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Nashville Predators defeat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 clinch Stanley Cup Playoff spot

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The Nashville Predators punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight with a win over the Minnesota Wild, 1-0.  Ryan Johansen scored the game winner, just 4:32 into the opening period.

The Predators were coming off of a humiliating loss to the central division leading Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night and with the St. Louis Blues breathing down their neck, they desperately needed a win tonight.

Winnipeg lost to the Dallas Stars, but the Blues beat the Vegas Golden Knights to stay within two points of the Predators.  The final few games of the regular season will determine how these teams shake out for the playoffs.  Nashville still has a chance to win the division, but they could also fall to third place by seasons end.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save in front of Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin (19) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save in front of Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin (19) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 in a Bridgestone Arena shoot-out, with Sidney Crosby proving to be the difference.

The Predators were pedaling uphill all night long chasing the game after a whirlwind start where they attacked the Pens in the opening frame of the contest.  Once again, the story of their season so far, they have no power play.

The two teams traded punches during the first period with plenty of opportunities for both teams, but both Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray stood tall in net for their respective teams to keep the game scoreless.

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) attempts a jump screen on a shot from the point against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators just can’t seem to find a way to fight their way through the hurricane. The Carolina Hurricanes.  They’ve now lost 10 of 13 meetings against the team, losing at home tonight, 5-3.

With some momentum coming from back to back wins against the Minnesota Wild, the Predators had confidence heading into tonight’s contest, but the news that Filip Forsberg would not be in the line-up may have deflated that confidence.

Forsberg is listed day to day with an upper body issue and the timeline for his return has not been determined. 

Mar 9, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to deflect a shot on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to deflect a shot on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsToronto, Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators continue to roll on this ambitious road trip, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0.  That gives the Predators five out of a possible six points in their last three games.  

Nashville used a stiff defense tonight and a brick wall in net, Pekka Rinne, to thwart the Leafs. 

After a scoreless first period, Mattias Ekholm got the Predators on the board at 4:08 of the second period, hammering a slap shot from the point and the power play goal gave Nashville the 1-0 lead.  Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala had the assists.  Fiala has 7 points in his last six games. 

 Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a save against Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok (19) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. (John E. Sokolowski-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 blow 3 goal lead to fall to the Winnipeg Jets 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators got off to a hot start in their game three series against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring three goals in the first period and looking unstoppable.

Nashville got goals from Mike Fisher, P K Subban and Filip Forsberg to stake the three goal lead. 

That would change in the second period. 

Winnipeg came out of the locker room determined to not disappoint their raucous fans at the Bell MTS Place.

 Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators have little trouble with the Buffalo Sabres with 4-0 win

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to roll through the opposition with a convincing win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight, 4-0. The win completes a sweep of their three game road trip, and Pekka Rinne wins his 11th straight in goal.  Nashville defeats their former assistant coach Phil Housley, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Sabres.

Buffalo started fast, controlling the offense to begin the affair, outshooting the Predators 13-10 in the opening frame.  Buffalo would outshoot Nashville on the night, 35-32.

The problem was, they couldn’t break through the leading candidate for the Vezina trophy, Pekka Rinne, who had 35 saves on the night and recorded another shut-out. 

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes the save against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators defeated their closest rivals in the Central Division of the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1 at the sold-out Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight.

The Predators chased starting Winnipeg goalie, Michael Hutchinson just ten minutes into the contest, after scoring three quick goals, two of the shorthanded. 

It was reported that Hutchinson was put in concussion protocol for the remainder of the game.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) watches as left wing Austin Watson (51) hits the puck out of the crease during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) watches as left wing Austin Watson (51) hits the puck out of the crease during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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The Final Horne: Last week of NFL regular season should be exciting, NBA is off and running and NFL picks

 

Clarksville Sports NetworkClarksville, TN – The best thing about the last week of the NFL regular season is all the, ‘If this, then that’, scenarios that usually surround the playoffs. But this year’s is a little more direct for four teams that are playing each other Sunday, the Broncos and the Raiders in the AFC West and the Cowboys and Giants in the NFC East, because whomever wins gets in and those make for exciting games.

It’s already great the four teams are already hated and heated rivals. But with a berth to the playoffs on the line, things get ratcheted up even more. After quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Darren McFadden went down, I was one that thought the Raiders were done. But the Raiders have played well enough to stay in it with Carson Palmer at quarterback and Michael Bush running the ball. The Broncos, well they are 7-2 under Tebow, and really that’s all you need to say about that.

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