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Laine's hat trick helps Jets double up Canucks to open road trip

Laine, Little, Connor combine for nine points

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Paul Maurice said the road can help a team get into a rhythm.

The Winnipeg Jets (12-5-2) took those words to heart and opened the four-game trip with a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Patrik Laine notched his second hat trick of the season, while his line with Bryan Little and Kyle Connor combined for nine points in a win that saw the Jets outshoot the Canucks 49-25.

The goals were nice for Laine, but the fact two of them came at even strength meant just a little bit more.

"If you stay patient and work hard, you're going to get rewarded. I got rewarded tonight," said Laine, who now is tied with Mark Scheifele for the team lead in goals with 11. "Being patient, that's the key. From now on if I don't score in the next 20 five-on-five, I'm not going to lose it all. I'm just going to stay patient and keep working hard."

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Laine scores hat trick in Jets win against Canucks

Winnipeg has 49 shots on goal, sends Vancouver to sixth straight loss

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Patrik Laine scored three goals for the Winnipeg Jets in a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

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Aho driven by wins, not personal numbers for Hurricanes

Carolina's leading scorer showing he can be future captain through leadership, impact on ice

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho wasn't satisfied.

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Preds Prevail Over Lightning in Clash Between League's Best

Rinne Ties Kiprusoff for Most Wins by Finnish-Born Goaltender as Nashville Sweeps Season Series with Tampa Bay

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

In arguably their toughest test through 20 games this season, the Preds placed in their top percentile.

Ryan Johansen posted a goal and an assist, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 3-2 final on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result is Nashville's second consecutive victory overall, and it gives them a season sweep over the team with the second-best record in the League.

It was also career victory No. 319 for Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne, a mark that tied him with Miikka Kiprusoff for the most wins by a Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history.

Overall, not bad for a Monday.

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Projected Lineup: Lightning vs. Predators

No. 1 in the NHL Meets No. 2 as Nashville Hosts Tampa Bay to Conclude Season Series

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The No. 1 team in the NHL hosts No. 2 on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators (14-5-1) sit atop the NHL standings based on their higher ROW (regulation/overtime wins) compared to the Lightning (14-5-1).

Nashville won their first game of a three-game homestand, 5-3 over the Los Angeles Kings, to snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). They also topped the Lightning, 4-1 in Tampa Bay, during the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 1.

The Lightning lost a 5-1 lead in the third period in Philadelphia on Saturday but won in overtime. The Bolts are without starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (IR). 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Monday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

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Facts and Figures: Rantanen riding high for Avalanche

Forward first in NHL to reach 30 points this season

by @NHLdotcom /

Rantanen's OT winner

COL@ANA: Rantanen wires home PPG for OT winner

Mikko Rantanen tees up a pass from Nathan MacKinnon and blasts it past Ryan Miller for the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in overtime

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Mikko Rantanen is on a Rocky Mountain high for the Colorado Avalanche.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Rantanen First to 30 in 20

Mikko Rantanen's leads NHL with 32 points after a goal and two assists in Anaheim

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Even before his overtime goal, Mikko Rantanen joined some elite company in Colorado Avalanche lore.

Rantanen had points in each of the team's final three tallies, with his one-timer with 1.3 seconds left in the extra period completing the Avs' 4-3 comeback victory at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

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MTL@VAN: Five things you need to know

Carey Price gets the nod in his native British Columbia as the Canadiens battle the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday's game against the Canucks.

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Projected Lineup: Kings vs. Predators

Predators Start Stretch of Eight of Nine Games at Home, Three-Game Homestand

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return from a five-game trip to begin a stretch of eight of nine games at home into December. 

The Preds (13-5-1) went more than a month without losing two games in a row, but have currently dropped their last three (0-2-1). Nashville will be without Viktor Arvidsson (Injured Reserve; 6-8 week recovery) and P.K. Subban (IR) tonight. They did get Dan Hamhuis, Calle Jarnkrok and Austin Watson back on the ice for Thursday's 2-1 loss in Arizona. 

Los Angeles (6-11-1) won last night in Chicago, prior to traveling to Nashville. The Kings are 2-3-0 in their last five under interm head coach Willie Desjardins. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds Official Podcast: Power Plays, Adversity and Thanksgiving

Podcast Talks to Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty, Debates Who Can Replace Arvidsson, Subban

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

After losing Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban to injury, the Predators are challenged with staying in the upper echelon of the NHL and getting their power play on track. Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty joins the show to talk Eeli Tolvanen, scouting and what's next for the team. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten share their Thanksgiving side dish power rankings. 

Highlights Include: 

  • Preds finish five-game trip at 2-2-1
  • Who should take Arvidsson's spot on the first line?
  • Will the power play get back on track soon?
  • Interview with Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty
  • Ranking Thanksgiving side dishes
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Giveaway opportunity of autographed USA Hockey hats; listen to see how to enter!

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