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Nashville Predators fall to the Arizona Coyotes 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsGlendale, AZ – The Nashville Predators fell to the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 behind three power-play goals and a two goal performance from Phil Kessel.  Nashville lost two of the three road games on this three game western swing.

Nashville goalie Juuse Saros lost his third start of the season and the Predators were without Filip Forsberg who is out with a lower body injury.

Christian Dvorak put Arizona on the board first with a wrist shot at 6:06 of the first period for the early 1-0 lead.

Mattias Ekholm Nashville Predators (Mike Strasinger)

Mattias Ekholm Nashville Predators (Mike Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia, PA – The road woes continue for the Nashville Predators as they drop another road game to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, 2-1.  Claude Giroux had the game winner for the Flyers who will be in Nashville on New Year’s Day.

The Predators continue to be hit by the injury bug as Colton Sissons was out of the line-up tonight after being helped off of the ice on Tuesday night against Chicago.

Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and P.K Subban have been on the injury list for several weeks, and their absence is beginning to strain this Nashville team.  The Predators recalled forward Tyler Gaudet today to join the team.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators destroy Anaheim Ducks behind Austin Watson’s hat trick, 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the visiting Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena tonight, 5-2, behind Austin Watson’s first NHL hat trick. 

Watson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at the 11:04 mark of the first period, scoring off of a rebound of a Nick Bonino shot in the crease to get the festivities started.

A spirited battle between the two teams saw multiple minutes of penalties, especially during a contentious second period.

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) after a goal during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) and Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) after a goal during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators hang on to defeat Detroit Red Wings 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators stormed out to an early 2-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings tonight, only to have to hang on for a 3-2 win on the road.  The win avenges a 3-1 loss this past Saturday night in Nashville to these Red Wings.

Scott Hartnell got the Predators on the board first at 4:18 of the first period with his tip in at the net of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.  Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi assisted on the goal.

Kyle Turris gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 9:35 of the first period with his wrist shot, assisted by Josi and Craig Smith.  Nashville looked to be off to the races with the early 2-0 lead, but Detroit would come storming back.

 Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) dumps the puck into the zone during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) dumps the puck into the zone during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators flat in loss to Detroit Red Wings 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped their second game in a row with a flat performance against the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 in Nashville.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek was solid in net for the Red Wings with 31 saves on the night, fighting off every offensive attack from the Predators.

Luke Witkowski scored his first NHL goal at 4:12 of the first period to give the Wings the early lead, 1-0.  Witkowski broke free of the Predators’ defense and beat Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros on a back hand shot.

Gustav Nyquist made it 2-0 at 10:54 of the period with his redirection of a Nick Jensen shot, and suddenly, Detroit had the momentum and the two goal lead.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks the shot of Detroit Red Wings left wing Andreas Athanasiou (72) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) blocks the shot of Detroit Red Wings left wing Andreas Athanasiou (72) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win thriller against New York Islanders 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators won an overtime thriller to begin their four game road trip tonight, against the New York Islanders, 5-4.  Ryan Johansen tied the game with just under one minute in regulation, then THE captain, Roman Josi scored the game winner to earn the Predators the two points. 

In what can only be described as one of the most exciting comebacks in Nashville Predators history, Nashville gets the win in a battle of goaltenders as Pekka Rinne and New York’s Jaroslav Halak put on a clinic.

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Fall to Chicago Blackhawks 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN The Nashville Predators came out flat tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks and never really got their rhythm, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. 

Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg was magnificent in goal, stopping 42 shots on the night. Forsberg made 22 saves in the third period alone.  Chicago has won two straight with this win tonight.

Just 3 minutes into the contest, Chicago’s David Kampf opened the scoring with a wrister over the shoulder of starting Nashville goaltender, Juuse Saros and the Blackhawks held a 1-0 lead.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell (17) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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