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Sissons, Forsberg Lead Preds to Win, Playoff Berth

Nashville Becomes First to Clinch Postseason Berth, Extend Point Streaks to 14 Games

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 4, COL 2

Sissons, Forsberg propel Preds past Avalanche, 4-2

Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg each scored two goals and Juuse Saros made 33 saves in the Predators' 4-2 road win against the Avalanche

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Playoff berth clinched.

Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg each scored twice and the Nashville Predators rallied on the road for the sixth consecutive time on Friday night in Denver, prevailing 4-2 over the Avalanche.

As a result, the Predators have punched their ticket to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the fourth consecutive season Nashville will appear in the postseason.

"It feels good," Sissons said of the berth. "That's what every team suits up for in training camp is to get to the postseason. As we found out last year, as long as you get in, you just never know what can happen. We're pumped about it, and to be the first... it's pretty special."

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Infographic: Preds 4, Avalanche 2

Preds Rally on Road Again, Become First Team to Clinch Playoff Berth

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Colton Sissons, Filip Forsberg each net two goals as the Predators rally on the road to become the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season. 

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Preds Clinch Stanley Cup Playoff Berth

Nashville Earns Chance to Play for Stanley Cup in Fourth Consecutive Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

We're in.

With Friday's 4-2 win over Colorado, the Nashville Predators clinched their berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, becoming the first team to do so this season.

It's the fourth consecutive campaign that has resulted in a postseason bid, all under Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette, the longest personal playoff streak of his career as an NHL bench boss. The Predators made it to within two wins of a championship in 2017, their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

The Predators now have 104 points on the season and continue to sit first in the NHL standings. It's the sixth time in club history Nashville has hit the 100-point plateau, and they did so in just 69 games, the smallest margin of time it's ever taken them to reach the mark. Nashville's all-time record is 110 points, which was set by the 2006-07 team. The Predators now need just seven more points in their final 11 games to top the franchise record.

Stay tuned to in the coming days and weeks for more information on all things playoffs. The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.

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Rinne, Hartnell Surprise Dedicated Preds Fan on 95th Birthday

Vann Bruno Celebrates 95 Years with Surprise from Pekka Rinne and Scott Hartnell

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Surprise Party: Rinne, Hartnell

A 95-year-old Preds fan receives a surprise

Pekka Rinne and Scott Hartnell surprise a special Preds fan on her 95th birthday

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In a modest house on the outskirts of Davidson County, Vann Bruno sat surrounded by friends and family, clad in Nashville Predators Gold.

The group gathered on a Friday afternoon, bringing cookies and a birthday cake outfitted with the Predators logo in the icing, to celebrate 95 years of life. The past 20 have been spent cheering on Nashville's hockey club, no matter how late into the night - or the morning - the game goes on.

She doesn't miss a single one.

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Fletcher, Shero, Recall Time as Mentor, Mentee of Preds GM Poile

Once Mentored by Cliff Fletcher, David Poile Served Role for Ray Shero in Successful Lineage of NHL General Managers

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds honor Poile for 1,320 wins

ANA@NSH: Predators celebrate GM Poile's milestone

The Predators and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman honor GM David Poile for becoming the winningest general manager in NHL history with 1,320 wins

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Cliff Fletcher was tasked with building a professional hockey franchise from scratch.

It was January of 1972 and Fletcher had just been hired to become general manager of the NHL's newest expansion club, the Atlanta Flames.

The beginnings were humble - a trailer in a parking lot in the middle of Georgia's capital city, hardly the ideal setting to conduct business - but Fletcher had a job to do and he needed good people. Hockey people.

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How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Avalanche

Nashville Looks to Extend Record Point Streaks in Colorado

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Less than 24 hours after a win in the desert, the Nashville Predators will look to tie and set a pair of franchise records tonight in Colorado against the Avalanche. It's the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the two potential postseason foes with the Preds looking for a clean sweep of the regular-season series.

The Predators currently have points in 13 consecutive contests (12-0-1) and would tie a franchise record if they are able to collect at least one more this evening. In addition, Nashville has points in 13 straight road outings (10-0-3) which has already tied a franchise mark.

Nashville will be without forward Calle Jarnkrok for the remainder of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. Center Mike Fisher, as well as defensemen Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin, were scratched on Thursday night but could enter the lineup this evening on the second half of a back-to-back.

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Turris Leads Preds to Win Over Coyotes

Nashville Extends Overall Point Streak and Road Point Streak to 13 Games Each

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 3, ARI 2

Turris paces Predators to 3-2 victory against Coyotes

Kyle Turris scored a goal and added a pair of assists, while Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the Predators' 3-2 road win against the Coyotes

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Kyle Turris recorded three points and the Nashville Predators came back to defeat the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2, on Thursday night at Gila River Arena. The result gives the Predators points in 13 consecutive road games to tie a franchise record, as well as points in 13 straight overall.

It's been the same impressive story on the road as of late - Nashville has now trailied in five consecutive contests away from Bridgestone Arena, only to come back and win each one of them. And on Thursday in the desert, it was a former Coyotes forward in Turris who played the role of hero.

"We're confident in our abilities," Turris said. "We just stick with it, we don't panic and we just find ways to win."

"I thought our guys played well tonight," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was tough going on the road, traveling the distance, changing time zones, but I thought we played a pretty good game. It wasn't overly exciting, but it was steady."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Coyotes 2

Kyle Turris Collects Three Points Against Former Team, Leads Preds to Top Spot in NHL Standings

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Kyle Turris collects a goal and two assists against his former club as the Predators rally in the third period to prevail, 3-2.

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Calle Jarnkrok to Miss Remainder of Regular Season

Predators Forward Suffered Upper-Body Injury on Tuesday Against Jets

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok will miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

Jarnkrok was injured during Tuesday night's 3-1 win against Winnipeg. The 26-year-old has 16 goals and 35 points in 68 games this season.

Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette says it won't be just one person in the lineup he'll look to when it comes to replacing Jarnkrok's production, but rather a collective effort from the forward corps.

"Certainly I think the addition of Ryan Hartman coming in here has been big," Laviolette said. "He's been down playing with [Nick] Bonino, they've played together, so that combination is there. Ryan can chip in, Colton Sissons is a guy that can chip in, [Miikka] Salomaki gets back in the lineup; he was playing really well when he came out, too, so it's a chance for him to continue with what he was doing. He was fast, he was physical and now he gets a crack back at it as well."

The Predators have 13 games remaining in the regular season and begin a three-game road trip tonight in Arizona against the Coyotes (at 9 p.m. CT).

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Coyotes

Scott Hartnell May Return to Predators' Lineup in Place of Calle Jarnkrok

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators embark on a three-game road trip by visiting the Coyotes in Arizona (at 9 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (45-14-10) knocked off the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, on Tuesday to reach the 100-point mark and collect at least a point their last 12 games (11-0-1). Nashville has split two games (1-0-1) with Arizona so far this season; tonight's contest marks the finale of the teams' three-game season set. 

In Tuesday's win, the Preds saw Calle Jarnkrok leave early with an injury and not return. Jarnkrok was also absent from Thursday's full morning skate at Gila River Arena, with Scott Hartnell filling in on the first line. Mike Fisher, Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin took part in the morning skate but not line rushes. 

Arizona (25-35-11) has played much better lately, winning two in a row and three of four. 

Below is the Predators' projected lineup based on Thursday's morning skate: 

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