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Laviolette Set to Coach 1,000th NHL Game

Nashville's Head Coach Will Become the 28th to Reach the Milestone

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When Peter Laviolette steps behind the bench to coach his Nashville Predators on Thursday night, he'll be doing something only 27 before him have ever accomplished.

Laviolette, who won his 500th game earlier this season, is slated to coach his 1,000th NHL game in Nashville's next outing, a feat reserved for a select few and some of the best who have ever called out instruction in League history.

The native of Franklin, Massachusetts, will become only the second U.S.-born coach to hit the milestone, joining John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Among the Top 30 coaches in games coached, Laviolette ranks seventh in point percentage (.578) and is one of 17 to have captured a Stanley Cup title, doing do in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Laviolette also coached the Philadelphia Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

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Preds Finish Back-to-Back with Loss to Bruins

Craig Smith Scored the Lone Goal for Nashville, Unable to Overcome First Period Deficit

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Craig Smith made things interesting in the third period, but it wasn't enough as the Nashville Predators fell to the Boston Bruins, 4-1, on Tuesday night at TD Garden. The result keeps the Preds at 89 points and sees their four-game win streak come to an end.

A Boston team desperate to win as they try to keep their spot in the postseason jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Predators picked up their game, but the deficit was too much to overcome in their second game in as many nights.

"We made mistakes early on that gave them a lead, and from there we were chasing the game," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought we got better as the game went on, but I thought they jumped us in the first."

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Infographic: Preds 1, Bruins 4

Craig Smith Pulls the Preds Within a Goal Late, but Nashville Loses Four-Game Winning Streak

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Craig Smith gives the Predators a chance with a goal in the third period, but the Bruins stave off a Nashville comeback and prevail, 4-1. 

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Bruins

Pekka Rinne Likely to Start in Second Half of Back-to-Back; No Mike Fisher for Nashville

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A 3-1 win in Brooklyn is quickly behind the Nashville Predators as they prepare to face the Boston Bruins tonight (at 6 p.m. CT). 

Juuse Saros started in net for Nashville (39-25-11) on Monday against the Islanders, as the Preds earned their fourth consecutive win despite being without Mike Fisher (day-to-day; lower-body injury) and Yannick Weber (day-to-day; upper-body injury). Fisher did not make the trip and will not play for the Predators tonight. 

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday in advance of their second game in two nights, but with Saros playing yesterday, it's quite possible Pekka Rinne will between the pipes this evening. 

Boston (39-30-6) holds the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, and will try for a split in their season series with Nashville after falling to the Preds, 2-1, on Jan. 12. The Bruins also defeated the Islanders, 2-1, in their most recent game. 

Below is Nashville's projected lineup based on Monday's contest:

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Game Day: Preds at Bruins

Nashville Looks to Extend Their Win Streak to Five Games as They Head to Boston

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Just 24 hours after defeating one Eastern Conference foe in Brooklyn, the Nashville Predators have shipped up to Boston to face the Bruins tonight at TD Garden to complete a back-to-back set. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds topped Boston 2-1 back on Jan. 12 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators beat the New York Islanders by a 3-1 final on Monday night, keeping the Isles from gaining any ground on Boston in the East Wild Card race. Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen tallied for the Preds and Juuse Saros made 24 saves on the night for his ninth win of the season.

Preds Captain Mike Fisher did not make the road trip with the team and remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Yannick Weber missed Monday's game against the Islanders and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Anthony Bitetto took Weber's place in the Nashville lineup on Monday.

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Preds Top Islanders, Win Fourth Straight

Viktor Arvidsson Tallied the Winner and Juuse Saros Made 24 Saves to Give Nashville Their Seventh Win in Eight Tries

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Viktor Arvidsson tallied the winner and Juuse Saros was nearly perfect as the Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders by a 3-1 final on Monday night at Barclays Center. The result puts Nashville's win streak at four games, giving them 89 points and a continued spot at third in the Central Division.

Against an Islanders team that is desperate to collect points for a chance at the postseason, the Preds were all over their opponent early, before Saros and his mates shut things down as regulation time concluded. The solid road victory is Nashville's seventh win in their last eight tries.

"I liked the way we played tonight," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought we were really good defensively and really good in the neutral zone as well. Juuse was good, and I thought our guys were good in front of him as well. Good road win, good defensive win."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Islanders 1

Viktor Arvidsson's 29th Stands as the Game-Winner as Preds Claim Fourth Consecutive Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Viktor Arvidsson nets the game-winner and Juuse Saros turns aside 24 shots as Preds use a 3-1 win over the Islanders to claim their fourth consecutive victory.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Islanders

Mike Fisher Remains Day-to-Day with Lower-Body Injury, Did Not Make the Trip

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Three-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents begins tonight (at 6 p.m. CT) for the Nashville Predators with a stop in Brooklyn. 

After a perfect home stand - with wins over Calgary, Arizona and San Jose - the Preds start their season series with the New York Islanders by playing two road games in two nights (also at Boston on Tuesday at 6 p.m.), before hosting the Islanders on April 4. Nashville (38-25-11) did not hold a morning skate on Monday, but did practice in Music City on Sunday before their flight. Mike Fisher, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, returned to the ice for the session, with Colin Wilson and Craig Smith receiving maintenance days. However, Fisher is not on Nashville's road trip and remains day-to-day.

New York (35-17-12) held the final playoff spot in the East until they were beaten in their last game by Boston on Saturday and now sit two points out of the conference's top eight. The Preds and Islanders split their 2015-16 season series, with the home team winning both games. 

Below is Nashville's projected lineup based on Sunday's practice: 

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Irwin Named Nashville's Masterton Trophy Nominee

Predators Defenseman Honored by PHWA for Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Dedication to Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It would've been easy for Matt Irwin to give up. He's glad he didn't.

The Nashville Predators defenseman has been named the team's nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA). The trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Originally signed to a one-year deal on July 1, 2016, by the Predators, Irwin, who had spent the previous season with the Boston Bruins organization, didn't make Nashville's Opening Night roster out of training camp. Irwin has admitted he wasn't happy with his play in camp, and knew he had plenty more to give.

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Game Day: Preds at Islanders

Nashville Looks to Extend Their Win Streak to Four as They Face the Islanders in Brooklyn

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After completing a perfect, three-game home stand, the Nashville Predators will look to keep the magic going as they head to the Northeast for a back-to-back, beginning tonight in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders. It's the first of two meetings between the clubs this season; the Preds will host the Islanders on April 4, Nashville's final home game of the regular season.

The Predators are playing some of their best hockey of the season with 13 goals in their last three games, including a 7-2 rout of San Jose on Saturday night. Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice in the outing and Pekka Rinne collected his 30th win of the season, the sixth time he's hit the 30-win plateau.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in scoring with 57 points - including 45 helpers - followed by Viktor Arvidsson with 55 points and Filip Forsberg with 54. Forsberg's 29 goals lead the team, followed by Arvidsson at 28 and Neal with 23 on the season. Rinne has gone 30-16-8 for the Preds and has won his last five contests; Juuse Saros owns an 8-7-3 mark this season.

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