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Ellis Guides Preds Past Oilers in Shootout

Ellis Scores in Regulation and the Shootout as Predators Top Oilers

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

Ryan Ellis scored in regulation and the shootout as the Nashville Predators won for the second time in as many nights.

Nashville defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a 3-2 on Friday night at Rogers Place with Ellis and James Neal finding twine in the shootout. Four points in 48 hours means the Preds sit in the First Western Conference Wild Card spot and are tied for third in the Central Division.

"We played a hard game," Ellis said. "Back-to-backs are always tough, so to come out and limit that team with how skilled they are to not many chances, battle all the way to the shootout and get those two points was a step for us. Hopefully we can keep going."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Oilers 2 (SO)

Ellis Leads the Way Again as Predators Top Oilers in Shootout

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis scores in regulation and the shootout as the Predators top the Oilers at Rogers Place, 3-2. 

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Preds Activate Subban from IR, Assign Carrier

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has activated defenseman P.K. Subban from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Alexandre Carrier to Milwaukee (AHL).

Subban has missed the previous 16 games with an upper-body injury. He has earned 17 points (7g-10a) in 29 games this season, and recently earned captaincy in the 2017 Honda All-Star Game by topping the Central Division in fan votes.

Carrier made his NHL debut on Tuesday at Vancouver. He fired one shot at Calgary last night and was +1 in 9:58 of ice time.

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Preds Activate Subban from IR, Expect Him to Play

Nashville Blueliner has Missed Previous 16 Games with Upper-Body Injury

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators activated defenseman P.K. Subban from Injured Reserve on Friday and expect him to play tonight in Edmonton.

"It's not easy being a player and knowing you have to come out of the lineup for an extended period of time," Subban said on Thursday at the team hotel. "Every day that went by, I was just itching at the opportunity to get back in there. I'm happy to be able to do that tonight.

"Every player goes through the season where there's a point that they can't do everything that they want on the ice. That's part of an 82-game season, you just grind through it. Usually that's what I've been able to do in my career until that point. So that's why it was tough to accept that I had to come out and be out for an extended period of time. At the same token, I think I took it a lot better than most guys would because I haven't had, knock on wood, too many instances where I've had to sit out for an extended period of time in my career so far. So I just hope that continues and that having a positive attitude around the team and trying to support my teammates, and doing the best that I could do with what I could do outside the lineup to help the team. I think, now being back in the lineup, I can do that on the ice now."

The 27-year-old blueliner has missed the previous 16 games with an upper-body injury. Subban had 17 points (7g-10a) in the Predators' opening 29 games before exiting with what he described in January as "a new injury."

"I think you come to the point where, it's a general consensus. It's not just on me, it's also on the coaching staff and the training staff," Subban said of returning from injury. "The one thing that this organization does, they do everything right, right from the start. Right from the day that I knew I was coming out of the lineup they took the right steps in making sure that we're moving in the right direction. Right from that moment, to getting me back as soon as possible, and more importantly, as soon as my body was ready to do it. I think giving them feedback on how I felt after workouts, how I felt after training. Then we came to a consensus this morning, I told them last night, I'll take the morning skate and see how I felt this morning and everything was good. So we all decided that I was good to go."

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Game Day: Preds at Oilers

Nashville Makes Their First and Only Visit to Edmonton This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators remain in the province of Alberta, as they've traveled north to Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rogers Place tonight. It's the first of three meetings between the two this season; the Oilers will make two trips to Nashville in the month of February.

The Predators were victorious last night in Calgary, producing a 4-3 win over the Flames. Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves in net to help put the Preds back into the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Predators in scoring with 30 points, followed by Filip Forsberg who has 12 goals and 28 points. Captain Mike Fisher and forward Viktor Arvidsson have 27 points apiece, and James Neal leads the team in goals with 15. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 16-12-6 on the season.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Oilers

Rinne, Preds Visit New Rogers Place for First Time and Complete Back-to-Back Set

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will skate in the new Rogers Place for the first time when they face the Edmonton Oilers tonight (at 8 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (21-17-7) sprinted out to a 4-0 lead yesterday and then staved off a late advance by the Flames to preserve a 4-3 victory. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 32 saves in the win and Pekka Rinne is likely to get the start tonight. The Oilers (25-15-7) are third in the Pacific Division and the owners of a four-game winning streak. Their last victory came on Jan. 18, a 4-3 overtime triumph over the Panthers. 

The Preds did not hold a morning skate on Friday. Defensemen Roman Josi and Petter Granberg are both on Injured Reserve and will be out of the lineup tonight. Colin Wilson and P.K. Subban are also on Injured Reserve, but skated with the team during their optional morning skate on Thursday in Calgary. 

Update: Subban has been activated from Injured Reserve and is expected to be in the Predators lineup tonight. 

The projected lineup below is based on Thursday's game: 

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Preds Hang on for 4-3 Win Over Flames

Ellis Nets Two as Preds Claim Big Lead and Then Hang On

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The waning minutes of regulation got a little dicey, but Nashville Predators found a way.

Ryan Ellis scored twice and the visitors defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-3, on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The victory gives the Preds 21 wins and 49 points on the season, pushing them into the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and two points behind St. Louis for the third spot in the Central Division.

Calgary added all three of their goals in the final 3:43 of regulation, but Nashville hung on to record two big points.

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Infographic: Preds 4, Flames 3

Preds Race Out to Giant Lead and Then Hang on for Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators race out to a four-goal lead behind two from Ryan Ellis and then hang on for a 4-3 triumph over the Flames.

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Predators Acquire Andrew O'Brien from Ducks

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has acquired defenseman Andrew O'Brien from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Max Gortz.

O'Brien, 24 (11/21/92), has appeared in 10 games for the San Diego Gulls (AHL) this season and recorded two assists and 16 shots on goal. The Hamilton, Ontario, native set career AHL highs in goals (6) and plus/minus (+3) in 2015-16 with San Diego, and totaled 14 points (6g-8a) and 54 penalty minutes in 59 games.

O'Brien is a 6-foot-4, 208-pound blueliner who was drafted in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2012 Entry Draft by Anaheim. He has appeared in 135 career AHL games and registered 30 points (10g-20a) and 180 penalty minutes.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Flames

Nashville and Calgary Engage in Crucial Game in Wild Card Race

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Four points separate the Nashville Predators from the Calgary Flames and the first Western Conference Wild Card spot. 

Tonight (at 8 p.m. CT), the teams will meet for the first of three times and for the only occasion at Scotiabank Saddledome. Nashville (20-17-7) is starting a back-to-back set of games (will also play the Oilers tomorrow at 8 p.m. CT) after falling to the Canucks, 1-0, on Tuesday. The Flames (24-20-3) most recently picked up a 5-2 win over the Panthers on home ice. 

The Predators held an optional morning skate on Thursday, but skated in full during Wednesday's practice. Mattias Ekholm and Colton Sissons missed yesterday's skate and were given maintainence days, but skated this morning. Colin Wilson (Injured Reserve; lower-body) participated in Wednesday's practice (and Thursday) and skated with the defense. P.K. Subban (IR; upper-body) also took to the ice on Wednesday and Thursday. 

D-man Brad Hunt, who was claimed on waivers on Tuesday from the Blues, logged his first practice with Nashville on Wednesday. 

Below is the Predators projected lineup based on the sessions:

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