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Forsberg's Hat Trick Not Enough, Preds Fall to Flames

Filip Forsberg Sparked a Comeback, but Calgary Gets the Overtime Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg recorded his third career hat trick, but it wasn't enough as the Calgary Flames defeated the Nashville Predators in overtime by a 6-5 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives the Preds one more point in the standings - 65 in total - but one short of what was available.

The Predators were down 4-1 in the second period and stormed back to take a 5-4 lead before the second period was out, but the Flames tied it in the third and then won it less than a minute into the extra session.

"I'm pretty honest - if I thought the effort wasn't right, or if things weren't the way they were supposed to be, I'd admit it," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I'd tell them, and I'd tell you the same thing. But I don't think that was the case tonight. I think that Calgary is a good hockey team. They're fighting for the playoffs, but I thought our guys showed up and were ready to go to work in the first period. It just didn't bounce our way."

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Infographic: Preds 5, Flames 6 (OT)

The Predators Erase a 4-1 Deficit, But Let Victory Slip Away in Overtime

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators erase a 4-1 deficit behind a hat trick from Filip Forsberg, but see victory slip away in a 6-5 loss to the Flames in overtime. 

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Projected Lineup: Flames vs. Predators

Ryan Ellis Looks to be in the Lineup on Tuesday After Exiting Sunday's Contest Early

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will begin their longest remaining home stand of the season when they host the Calgary Flames (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Ryan Ellis, who made an early exit from Nashville's win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday, participated in the team's full morning skate on Tuesday. Nashville (28-22-8) is set to play their first home game since Feb. 12 (a 5-3 win over Dallas), a contest which will start the first of four straight at Bridgestone Arena. 

Calgary (29-26-4) is two points back of the Preds in the standings and lost the clubs' first meeting on Jan. 19, and also dropped their most recent contest in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks. 

Cody McLeod (Injured Reserve; lower-body) and Miikka Salomaki (IR; lower-body) also took to the ice for Tuesday's morning skate. Below is the Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Four-Game Home Stand Tonight as the Flames Come to Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After completing a back-to-back set away from home last weekend, the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena to begin a four-game home stand tonight, starting with the Calgary Flames. It's the second of three meetings between the two this season; Nashville hung on for a 4-3 victory in Alberta last month.

Nashville is coming off a 4-3 win in Columbus on Sunday, capped off by a game-winning goal from Mattias Ekholm in the third period and 35 saves in net by Juuse Saros. Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok also tallied in the contest and P.K. Subban added two helpers to give him points in three straight.

Ryan Johansen's 40 points continue to pace the Preds, followed by Viktor Arvidsson with 39 and Filip Forsberg with 36. Arvidsson's 18 goals are tops on the team, while James Neal has scored 17 times and Forsberg on 16 occasions. Subban has seven points in his last five outings, Roman Josi has seven points in his last six games and Jarnkrok has 11 points in his previous 11 overall. Pekka Rinne is 22-15-6 on the season, Saros has gone 6-5-2.

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Bridgestone Arena Sets New Attendance Record

18,514 Fans Attend Bon Jovi's "This House Is Not For Sale" Tour Stop in Nashville

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Bridgestone Arena set a concert attendance record with 18,514 present for Bon Jovi's "This House Is Not For Sale" tour stop on Saturday night.  

The new mark bested the previous record set approximately two years ago with 18,411 at an Eric Church show on Jan. 10, 2015. Bridgestone Arena, which will also host nine Nashville Predators games and four other concerts during the month of February, is on pace for a historic calendar year for attendance and number of shows.

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Xfinity Added to Fox Sports Go App for Preds Games

Streaming Service Allows Fans with Any Major Cable Provider to Stream Games on Fox Sports Tennessee

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

With viewership of Nashville Predators games already up more than 30 percent during the 2016-17 season, the Preds, Fox Sports and Comcast/Xfinity have announced a partnership that will help to boost those numbers even further.

As of this past week, fans with an Xfinity cable package including Fox Sports Tennessee can now stream Predators' games anywhere in the United States using the Fox Sports Go App. The free app is available in the App Store or Google Play and provides viewers the luxury of catching a game live on their phone, tablet or desktop.

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Saros Shines as Preds Defeat Blue Jackets

Goaltender Makes 35 Saves; Mattias Ekholm Tallies Game Winner

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mattias Ekholm tallied the winner, Juuse Saros stood tall and the Nashville Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 4-3 final on Sunday evening at Nationwide Arena. The result gives Nashville 28 wins and 64 points overall and a victory to finish off their back-to-back set that started last night in Minnesota.

A back-and-forth affair, Nashville dug in and improved period by period, eventually finding themselves on the right side of the ledger when it was all over.

"I liked the way we stayed with it and got better as the game went on," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "After the break, and a difficult night last night with the travel and getting in when we did and early start today, we seemed to get better and played better hockey as the game went on - just resilient."

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Infographic: Preds 4, Blue Jackets 3

Ekholm Nets Game-Winner in the Third as Preds Sweep Jackets

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Mattias Ekholm nets the game-winner in the third and Juuse Saros makes 35 stops as the Predators sweep the Blue Jackets with a 4-3 win.

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Johansen Excited to Play in Columbus Against Jackets

Preds Centerman Returns to Ohio for the First Time as a Member of the Opposition

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It was nothing new for Ryan Johansen on Sunday morning, to a point. A team meeting, followed by a meal and a cup of ice cream to take back to his room to polish off before a nap.

But once the centerman exits the bus at Nationwide Arena this afternoon, he expects it to be a bit different than anything he's ever experienced before.

When the Preds and Jackets get together this evening, it'll be Johansen's first trip as a member of the visiting club since he was dealt to Nashville just more than a year ago, a return that has been a long time in the making.

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Game Day: Preds at Blue Jackets

Former Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus for the First Time as a Visitor

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Johansen returns to the state of Ohio tonight as the Nashville Predators finish their back-to-back set with a visit to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. It's the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season; the Preds defeated the Jackets 4-3 in Nashville on Jan. 26.

This evening will mark Johansen's first game in Columbus since the Blue Jackets traded him to Nashville in exchange for Seth Jones over a year ago in a one-for-one swap.

Nashville is coming off a 5-2 loss to Minnesota last night in their first game back after the five-day break. Colin Wilson and P.K. Subban each recorded their eighth goals of the season and Pekka Rinne took the loss in net.

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