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Devils Come Back to Top Preds in Overtime

Kevin Fiala Scores Twice in Nashville Loss

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The New Jersey Devils scored three times in the third period and Mike Cammalleri won it in overtime, as they defeated the Nashville Predators by a 5-4 final at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday afternoon.

After Nashville entered the final period with a 4-1 lead, the Devils notched two quick goals to begin the third, and then capitalized on a power play before the end of regulation to tie the game.

"We called a timeout at the three-minute mark and for the rest of the third, I thought we dominated after that," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "They ended up cashing in a power-play goal with eight minutes left, and they got a tie out of it. I thought we had plenty of opportunity to win when it was 4-3, but it didn't happen. It's an ugly way to lose a game, and it's a terrible feeling for everybody involved."

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Infographic: Preds 4, Devils 5 (OT)

Fiala Scores Twice, but Predators Surrender Three-Goal Lead and Fall in OT

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Kevin Fiala scores twice, but the Nashville Predators surrender a three-goal lead and fall to the New Jersey Devils in overtime.

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Predators Recall Salomaki, Place on IR

Forward was Sent to Milwaukee on Wednesday

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has recalled forward Miikka Salomaki from Milwaukee (AHL) on placed him on injured reserve.

Salomaki was sent to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment on Wednesday. He played for the Admirals on Friday and was -1 with one shot on goal and four penalty minutes. The 23-year-old appeared in the first two games of the season for the Preds before being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 with an upper-body injury.

The Preds return to action this weekend with two games at Bridgestone Arena. They will take on the New Jersey Devils today at 1:00 p.m. CT, and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Both games will be televised on FOX Sports Tennessee and can be heard on the Preds flagship radio station, 102.5 The Game.

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Preds Claim Reid Boucher on Waivers

Forward Has Appeared in Nine Games this Season with New Jersey

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile today announced that the club has claimed forward Reid Boucher on waivers from the New Jersey Devils.

Boucher, 23 (9/8/93), has appeared in nine games for the Devils this season, posting a pair of assists, and has amassed 29 points (11g-18a) in 82 career NHL games since the 2013-14 season. The Lansing, Mich., native has also suited up for 164 American Hockey League games since being selected 99th overall (fourth round) by the Devils in 2011, posting 105 points (59g-46a).

A U.S. National Development Team member from 2009-11, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Boucher also played two seasons with the OHL's Sarnia Sting from 2011-13, leading the league in goals and being named an OHL First-Team All-Star in 2012-13.

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Preds Recall Adam Pardy from Milwaukee

Defenseman Signed a One-Year, Two-Way Contract on Wednesday

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has recalled defenseman Adam Pardy from Milwaukee (AHL).

Pardy was signed to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. He has seen action in 13 games for Milwaukee this season, and has recorded five points (2g-3a) and a +1 rating. Pardy has appeared in 338 NHL games and recorded 52 points (4g-48a). He has played in parts of eight seasons with Calgary, Dallas, Buffalo, Winnipeg and Edmonton. The blueliner totaled four points (0g-4a) in 23 contests in 2015-16 with the Jets and Oilers. Pardy has registered a +8 rating and 263 penalty minutes in the League.

The Preds return to action this weekend with two games at Bridgestone Arena. They will take on the New Jersey Devils today at 1:00 p.m. CT, and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Both games will be televised on FOX Sports Tennessee and can be heard on the Preds flagship radio station, 102.5 The Game.

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Bridgestone Arena Countdown to 20 Years: 2003

Bon Jovi Makes Valentine's Day Visit and 50 Cent Plays First Rap Show at the Arena

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Known as Nashville Arena upon its inception, Bridgestone Arena's 1993 mission statement was "to provide a state-of-the-art facility that can maximize utilization by hosting a full spectrum of events appealing to all constituencies in the Nashville area. The arena should help stimulate growth and enhance development in downtown Nashville, provide an attractive venue for entertainment, sports and learning, instill a renewed sense of pride in the city, and serve as a landmark for the image and reputation of Nashville as a premier place to live, visit, work and enjoy."

Twenty years later, the building has helped stimulate growth more than those who developed the arena could have ever imagined. Not only is Bridgestone Arena one of the top-five venues in the nation for entertainment, it's home to one of the NHL's top Stanley Cup contenders.

The building will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year during a matchup against the New York Rangers on Saturday, December 17, taking place two decades after its opening event, Amy Grant's memorable concerts on December 16 and 17, 1996. Since that first iconic concert run all the way through today, more than 20 million fans have visited Bridgestone Arena to watch history unfold and to create lasting memories.

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Projected Lineup: Devils vs. Predators

Mike Liambas Could Make NHL Debut, Petter Granberg May Play First Game of the Season

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators open Family Weekend with a matinee matchup against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

With Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, James Neal and Colton Sissons still on Injured Reserve, the Preds will likely ice a different-looking lineup this afternoon. With a victory, Nashville would extend their home winning streak to seven consecutive games. 

Below is a projected lineup for the Preds based on Friday's practice: 

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Game Day: Devils vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Three-Game Home Stand by Hosting New Jersey in Afternoon Start

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators return home for a weekend full of hockey at Bridgestone Arena, beginning this afternoon when they host the New Jersey Devils for a 1 p.m. (CT) puck drop. After winning 5-3 in Colorado on Tuesday, the Preds (11-8-3) are looking to extend their home win streak to seven games.

"We have a game plan for each game, and we don't see New Jersey too often," Captain Mike Fisher said. "They're a good hockey team and Jersey probably doesn't get enough credit for how good they are and how hard they work. You've got to really play hard against them and that'll be our focus."

Nashville will be hitting the ice without the likes of James Neal (week-to-week, upper-body) and Anthony Bitetto (broken hand). Defenseman Ryan Ellis, who did not practice on Friday, remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury as well.

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Preds, Celebrities Gather to Strike Out Cancer

Local Celebrities and Preds Personalities Give Back at Fifth Annual Preds & Pins

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / Corporate Communications Coordinator

Thursday evening, the Nashville Predators hosted their Fifth Annual Preds & Pins Celebrity Bowling Tournament presented by UnitedHealthcare. More than 30 celebrities showed up to Hermitage Strike and Spare to support the cause and raise money for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, which helps fund research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

With a goal to raise $30,000, fans and celebrities packed the bowling alley, eager to play a good game and help make a difference alongside some of Nashville's favorite locals. Television and radio personalities, Preds broadcasters and alumni, MLB players and Preds players, all came together to support the cause, many of whom have come year after year.

"The best thing with this event is the consistency of people that come annually," Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. "They enjoy it, and they ask in the summer when we are doing it. It's just pure, good fun and something that people look forward to participating in."

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Preds Practice Ponderings: December 2

Whether or Not He Enters the Lineup, Mike Liambas is Making the Most of His Time with the Preds

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mike Liambas isn't sure if he'll see any ice time for the Nashville Predators this weekend, but if he does, he has a plan in place.

"If I do get in the lineup, maybe I'll almost play head games with myself, pretend I'm still playing in Milwaukee so I don't get nervous," Liambas quipped. "But I'm just going to keep doing what I do."

What he's been doing during his time with the Admirals this season earned him a recall from Milwaukee to Nashville last Saturday, the first such in-season transaction of his career. Liambas is hoping to see his first regular season NHL action sometime soon, but for the 27-year-old, just the experience alone has been well worth his time.

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