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Projected Lineup: Predators at Wild

Rem Pitlick to Make NHL Debut; Salomaki, Watson Assigned to Milwaukee

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators can clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win over the Minnesota Wild tonight (at 7 p.m. CT on NBCSN). 

The Preds (42-28-6) had an opportunity to tie Winnipeg atop the Central Division standings on Saturday, but instead fell to the Jets, 5-0. Nashville held a full practice on Sunday in Minnesota, with Roman Josi receiving a maintenance day. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve) filled in for Josi and appears to be nearing a return. 

Earlier today, the Predators announced Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson have been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

Minnesota (35-32-9) sits just outside the second Wild Card in the West with 79 points. Earlier in the month, the Wild dropped both games against the Predators in shootouts. 

Update: Preds forward Rem Pitlick addressed the media following the morning skate and said he will make his NHL debut tonight in his home state of Minnesota. 

Video: Rem Pitlick is set to make his NHL debut

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Monday. Below is Preds projected lineup based on Sunday's practice:

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Preds Assign Salomaki, Watson to Milwaukee on Long-Term Injury Loan

Predators Take on Minnesota Tonight with Six Games Remaining in Regular Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (March 25, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has assigned forwards Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

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Mikko Rantanen Injury Update

Avalanche forward missed his first game of the season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar said following the team's 4-2 victory on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rantanen did not play in Saturday's contest against the Blackhawks and also won't dress in the rematch on Sunday in Chicago. Saturday's outing was the first game he's missed this season.

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You're a beauty, Tomas!

Tomas Tatar has played just 72 of his 499 career NHL games in a Canadiens uniform, but he's already a beloved player in Montreal

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - It didn't take Tomas Tatar long to become a fan favorite in Montreal.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Jets

Central Division Lead on the Line as Predators, Jets Complete Season Series

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Very few of their remaining games, if any, will mean more to the Predators and Jets than when Nashville visits Winnipeg tonight with the Central Division lead on the line (at 6 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (42-27-6) fell in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, but maintained their longest point streak in nearly two months as their total rose to four games in a row. Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette elected to shake up his forward lines in the contest, promoting Kyle Turris to the second line, while joining Wayne Simmonds with Brian Boyle together and reuniting Colton Sissons with Nick Bonino (amongst other moves). The new forward lines helped the Predators score in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. 

Winnipeg (44-26-4) holds a two-point edge over Nashville for first in the Central and has played one fewer game. The Jets fell to the Predators on Oct. 11, but bounced back to beat them on Jan. 17 and March 1. Tonight's contest will conclude the clubs' regular-season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bell MTS Place and were joined by Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve), Rem Pitlick, Zac Rinaldo (IR) and Miikka Salomaki (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds Official Podcast: Granlund Tells Story of Trade, Birth of First Son

Podcast Interviews Mikael Granlund, Rem Pitlick and Talks Upcoming Playoffs

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

No one can help themselves from talking playoff berths and seeding with the Stanley Cup Playoffs less than three weeks away. Mikael Granlund joins the show to talk about welcoming his son into the world in the midst of being traded, and chats about his dog and love for soccer. Rem Pitlick shares why he turned pro and signed a contract with the Predators. Plus, more playoff chatter as the Preds close in on locking up their spot in the dance.

Highlights Include: 

  • Preds turn in strong week vs. Sharks, Leafs, Penguins
  • Austin Watson returns; what's next?
  • Interview with Preds forward Mikael Granlund
  • Interview with newly signed Rem Pitlick
  • A look at playoff seeding
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Giveaway opportunity of a Preds tickets for April 4 vs. Canucks; listen to see how to enter!

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NYI@MTL: Vengeance on ice

Buoyed by a momentum-shifting penalty kill and some love from the home crowd, the Canadiens exacted their revenge over the Islanders in convincing fashion on Thursday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - It may have seemed close at first glance, but the Canadiens built off some key contributions at opportune moments to run away with the game on Thursday at the Bell Centre.

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Preds Fall to Penguins in Shootout, Still Gain Important Point

Ryan Ellis Ties Game Late, Nashville Keeps Pace in Division Race

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall to Penguins in SO

NSH Recap: Ellis scores late, Preds fall in shootout

Ryan Ellis scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game and force overtime, but the Predators fell to the Penguins in a shootout, 2-1

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Ryan Ellis tied the game late in regulation, but the Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout by a 2-1 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The result snaps Nashville's three-game winning streak, but it does give them points in four straight and 90 on the season overall to keep pace in the Central Division.

It took the Predators exactly 56 minutes and 59 seconds to find the back of the net, and although the game ultimately fell out of Nashville's favor, the home team wasn't viewing the result as a setback in their improved play as of late.

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Projected Lineup: Penguins vs. Predators

Austin Watson, Dan Hamhuis (IR) Join Predators for Morning Skate

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Stanley Cup Final rematch will always be mentioned when the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins face off. The 2017 finalists meet tonight in Nashville (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Predators (42-27-5) have compiled three-straight wins for the first time in nearly two months, including a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Kyle Turris returned to the lineup on Tuesday and centered the fourth line after being scratched for the two previous contests. Austin Watson joined Nashville for their optional practice on Wednesday. 

The Penguins (39-24-11) are 0-1-2 in their last three games and fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout on Tuesday. Pittsburgh will host Nashville on March 29 to complete the teams' season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Thursday and were joined by Watson, Zac Rinaldo (Injured Reserve) and Dan Hamhuis (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Filppula out four weeks for Islanders

Center sidelined with upper-body injury

by @NHLdotcom

Valtteri Filppula is out four weeks for the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury.

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