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Nashville Predators beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-2, win Central Division title

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have now won back to back central division titles with a season ending win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2.

With the title the Predators are the #1 seed headed to the Stanley Cup playoffs and will have home ice advantage.

The win tonight was another come from behind gem for Nashville as they found themselves down 2-0 after the first period.

Brendan Perlini scored with the one-timer just three minutes into the game.  Then Drake Caggiula scored at 10:07 into the opening frame and the Blackhawks had the early 2-0 lead.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defend a shot attempt from Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defend a shot attempt from Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win a thriller against the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, sit atop the central division

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – Things looked pretty bleak for the Nashville Predators tonight after the first intermission, trailing the lowly Vancouver Canucks, 2-0.  With Nashville in a real battle for the central division title of the Western Conference, and the St. Louis Blues bearing down on the Preds, this game had real significance. 

Not only does Nashville want to win their division, but they want home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and it all seemed to be slipping away in this game tonight.

First, Markus Granlund backhanded the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne after taking a perfect pass from Quinn Hughes and the Canucks led 1-0.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) as Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reacts during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) as Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reacts during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators lose their 6th game of their last 11 falling to Anaheim Ducks 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsAnaheim, CA – The Nashville Predators are limping to the finish line of the regular season, unable to find ways to win.  Tonight, they dug a two goal deficit, only fight back to lose 3-2.

As the Nashville coaching staff continues to try and find the line combinations that will “click” the Predators are still making too many turnovers and not capitalizing on their opportunities.

Ryan Getzlaf got the Ducks on the board first just 3:30 into the opening frame, taking a Josh Manson stretch pass and ripping a snap shot past Nashville goalie, Pekka Rinne and the Ducks would take the early lead, 1-0.

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) moves in on goal against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson (32) and goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) moves in on goal against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson (32) and goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators down the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in shootout

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Paul, MN – The Nashville Predators clawed their way back from a 2-1 deficit against the Minnesota Wild tonight to win the game, 3-2 in a shootout.

The two points Nashville picked up keeps them in touch with the Central Division leading Winnipeg Jets who beat Columbus 5-2 today.

Nashville faced several ex-Predators tonight with Kevin Fiala facing his former team, along with Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Suter and Pontus Aberg.  

The Predators brought former Minnesota sharp-shooter Mikael Granlund with them to face his former team as well. 

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) shoots the puck against Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) shoots the puck against Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators win shoot-out thriller against the Edmonton Oilers 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators pulled out the win in overtime tonight against the visiting Edmonton Oilers, 3-2.  The game went to a shoot-out where new acquired Brian Boyle scored the game winner to earn the Predators the valuable extra point.

In front of country superstar Garth Brooks and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and a fired up Smashville crowd, the Predators did what they had to do and that was fight to the end.  

On a day that saw Nashville trade away Kevin Fiala and Ryan Hartman, for the services of Wayne Simmons and Mikael Granlund, the Predators are now set for a Stanley Cup playoff run.

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) loses control of the puck after being checked by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Matt Benning (83) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) loses control of the puck after being checked by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Matt Benning (83) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators hit the jackpot with win over Las Vegas Golden Knights 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsLas Vegas, NV – The Nashville Predators rolled into Las Vegas tonight and defeated the Golden Knights, 2-1. Getting the two points was just what the doctor ordered before the NHL takes it’s annual All-Star break this weekend. 

Vegas got on the board first at 8:03 of the first period when Max Pacioretty took a pass from Alex Tuch and buried the puck past Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros for the 1-0 lead.

The teams remained tied after the first period of play with Vegas outshooting the Predators 18-13, but Saros stood tall in net to keep the Predators close.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a second period shot by Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a second period shot by Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette notches 600th

 

Nashville PredatorsDenver, CO– The Nashville Predators broke through with a much needed win today in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado, shutting down the Avalanche, 4-1.

Coming off of back to back losses, the Predators stood tall behind the unbelievable play of their Vicenza Trophy winning goalie, Pekka Rinne.

Rinne absolutely shut the Avalanche down in the first period and had it not been for his stellar play, Nashville could have easily been down 5-0.

Head coach Peter Laviolette had commented that he saw a lot of good things in his team over the last couple of games, but they needed to come better prepared to start the first period.  Nashville fell behind early in the last two games and couldn’t recover.

Jan 21, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) attempts on Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) attempts on Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) in the second period at the Pepsi Center.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators fall to the Florida Panthers 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped their second game in a row at home to the Florida Panthers tonight, 4-2.

The Predators had fought back from a three goal deficit to draw to within a goal, but Jared McCann closed the door with his tip-in at 11:38 of the final frame.

Aaron Ekblad started the scoring at 4:05 of the first period, burying the one timer on the power play to beat Juuse Saros in goal for the 1-0 lead.  Ekblad has now scored the most goals by a defenseman in Panthers history.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates the puck into the offensive zone during the first period against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates the puck into the offensive zone during the first period against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Arvidsson hat-trick leads Nashville Predators over the Washington Capitals 7-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 7-2, behind Viktor Arvidssons hat-trick. 

Arvidsson has now scored nine goals in nine games for the Predators and shows no sign of wear and tear after returning from a broken thumb. 

Washington was completing a “back-to-back” series tonight in Nashville, having lost in St. Louis last night to the Blues.  The Capitals started their back up in goal, Pheonix Copley, and he got a very rude welcome to the music city. 

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-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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