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Preds Reassign Gaudreau to Milwaukee; Arvidsson Off IR

Viktor Arvidsson Activated Off Injured Reserve After Missing Two Games

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has reassigned forward Frederick Gaudreau to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals. Additionally, the club has activated forward Viktor Arvidsson off Injured Reserve.

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Projected Lineup: Panthers vs. Predators

Arvidsson (IR), Forsberg (IR) Join the Predators for Morning Skate, Ekholm Does Not

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Part four of the Nashville Predators five-game home stand arrives tonight when they host the Florida Panthers (at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville has been perfect during their extended stay at Bridgestone Arena to this point. The Preds tied the game in the third period and prevailed in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes in their most recent contest.

The Predators had a day off on Friday. Viktor Arvidsson (Injured Reserve; lower-body) and Filip Forsberg (IR; upper-body) have both missed the team's last two games (with Forsberg missing time since Dec. 30). Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday and were joined by Arvidsson and Forsberg. Mattias Ekholm was absent.

Florida returned from their bye week last night and posted a 4-3 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights at home. Goaltender James Reimer made 33 saves in the victory; Roberto Luongo remains on IR.

[Update: Arvidsson Activated from IR; Gaudreau Assigned to Milwaukee]

Below is a projected lineup based on the Predators morning skate:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Panthers vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Push Win Streak to Five Games

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The homestand continues, and the Nashville Predators hope the winning will too as they host the Florida Panthers tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

It's the first of two meetings this season between the clubs; the Preds have victories in four straight and are currently on a five-game point streak, even without the services of forwards Filip Forsberg (Injured Reserve), and more recently, Viktor Arvidsson (IR).

Even so, Nashville has still managed to outscore their opponents 12-9 over the past five outings while missing two of their top three scorers.

[Update: Arvidsson Activated from IR; Gaudreau Assigned to Milwaukee]

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Panthers]

[Read More: (Audio) Preds GM on Season's Second Half]

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Ellis Shines as Preds Top Coyotes in Shootout

Nashville Defenseman Records Goal, Assist as Predators Win Fourth Straight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: ARI 2, NSH 3 - F/SO

Ellis, Smith lead Predators to SO win against Coyotes

Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the 3rd period and Craig Smith scored the decisive shootout goal as the Predators beat the Coyotes, 3-2

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Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators defeated the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's fourth consecutive victory and gives them 60 points on the season, good enough to retake first place in the Central Division.

It looked as though the last-place team in the League might collect their second win of the season in as many tries over the Preds, but Ellis's late heroics, coupled with goals from Kyle Turris and Craig Smith in the shootout ensured the home team could collect two more points in the standings.

"I really thought it was a good team effort, a good group effort," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought our guys stuck with it, even when we got behind. They caught a break where they were able to slash through there and get in and were able to capitalize, but still we stuck with it. I have to give our guys a lot of credit."

"It was a good character win," Captain Roman Josi said. "We found a way, and that's all that matters."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Ryan Ellis Notches First Home Goal Since Return, Preds Take Extra Point in Shootout Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis records two points and Craig Smith ends it in the shootout as the Predators top the Coyotes, 3-2. 

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Audio: Preds GM David Poile on Second Half Outlook

Willy Daunic Talks David Poile's Thoughts on the Second Half of Nashville's Season

by Willy Daunic @WillyD1025 / Television Play-By-Play

The Nashville Predators have just crossed the halfway point of the regular season. The defending Western Conference Champions have 58 points in their first 43 games - currently among the top contenders in the West. Some notable numbers regarding the remaining schedule:

Home Heavy:

Of Nashville's 39 games, 21 are at home, where the Predators have gone 14-4-2 thus far. Six of the next seven are at Bridgestone Arena.

Strength of Schedule:

Last season, the Predators made a remarkable second-half run after an inconsistent first three months. They did this despite a very difficult schedule (sixth-toughest in terms of opponents' point percentage) following the All-Star Break. It also included a whirlwind 26 games over the final 50 days [as I documented in a blog last year].

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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Predators Shake Up Forward Lines as They Seek Fourth Consecutive Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators reach the midpoint of their five-game home stand when they host the Arizona Coyotes (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (26-11-6) has won three in a row, including a 1-0 shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights. After taking a high hit during Tuesday's win, Ryan Johansen left the game in the second period but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Filip Forsberg (Injured Reserve; upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (IR; lower-body) were absent from the group session.

Arizona (10-28-8) picked up one of their 10 wins on the season earlier this month when they beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season. Nashville has won six consecutive home games against Arizona.

The Preds held an optional morning on Thursday, below is a projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Extend Win Streak to Four Games with Arizona in Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators will try for their fourth-straight victory as their home stand continues tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season - Nashville fell to the Coyotes in Arizona earlier this month.

There was a welcomed sight at Wednesday's practice at Bridgestone Arena as Preds centerman Ryan Johansen - who exited Tuesday's game after taking a high hit - joined his teammates on the ice and participated in the session. The hope is Johansen would play tonight as the Predators are already without top forwards Filip Forsberg (upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body), who are both on Injured Reserve.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Coyotes]

[Read More: Saros Gaining Confidence, Wins]

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Saros Gaining Confidence, Shutting Out Opponents in Preds Net

Nashville Netminder Has Three Shutouts in Last Five Starts

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There was a high degree of conviction within the Nashville Predators organization that the 0-3-0 record Juuse Saros possessed to begin the 2017-18 season was an anomaly.

Bad bounces, poor play in front of him - whatever the case, they were certain the 22-year-old goaltender, who had the role of backup to Pekka Rinne all to himself, had more to give.

Did he ever.

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Saros Stops 43, Preds Shut Out Golden Knights

Nashville Netminder Posts Third Shutout in Five Starts; Preds Collect First Win Over Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: VGK 0, NSH 1

Saros, Fiala lead Predators past Knights, 1-0

Kevin Fiala scored in the 3rd period to back Juuse Saros' 43 saves as the Predators shut out the Golden Knights on home ice, 1-0

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Juuse Saros stopped all 43 shots he faced and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a 1-0 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's third consecutive win overall and their first victory in franchise history against the expansion club from Vegas.

Nashville's lone goal on the night came from Kevin Fiala exactly eight minutes into the third period, as Saros put forth quite possibly his best NHL effort to date to registers his fifth win of the season and third shutout in his last five starts.

"[Saros] was unbelievable tonight," Predators forward Austin Watson said. "We had some penalty kills there at the end of the second period that really could have changed the game in the wrong direction for us, and we were really able to shut the door with him backstopping it. It was a really good two points."

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