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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 defeat the L.A. Kings 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsLos Angeles, CA – The Nashville Predators finally found their way into the win column last night with a convincing win over the L.A. Kings, 4-1.

With a depleted line-up, the injury plagued Predators played a team game and stopped their three game losing streak. 

This is the first of a back-to-back series in Southern California with the Anaheim Ducks on tap this afternoon at 2:00pm.

Rocco Grimaldi got things started for Nashville at 10:21 of the opening period when his wrist shot beat Jack Campbell in net for the 1-0 lead.  Rocco grabbed his own rebound to net the early marker.

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Nashville Predators defeat the L.A. Kings 5-1  (Michael Strasinger)

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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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My Two Cents: The Nashville Predators race to a photo finish

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – The National Hockey League is racing to the finish line of their regular season schedule.  The “second” season begins next week with the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Nashville Predators have a spot in those playoffs, yet as of this writing, we don’t know who or where they will play.  It doesn’t matter, because Predators fans are RABID about their team even though their play of late hasn’t been too consistent.

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-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 lose to the Vancouver Canucks 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsVancouver, BC – The Nashville Predators dug too big of a hole in Vancouver tonight, and couldn’t climb back out, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3.

Nashville is on a two game Canadian road trip and will travel to Calgary for a Saturday night matchup against the Flames.  Vancouver will return to Nashville next week.

Alexander Edler started the scoring for Vancouver at 7:48 of the first period with a slap shot that beat Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.  Edler was assisted by Nikolay Goldobin and Elias Pettersson on the score.

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson (51) and forward Miikka Salomaki (20) defend against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the first period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson (51) and forward Miikka Salomaki (20) defend against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the first period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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