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Preds Clinch Playoff Berth, Shut Out Wild

Johansen, Saros Lead Nashville Over Minnesota as Predators Clinch for Fifth-Straight Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 1, MIN 0

Predators clinch playoff spot in 1-0 win against Wild

Juuse Saros stopped all 29 shots he faced and Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Predators victory to clinch a playoff berth

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They're in.

Ryan Johansen scored the goal, Juuse Saros stopped every shot he faced, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild by a 1-0 final on Monday night to clinch their spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The result gives the Preds a sweep of the season series, as well as 92 points to hang onto second place in the Central Division.

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Preds Clinch Berth in 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Predators Qualify for Postseason for Fifth Consecutive Season, Each Under Head Coach Laviolette

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

For the fifth-straight season, there will be postseason hockey in Nashville.

With a 1-0 win in Minnesota on Monday night, the Predators clinched their spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in doing so, set a franchise record for consecutive appearances to vie for the sport's ultimate prize.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette has guided the Preds to the playoffs in each of his five seasons behind the bench in Nashville, with this season's team eclipsing the 90-point mark for the fifth-straight campaign, also a club record. Nashville is one of six NHL teams to hit the 90-point mark in each of the last five seasons.

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Pitlick Set to Make NHL Debut Tonight in Minnesota

Predators Forward to Skate On NHL Ice for the First Time

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Pregame: NSH at MIN, Pitlick

Rem Pitlick is set to make his NHL debut

Rem Pitlick is ready to make his NHL debut tonight for the Preds in his home state

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After a whirlwind couple of days, newly signed forward Rem Pitlick will make his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators tonight against his hometown Minnesota Wild - less than 10 miles away from where he spent his three-year NCAA career with the University of Minnesota.

"It's been unbelievable so far. We only lost last Saturday back at school and now I'm here, and I feel like it's been forever," Pitlick said after Monday's morning skate at Xcel Energy Center. "I've been learning so much and there's been so much going on. It's been crazy, and it's been awesome."

On March 16, Pitlick played his final game as a Gopher against Notre Dame in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals. Less than a week later, Pitlick's two-year, entry-level contract with the Predators was announced and just a few hours later, Pitlick was on board the team plane en route to Winnipeg.

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Preds Look to Clinch Playoff Berth with Success in Minnesota

Nashville Can Join Postseason for Fifth-Straight Year with Victory Over Wild

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

The Nashville Predators will look to clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win over the Minnesota Wild tonight in St. Paul.

Not only does that opportunity exist tonight at the Xcel Energy Center, but the Preds are also eager to erase the memory of a 5-0 loss in Winnipeg on Saturday night, and both can be accomplished by finding success this evening. 

"The game didn't go the way we wanted in Winnipeg," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said Monday morning. "I thought we started pretty good in the first period, but we didn't play very well in the final 40 minute,s so [we need] a little bit more of a consistent effort. It's obviously a big game for us tonight."

As the Preds look to shake off the loss in Winnipeg, forward Filip Forsberg said the team is mentally prepared for tonight's divisional battle.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Wild

Rem Pitlick to Make NHL Debut; Salomaki, Watson Assigned to Milwaukee

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators can clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win over the Minnesota Wild tonight (at 7 p.m. CT on NBCSN). 

The Preds (42-28-6) had an opportunity to tie Winnipeg atop the Central Division standings on Saturday, but instead fell to the Jets, 5-0. Nashville held a full practice on Sunday in Minnesota, with Roman Josi receiving a maintenance day. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve) filled in for Josi and appears to be nearing a return. 

Earlier today, the Predators announced Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson have been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

Minnesota (35-32-9) sits just outside the second Wild Card in the West with 79 points. Earlier in the month, the Wild dropped both games against the Predators in shootouts. 

Update: Preds forward Rem Pitlick addressed the media following the morning skate and said he will make his NHL debut tonight. 

Video: Rem Pitlick is set to make his NHL debut

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Monday. Below is Preds projected lineup based on Sunday's practice:

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Preds Assign Salomaki, Watson to Milwaukee on Long-Term Injury Loan

Predators Take on Minnesota Tonight with Six Games Remaining in Regular Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 25, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has assigned forwards Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

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How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Wild

Pitlick to Make NHL Debut as Nashville Visits Minnesota to Conclude Season Series with Wild

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

After suffering a disappointing loss in Winnipeg on Saturday, the Nashville Predators will look to rebound tonight in Minnesota when they take on the Wild. It's the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two divisional rivals, and the third time they've seen one another this month alone; both of those contests in March were shootout wins for Nashville.

Both the Preds and Wild will be eager to shake off tough losses tonight; Nashville dropped a 5-0 decision to the Jets two nights ago, while Minnesota fell to the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday. The Wild are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, just two points out of the second Wild Card spot in the West.

Nashville got back to work on Sunday with a spirited practice in St. Paul, and the group is ready to learn from the loss, while also focusing on what still needs to happen over the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Preds Disappointed with Effort in Loss to Jets

Winnipeg Gains Ground in Central Division with 5-0 Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators blanked by Jets, 5-0

NSH Recap: Preds stymied by Hellebuyck in 5-0 loss

Despite 33 shots on goal, the Predators couldn't solve Connor Hellebuyck in a 5-0 road loss to the Jets

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The Nashville Predators were unable to prevail in the biggest game of the season so far.

The Jets scored three times in the second period en route to a 5-0 shut out of the Predators at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. The result ends Nashville's four-game point streak and sees the Jets take a four-point lead over the Preds atop the Central Division.

Nashville entered the night with a chance to tie Winnipeg for first in the Central, but after a quality first period from the visitors, the Jets were frankly "better" than the Predators, according to captain Roman Josi.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Jets

Central Division Lead on the Line as Predators, Jets Complete Season Series

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Very few of their remaining games, if any, will mean more to the Predators and Jets than when Nashville visits Winnipeg tonight with the Central Division lead on the line (at 6 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (42-27-6) fell in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, but maintained their longest point streak in nearly two months as their total rose to four games in a row. Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette elected to shake up his forward lines in the contest, promoting Kyle Turris to the second line, while joining Wayne Simmonds with Brian Boyle together and reuniting Colton Sissons with Nick Bonino (amongst other moves). The new forward lines helped the Predators score in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. 

Winnipeg (44-26-4) holds a two-point edge over Nashville for first in the Central and has played one fewer game. The Jets fell to the Predators on Oct. 11, but bounced back to beat them on Jan. 17 and March 1. Tonight's contest will conclude the clubs' regular-season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bell MTS Place and were joined by Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve), Rem Pitlick, Zac Rinaldo (IR) and Miikka Salomaki (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds Official Podcast: Granlund Tells Story of Trade, Birth of First Son

Podcast Interviews Mikael Granlund, Rem Pitlick and Talks Upcoming Playoffs

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

No one can help themselves from talking playoff berths and seeding with the Stanley Cup Playoffs less than three weeks away. Mikael Granlund joins the show to talk about welcoming his son into the world in the midst of being traded, and chats about his dog and love for soccer. Rem Pitlick shares why he turned pro and signed a contract with the Predators. Plus, more playoff chatter as the Preds close in on locking up their spot in the dance.

Highlights Include: 

  • Preds turn in strong week vs. Sharks, Leafs, Penguins
  • Austin Watson returns; what's next?
  • Interview with Preds forward Mikael Granlund
  • Interview with newly signed Rem Pitlick
  • A look at playoff seeding
  • Answering your Twitter questions
  • Giveaway opportunity of a Preds tickets for April 4 vs. Canucks; listen to see how to enter!

Visit NashvillePredators.com/Podcast to subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and others.

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