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Nashville Predators continue to struggle with third loss in a row to the Minnesota Wild 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The struggles for the Nashville Predators continue with their third loss in a row tonight at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.

Nashville just couldn’t stay out of the penalty box tonight with 14 minutes of penalty time, putting pressure on their penalty kill and losing scoring opportunities by being at a disadvantage.

The Predators found themselves in a similar situation as last night, going two goals down in the first period.  Luke Kunin scored on his own rebound at 4:07 of the opening period with a wrist shot that gave Minnesota the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators drop third game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 3-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators drop third game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 3-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators destroyed by the Edmonton Oilers 8-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators hosted the Edmonton Oilers tonight and for the first fifty minutes, it was a back and forth affair. 

The Predators fought back from a two goal deficit after the first period, then fought back from a one goal deficit and just when the game was tied 3-3 and you thought you were in for a wild finish, nobody expected what happened next.

Edmonton went on a five goal onslaught against the Predators, chasing Pekka Rinne from the game and embarrassing the home team with a final score of 8-3.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros replaces Pekka Rinne as the Edmonton Oilers scored 5 goals within the first 10 minutes of the final period as the Oilers defeated Nashville 8-3. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros replaces Pekka Rinne as the Edmonton Oilers scored 5 goals within the first 10 minutes of the final period as the Oilers defeated Nashville 8-3. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators shut-out Minnesota Wild 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – Pekka Rinne posted his first shut-out of the season while earning his 6th victory as the Nashville Predators downed the visiting Minnesota Wild, 4-0.

It was Rinne who thwarted the Minnesota attack in the first period to give his team a chance to turn the tables on the Wild for the win.

The Vezina Trophy winning Rinne stopped all 26 shots on goal tonight for another impressive victory in front of the Smashville faithful.

After a scoreless opening period, Mikka Salomaki scored the winning goal just 37 seconds into the second period on a wrist shot that beat Alex Stalock for the 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne shutdown the Minnesota Wild Thursday night. (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne shutdown the Minnesota Wild Thursday night. (Mike Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the Anaheim Ducks 6-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators put on a powerful display of goal scoring tonight against the visiting Anaheim Ducks in a lopsided win, 6-1.   Nashville got goals from six different players tonight, and Pekka Rinne put on a clinic in goal for the Predators.

THE CAPTAIN Roman Josi got the scoring started at 11:23 of the first period as the Predators had the two man advantage, with a quick wrist shot that beat John Gibson for the early 1-0 lead.

Colton Sissons then put the Predators up 2-0 when he stepped out of the penalty box and grabbed the puck and drove to the net to beat Gibson for the score at 16:19 of the period.

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Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi celebrate Josi’s goal in the first period as the Nashville Predators defeat the Anaheim Ducks 6-1 (Mike Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to Detroit Red Wings 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators lost to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, 5-3.  Nashville just never could get a leg up on the Wings as they were having to come back all night long.

Coming off of an opening night win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, the Predators came into Bridgestone Arena with a lot of momentum, but they have always had trouble with Detroit and especially with Red Wings net minder, Jimmy Howard.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his first of two goals at 10:29 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat starting Predators goalie, Juuse Saros for the early 1-0 lead.  The Wings then made it 2-0 at 11:40 of the opening frame when Anthony Mantha slipped a back hand into the net.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators drop the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, move back into a tie for Central Division lead

 

Nashville PredatorsBuffalo, NY – The Nashville Predators move back atop the central division with a win tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2.

Ryan Johansen scored the game winner and the Predators now sit atop the division, tied with the Winnipeg Jets in what looks to be a real dogfight to the finish, with two games remaining on the schedule. 

At presstime, the Jets were trailing the Minnesota Wild, 4-1.  The Nashville win puts them two points up on the St. Louis Blues who have been breathing down Nashville’s back for the last week.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks to make a save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) looks to make a save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

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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 humiliated by Winnipeg 5-0

 

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – The Nashville Predators were no match tonight for the central division leading Winnipeg Jets, getting shutout 5-0.

There will be a lot of soul searching in the Predators locker room after this one, and it will be interesting to see which direction this team goes from here. 

Nashville was hoping for a chance to take over the division with a win, and now they’re looking over their shoulder at St. Louis making a charge for second place.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates towards Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates towards Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder-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 defeat the Minnesota Wild in another shootout victory 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN -The Nashville Predators had an old fashioned street brawl tonight against some former teammates and the rest of the Minnesota Wild, but in the end, they stood victorious with the 5-4 win.

Former Predator Kevin Fiala, who was briefly honored during the first period of tonight’s game, quickly became the villain after scoring two goals on the night.  But the Smashville “love” quickly became boos when he got caught up in some fisticuffs with former teammate Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen.

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates in front of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) after scoring a goal during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The goal was originally credited to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) but was changed by officials to Boyle in the third period. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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