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Nashville Predators fall to Winnipeg 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg, Manitoba Canada -The Nashville Predators blew a two goal lead to fall to their Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets, 5-3.  With the loss, Nashville relinquishes first place in the division.

Penalties and lack of a power play cost the Predators once again tonight as the Jets took full advantage of their man advantage.

Nashville struck first at 15:21 of the opening period when Viktor Arvidsson took a feed in the circle and ripped a wicked wrister past goalie Laurent Brossoit for the early 1-0 lead.

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) scores a goal past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) scores a goal past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to St. Louis Blues 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Louis, MO – The Nashville Predators fell to the St. Louis Blues this afternoon in game one of a back-to-back series with the Blues, 3-2. 

St. Louis used a constant offensive attack all afternoon to keep Nashville at bay.

Vince Dunn got the scoring started for St. Louis at 4:37 of the opening frame by taking his own rebound off his initial shot and tucking it into the net past Pekka Rinne, who despite the loss, had a phenomenal game. 

St. Louis took the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) shoots as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) shoots as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 behind Aho’s hat trick

 

Nashville PredatorsRaleigh, NC – The Nashville Predators fell to the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon behind 21 year old Sebastian Aho’s hat trick, 6-3.

The 21 year old took center stage while an old nemesis in net, Petr Mrazek, stonewalled the Predators for the win.  Mrazek has beaten the Predators 7 times dating back to his days with the Detroit Red WIngs. 

Aho put the ‘Canes on the board at 15:44 of the first period when he took the puck in the neutral zone and beat Pekka Rinne through the five-hole for the early 1-0 lead.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) go after the loose puck during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) go after the loose puck during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators comeback falls short to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsColumbus, OH – The Nashville Predators fought back from a two goal deficit in the third period tonight only to fall short in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3.

An unfortunate penalty in the OT by Viktor Arvidsson sealed the deal for Columbus as they took advantage of the power play to score the winning goal at 1:22 of the extra period. 

The Predators were playing this game with Pekka Rinne in net with the absence of Juuse Saros who was unavailable for the contest.  Rinne doesn’t normally play in back-to-back games, but was forced into action tonight.

 Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-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 defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsMontreal Quebec, Can– The Nashville Predators rebounded from last night’s loss to Detroit, winning the back end of a “back-to-back” series, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Craig Smith scored twice and Juuse Saros was stellar in goal for the win.  Nashville was playing their old captain Shea Weber who scored the only Montreal goal. 

Smith got the scoring started for the Predators at 10:44 of the first period, finding a rebound in front of the Montreal net and slipping the puck into the net past Carey Price for the 1-0 lead.

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; 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. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; 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 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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Nashville Predators defeat Dallas Stars with overtime thriller 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators just wouldn’t quit against the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon, capping off a roaring comeback victory, 5-4. 

Mattias Ekholm closed the sale with his overtime winner at 2:27 of the extra frame.

The Predators improve to an 8-0-0 road record for the year, which is the third longest win record to the start of an NHL season since the 2006-2007 season when the Buffalo Sabres won their first 10 games away from home. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators welcomed the return of Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne back to the ice tonight with a strong 4-1 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.   

Rinne had missed the last five games due to injury, but tonight’s performance, where he blocked 42 shots on net, proves the rest did him some good.  Pekka never missed a beat.

Nashville owned the first period scoring at 6:02 of the first period when Kyle Turris got the tip in on net for the early 1-0 lead.  Mattias Ekholm and Carrie Jarnkrok assisted on the score.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) shoots on goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena.  (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) shoots on goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Edmonton Oilers 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators just continue to win.  Whether it be at home or on the road, the Preds are off to a great start. 

Tonight, they finish their first “back-to-back” series with the victory over the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. 

This comes on the heels of their 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames the night before where the Predators were able to extract a bit of revenge for their home opener against these Flames, where Calgary was able to shutout the Predators.    

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during warm ups prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during warm ups prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

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