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Preds Fall to Rangers in New York

Nashville's Five-Game Point Streak Ends with 4-2 Loss at Madison Square Garden

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Goals from Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg weren't enough for the Nashville Predators as they fell, 4-2, to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The result sees Nashville's five-game point streak come to a close, resulting in their third regulation loss of the season and only New York's second win.

The Predators had their chances on the afternoon, outshooting the Rangers 25-15, including a 13-5 advantage in the final 40 minutes, but Nashville was unable to convert on their chances when they had them.

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Infographic: Preds 2, Rangers 4

Predators Lead in Shot Counter, But Point Streak Ends as Rangers Triumph

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators lead the shot counter 25-15, but manage just two goals and fall to the New York Rangers, 4-2.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Rangers

Weber Could Return to the Lineup as Predators Visit Rangers in Afternoon Game

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will complete a two-game road trip with a daylight tilt against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (at 11:30 a.m. CT). 

The Predators (4-2-1) have points in five-straight games and could see the return of defenseman Yannick Weber. Weber, who joined his teammates for practice on Friday, was activated from Injured Reserve. Center Nick Bonino, who made an early exit from a game in Chicago on Oct. 14, was added to IR on Friday. 

The Rangers (1-5-2) are headed in the opposite direction of Nashville, losing their fifth consecutive game on Thursday, a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders.

With today's contest being a matinee matchup, the Predators did not hold a morning skate. Below is a projected lineup based on Friday's practice: 

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Game Day: Preds vs. Rangers

Nashville Looks for Points in Five Straight Today in New York City

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Rise and shine, Smashville.

The Predators are in New York City today to close out their two-game trip and meet the Rangers at Madison Square Garden for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop. Nashville is in search of its third consecutive win and also has a chance at points in six-straight games today, the most-recent victory coming in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

After starting the season 0-2, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette continues to see marked improvement in his club, something he and his team believed was only a matter of time.

[Click here to see the Predators projected lineup for today's game]

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Hamilton Thrilled as U.S. Figure Skating Holds Major Event in Nashville

Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton Pleased to See Ford Ice Center Host Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Never in Scott Hamilton's wildest dreams did he imagine Ford Ice Center would host a U.S. Figure Skating Regional Championship event, let alone just three years into the facility's existence.

But for a man who made a career out of dreaming big, it was a no-brainer to accept when the president of U.S. Figure Skating made the trip to Ford Ice last summer and told Hamilton that a regional event was a must in Antioch, Tennessee.

So, on Friday afternoon, standing next to his Gold Medal won at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hamilton looked around at the hundreds of young figure skaters competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships with the same dreams he once had and couldn't help but smile.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 20

Preds Skate at Unique Chelsea Piers; Effort Equaling Results for Nashville; Weber off IR, Bonino to IR

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

More than one correct answer can be offered up when trying to pinpoint the predominant reason for the Predators' excellent play over their past five contests.

They've picked up nine of a possible 10 points, but even outside of that, the improvement throughout the lineup has been apparent to even the casual observer. With a chance to go two-for-two on their current road trip with a victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, the Preds' increased comfort in their on-ice system and renewed focus within it appear to have them poised for long-term success.

Following Friday's practice, Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said he doesn't change the overall theme of how he wants his team to play from season to season, but that it took a couple of games for the Preds to realize their role within it.

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Preds Honored by Nashville YWCA

Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) Present Predators with Annual Corporate Award

by AJ Mazzolini @PredsNHL /

While the guys were taking care of business in Philadelphia on the road, the Nashville Predators were being honored by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee for their community work at home.

The 2017 Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) presented the Predators organization with its annual corporate award Thursday. With the Preds out of town playing the Flyers, Tracey Henry and Kristen Laviolette - the wives of Predators CEO and President Sean Henry and head coach Peter Laviolette - were among those present to accept the award.

"This is a personal, a business and a community achievement," began Tracey Henry. "It's really emotional and humbling to be part of all those at the same time. We're proud to represent the Predators tonight."

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Rinne, Sissons Lead Preds Past Flyers

Nashville Collects First Road Win of Season Behind Pekka Rinne's 44th Career Shutout

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A goal from Colton Sissons and a shutout from Pekka Rinne gave the Nashville Predators their first road victory of the 2017-18 season, a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Sissons's second in as many games and Rinne's 44th career shutout extended Nashville's point streak to five straight to give them a 4-2-1 record and a season sweep of the Flyers.

A stark contrast to the first meeting between the two on Oct. 10 - a 6-5 win for the Preds - Thursday's outing was much more of a defensive battle with Rinne and the blueliners around him starring for 60 minutes, and all it took was one little break for Sissons to cash in.

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Infographic: Preds 1, Flyers 0

Rinne Makes 28 Saves in First Shutout; Sissons Scores in Second Straight

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Colton Sissons scores for the second-straight game as Pekka Rinne uses 28 saves to shut out the Flyers. Nashville sweeps Philadelphia with a 1-0 win. 

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Flyers

Predators Complete Season Series with Flyers; Seeking First Road Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will go for a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers and at least a point in their fifth-straight game tonight (at 6 p.m. CT).

Nashville (3-2-1) pulled off a last-minute win on Oct. 10, topping Philadelphia (4-2-0), 6-5, with two goals in the final two minutes of regulation. The victory was the Predators' first of the season, a run which started their current four-game point streak. The Flyers have won their last two contests by a combined score of 13-3 (topping Washington 8-2 and Florida 5-1).

The Predators held an optional morning skate on Thursday. Nick Bonino (lower-body; day-to-day), Yannick Weber (Injured Reserve) and Roman Josi were absent from Wednesday's practice. 

Below is a projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice: 

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