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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 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 pick up huge win over the Winnipeg Jets in overtime 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg, Canada – The Nashville Predators began a four game road trip with a win over their conference rivals the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1.

Mikael Granlund ended the mystery at 1:10 of the over-time period, taking the cross-ice pass from Mattias Ekholm and firing the one-timer for the game winner.

The Predators, who are fighting their way back into playoff contention, pick up the valuable two points tonight and trail the Arizona Coyotes by just two points for a wild-card spot.

Nashville Predators defeat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-5

 

Nashville PredatorsNewark, NJ – The Nashville Predators make it two in a row with a hard earned victory over the New Jersey Devils tonight, 6-5 at the Prudential Center.

The win gives Nashville the much needed two points as they try to claw their way into the playoff picture, as they now find themselves just two points out of the hunt.

It was a game that produced a lot of scoring on both ends of the ice.

Nashville opened the scoring just 42 seconds into the contest, when Mattias Ekholm drilled a slap shot from the point that beat Mackenzie Blackwood in net for the Devils, and the Predators were off to a quick start, 1-0.

Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-5 in over-time.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-5 in over-time. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators get big road win over the Washington Capitals 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsWashington, D.C – The Nashville Predators got a much needed win tonight against the Washington Capitals, 5-4.  It’s been four years since the Capitals beat the Predators, and tonight’s win extended that streak.

Tonight was the first of back to back games, with a date in New Jersey tomorrow night against the Devils. 

Richard Panik put the Capitals on the scoreboard first, firing a shot “top shelf” against Juuse Saros for the early 1-0 lead at 9:28. 

Nashville's Mikael Granlund lines up a shot as the Predators defeat the Washington Capitals 5-4.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville’s Mikael Granlund lines up a shot as the Predators defeat the Washington Capitals 5-4. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsChicago, IL – The Nashville Predators got a breakthrough win tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2.  It was the first win for new head coach John Hynes.

The highlight of the night came in the final seconds of the game when Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne scored his first EVER goal from his own net. 

The Predators started strong against Chicago, dominating the first period and taking a 3-0 lead after the opening frame.  Goals from Viktor Arvidsson at 3:16, Colin Blackwell at 8:22, and Matt Duchene at 16:55 proved to be a dominating period.

Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the New York Islanders 8-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNew York, NY – The Nashville Predators sweep their back-to-back series tonight with a convincing win over the New York Islanders, 8-3.  Head coach Peter Laviolette juggled his lines tonight and may have found the magic his team has been missing so far this year.

Nashville played two nights of convincing hockey with wins over the Rangers, and tonight, the Islanders. Scoring was NOT the issue tonight.

Craig Smith got things started when he gave the Predators the 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the opening frame on a wrist shot that beat starting goaltender Thomas Greiss.  Greiss wouldn’t finish the game in net.

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Nashville Predators dismantle the New York Islanders 8-3 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators won a hard fought battle with their hated rivals, the San Jose Sharks, at Bridgestone Arena, 3-1.  The game was peppered with multiple penalties on both teams, and an epic performance in goal from Juuse Saros for the Predators.

These two teams absolutely don’t like each other and it showed tonight.  Nashville’s Austin Watson and San Jose’s Evander Kane both received game misconduct penalties for altercations during the second period.

Nashville was called for 39 minutes of penalty time while San Jose spent 33 minutes in the penalty box.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros blocks a shot against the San Jose Sharks as Nashville wins it, 3-1.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros blocks a shot against the San Jose Sharks as Nashville wins it, 3-1.  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators put on an offensive performance tonight against the New Jersey Devils, outgunning the visitors, 6-4.  Former Predators P.K Subban and Wayne Simmons made their return to Bridgestone Arena, only to face the wrath of their former teammates in quite a shootout.

Nashville jumped on the Devils early with two quick goals to grab the early advantage.

Daniel Carr put the Predators on the board just 46 seconds into the game, when he deflected a shot from Dan Hamhuis, and netted his first goal of the season, and Nashville was quickly in front, 1-0.

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-4  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators win a wild one in over-time against the St. Louis Blues 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators got off to a hot start tonight against the St. Louis Blues, then hung on to win a thriller in over-time, 3-2.

Daniel Carr who has been tearing up the AHL this season, was brought up to the Predators to replace Viktor Arvidsson who was injured on Saturday night, and netted the game winner in a shoot-out for the win.

The Predators knew that the Blues would be gunning for them tonight after suffering a loss at home on Saturday night, and this game didn’t disappoint.

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Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 (Michael Strasinger)

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