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Nieto Delivers Against Former Team

Colorado's win streak is now at eight games after Matt Nieto registered two points against San Jose

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When the Colorado Avalanche needs a defensive stop, the team turns to its checking line of Blake Comeau, Matt Nieto and Carl Soderberg. Anything else the squad gets from its gritty trio is a nice bonus.

The Avs' third line delivered on defense and offense on Thursday as it connected for two goals against the San Jose Sharks in a 5-3 win. Nieto's tally with 3:14 remaining to stretch the team's lead to two might have been the biggest of the night as San Jose was pushing hard to try and tie the outing late in regulation.

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Unmasked

AHL shuttle helping some young NHL goalies

Saros, Korpisalo among those benefiting from minor league assignments

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Juuse Saros didn't have to worry about rust when the Nashville Predators came off a five-day break because he had spent that time playing with Milwaukee in the American Hockey League.

That extra work, while most of his teammates were enjoying mini vacations, paid off when a sharp Saros, 22, made 43 saves in a 1-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game back for the Predators on Tuesday.

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Ellis Shines as Preds Top Coyotes in Shootout

Nashville Defenseman Records Goal, Assist as Predators Win Fourth Straight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: ARI 2, NSH 3 - F/SO

Ellis, Smith lead Predators to SO win against Coyotes

Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the 3rd period and Craig Smith scored the decisive shootout goal as the Predators beat the Coyotes, 3-2

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Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators defeated the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's fourth consecutive victory and gives them 60 points on the season, good enough to retake first place in the Central Division.

It looked as though the last-place team in the League might collect their second win of the season in as many tries over the Preds, but Ellis's late heroics, coupled with goals from Kyle Turris and Craig Smith in the shootout ensured the home team could collect two more points in the standings.

"I really thought it was a good team effort, a good group effort," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought our guys stuck with it, even when we got behind. They caught a break where they were able to slash through there and get in and were able to capitalize, but still we stuck with it. I have to give our guys a lot of credit."

"It was a good character win," Captain Roman Josi said. "We found a way, and that's all that matters."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Ryan Ellis Notches First Home Goal Since Return, Preds Take Extra Point in Shootout Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis records two points and Craig Smith ends it in the shootout as the Predators top the Coyotes, 3-2. 

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game preview

Stars at Blue Jackets preview

Jokinen to make Columbus debut; Dallas tries for third straight victory

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (26-17-3) at BLUE JACKETS (25-18-3)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-SW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Forward Jussi Jokinen will make his debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets when they host the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Predators Shake Up Forward Lines as They Seek Fourth Consecutive Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators reach the midpoint of their five-game home stand when they host the Arizona Coyotes (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (26-11-6) has won three in a row, including a 1-0 shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights. After taking a high hit during Tuesday's win, Ryan Johansen left the game in the second period but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Filip Forsberg (Injured Reserve; upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (IR; lower-body) were absent from the group session.

Arizona (10-28-8) picked up one of their 10 wins on the season earlier this month when they beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season. Nashville has won six consecutive home games against Arizona.

The Preds held an optional morning on Thursday, below is a projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Extend Win Streak to Four Games with Arizona in Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators will try for their fourth-straight victory as their home stand continues tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season - Nashville fell to the Coyotes in Arizona earlier this month.

There was a welcomed sight at Wednesday's practice at Bridgestone Arena as Preds centerman Ryan Johansen - who exited Tuesday's game after taking a high hit - joined his teammates on the ice and participated in the session. The hope is Johansen would play tonight as the Predators are already without top forwards Filip Forsberg (upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body), who are both on Injured Reserve.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Coyotes]

[Read More: Saros Gaining Confidence, Wins]

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Saros Gaining Confidence, Shutting Out Opponents in Preds Net

Nashville Netminder Has Three Shutouts in Last Five Starts

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There was a high degree of conviction within the Nashville Predators organization that the 0-3-0 record Juuse Saros possessed to begin the 2017-18 season was an anomaly.

Bad bounces, poor play in front of him - whatever the case, they were certain the 22-year-old goaltender, who had the role of backup to Pekka Rinne all to himself, had more to give.

Did he ever.

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Saros Stops 43, Preds Shut Out Golden Knights

Nashville Netminder Posts Third Shutout in Five Starts; Preds Collect First Win Over Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: VGK 0, NSH 1

Saros, Fiala lead Predators past Knights, 1-0

Kevin Fiala scored in the 3rd period to back Juuse Saros' 43 saves as the Predators shut out the Golden Knights on home ice, 1-0

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Juuse Saros stopped all 43 shots he faced and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a 1-0 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's third consecutive win overall and their first victory in franchise history against the expansion club from Vegas.

Nashville's lone goal on the night came from Kevin Fiala exactly eight minutes into the third period, as Saros put forth quite possibly his best NHL effort to date to registers his fifth win of the season and third shutout in his last five starts.

"[Saros] was unbelievable tonight," Predators forward Austin Watson said. "We had some penalty kills there at the end of the second period that really could have changed the game in the wrong direction for us, and we were really able to shut the door with him backstopping it. It was a really good two points."

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Infographic: Preds 1, Golden Knights 0

Juuse Saros Records Third Shutout in Five Starts as Predators Blank Golden Knights

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Kevin Fiala scores the lone goal in a battle of the West's top teams as the Predators blank the Golden Knights, 1-0.

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