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Preds Fall to Golden Knights in Shootout

Despite Loss, Nashville Pleased with Effort as 40-Point Mark is Reached

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Malcolm Subban made 41 saves and then turned aside six skaters in the shootout as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Nashville Predators by a 4-3 final on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.

It's a rare loss at home for the Preds - just their third of the season - in their first-ever meeting with Vegas, but on a night that saw the home team come back in the third period to earn a point in the standings, there was still reason stay positive following the contest.

"I really liked our game," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I liked the way we fought back, and I thought we were doing a lot of good things… I think for the most part, I thought we played a pretty solid, 60-minute game."

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Smith, Forsberg Power Preds Past Bruins

Craig Smith Scores Twice; Timeout, Standing Ovation Key to Preds Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Craig Smith scored twice and Filip Forsberg sealed it as the Nashville Predators defeated the Boston Bruins by a 5-3 final on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The victory sees Nashville conclude their four-game home stand with six out of a possible eight points and 11 overall wins at home, a mark that ties the New York Rangers for tops in the League.

"You don't want to give up goals to let teams back in the game, but we're confident in our ability to bounce back," forward Kyle Turris said. "They scored to put us on our heels a bit, but [Forsberg] had a huge goal for us. Games turn like that, but to have a big win at home for us was huge."

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Preds Come Back to Defeat Ducks in Shootout

In Feisty Affair, Calle Jarnkrok Scores Tying Goal Before Shootout Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Calle Jarnkrok tied the game and Kyle Turris won it in the shootout as the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-2 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The win is Nashville's 16th overall on the season and second of the campaign against Anaheim, giving the Preds a victory to begin the month of December.

In a game that featured plenty of hostilities between two clubs that don't fancy each other, it was the Predators who scored twice on the power play and twice more in the shootout to collect their 34th and 35th points of the season in one of the more satisfying victories to date.

"It's going to get nasty at times, but those are fun games and you get ready for those," Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "I felt like it took some time for us to get going, but after the first period, I thought that we were the team that took over the game."

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Preds Finish November with Loss to Canucks

Nashville Sets Power-Play Record, Can't Hold Off Vancouver in Third Period

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the third period as they came back to defeat the Nashville Predators by a 5-3 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

It's just the second regulation loss at home for the Predators this season, as they finish the month of November with a 10-3-1 record, tied for the second-most wins in a single month in franchise history. And although the big picture is a positive one, it didn't make Thursday's result any easier to take.

"We had our looks and it didn't go in for us," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I don't think that we stopped playing, I just don't think that we played very well defensively. I thought that we gave up too much… We gave up too much in the second and in the third. When you have a 3-2 lead going into the third, you can continue to push, but you have to do it inside of some structure. I thought that we lost the structure and they gained a lot of opportunities from it. We need to play better defense."

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Watson, Power Play Help Lead Preds to Win Over Blackhawks

Nashville Collects 10th Home Win of Season, Now Has Points in 11 of 12

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Roman Josi scored the game-winner on the power play and the Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a 3-2 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's second win in three tries against the Hawks this season, giving them points in 11 of their last 12 games overall and their 10th victory in the month of November.

As is usually the case, the Preds and Hawks put on a show for a national television audience, combining for 70 shots on goal in a game that had a little bit of everything. Add the home crowd into the equation, which reached postseason levels in the dying minutes of regulation, and the victory seemed to carry a little extra as the horn sounded.

"We've created a rivalry over the years," Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "[The win] means a lot - not only in the locker room, but in the standings as well. It's a huge win."

"I haven't heard that building that loud since playoffs last year," Nashville center Ryan Johansen said. "It was a great atmosphere to play in and it was a huge win."

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Preds Fall to Hurricanes in Shootout

Juuse Saros Makes 33 Saves in Back-and-Forth Affair

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Juuse Saros made 33 saves, but the Carolina Hurricanes got the win in the shootout over the Nashville Predators, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena. The result ends Nashville's four-game win streak, just their second loss in their last 11 tries, but still gives them a point in the standings, now 31 on the season.

The two teams went back and forth in each period, combining for 71 shots on the afternoon, before eventually reaching the breakaway competition.

"It was a competitive game," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "They lead the League in a lot of categories with regard to offense and puck possession. I thought that they were a little quicker than us in the first period. I thought the second and third we played better and had our looks, had our chances, but traded goals and scored a big goal to tie it up and push it into extras."

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Rinne Breaks Finnish Shutout Record as Preds Beat Blues

Pekka Rinne Becomes NHL Finnish-Born Shutout Leader, Preds Win Fourth Straight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne posted his 45th career shutout and the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues by a 2-0 final on Friday night at Scottrade Center. It's Nashville's fourth consecutive victory, giving them nine wins in their last 10 tries - and with the fathers watching live - the Preds found a way to defeat one of the League's top teams.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was a tough game, it was a 1-0 game and they're a good hockey club. It went our way."

"We were super excited to play against one of the best teams in the NHL," Rinne said. "We've been feeling good and feeling confident, so thats a good feeling to have."

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Preds Top Canadiens in Shootout to Complete Perfect Home Stand

Filip Forsberg Scores Twice, Pekka Rinne Solid in Third-Straight Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg scored twice and Pekka Rinne was perfect in the shootout as the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a 3-2 final on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The win gives Nashville a perfect 3-0-0 home stand and victories in eight of their last nine outings, enough for 16 points in the standings over that span.

Facing an opponent that had lost four straight coming in and had played the night before, the Preds were expecting a better effort from themselves, but ultimately still found a way to collect two more points.

"I don't think we were particularly smooth with execution with what we were trying to do; some of that could have been us, I think some of it had to do with them," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We've played in some games where there's been a lot of room and a lot of space, and we were able to execute and have it look a little better, but tonight, it just wasn't that game. This was the game that was dealt to us, so I give our guys a lot of credit for staying in and playing that game."

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Ekholm Scores in Fourth Straight, Preds Top Jets

Nashville Records Four or More Goals in Fifth Consecutive Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mattias Ekholm set a franchise record, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-3 final on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The win is Nashville's second consecutive victory and their fifth win in their last seven tries over Winnipeg.

After a first period that saw the score even at 1-1, the Preds exploded for three goals in the middle frame and added another in the third to score at least four times for the fifth consecutive game. Against a Winnipeg team that now only sits one point ahead of Nashville for second place in the Central Division, the win was a gratifying one for Nashville.

"I thought we played well," Ekholm said. "[Winnipeg] looked tired [in the second period] and we just kept coming at them - they took some penalties and we got some goals. We got that separation and that was the difference in the end. I feel like we're really strong at home."

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Bitetto, Penalty Kill Help Preds to Beat Avalanche

Nashville Wins Eighth Straight Over Colorado as Preds Score Five

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Five different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a 5-2 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives Nashville their eighth consecutive victory over the Avalanche and 11 wins on the season, six of them coming at home.

After a frustrating loss on Thursday to Minnesota, a bounce-back effort from the Preds was on display on Saturday, with the penalty kill playing a starring role and contributions coming in throughout the lineup.

"It was a good night," Predators defenseman Anthony Bitetto said. "We can't win games [taking too many penalties]. We're fortunate enough that Pekka Rinne played one heck of a game. I think it's a good win after coming off that loss in Minnesota."

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