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Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Kyle Turris’s game winner

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have made it three in a row with today’s win over the visiting St. Louis Blues 2-1.  Kyle Turris provided the game winner at 17:48 of the final period for the win.

The Predators have now swept the series with St. Louis as they gain the two points, moving them ever closer to a wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There was no replay of of last nights fisticuffs in St. Louis as the two teams were obviously conserving their energy for today’s game.  The first period appeared to be a “feeling out” period for the two teams, with no score at the end of the opening period.

Kyle Turris scores the game-winner against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena, 2-1.  (Michael Strasinger)

Kyle Turris scores the game-winner against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena, 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Louis, MO – The Nashville Predators defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues in a hotly contested game today, 4-3. 

This is the first of a “back-to-back” series against the Blues, with St. Louis visiting Nashville on Sunday afternoon. 

This game is a nationally telecast contest as part of “Hockey Day in America.”

The tone of this game was set early when Nashville’s Filip Forsberg dropped the gloves against Brayden Shenn of the Blues at 4:54 of the opening period. 

Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators let one get away with loss to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsEdmonton Alberta, Canada – The Nashville Predators saw one slip away tonight against the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. 

Some questionable officiating late in the game put Nashville’s back against the wall against the number one power play in the league, and the Oilers took full advantage.

Craig Smith got the Predators off to a great start, scoring at 12:17 of the first period, scoring on the backhand from the slot as he picked up the loose puck for the score.  Nashville took a 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators fall to the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsCalgary, Alberta – The Nashville Predators won the second game of their four game road trip through Canada, with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames tonight.

Juuse Saros started his second game in a row in net for the Predators, fending off 33 of 35 shots on goal for the win.  Cam Talbot took the loss in net for the Flames.

Nashville now finds itself right back in the playoff picture with tonight’s win, trailing these Flames by just one point for the wild-card spot in the western conference.

Nashville Predators defeat the Calgary Flames, 3-2.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Calgary Flames, 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got a big win tonight as they head into the NHL All-Star break, over the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was absolutely superb in net, keeping his team in the game, until Craig Smith could score the game winner in the third period. 

This was a much needed victory for Nashville who desperately needs points to have any chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators got off to a blistering start in the first period, dominating the Sabres and out-shooting them at one point, 12-0, but it was Buffalo that drew first blood at18:58 when Sam Reinhart grabbed a cross-ice feed from Rasmus Dahlin and netting the opening goal for the early 1-0 Buffalo lead.

Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Winnipeg Jets 1-0

 

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg Manitoba, Canada – The Nashville Predators pick up a big road win against division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets, 1-0.  Kyle Turris scored the only goal of the game for the Nashville victory.

Juuse Saros picks up the shut-out win for the Predators, stopping all 28 shots on goal. 

Nashville picked up their second straight win under new head coach John Hynes and are playing with some new enthusiasm as they try to claw their way back into the playoff race.  Currently, the Predators are just outside the wild card picture behind these very Jets.

Nashville Predators defeat the Winnipeg Jets 1-0  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Winnipeg Jets 1-0  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to Tampa Bay 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators are desperately needing wins, but tonight wouldn’t be that night as the Tampa Bay Lightning came to town and beat the Predators in over-time, 3-2.

The Predators are just outside the discussion of play-off hockey and need to start collecting points, but in this “big boy” hockey game tonight, (as described by NBCSN) it was not to be.

All was not lost though as the Predators managed to pick up a point as the two teams were tied through regulation.

Nashville Predators fall to Tampa Bay 3-2 (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators fall to Tampa Bay 3-2 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the Detroit Red Wings 6-1

 

Nashville PredatorsDetroit, MI – The Nashville Predators totally dominated the Detroit Red Wings tonight, exploding for five goals in the second period, to get an important road win, 6-1.

The Red Wings have had Nashville’s number, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams, but tonight, the Predators were able to chase starting goalie Jimmy Howard with a flurry of goals in the second period.

Detroit got on the board first at 2:35 of the opening period when Andreas Althanasiou took a pass from Filip Hronek to beat Pekka Rinne on the short side for the early 1-0 lead.  As it turns out, that would be the only marker of the night for the Red Wings.

Nashville Predators Defeat Detroit Red Wings 6-1 (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators Defeat Detroit Red Wings 6-1 (Michael Strasinger)

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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 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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