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Projected Lineup: Lightning vs. Predators

No. 1 in the NHL Meets No. 2 as Nashville Hosts Tampa Bay to Conclude Season Series

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The No. 1 team in the NHL hosts No. 2 on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators (14-5-1) sit atop the NHL standings based on their higher ROW (regulation/overtime wins) compared to the Lightning (14-5-1).

Nashville won their first game of a three-game homestand, 5-3 over the Los Angeles Kings, to snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). They also topped the Lightning, 4-1 in Tampa Bay, during the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 1.

The Lightning lost a 5-1 lead in the third period in Philadelphia on Saturday but won in overtime. The Bolts are without starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (IR). 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Monday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Lightning vs. Preds

Top Two Teams in the NHL Meet Tonight in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The top two teams in the NHL standings meet tonight in Nashville as the Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The season series between the two concludes this evening; the Preds topped the Bolts 4-1 back on November 1.

After an 0-2-1 skid, the Predators bounced back on Saturday night, as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a 5-3 final, thanks predominantly to Calle Jarnkrok's first-career hat trick. Nashville also recorded two power-play goals as they look to improve that facet of their game.

"You're starting to wonder if it's just not going to work for you for a little bit here," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of the man advantage. "I have to give our guys in the room a lot of credit, because we fell behind a few times, but we just stayed persistent and consistent with our game and didn't stop."

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Lightning]

[Preds Official Podcast: Power Plays, Adversity and Thanksgiving]

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Jarnkrok Tallies Hat Trick as Record Crowd Sees Preds Beat Kings

Swede Records First-Career, Three-Goal Game as Nashville Returns Home

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: LAK 3, NSH 5

Jarnkrok records first career hat trick in Preds' win

Calle Jarnkrok scored at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded to collect his first career hat trick in the Predators' 5-3 win

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There's no place like home. Especially with hats on the ice.

Calle Jarnkrok recorded his first-career hat trick, and the Nashville Predators came back to defeat the Los Angeles Kings by a 5-3 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result breaks a three-game winless streak for the Preds and gives them their 14th victory of the season, tied for the most wins in the NHL.

Although the Preds fell to Arizona in their last game, the effort was there, and the hope was to build off it after returning to Nashville from a five-game trip. With a pair of power-play goals and 43 shots on the net, that's exactly what happened.

And Jarnkrok added the exclamation point.

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Projected Lineup: Kings vs. Predators

Predators Start Stretch of Eight of Nine Games at Home, Three-Game Homestand

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return from a five-game trip to begin a stretch of eight of nine games at home into December. 

The Preds (13-5-1) went more than a month without losing two games in a row, but have currently dropped their last three (0-2-1). Nashville will be without Viktor Arvidsson (Injured Reserve; 6-8 week recovery) and P.K. Subban (IR) tonight. They did get Dan Hamhuis, Calle Jarnkrok and Austin Watson back on the ice for Thursday's 2-1 loss in Arizona. 

Los Angeles (6-11-1) won last night in Chicago, prior to traveling to Nashville. The Kings are 2-3-0 in their last five under interm head coach Willie Desjardins. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds Official Podcast: Power Plays, Adversity and Thanksgiving

Podcast Talks to Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty, Debates Who Can Replace Arvidsson, Subban

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

After losing Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban to injury, the Predators are challenged with staying in the upper echelon of the NHL and getting their power play on track. Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty joins the show to talk Eeli Tolvanen, scouting and what's next for the team. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten share their Thanksgiving side dish power rankings. 

Highlights Include: 

  • Preds finish five-game trip at 2-2-1
  • Who should take Arvidsson's spot on the first line?
  • Will the power play get back on track soon?
  • Interview with Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty
  • Ranking Thanksgiving side dishes
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Giveaway opportunity of autographed USA Hockey hats; listen to see how to enter!

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How to Watch, Live Stream Kings vs. Preds

Nashville Returns Home from Five-Game Trip to Host Los Angeles

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators return to Nashville tonight after a five-game trip to start a three-game homestand of their own, beginning with the Los Angeles Kings. It's the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season; the second comes in February before the finale in March.

Nashville is looking to get back in the win column after dropping three straight for the first time this season. The Preds began their road trip with wins in Colorado and Dallas before falling to the Ducks in a shootout, and then suffering regulation losses in San Jose on Tuesday and Arizona on Thursday.

The Predators managed to register 46 shots against the Coyotes in their last outing, and although two points ultimately eluded them, they'll look to build off that effort tonight against the Kings.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Kings]

[Preds Official Podcast: First Adversity, Then Thanksgiving]

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Broadcaster Blog: 5-on-5: The Core of Predator Success

Willy Daunic Takes A Look at What Has Helped Keep the Preds at the Top of the League Standings Into November

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

Yes, I'm aware the Predators' power play is currently clicking at 10.8 percent. Perhaps you've heard some discussion about it? And yes, head coach Peter Laviolette and the Predators are aware of it as well. Trust me, they are working on it.

Hardly any discussion of the team's performance goes by without a mention of this issue. And in addition to trying to work on the physical part of the solution, it becomes a mental hurdle as well. The Predators will persevere and continue to search for a breakthrough.

However, this is not the only facet of the game. The power-play issues have overshadowed the statistical strength of the team's success: 5-on-5 play. Special teams can be a difference maker, but the bulk of the game is played 5-on-5. Despite the team's current three-game skid, Nashville has dominated their opponents this season 5-on-5, particularly defensively.

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Johansen Bonds with Young Hockey Player Who Suffered Same Injury

Gabel Longshore Meets with Predators Star Centerman to Discuss Injury, Getting Back to Playing Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Johansen knew something was wrong.

However, it was Game 4 of the 2017 Western Conference Final, and he wasn't about to excuse himself from the situation. But afterward in the locker room, Nashville's star centerman couldn't even lift up his leg, particularly his thigh, which had ballooned up to a size indicative of a serious problem.

Johansen was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on that May night, undergoing emergency surgery for acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh.

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Chances Aplenty, but Preds Fall to Coyotes as Road Trip Concludes

Bonino Tallies First of the Season, Watson Returns as Nashville Drops Third Straight

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Predators fall to Coyotes, 2-1

NSH Recap: Bonino scores in loss to Coyotes

Nick Bonino scored in the 3rd to trim the Predators' deficit to one, but they were unable to complete the comeback in a 2-1 loss to the Coyotes

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A whopping 46 shots on net just aren't supposed to equal only one goal.

Yet that's where the Nashville Predators found themselves after managing to solve Coyotes' netminder Darcy Kuemper just a single time during a 2-1 loss in Arizona on Thursday night at Gila River Arena. The defeat is Nashville's third consecutive and their second straight in regulation to conclude their five-game trip at 2-2-1.

In the previous two games on the excursion - a shootout loss in Anaheim, followed by a 5-4 defeat in San Jose - the Predators said they didn't deserve to win. Thursday was a different story, but sometimes, that's just the way it goes in the NHL.

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With Arvidsson Out 6-8 Weeks, Preds Prepared to Move Forward

Laviolette to Try Different Players on Top Line with Forsberg, Johansen

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators will have to make their way without Viktor Arvidsson for the next six to eight weeks.

It was announced Wednesday the star winger will be out of the lineup, likely until the calendar flips to 2019, due to a broken thumb suffered last weekend in Dallas. It's a big blow for the Preds to lose Arvidsson who, along with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen, helps to make up one of the more formidable trios in the NHL.

But just as the Predators have done before without top players available to them, they feel confident in the remaining members of the brigade to make up for the loss.

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