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Smashville Scope: December 18

Eight Goals, That There's An R.V., Winter Classic Updates, Preds Mic'd Up and More in This Week's Scope

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It seemed as though the New York Islanders would run away with it.

For starters, they had just scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the second period. They were 12-0-1 in their last 13 home games. They possess one of the League's stingiest defensive units. And the Predators were playing their second game in as many nights - this time against one of the top teams in the NHL standings.

Yes, it seemed as though this might not be Nashville's night. But it's virtually impossible to predict what will happen in a hockey game.

By the time the final horn had sounded, the Predators had scored seven unanswered and were just one away from tying a franchise record for goals in a single contest.

What a sport.

Tuesday night saw the Preds collect their second victory in as many tries against teams from the New York metropolitan area, after defeating the Rangers by a 5-2 final on Monday to begin their four-game trip. Tuesday's tally saw a scoreboard that ended up reading 8-3 in favor of the visitors, just the seventh time in franchise history Nashville has put at least eight into the net.

The other occasions? The Preds did it for the first time in February of 2004 in an 8-2 win over the Coyotes, and they set a franchise record just a month later with a 9-4 triumph in Pittsburgh. Nashville equaled that total with a 9-4 win over the Flames in March of 2006, and that was followed by an 8-3 final in Chicago five days into 2007. The classic 8-0 trouncing of the Red Wings was next on Feb. 28, 2009, and the Preds put up nine for the third time in franchise history on Nov. 18, 2014, with a 9-2 drubbing over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Video: Predators erupt for eight goals in rout of Islanders

The Predators spread the wealth on Tuesday, marking the third time in club history the team had at least eight different players with two or more points.

And here's one for the stat aficionados - according to STATS, the Predators became the first team to play the Rangers and Islanders on the road on back-to-back days (either order) and win both by three-plus goals since the Los Angeles Kings did so on Oct. 20 and 21, 1981.

No matter how you break it down, it was one of the more impressive wins in franchise history. Now, the Predators want nothing more than to use it as a launching pad to jump back into a more favorable position in the standings before the Christmas break arrives next week.

So far, so good.

"That There's an R.V."

The Predators got an early present when Viktor Arvidsson took the ice for the team's morning skate on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury sustained on Nov. 23, it was the first time No. 33 had taken the ice with his teammates since that game.

Arvidsson may still be a couple of weeks away from returning to action, but it was a welcome sight as he continues the recovery process.

While Predators fans may have to wait a bit longer to hear his nickname of "Arvi" reverberate through the rafters at Bridgestone Arena, there's another early present to satisfy that craving in the meantime.

Based on the classic film, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," this year's Predators holiday card features Arvidsson making his travel preparations for Dallas and the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

If you haven't seen it, prepare for a laugh. And even if you have seen it, you know you want to watch it again.

Arvi, Arvi, Arvi.

Video: Hockey Holidays from Smashville!

Road to the Winter Classic Schedule Revealed:

There are plenty of perks that come with being selected to participate in the NHL Winter Classic.

The game itself and a fresh jersey are the obvious benefits, but the behind-the-scenes access fans crave is also on the menu. For the past two weeks, cameras have been following the Predators and Dallas Stars, as NHL Studios produces the critically acclaimed "Road To The NHL Winter Classic" limited series.

The first of three episodes is set to premiere in the coming days, with fans in the U.S. able to watch on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. CT on Monday night. The three-week, limited series will air on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S. and on SN1 for fans in Canada.

A full schedule is available here. You won't want to miss it.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Winter Classic:

We are only two weeks away from the drop of the puck in Dallas, and the transformation of the Cotton Bowl from football stadium to hockey haven is well underway.

Check out these images from the scene, and stay tuned to (@PredsNHL) Preds social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the days leading up to the Winter Classic for the latest sights and sounds from Dallas.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: Setting the stage ������#Preds | #WinterClassic pic.twitter.com/xt08AYt3uT

Preds Foundation Holiday Gift Ideas:

We're one week away from Christmas Day, and if you're still shopping for the fellow Preds fan in your life, the Nashville Predators Foundation may have that something special to put under the tree.

During the Dec. 23 game against Arizona, the Preds Foundation will have holiday mystery pucks for sale for $25 each, and every single one is autographed by a current player. Stop by the Foundation area outside of Section 106 at Bridgestone Arena to get your stocking stuffer.

The 2020 Nashville Predators Team calendar is now available as well and can be purchased at the Foundation area, or at the Predators Team Store, for $15. The calendar is also available online at NashvillePredators.com/calendar.

Admirals Update:

Nashville's AHL affiliate continues to sit atop the league standings.

The Milwaukee Admirals have points in all but one of their seven games in the month of December, including a 4-1 win and 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves last Friday and Saturday. With Yakov Trenin and Colin Blackwell up with the Preds, Cole Schneider's 26 points lead the Ads, followed by Daniel Carr with 22 and Alexandre Carrier with 19.

Admirals goaltenders Connor Ingram (2.20; .926) and Troy Grosenick (2.21; .925) still find themselves in the Top 10 among all AHL goalies in goals-against average and save percentage. Milwaukee plays two more games before the Christmas break.

Mic'd Up Preds:

We've got three this week - one from Colin Blackwell in his first game of the season, another from Kyle Turris, and the frontrunner for the best mic'd up of the season with Captain Roman Josi.

Enjoy the sounds from the ice.

Video: Colin Blackwell is mic'd up

Video: Preds forward Kyle Turris is mic'd up

Video: Hear first hand from the captain during the Preds win

Goal of the Week:

Video: NSH@NYR: Ekholm strikes off rush after Bonino's pass

Save of the Week:

Video: SJS@NSH: Saros denies Meier with his glove

Quote of the Week:

Rocco Grimaldi on the Predators winning back-to-back games in New York to start their four-game trip:

"We need points right now. That's what we were talking about before coming on this road trip. That it was a four-game road trip against four good teams. We knew that to have a good road trip, you've got to start with the first one, and then after the first one, you've got to start the second… We can't control what other teams do, whether they're winning or losing or going on streaks. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. You can only control what we can control, and I think we can keep putting together good efforts like tonight and we're going to start climbing back up the standings."

Shot of the Week:

…and there's more where that came from.

Preds vs. Sharks Photo Gallery

Preds at Sabres Photo Gallery

Preds vs. Stars Photo Gallery

Preds at Rangers Photo Gallery

Preds at Islanders Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Thursday at Ottawa Senators, 6:30 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Saturday at Boston Bruins, 6 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Monday vs. Arizona Coyotes, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Predators Official Podcast:

Predators Team Photographer John Russell takes listeners behind the lens of the most iconic shots in the franchise's history. Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten talk about the Preds fighting back into the Wild Card race. Plus, an update on the Milwaukee Admirals and the Preds work in the community.

Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:

Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.

This Week's Shows:

Dec. 19-22: Jurassic World Live Tour is playing Bridgestone Arena through the weekend. Click here for tickets

Coming Soon:

Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam, Sept. 15. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

Week in Review:

Recap: Preds Score Eight in Victory Over Islanders, Win Back-to-Back Road Games

Recap: No Case of the Mondays for Ekholm, Preds in Win Over Rangers

Watson, Sissons, Preds Give Back with Annual Holiday Party

Preds & Pins Raises $25,000 for 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund

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