back atop the central division with a win tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2.

Ryan Johansen scored the game winner and the Predators now sit atop the division, tied with the Winnipeg Jets in what looks to be a real dogfight to the finish, with two games remaining on the schedule. 

At presstime, the Jets were trailing the Minnesota Wild, 4-1.  The Nashville win puts them two points up on the St. Louis Blues who have been breathing down Nashville’s back for the last week.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks to make a save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks to make a save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

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