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20th Season: The Road Through Milwaukee

Overwhelming Majority of Current Preds Players Have Spent Time in AHL with Milwaukee Admirals

by John Glennon @glennonsports / glennonsports@gmail.com

The 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Predators forward Kevin Fiala arrived in North America anticipating a quick ascension into the NHL ranks.

What he didn't necessarily bargain on was playing 110 of his first 116 North American games in Milwaukee, home to the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate.

It wasn't until this season that Fiala became rooted in the Predators' lineup, a top-six player who produced 13 points in his first 20 games.

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Saros, Arvidsson Lead Preds to Back-to-Back Wins

Nashville Snaps Seven-Game Winless Streak Versus Detroit, Collect Two Wins in Two Nights

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Recap: NSH 3, DET 2

Arvidsson, Josi key Preds' 3-2 win against Red Wings

Viktor Arvidsson scored the game-winning goal and Roman Josi added two assists as the Predators edged the Red Wings, 3-2

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Juuse Saros made 34 saves and the Nashville Predators earned their second win in as many nights with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The result gives Nashville points 80 and 81 on the season, keeping them in first place in the Central Division and giving the Preds a 5-1-1 record in each half of their back-to-back segments this season.

"I liked the first, I don't think we were very good in the second and I thought we did what we needed to do in the third period in order to win," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of the effort.

Nashville's start couldn't have been much better and on their ninth shot of the period, Roman Josi flicked the puck toward the Wings' cage where it banked off the skates of Scott Hartnell and gently bounced into the far side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

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Saros, Arvidsson help Predators edge Red Wings

Goalie makes 34 saves, forward scores winner early in third for Nashville

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Juuse Saros made 34 saves to help the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

"This is a huge win for us, especially on the second night of a back-to-back," Saros said. "I knew I had to do enough for us to win this game."

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Red Wings

Preds Conclude Seventh of 11 Sets of Back-to-Back Games by Visiting Detroit

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

After challenging them just three days ago, the Nashville Predators will face the Detroit Red Wings again as the two teams complete their season series (at 6:30 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (35-14-9) ended a two-game losing skid and opened their seventh set of back-to-back games with a victory when they powered past the Ottawa Senators, 5-2, on home ice on Monday. The Preds will now play the Red Wings to complete two games in two nights; Detroit claimed a 3-1 win in Nashville on Saturday. 

The Red Wings (24-25-9) dropped the game bookended by their two versus the Predators, falling 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday after playing the night before. Below is a projected lineup based on Monday's game: 

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How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Red Wings

Nashville Concludes Back-to-Back Set in Detroit Searching for Consecutive Wins

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Three days after suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Red Wings, the Nashville Predators get their chance at revenge as the two meet once again, this time in Detroit in their first visit to the brand-new Little Caesars Arena. Tonight's contest is the second and final of the season between the Preds and Wings; Nashville has not beaten Detroit in the last seven tries.

The Predators will also finish the second half of a back-to-back set tonight; they started things off with a 5-2 win over Ottawa on Monday night, their first victory in three tries.

[Photos: Preds First-Ever Visit to Little Caesars Arena]

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup at Red Wings]

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Arvidsson Tallies Twice, Preds Smash Senators

Viktor Arvidsson Reaches the 20-Goal Mark in 5-2 Nashville Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: OTT 2, NSH 5

Arvidsson scores twice as Predators down Sens, 5-2

Viktor Arvidsson lit the lamp twice, and Pekka Rinne turned aside 36 of 38 shots as the Predators defeated the Senators in Nashville, 5-2

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Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 5-2 final on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result ends Nashville's two-game losing streak, marking the 13th time this season they've scored at least five goals in one contest.

Ottawa hung around for portions of the game, but Nashville was always one step ahead, and after Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said his team "simply needed to find the back of the net," the group responded loud and clear.

"We took a step in the right direction," Laviolette said. "I thought last game (a 3-1 loss), Detroit played really hard and therefore it's difficult to dictate the entire game. I'll say the same thing tonight. I thought Ottawa played an aggressive game. They're fast off the attack, you have to be sure of what you're doing defensively, but for the most part, I thought our guys were pretty competitive and pretty fast. We were on our toes tonight."

"I think we played great," Arvidsson said. "I think we played an attack-mentality hockey. Our D was up in the play and we shot the puck a lot. [I] felt like it was a great 60 minutes."

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Infographic: Preds 5, Senators 2

Viktor Arvidsson Connects for Two Goals as Predators Rock Senators to Conclude Home Stand

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Viktor Arvidsson scores twice and the Predators' power-play gets two goals as Nashville tops Ottawa, 5-2. 

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3 Stars of the Week

Hischier leads 3 Stars of the Week

Devils center, Coyotes goalie Raanta, Jets forward Scheifele earn honors

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

Hischier earns first star of week

Hischier, Raanta, Scheifele named 3 Stars of the Week

Devils’ Nico Hischier, Coyotes’ Antti Raanta and Jets' Mark Scheifele are named the NHL's 3 Stars of the Week ending Feb. 18th

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NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier , Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta  and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele  have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 18.

 

FIRST STAR - NICO HISCHIER, C, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
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Projected Lineup: Senators vs. Predators

Nashville Could Make Changes on Defense as They Conclude Season Series with Ottawa

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators begin their seventh set of 11 back-to-back games this season when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight (at 7 p.m.); Nashville will visit the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow. 

Nashville (34-14-9) has lost two-straight games in regulation for the first time since December. The Red Wings beat the Predators, 3-1, on Saturday evening at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators held a full morning skate on Monday and were joined by Mike Fisher, who continues to practice with the team as he prepares for his comeback to the NHL. 

The Senators (21-27-9) topped the Preds 4-3 in overtime on Feb. 8. Ottawa has won two in a row, including a 6-3 blasting of the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Below is Nashville's projected lineup based on Monday's morning skate:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Senators vs. Preds

Nashville Tries to End Home Stretch with Victory Over Ottawa

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After falling in regulation in consecutive games for the first time in almost two months, the Nashville Predators have a chance to end their home stand with a win tonight as the Ottawa Senators come to town. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; Nashville lost in overtime in Ottawa two weeks ago.

A 4-3 loss to Calgary on Thursday was followed up with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Detroit on Saturday night, but the Predators say there was marked improvement in their game from one night to the next. The hope is that a similar effort to the one that saw them post 32 shots on Saturday - and hit the post a number of times - will lead to two points tonight.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Senators]

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