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Audio: Preds GM David Poile on Second Half Outlook

Willy Daunic Talks David Poile's Thoughts on the Second Half of Nashville's Season

by Willy Daunic @WillyD1025 / Television Play-By-Play

The Nashville Predators have just crossed the halfway point of the regular season. The defending Western Conference Champions have 58 points in their first 43 games - currently among the top contenders in the West. Some notable numbers regarding the remaining schedule:

Home Heavy:

Of Nashville's 39 games, 21 are at home, where the Predators have gone 14-4-2 thus far. Six of the next seven are at Bridgestone Arena.

Strength of Schedule:

Last season, the Predators made a remarkable second-half run after an inconsistent first three months. They did this despite a very difficult schedule (sixth-toughest in terms of opponents' point percentage) following the All-Star Break. It also included a whirlwind 26 games over the final 50 days [as I documented in a blog last year].

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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Predators Shake Up Forward Lines as They Seek Fourth Consecutive Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators reach the midpoint of their five-game home stand when they host the Arizona Coyotes (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (26-11-6) has won three in a row, including a 1-0 shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights. After taking a high hit during Tuesday's win, Ryan Johansen left the game in the second period but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Filip Forsberg (Injured Reserve; upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (IR; lower-body) were absent from the group session.

Arizona (10-28-8) picked up one of their 10 wins on the season earlier this month when they beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season. Nashville has won six consecutive home games against Arizona.

The Preds held an optional morning on Thursday, below is a projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Extend Win Streak to Four Games with Arizona in Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators will try for their fourth-straight victory as their home stand continues tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season - Nashville fell to the Coyotes in Arizona earlier this month.

There was a welcomed sight at Wednesday's practice at Bridgestone Arena as Preds centerman Ryan Johansen - who exited Tuesday's game after taking a high hit - joined his teammates on the ice and participated in the session. The hope is Johansen would play tonight as the Predators are already without top forwards Filip Forsberg (upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body), who are both on Injured Reserve.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Coyotes]

[Read More: Saros Gaining Confidence, Wins]

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Saros Gaining Confidence, Shutting Out Opponents in Preds Net

Nashville Netminder Has Three Shutouts in Last Five Starts

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There was a high degree of conviction within the Nashville Predators organization that the 0-3-0 record Juuse Saros possessed to begin the 2017-18 season was an anomaly.

Bad bounces, poor play in front of him - whatever the case, they were certain the 22-year-old goaltender, who had the role of backup to Pekka Rinne all to himself, had more to give.

Did he ever.

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Saros Stops 43, Preds Shut Out Golden Knights

Nashville Netminder Posts Third Shutout in Five Starts; Preds Collect First Win Over Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: VGK 0, NSH 1

Saros, Fiala lead Predators past Knights, 1-0

Kevin Fiala scored in the 3rd period to back Juuse Saros' 43 saves as the Predators shut out the Golden Knights on home ice, 1-0

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Juuse Saros stopped all 43 shots he faced and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a 1-0 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's third consecutive win overall and their first victory in franchise history against the expansion club from Vegas.

Nashville's lone goal on the night came from Kevin Fiala exactly eight minutes into the third period, as Saros put forth quite possibly his best NHL effort to date to registers his fifth win of the season and third shutout in his last five starts.

"[Saros] was unbelievable tonight," Predators forward Austin Watson said. "We had some penalty kills there at the end of the second period that really could have changed the game in the wrong direction for us, and we were really able to shut the door with him backstopping it. It was a really good two points."

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Infographic: Preds 1, Golden Knights 0

Juuse Saros Records Third Shutout in Five Starts as Predators Blank Golden Knights

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Kevin Fiala scores the lone goal in a battle of the West's top teams as the Predators blank the Golden Knights, 1-0.

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Preds Recall Frederick Gaudreau, Place Viktor Arvidsson on IR

Gaudreau Has 14 Points in 21 Games with Admirals this Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (January 16, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals. Additionally, the club has placed forward Viktor Arvidsson on Injured Reserve.

Gaudreau, 24 (5/1/93), has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 21 games with the Admirals this season. He's recorded three points (1g-2a) in his last five games at the AHL level and tallied the game-winning goal in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory over San Antonio on Friday. The forward has skated in 18 games with Nashville this season, tallying three assists and averaging 9:23 of ice time per game. He recorded his first career multi-point game on Nov. 3 at Anaheim when he picked up two assists in Nashville's 5-3 victory and had an assist on Dec. 5 at Dallas.

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Projected Lineup: Golden Knights vs. Predators

Viktor Arvidsson Skates on First Line After Leaving Monday's Practice Early

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return from their five-day break to host the West's top team, the Vegas Golden Knights (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Preds received two polarizing developments at Monday's practice. First, Viktor Arvidsson needed assistance from two trainers as he left practice early with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. Secondly, Filip Forsberg, who remains on Injured Reserve and is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks from Jan. 3 with an upper-body injury, skated and stick-handled on his own at the far end of the ice. 

Nashville (25-11-6) went into their break with points in three-straight games. They've lost the first two meetings with the Golden Knights, one in a shootout and one in regulation. 

Vegas (29-10-3) is 8-1-1 in their last 10, including a win over the Preds in Las Vegas earlier in the month. 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

[Update: Arvidsson has been placed on Injured Reserve, Frederick Gaudreau has been recalled]

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How to Watch, Live Stream Golden Knights vs. Preds

Nashville Returns from Bye Week in Search of First Win Against Golden Knights

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators return from their five-day break tonight to host the best in the West as the Vegas Golden Knights come to town for the second time. It's the third and final meeting between the two this season; Nashville is winless (0-1-1) against Vegas thus far after suffering a 3-0 loss in Nevada on Jan. 2.

After that matchup, however, the Predators rattled off points in three straight, including two wins before heading into their break, and they'll welcome the challenge of seeking their first-ever win against the Golden Knights this evening.

"They're a quick team and they've obviously come together… and we haven't beaten them yet," Preds forward Scott Hartnell said. "We just need to get after them. We're a top team in this Western Conference, we need to catch them and we need to smoke them [tonight]."

[Update: Arvidsson has been placed on Injured Reserve, Frederick Gaudreau has been recalled]

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Golden Knights]

[Read More: Preds Eager to 'Make Some Noise']

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Preds Return from Break Poised to 'Make Some Noise' in Second Half

Despite High Place in Standings, Predators Say They Can Play Much Better

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Monday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex didn't quite feature the same level of excitement as one might observe on the first day of, say, training camp, but it was close.

Rested and recharged coming off of their League-mandated, five-day break, the Nashville Predators got back to work in preparation for the unofficial start of the second half of the season, which comes Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena with the Vegas Golden Knights in town.

It'll be quite a test for the Preds against the expansion team in the third and final meeting of the regular season - Nashville is 0-1-1 against Vegas thus far - and will give them an opportunity to pick up where they left off before the respite, two wins in a row and points in three straight.

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