Topic: Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg, 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, TN – Just when you think that the Nashville Predators were on a roll, they come home and get shut-out by the visiting Las Vegas Golden Knights, 3-0.
Coming off of back to back wins on the road, the anticipation was high for Nashville to put together a winning streak, but the Predators just couldn’t get the puck on net.
Nashville was held to just 19 shots on goal for the night, while Pekka Rinne was having a career night in net. Rinne kept his team in this one for most of the night, but just couldn’t do it alone.
Chicago, 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, TN – The Nashville Predators continue to struggle finding the back of the net, falling behind early, then chasing the game and unable to hold off the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1.
Winnipeg scored just 18 seconds into the game when Patrik Laine completed a classic “give and go” with Kyle Connor to put the Jets on the board, 1-0.
The Predators have been falling behind early in their last series of games and just haven’t been able to rally back for a win. The effort has been there, but the goal tending against them has been superior. Tonight it was Connor Hellebuyck for Winnipeg that held off the Predators.
Nashville, TN – The struggles of the Nashville Predators continued tonight as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks extracted a bit of revenge with a 7-2 beat down of the Predators.
Struggles in net for Nashville continue as Pekka Rinne yielded 4 goals by the second period and was pulled for Juuse Saros who didn’t fare much better, giving up three goals before the night was done.
Rinne had gotten off to an 8-0-2 start to the season but has had trouble stopping shots since the recent road trip. Saros hasn’t performed much better in what was expected to be a break-out season for him.
Buffalo, 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.
Clarksville, 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, 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.
Pittsburgh, PA – The Nashville Predators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins behind some stellar goaltending from Pekka Rinne tonight, 3-1.
The win avenges a loss to these Pens last week at Bridgestone Arena, as the Preds fell in a shootout.
Combined with a loss last night by the Winnipeg Jets, and a loss tonight by the St. Louis Blues, the Predators are still very much alive to win the central division of the Western Conference.
All facets of Nashville’s game were on point tonight, with exceptional defense and a power play goal by Viktor Arvidsson.
St. 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.
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