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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 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 continue their slide losing to the Dallas Stars 2-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators have some good news and bad news tonight. 

First the good news;

Viktor Arvidsson and P.K Subban returned to the line-up as Nashville hosted the Dallas Stars.  

The bad news;

The Predators lost 2-0.

The Predators were hoping to regain their “mojo” after the Christmas break, coming off of a disastrous road trip where they only picked up one point in four games, but as hard as they played, they couldn’t get the puck in the net.

Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (89) hits /Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (89) hits /Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Dallas Stars with overtime thriller 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators just wouldn’t quit against the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon, capping off a roaring comeback victory, 5-4. 

Mattias Ekholm closed the sale with his overtime winner at 2:27 of the extra frame.

The Predators improve to an 8-0-0 road record for the year, which is the third longest win record to the start of an NHL season since the 2006-2007 season when the Buffalo Sabres won their first 10 games away from home. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) is greeted by center Ryan Johansen (92) after their win over the Dallas Stars during overtime at American Airlines Center. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators win overtime thriller over New Jersey Devils 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators came storming back against the New Jersey Devils to win an overtime thriller, 4-3.  Playing on the road, the Predators were hoping to bounce back from their disappointing home loss to the San Jose Sharks over the weekend.

Playing from behind most of the night, the Devils scored first at 2:58 of the first period when Damon Severson scored on a wicked slap shot that beat Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros, 1-0.  Saros is still in goal while Pekka Rinne recovers from an undisclosed injury.

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) defends against New Jersey Devils center John Quenneville (47) during the second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) defends against New Jersey Devils center John Quenneville (47) during the second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Winnipeg Jets 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will have to go back to Winnipeg and win a road game to stay alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after being schooled at home by the Jets tonight, 6-2.

While the hockey “experts” continue to second guess head coach Peter Laviolette’s strategy for game five tonight, Winnipeg put on a clinic on how to attack the net and keep the pressure on Predators’ goalie, Pekka RInne.  Rinne was pulled in the third period.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Paul Stastny scored at 7:44 of the second period after a Patrik Laine shot was blocked by Rinne but the rebound fell at the feet of Stastny who scored, giving the Jets the early 1-0 lead. 

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators drop 2nd game in a row with loss to the Minnesota Wild 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators fell 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild, their second straight loss.  The Predators had not lost two in a row since February.

This is the first game of a back-to-back, as they travel to Winnipeg for a matchup with the Jets tomorrow night.  The Jets have won their last four games and are in search of 100 points. 

Nashville got off to a good start as Ryan Johansen put the Preds on the board first, scoring at 8:37 of the first period.  He fired a blast from the left circle, then took the rebound off of goalie Devan Dubnyk for the 1-0 lead.  Johansen was assisted by P K Subban and Filip Forsberg.

Mar 24, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save in the second period against Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 24, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save in the second period against Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) at Xcel Energy Center.  Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators’ comeback falls short to Calgary Flames 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators have been living on the edge of late and tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames was no exception. 

After taking a 2-1 lead, Nashville found itself trailing 4-3 in the third period, but was unable to draw even as time ran out, losing a rare home contest to the Flames. 

The loss ended Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s point streak at 10-0-1.

Ryan Johansen started the scoring for the Predators at 13:45 of the first period tapping in a rebound for the 1-0 lead. 

Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin (25) checks Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) in front of the Nashville Predators net during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin (25) checks Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) in front of the Nashville Predators net during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators Lose To Winnipeg Jets To End Winning Streak 6-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators saw their three game win streak come to a screeching halt at the hands of the fast and furious Winnipeg Jets, 6-4.

Nashville had their backs against the wall from the drop of the puck, but managed to keep pace, taking the lead 2-1 after the first period. 

Winnipeg scored first as Adam Lowry scored at 8:05 of the first period. Calle Jarnkrok tied the game for the Predators at the 19:19 mark of the first.  

Kevin Fiala brought the Bridgestone Arena crowd to a fever pitch though with a wrister, just 21 seconds after the Jarnkrok goal, and Nashville would go to the first intermission with the lead.

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) skates the puck into the offensive zone as he is defended by Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) skates the puck into the offensive zone as he is defended by Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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