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Back-to-Back for Bushwacker: The Inside Story of the Preds' Bull Head

Laviolette Reveals How Challenge, Sporting of Bull Head Came to Be; Preds Appreciate Coach Keeping His Word

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Peter Laviolette admitted he didn't want to do it.

But, by the time he stepped behind the bench in Edmonton on Saturday night, it was already halfway to fruition. Buried deep in the visitors' locker room at Rogers Place, a mask in the shape of a bull's head was packed away, waiting for stardom.

And when Captain Roman Josi sailed a puck into an empty net to give the Predators their second victory in as many nights in the province of Alberta, upholding their end of the challenge, Laviolette's players began calling for Bushwacker.

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Photo Blog: Wild joins fans at 2018 Strike It Wild

Minnesota players traded in their skates for bowling shoes at the club's fifth annual bowling event

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

On Sunday, Wild players joined fans for an afternoon of bowling at the fifth annual Strike It Wild presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Proceeds from the day will go to the DinoMights youth hockey organization and the Minnesota Wild Foundation.

The yearly event gives fans an opportunity to hang out with the players, snap pictures and enjoy a game of bowling at Treasure Island's Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch.

Scroll through for some photos from this year's Strike It Wild.

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No Bull: Preds Shut Out Oilers, Sweep Alberta Back-to-Back

Subban Records First Shorthanded Goal, Saros Stops All 31 Shots in Edmonton

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 3, EDM 0

Saros, Predators shut out Oilers, 3-0

P.K. Subban scored his first career shorthanded goal and Juuse Saros made 31 saves in the Predators' 3-0 victory against the Oilers

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They swept Alberta - no bull.

P.K. Subban potted a shorthanded goal and Juuse Saros stopped all 31 shots he faced, as the Nashville Predators shut out the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

The result give the Preds a sweep of Alberta, Canada, during their first back-to-back set of games this season, including a win over the Flames in Calgary on Friday. It's Nashville's fifth consecutive victory overall, as well as their 13th-straight triumph against the Oilers.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Oilers

Predators Switch Up Goaltending Duo, Seek Fifth Consecutive Victory

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis /

The Predators and Oilers meet for the first of three times this season, when Nashville completes the second half of a back-to-back in Edmonton.

The Preds (6-1-0) recalled goaltender Miroslav Svoboda from the ECHL in advance of tonight's game after Pekka Rinne exited Friday's 5-3 win in Calgary early in the third period. Rinne has been placed on Injured Reserve. Edmonton (3-2-0) has won three straight following an 0-2-0 start to the 2018-19 season. 

Nashville has won 12 consecutive games against Edmonton, its longest active winning streak against an opponent. Nashville's streak began with a 4-1 win over Edmonton on Oct. 29, 2014. During the streak, the Preds have outscored the Oilers 37-15 and limited them to two-or-fewer goals 11 times, including four shutouts.

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Friday's game:

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Preds Official Podcast: Filip Forsberg, Goalies and a Fast Start

Podcast Interviews Filip Forsberg; Looks at the Future of the Predators' Goaltending Tandem

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Predators winger Filip Forsberg joins the POP to talk video games, Harry Potter and his crazy story of being traded to Nashville. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis pick their defining moments of the Predators' strong start to the season and evaluate the club's goaltending tandem. 

Highlights Include: 

  • What's been the defining moment of the season so far?
  • What gets Kevin Fiala back on track?
  • Interview with Filip Forsberg
  • Preds TV Analyst Chris Mason joins the show to discuss the Preds goaltending duo
  • Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne, what's next?
  • Giveaway opportunity of an autographed Preds mini helmet; listen to see how to enter!

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Preds Top Flames to Win Fourth Straight

Rinaldo Tallies Winner, Fiala Pots First of Season, Saros Perfect in Relief

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 5, CGY 3

Johansen, Smith propel Predators to 5-3 road victory

Ryan Johansen, Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala, Zac Rinaldo and Filip Forsberg each scored for the Predators in a 5-3 win against the Flames

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Zac Rinaldo tallied the game-winner and Juuse Saros was perfect in relief as the Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames by a 5-3 final on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's Nashville's fourth-consecutive victory, giving them a bit of revenge after being shut out by the Flames last week.

The two clubs went back and forth all night, but Calgary never had the lead, and the Preds kept finding ways to outlast their opponents throughout.

"That's just hockey," Rinaldo said. "That's the way it goes sometimes, and the teams that are going to come out on top of those games are the teams that stick with the game plan and are patient in their system."

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Flames

Preds Begin First Back-to-Back Set of Games This Season; Seek Revenge vs. Calgary

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators will play two games in two nights for the first time this season. They face the Calgary Flames tonight, before taking on the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow; Nashville has nine total back-to-backs on their 2018-19 schedule.

Nashville (5-1-0) has won three in a row, with their only loss of the season coming at the hands of the Flames on Oct. 9. Calgary (4-2-0) topped the Boston Bruins, 5-2, on Thursday. 

The Preds held a full morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Landeskog Leads Avs With Hat Trick In New Jersey

It was the third career hat trick for the Avalanche captain

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

NEWARK, N.J.--Facing the New Jersey Devils, a stingy defensive team that had only allowed four goals entering Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche turned to its captain.

Gabriel Landeskog scored three goals and led the Avs to a 5-3 win over the Devils at Prudential Center. It was New Jersey's first loss of the season.

"When we were in a tough stretch and facing adversity, our captain steps up and leads the way," said defenseman Ian Cole. "That's why he's the captain, that's why he's our leader. Obviously, a lot of guys stepped up, but him especially."

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Preds Confident in Preparations as First Back-to-Back Set Arrives

Nashville Relies on Goaltending, Preparedness to Get Them Through Two Games in Two Nights

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians walk into their place of business on a Monday morning, only to turn right back around and do it again on Tuesday - and then three additional times (at least) after that.

In the traditional sense, the back-to-back workday is commonplace. The difference between what the average commuter encounters and what the Nashville Predators will endure over the next 48 hours has to do with energy exertion - and lots of it.

On Friday night in Calgary, the Preds will take to the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, participate in a game for upward of three hours and then head straight to the airport. From there, it's a quick flight to Edmonton, followed by another bus ride to the team hotel, and if all goes well, they'll be all checked in by 2 a.m. MT.

And approximately 18 hours after their arrival, the Oilers will be waiting on the other side of the ice. But the Preds aren't looking for your sympathy.

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Morning Skate Report: Andrighetto To Make Season Debut

The forward missed the first six games of the campaign with a leg injury

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

NEWARK, N.J.--Sven Andrighetto will make his season debut tonight when the Colorado Avalanche takes on the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

"Very excited, I mean it's been a while for me to suit up," Andrighetto said after morning skate. "Just watching the games from the stands, it was hurting a little bit. Obviously, I want to be out there with the team and help them win games. Even more excited right now to be able to be a part of it."

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