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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 downed by Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators were thumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in Nashville, 5-2.  Columbus is fighting for a spot in the playoffs and played like their hockey lives depended on it tonight.

Scoring just fifty seconds into the contest, the Blue Jackets set the tone early and went on to dominate the Predators on their home ice.

Nashville is still tied with the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the central division of the Western Conference, but the St. Louis Blues posted a win tonight and inch to within two points of the leaders.  The final week of the regular season is going to be a doozy. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) passes the puck from behind his net during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) passes the puck from behind his net during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators snap losing streak with win over the Montreal Canadiens 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators finally righted the ship with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Bridgestone Arena. 

Newly acquired big man Brian Boyle scored his first goal as a Predator and Viktor Arvidsson added to his torrid scoring streak for the victory. 

Arvidsson scored his 24th goal of the season tonight, a remarkable feat considering he was injured and didn’t return to the lineup until New Years Eve. Nashville wrapped up a three game home stand and snapped a three game losing streak tonight with the win.  

 Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators can’t seem to find a way to win games lately, falling tonight to the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.  

This is the third consecutive loss for the home boys, and Detroit comes away with a sweep of the two game series.

It wasn’t from lack of effort, which coach Peter Laviolette is pleased with, they just can’t seem to catch a break or get the puck to bounce in their favor.

Feb 12, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: 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 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 fall to the Detroit Red Wings in OT 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsDetroit, MI – The Nashville Predators lost the first game of a six game road trip tonight to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3 in overtime.

Detroit played a very aggressive game tonight while the Predators put on a lazy performance, leaning on their All-Star goaltender Pekka Rinne for most of the night. 

The Red Wings dominated the first ten minutes of the game while Nashville had no shots on goal, but because of Rinne, they remained in the contest.  Oddly enough, it was Nashville that took the early lead in tonight’s contest.

 Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) takes a shot defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) takes a shot defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Philadelphia Flyers behind Juuse Saros shutout 4-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dominated the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Bridgestone Arena behind the shutout performance of Juuse Saros in goal, 4-0.

This was the second shutout of the season for Saros and was only his second start in two weeks.  Saros stopped all 32 shots on goal tonight and was named the first star of the game.

The two teams played a back and forth first period with no scoring before the intermission.  That all changed in the second period.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sport)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – Pekka Rinne blocked 47 shots, the second highest total in his illustrious career, and Ryan Ellis scored the game winner, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at the Bell Center.  Tonight’s win was the third overtime game of the four game road swing.   

Rinne showed why he should be in the conversation about “elite” NHL goaltenders, with tonight’s performance. Not only did he stonewall the Canadiens for the victory, but the Predator’s netminder stopped 10 shots in the overtime period alone.   Montreal netminder Carey Price, blocked 30 shots on the night.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

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Nashville Predators fall to Ottawa Senators 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped another overtime thriller, but managed to pick up a point tonight, falling to the Ottawa Senators 4-3.  P.K Subban scored twice, including the game tying goal with 4:18 remaining in regulation, to force the overtime. 

For the second night in a row, Nashville found itself coming from behind to earn the point.  They’ve now earned four out of six possible points on this road trip.  Filip Forsberg is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday after serving a three game suspension.   

P.K Subban opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the game when his shot deflected off Ottawa’s Cody Ceci and Nashville took the early lead, 1-0.   

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Shoot-Out

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators won their third consecutive game and eighth of their last nine with a 3-2 victory over the hapless Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena tonight.

Nashville was on their heels for most of the first period when Jordie Benn gave the Canadiens the lead at 1-0 at 12:47 of the period.  The Predators couldn’t keep the puck in their offensive zone and was playing “chase the puck” for most of the period, but with .08 seconds remaining, Filip Forsberg tied the game on the power play. 

The second period didn’t offer much in the way of offense and the two teams went to the locker room tied at 1-1.

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores past Montreal Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi (37) for the only goal during the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) scores past Montreal Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi (37) for the only goal during the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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