NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pekka Rinne stopped all 23 shots in earning his third shutout of the month, and Vernon Fiddler scored the lone goal as the Nashville Predators beat the New York Islanders 1-0 Saturday night.
The Islanders lost their ninth straight game (0-8-1) and dropped both ends of a two-game road trip on consecutive nights, scoring only one goal. New York was beaten 4-1 at Minnesota on Friday, allowing three goals in the third period.
New York's only point in its skid came in an overtime loss to Washington at home on Tuesday.
Rinne has posted all three of his shutouts this season in December, and the Predators have earned five blankings in 12 games.
It was the second straight game that Fiddler scored the only goal for the Predators. He gave Nashville the lead in the first period on a breakaway. Martin Erat, skating down the left side, hit Fiddler with a pass as he skated through the inside of the right circle. Fiddler fired a one-timer to beat Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald to his glove side.
Notes: Predators C Jason Arnott became the 232rd NHL player to appear in 1,000 games. ... The Islanders haven't won at Nashville since a 5-2 victory on April 11, 2002. ... The Predators are 9-0 when leading after the first period and 13-3-1 when scoring first. ... The Islanders are 5-7 in back-to-back games this season.