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Projected Lineup: Maple Leafs vs. Predators

Predators Begin Final 10 Games of the Season; Austin Watson Should Return Tonight

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators make a short stop in Smashville to host the Toronto Maple Leafs before heading back out on the road this weekend. 

The Predators (48-14-10) have a franchise-record, 15-game point streak to their name, including a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres in their most recent game. Nashville held a full practice on Wednesday with every healthy player joining the session. Winger Austin Watson rejoined the fourth line after missing Monday's contest. 

Toronto (43-23-7) sits third in the Atlantic Division and have won four of five, dropping their most recent game, 4-3, to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Forward Auston Matthews is expected to return to the Leafs' lineup tonight. 

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Thursday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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Nashville Tries to Extend Point Streak to 16 as Toronto Comes to Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After setting a franchise record with points in 15 consecutive games (14-0-1), the Nashville Predators will try to make it 16 when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena tonight. It's the second and final meeting between the two this season; Nashville fell 3-2 in a shootout in Toronto back in February.

Monday's victory in Buffalo was another record-setting night for the Preds and goaltender Pekka Rinne. Not only did the team continue their winning ways, but the netminder posted his League-leading eighth shutout of the season while collecting his 40th victory of the campaign to become just the seventh goaltender in NHL history to record three 40-win seasons.

With a clean sweep through Arizona, Colorado and western New York on their recent road trip, the Preds return home to face a Toronto team that sits in a playoff spot in the East and ranks fourth in the League in goals scored with 239 on the season. And although breaking records is nice, chances are the pregame speech won't mention the chance for a 16-game point streak.

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My Story: The Rituals of Warm-Ups in the NHL

Mattias Ekholm Tells the History of Becoming the Preds Passer in Warm-ups, Friendship with Alice

by Mattias Ekholm @MatEkh14 / Nashville Predators Defenseman

You've probably watched enough hockey games to have a complete picture of what goes on during the 60 minutes of game action, but allow me to let you in on some of my routines before faceoff.

I'm willing to bet you've never noticed all the tiny rituals and habits every player has in warm-ups before every single game. From passing to the same players in a specific order to always buckling a helmet strap at the same time, there are a lot of intricacies that can be missed.  

So without further ado, here are three things I have to do before every game:

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All Aboard the #Pekka4Vezina Train

Nashville Netminder is Clear Front-Runner to Win Vezina Trophy

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

This much we know: Pekka Rinne is good at his job. Better than most, in fact. And to go one step further, the best goaltender in the NHL this season.

To reiterate what former Predators goaltender and current television broadcaster Chris Mason has been preaching for quite some time now, Rinne deserves the 2018 Vezina Trophy as the League's top puckstopper.

And it's not even close.

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Preds Foundation, Make-A-Wish Grant Preds-Themed Wish

Wish Includes Contract Signing, Ride to Preds Game in Semitruck

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2018) - The Nashville Predators and Nashville Predators Foundation, in partnership with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee are granting Wish Kid Devin Roque his Preds-themed wish. The eight-year-old is currently battling cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma) and wishes to ride to Thursday's game in a semitruck.

The 18-wheeler, provided by Thompson Machinery, will pick Devin up from the Renaissance Hotel on Thursday and drop him off on Fifth Avenue in front of Bridgestone Arena. In advance of his ride to the arena, Devin will visit Thompson Machinery and operate machinery at the job site.

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Preds Earn Sports Team of the Year Nomination by Sports Business Journal

Nashville Franchise One of Six Nominees for Honors as Part of 2018 Sports Business Awards

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

As the Nashville Predators continue their quest to collect awards for their on-ice performance, the front office accomplishments continue to garner attention as well.

Already named the No. 1 franchise in all of sports by ESPN in October, with a number of other honors sprinkled in between, the Predators are one of six finalists to be named the Sports Team of the Year as part of the 2018 Sports Business Awards.

Run by the Sports Business Journal, the Preds are up for the Sports Team of the Year honor along with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors of the NBA, the Houston Astros of the MLB and Atlanta United FC of the MLS. A total of 89 nominees in 17 different categories will compete for the awards during a ceremony on May 23 in New York City.

The awards will honor accomplishments from March 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018, a period that saw the Preds make their first run to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

The Predators have sold out 97 consecutive regular season and playoff games at Bridgestone Arena dating back almost two full calendar years. The team has also instituted a season-ticket waitlist for the first time in franchise history, adding 2,000 fans to the list while also seeing a 100 percent renewal rate from current season-ticket citizens.

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Rinne Continues Vezina Push, Shuts Out Sabres as Preds Win Again

Nashville Sets Franchise Record with Points in 15 Consecutive Games; Rinne Records 40th Win, 8th Shutout of Season

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 4, BUF 0

Rinne earns 40th win with shutout against Sabres

Pekka Rinne recorded his 40th win of the year with a 35-save shutout as Filip Forsberg notched a goal and an assist in a win against the Sabres

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It's time to rewrite the record books again.

Pekka Rinne posted his eighth shutout of the season and the Nashville Predators saw their point streak hit a record 15 games on their way to defeating the Buffalo Sabres by a 4-0 final on Monday night at KeyBank Center.

Nashville has gone 14-0-1 in their past 15 outings and have won four straight overall, including a clean sweep of their three-game road trip. As for their goaltender, Rinne has been victorious in his last 11 starts to tie a career high and has gone 21-1-1 in his last 23 starts, all while leading the NHL with eight shutouts.

The Predators have also earned points in 15 consecutive road games, which extends a franchise record and have won nine straight away from home, another club record. And on this occasion, the Preds say, the result was thanks to No. 35.

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Infographic: Preds 4, Sabres 0

Pekka Rinne Records Third 40-Win Season of his Career, 11th Victory in a Row

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne makes 35 saves to record his eighth shutout and 40th win of the season. 

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Sabres

Nashville Completes Three-Game Road Trip by Facing Former Assistant Coach

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators conclude a three-game stint away from Nashville by beginning their two-game season series with the Buffalo Sabres (tonight at 6 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (47-14-10) has points in both 14 consecutive road games and overall; the road streak is a franchise record, while the latter ties Nashville's all-time mark. On Sunday, the Preds held a full practice at KeyBank Center with forward Austin Watson the only player missing the session due to a maintainence day. 

Buffalo (23-36-12) has points in three of their last four, including a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Former Preds Assistant Coach Phil Housley is in his first season behind the bench as the Sabres' head coach. 

The Preds held an optional morning skate in Buffalo on Monday, below is a projected lineup based on Sunday's practice: 

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Nashville Looks for Another Road Trip Sweep, Chance for Franchise Record Point Streak

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After becoming the first team to clinch a spot in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators will try for a clean sweep of another road trip tonight when they meet the Sabres in Buffalo. The Preds have collected victories over Arizona and Colorado thus far on the trip, and the win on Friday night in Denver punched Nashville's ticket to the postseason.

The Predators have set a franchise record with points in 14 consecutive road games, and they'll try to rewrite another record tonight as they look for points in 15 consecutive contests overall, with former Preds Assistant Coach Phil Housley, now the head coach in Buffalo, and the Sabres in their way.

And although they worked together during the past three seasons, Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette doesn't expect a carbon copy of Nashville's game plan from his former assistant.

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