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Game Day: Oilers vs. Preds

Filip Forsberg Looks to Keep His Goal Streak Alive as the Preds Go for the Season Sweep over Edmonton

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After defeating the League-leading Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Nashville Predators are right back at it this afternoon as they host the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds are going for the season sweep of Edmonton today; Nashville has defeated the Oilers twice this season, once on the road and earlier this month at home.

Roman Josi scored twice on Saturday in Nashville's win over Washington, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and two assists on the day. Mike Fisher and Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 24 shots on the way to his seventh victory of the season.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds with 37 assists and 46 points, followed by Forsberg with 45 points and Arvidsson with 43. Forsberg's 23 goals are tops on the team, and Arvidsson has also hit the 20-goal mark. Pekka Rinne owns a 23-15-6 mark this season for Nashville; Saros is 7-5-3.

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Projected Lineup: Oilers vs. Predators

Preds Close Out Home Stand With Opportunity for Third-Straight Sweep of Oilers

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators play an afternoon home game for the second-straight day, this time against the Edmonton Oilers (at 4 p.m. CT).

On Saturday, Nashville (30-22-9) topped the League-leading Capitals, 5-2, behind three more points from Filip Forsberg. The 22-year-old Swede has nine points (7g-2a) in his past three games and has seven points (4g-3a) in his last seven contests versus the Oilers. Edmonton (33-21-8) also faced the Caps in their most recent game, dropping the contest 2-1 at Verizon Center.

The Oilers have lost eight games in a row to the Preds, including two this season. With a win, Nashville would secure their third consecutive season sweep of Edmonton. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has won eight consecutive games versus the Oilers, including three shutouts. He's also posted a .980 goals-against average and .966 save percentage during the eight games.

Nashville did not hold a morning skate on Sunday. Below is their projected lineup based on Saturday's game:

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Josi Scores Twice to Lead Preds Over Capitals

Forsberg Adds Three Points as the Preds Defeat the NHL's Top Team

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Roman Josi scored twice as the Nashville Predators topped the Washington Capitals, 5-2, on Saturday evening at Bridgestone Arena. It's win No. 30 on the season for the Preds, giving them sole possession of third in the Central Division and 69 points overall.

Nashville came through with flying colors against the club with the best record in the NHL, keeping up with and then overtaking the Capitals in all facets.

"It's a big thing for us, to see how good we can play," Preds goaltender Juuse Saros said. "I think it's a really solid game from us, we didn't give them a lot and I think the whole game was good for us."

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Infographic: Preds 5, Capitals 2

Josi Nets Two and Forsberg Records Third Consecutive Three-Point Game as Preds Rock Caps

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Roman Josi nets two goals and Filip Forsberg records his third consecutive three-point game as the Predators skate past the NHL's top team, 5-2.

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Projected Lineup: Capitals vs. Predators

Filip Forsberg Goes for Third Hat Trick in a Row Versus Former Team

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Filip Forsberg and the Nashville Predators will host the Washington Capitals (at 4 p.m. CT) as they begin another weekend full of hockey.

Nashville (29-22-9) has points in three-straight games, thanks in large part to Forsberg becoming the first player since 2010 (Alexandre Burrows) to register hat tricks in consecutive contests. Washington (41-12-7), who drafted Forsberg in 2012, sits atop the NHL standings with 89 points following a win over the Oilers, 2-1, on home ice last night. The Preds will also host the Oilers on Sunday at 4 p.m. 

According to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post, the Caps are expected to be without forward T.J. Oshie and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen for this afternoon's game in Nashville. The Preds, on the other hand, continue to see improvement to the health of their forward group. Both Cody McLeod (Injured Reserve; lower-body) and Miikka Salomaki (IR; lower-body) skated during the Predators optional practice on Friday. 

Nashville did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is their projected lineup based on Thursday's game:

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Game Day: Capitals vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Back-to-Back Set by Facing the League's Top Team

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators begin a back-to-back set this weekend when they host the Washington Capitals this afternoon at Bridgestone Arena for a 4 p.m. CT puck drop. It's the first time the two clubs have seen each other this season; Nashville will skate in Washington on March 16.

Filip Forsberg will try to recreate some magic for the third consecutive game as he faces the team who drafted him in 2012. The Swede has hat tricks in consecutive games, including one of the natural variety on Thursday in a 4-2 win over the Avalanche. Viktor Arvidsson also scored in the contest and Pekka Rinne collected the win.

"By no means do I think that [Colorado] was an easy game, and by no means do I think [today] is an impossible game," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "Washington is a good hockey team. Right now, their numbers are pointing for them as the best in the League, and we know it's going to be tough. But certainly, we have a lot of confidence in our room to win a hockey game."

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Five Things: What Makes Filip Forsberg So Good?

With Four Hat Tricks Over Last Two Seasons, Forsberg has Become One of the NHL's Top Goal-Scorers

by John Glennon @glennonsports / jg1sport@aol.com

In the Nashville Predators last two games, forward Filip Forsberg has fired the puck on goal a combined eight times.

He's scored on six of those shots.

Forsberg's back-to-back hat tricks - scored with near maximum efficiency - are but the latest examples of a player who's torched the League over the last couple of months. After recovering from a slow goal-scoring start - three goals in his first 30 games - he's scored an NHL-high 19 goals in the Preds last 30 contests.

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Scoresberg: Behind the Numbers

After Two Hat Tricks in Two Games, Filip Forsberg has Notched Some Impressive Stats

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Forsberg Nets Double Hat Tricks

Forsberg nets two hat tricks in two-straight games

Filip Forsberg records not one, but two hat tricks in a two-game span

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A handful of Nashville Predators players have been asked over the past 24 hours about a certain teammate's almost unheard of string of consecutive hat tricks, and it was the captain who summed it up best.

"[When] he's hot, he's hot," Mike Fisher said.

That's certainly one way to describe what Filip Forsberg has done in his last two outings - three goals in both - leading to a slew of bare-headed Nashvillians who have sacrificed their caps in awe of the 22-year-old Swede.

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Forsberg Scores Another Hat Trick, Preds Sweep Avs

Filip Forsberg Records His Second Hat Trick in as Many Games, Preds Go 5-0-0 Over Colorado This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Fans of the Nashville Predators keep losing their lids.

Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick for the second consecutive game, as the Predators completed the season sweep and topped the Colorado Avalanche by a 4-2 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The victory gives Nashville 29 wins on the season - five of which came against the Avalanche - and 67 points overall, good for a tie with St. Louis for third in the Central Division.

And as for Forsberg? Just another night at the office.

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Infographic: Preds 4, Avalanche 2

Filip Forsberg Notches Hat Trick for Second Consecutive Game as Preds Sweep Avs

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Winger Filip Forsberg notches a hat trick for the second consecutive game as the Predators use a 4-2 win to sweep the Avalanche. 

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