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Preds Top Wild to Win Third Straight

Johansen, Forsberg Extend Point Streaks to Three Games, Nashville Collects Six Points During Homestand

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: MIN 2, NSH 4

Rinne backstops Predators to 4-2 win over Wild

Craig Smith, Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg and Miikka Salomaki all scored to back a 29-save outing from Pekka Rinne in a 4-2 win over the Wild

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Four different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Minnesota Wild by a 4-2 final on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives the Preds three consecutive victories and sees them finish their first homestand by collecting six of eight possible points in the standings.

Not only did the Preds start strong once more against the Wild, but they kept up their consistency throughout Monday night's contest to put forth arguably their best effort of the last three wins.

"We had a great start our last home game, and I thought tonight was even better," Preds center Ryan Johansen said. "We didn't score three goals in the first period, but every line was creating so much and we were doing a lot of good things. That's the way you want to start games."

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Strong Start, Stronger Finish Leads Preds to Win Against Islanders

Forsberg Tallies Twice, Preds Score Three in Final Five Minutes of First Period

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg scored twice and the Nashville Predators claimed a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second consecutive win for the Preds - and fourth in five tries on the campaign - to give them a clean sweep of the season series with the Isles.

A three-goal output from the Preds in the first period saw the Islanders add two of their own in the second, but Nashville's effort in the third - including their first two power-play goals of the season - is what left a lasting impression when the night was done.

"We played a really good first period, and I think we caught them a little bit," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "Sometimes when that happens the opposition wakes up and you could go a little bit flat. We started to do the wrong things with the puck in the second period… The response after the second period was very good. We played a much tighter game, a better brand of hockey that can find us success."

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Rinne, Preds Shut Out Jets

Three Different Predators Score, Nashville Netminder Records 52nd Career Shutout

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: WPG 0, NSH 3

Rinne stops 29 to help Predators blank Jets, 3-0

Ryan Hartman, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen all lit the lamp to back a 29-save shutout from Pekka Rinne in a 3-0 Predators victory

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Pekka Rinne stopped all 29 shots he faced, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-0 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The evening's meeting was the first between the two clubs since their Round Two postseason series last spring, and while a shutout victory would have been satisfactory against any opponent, doing so against the Jets in their own building brought a little something extra to the evening.

"We just lost against them in the playoffs, and you could sense that," Rinne said of playing the Jets. "There was a lot of emotion on the ice. I thought that the first period was the fastest hockey so far this season… and in the third period, we played really smart."

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Preds Shut Out by Flames

Nashville Registers 43 Shots but Unable to Beat Calgary Goaltender in Home Opener

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall to Flames, 3-0

NSH Recap: Preds can't solve Smith in 3-0 loss

The Predators peppered Mike Smith with 43 shots, but they were shut out, 3-0, by the Flames in their home opener

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Mike Smith made 43 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's the first loss for the Preds after two wins to start the season, certainly not the result they were hoping for to open their home schedule.

It's not as if the Predators didn't have their chances - including 21 shots in the second period, and 15 more in the third - but a hot goaltender combined with some missed opportunities on special teams led to the unfavorable result.

"You have to give their goalie some credit, he played a really good game," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It seemed like we fired more pucks, and it seemed like we made it a little more difficult in there, but at the end of the day, we didn't capitalize on the ones that we could have or he made the saves… It just didn't happen tonight."

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Arvidsson Tallies Twice, Preds Sweep Opening Trip in New York

Predators Top Islanders on Saturday, Collect Four Points to Start Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, NYI 3

Arvidsson nets two to help Predators top Islanders

Viktor Arvidsson found the back of the net twice, while Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored in a 4-3 win for the Predators

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The first business trip is complete.

 

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and the Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3, on Saturday night at Barclays Center. It's the second victory in as many tries for the Preds on the young season, and they'll head back to Nashville after spoiling two separate home openers to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"[The Islanders] were fast and competitive right from the start, I thought our guys were the same and it turned out to be a good hockey game," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We did a good job just coming off of that first one [against the Rangers]. It's never easy on the home openers where we had to come in and face two of them, so it's good to get out of here with the four points and go home."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preds Open Season with Victory in New York

Sissons's Empty-Net Goal Turns into Game-Winner as Preds Start Season 1-0-0

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 3, NYR 2

Rinne, Sissons help Predators hold off Rangers, 3-2

Filip Forsberg, P.K. Subban and Colton Sissons all scored to back a 34-save performance from Pekka Rinne in a 3-2 win for the Predators

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That's one.

Three different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the New York Rangers by a 3-2 final on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. It's exactly the result the Preds were hoping for on night one of the 2018-19 regular season, in a contest that saw Colton Sissons' empty-net tally turn out to be the game-winner.

Goals from Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban helped them earn the win as well, and all things considered, it was a quality start to the new season.

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Johansen, Smith Lead Preds to Overtime Win in Carolina

Nashville Concludes Preseason Schedule with 5-4 Victory in OT

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Craig Smith scored two power-play goals and Ryan Johansen finished it off in overtime, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 5-4 final on Sunday afternoon to close out the 2018 preseason.

It was a back-and-forth affair on the day with Carolina finding a way to tie the game each time Nashville took a lead. But, in the end, it was the Preds who converted when it mattered most, the perfect way to finish off the exhibition slate.

The Predators had dropped three straight coming into Sunday's game, and more than anything, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette wanted to see a better effort from his club. An overtime victory was an added bonus.

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Preds "Outworked" in Preseason Loss to Hurricanes

Laviolette Displeased with Team's Effort in Defeat

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: CAR 4, NSH 1

Foegele's two points lead Hurricanes to 4-1 victory

Warren Foegele picked up a goal and an assist while Scott Darling made 28 saves in the Hurricanes' 4-1 win against the Predators

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Ryan Johansen scored the lone Nashville goal as the Predators fell to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-1 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

It's the third consecutive defeat in the preseason for the Preds after sweeping a doubleheader in Florida to start their exhibition schedule. Nashville had their chances as they game went on, including 15 shots in the third period, but that late charge wasn't much of a consolation.

"We got completely outworked," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "The speed of the game, too, they were playing in fourth and fifth gear, and we were stuck in mud. It's never going to look good, and the results usually aren't going to go your way. We were too slow and not competitive enough."

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Preds Taking Positives from Preseason Loss to Tampa Bay

Jarnkrok, Ellis Tally for Nashville; Team Heads Home with One Week of Training Camp Remaining

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the second period, but Tampa Bay broke through in the third to ultimately top the Nashville Predators, 5-2, on Saturday night in preseason action at Amalie Arena.

Two empty-net tallies for the home team make the score look worse than it was, however. It was a game the Predators felt could have gone either way, and they say there was still plenty to like, all things considered.

"The guys played hard tonight, and the result was unfortunate," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We fight back to 2-2, and we give up that 4-on-4 goal, that was tough… But we brought a lot of young guys in the lineup and different players, and I thought they played hard tonight."

"For having to get off the plane and come play a game, I thought this group came out and worked really hard," Ellis said. "There's not much more you can ask for than working hard... I thought we played a very good game for the most part, and sometimes it just doesn't go your way."

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Preds Fall to Lightning in First Half of Home-and-Home

Josi Scores Lone Nashville Goal as Predators Continue Preseason Evaluations

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Postgame: TBL vs. NSH, Players

Smith, Forsberg discuss preseason loss to Lightning

Preds forwards Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg recount the lessons learned during a preseason loss to the Lightning

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Roman Josi scored the lone Nashville goal as the Predators fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-1 final on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's first loss of the exhibition schedule after collecting two wins against the Panthers earlier in the week.

The Predators say they saw some positive stretches during Friday's game, but not enough to be successful, something they'll look to correct as the preseason moves along.

"There were some spurts of how we wanted to play, but I don't think it was sustained like it should be," Nashville forward Craig Smith said. "There was a lot of one-and-done in the offensive zone with our system and the way we skate and it's unacceptable."

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