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Rangers Top Preds at The Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers topped the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, 4-2, Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

"You definitely enjoy winning, and we haven't been doing that a lot," Kevin Hayes said after scoring the game-winning goal 12:46 into the second period that put the Rangers ahead by two. "Hopefully it's a springboard into a lot more."

While no game is perfect, the Rangers were satisfied with their play against a Nashville team that entered the game 4-0-1 in its last five games, especially early with two goals in the first period, with the first coming from Jesper Fast, who followed Hayes into Nashville's zone on a breakaway and buried home the loose puck after No. 13 was initially stopped.

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Preds Fall to Rangers in New York

Nashville's Five-Game Point Streak Ends with 4-2 Loss at Madison Square Garden

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Goals from Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg weren't enough for the Nashville Predators as they fell, 4-2, to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The result sees Nashville's five-game point streak come to a close, resulting in their third regulation loss of the season and only New York's second win.

The Predators had their chances on the afternoon, outshooting the Rangers 25-15, including a 13-5 advantage in the final 40 minutes, but Nashville was unable to convert on their chances when they had them.

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Infographic: Preds 2, Rangers 4

Predators Lead in Shot Counter, But Point Streak Ends as Rangers Triumph

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators lead the shot counter 25-15, but manage just two goals and fall to the New York Rangers, 4-2.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Rangers

Weber Could Return to the Lineup as Predators Visit Rangers in Afternoon Game

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will complete a two-game road trip with a daylight tilt against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (at 11:30 a.m. CT). 

The Predators (4-2-1) have points in five-straight games and could see the return of defenseman Yannick Weber. Weber, who joined his teammates for practice on Friday, was activated from Injured Reserve. Center Nick Bonino, who made an early exit from a game in Chicago on Oct. 14, was added to IR on Friday. 

The Rangers (1-5-2) are headed in the opposite direction of Nashville, losing their fifth consecutive game on Thursday, a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders.

With today's contest being a matinee matchup, the Predators did not hold a morning skate. Below is a projected lineup based on Friday's practice: 

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Game Day: Preds vs. Rangers

Nashville Looks for Points in Five Straight Today in New York City

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Rise and shine, Smashville.

The Predators are in New York City today to close out their two-game trip and meet the Rangers at Madison Square Garden for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop. Nashville is in search of its third consecutive win and also has a chance at points in six-straight games today, the most-recent victory coming in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

After starting the season 0-2, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette continues to see marked improvement in his club, something he and his team believed was only a matter of time.

[Click here to see the Predators projected lineup for today's game]

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Trending: Ovechkin gets overtime winner to defeat Wings

Tomas Tatar nets two goals in loss

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT - The Red Wings aren't playing poorly but they're not getting the results they want and need.

The Wings allowed a game-tying power-play goal with 1:01 left in the third and then an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal at 1:56 of overtime as they fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-3, Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

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Hjalmarsson Ready for 'Special Game' vs. Blackhawks

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played first 10 seasons of NHL career with Chicago

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - There are multiple interesting story lines surrounding Arizona's game vs. Chicago on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson playing against his former team for the first time is at the top of the list.

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Forsberg enjoying rare early scoring binge for Predators

Forward typically slow starter, has five goals in first seven games

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg has five goals in seven games. Typically a slow starter, the goals have come early and often for Forsberg, who said he hasn't changed his approach from past seasons.

"Basically it's been the same mindset every season," Forsberg said after practice at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Friday. He'll try to keep his hot play going when the Predators play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG, FS-TN, NHL.TV). "Just trying to do the same things. It's a fun game. You don't really know why things work, but you just have to stick with it."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 20

Preds Skate at Unique Chelsea Piers; Effort Equaling Results for Nashville; Weber off IR, Bonino to IR

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

More than one correct answer can be offered up when trying to pinpoint the predominant reason for the Predators' excellent play over their past five contests.

They've picked up nine of a possible 10 points, but even outside of that, the improvement throughout the lineup has been apparent to even the casual observer. With a chance to go two-for-two on their current road trip with a victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, the Preds' increased comfort in their on-ice system and renewed focus within it appear to have them poised for long-term success.

Following Friday's practice, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said he doesn't change the overall theme of how he wants his team to play from season to season, but that it took a couple of games for the Preds to realize their role within it.

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Game Preview: Pens-Panthers

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Penguins are in Florida to play the Panthers in the first game of a back-to-back.

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