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Over 500 Games Down, Pekka Rinne Striving for More

After Reaching the 500-Game Milestone, Nashville's Goaltender Hopes His Best Memories Are Still Ahead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It was December of 2005, just 10 days before Christmas, when a young Finn led his club out onto the ice in Nashville for the first time.

He remembers feeling the nerves, the buzz in the crowd, stopping 35 out of 38 shots the Chicago Blackhawks threw his way - and then it was over. One NHL appearance, one NHL win.

Eleven years, three months and one day later, the netminder led his team to the ice in Washington D.C., and then turned aside 21 of 22 shots in a 2-1 overtime win - in his 500th career game.

"That's a lot of hockey," Pekka Rinne laughed when reflecting on the milestone.

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Rinne, Sissons Shine as Preds Extinguish Flames

Nashville's Penalty Kill Perfect, Rinne Solid Again in Predators Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne turned aside 24 shots and Colton Sissons got the winner as the Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames by a 3-1 final on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, taking five of six points from the Flames in the season series. The victory gives Nashville 37 wins and 85 points, and to collect it against one of the NHL's hottest teams doesn't hurt either.

"That's a huge win against a good team," Rinne said. "They've been really hot as of late and they came hard, I thought the first and second, and then in the third period, I think that we locked it down pretty good. We didn't give them a lot. It's a big character win. It's not always pretty, and it's not always a fancy game, but it's efficient and we delivered tonight."

A scoreless first period gave way to a second stanza that saw the Preds register only three shots, but come away with two goals, with tallies from Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons for a 2-0 Nashville lead. Craig Smith set up Jarnkrok - his third primary assist in his last two games - and Colin Wilson collected his second helper of the night on the Sissons tally.

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Infographic: Preds 3, Flames 1

Colton Sissons Scores the Game-Winner in his 100th NHL Game

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Colton Sissons scores the game-winner in his 100th NHL game as the Predators take five of six points from the Flames. 

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Projected Lineup: Flames vs. Predators

Mike Fisher Still Absent for Preds as They Prepare for Pivotal Game with Flames

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The two Western Conference Wild Card teams clash in Nashville tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).

The Nashville Predators (36-25-11) are even in points with St. Louis and could reclaim third in the Central Division with win and a Blues loss tonight. The Calgary Flames (41-28-4) are in a nearly identical position to Nashville, holding the first Wild Card spot in the West and with an opportunity to move into third in the Pacific Division with a victory. 

Three points separate the Preds and Flames in the standings as they meet for the final time this season. Nashville held on for a 4-3 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 19, while the Flames lost a three-goal lead and then claimed a 6-5 win in overtime on Feb. 21 in Music City.

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Thursday with Filip Forsberg, Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury), Juuse Saros and 16 others taking the ice. Mike Fisher, who has not practiced the last two days, did not take part in the optional skate.

Below is the projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts One of the NHL's Hottest Teams as Their Home Stand Continues

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The final three-game home stand of the regular season continues tonight for the Nashville Predators as they prepare to host the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third and final meeting this season between the Preds and Flames; Nashville is 1-0-1 against Calgary so far, including a 6-5 overtime loss on Feb. 21.

The Predators bounced back from a loss at Carolina last Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Monday night. Ryan Ellis scored twice in the win with Craig Smith setting up both tallies. Viktor Arvidsson also scored to extend his point streak to five games, and Pekka Rinne collected the win in net. It was the second, two-goal game in Ellis's career - with the first occurring earlier this season in Calgary.

Nashville's top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson are one, two, and three in team scoring this season with 55, 54 and 53 points, respectively. Forsberg's 29 goals lead the team with Arvidsson second at 27 and James Neal with 21. Captain Mike Fisher has 17 goals to go along with 41 points, and Roman Josi has added 44 points from the blue line. Rinne has amassed a 28-16-8 mark in the crease; Juuse Saros is 8-7-3.

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The Mystery of the Preds' Strong Second Periods

Preds Pace NHL in Second-Period Goal Differential but Want to Round Out Overall Game

by John Glennon @glennonsports / jg1sport@aol.com

One of the great mysteries of this NHL season is a local puzzler: What exactly transpires in the Predators locker room between the first and second periods of games?

Is it something the players eat or drink? Is it something the coaching staff says? Are secret sacrifices being served up to the hockey gods?

Whatever goes on - and it's probably safe to rule out option three - appears to turn the mere mortals of the first period into superior second-period scorers on a regular basis.

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Weber Fulfilling Role Perfectly with Preds

In First Season with the Predators, Yannick Weber Has Been a Steady Presence on Nashville's Blue Line

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When Roman Josi and Yannick Weber were growing up playing hockey together in Switzerland, a city in Tennessee was never a thought.

Sure, there were dreams of the two friends perhaps skating together one day in the Swiss League, but together in the NHL? Realistically thinking, probably not.

But now when Josi looks down to his right just a couple of stalls in the Nashville Predators locker room, there's Weber, the guy Josi's known since they were children, willing to see how far this hockey thing could take them.

"It's crazy when you think about it," Josi said of skating on the same club with one of his best friends over 4,600 miles from home.

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Preds Show Tattoos for Upcoming Theme Night

Austin Watson, Ryan Ellis and David Good Share the Significance of Their Favorite Tattoos

by Thomas Willis & Sandy Weaver @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Behind the Scenes: Tattoo Shoot

Watson, Ellis show off their favorite tattoos

Austin Watson, Ryan Ellis and Strength & Conditioning Coach David Good sit down for a photoshoot showing off their favorite tattoos

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When the Nashville Predators host the Calgary Flames for the second time this season, they'll be debuting a unique theme night that's the first of its kind at Bridgestone Arena.

On Thursday evening, the Predators will host Tattoo Industry Night, a night that offers discounted ticket pricing at NashvillePredators.com/tattoo and the opportunity for fans to don temporary tattoos passed out by the Predators Energy Team presented by Popcornopolis.

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Ellis, Smith Lead Preds to Win Over Coyotes

Two Goals from Ryan Ellis and Two Assists from Craig Smith Help Put Nashvillle Back in Third in the Central Division

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Craig Smith found Ryan Ellis twice, and that did the trick.

Two goals from Ellis helped lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena to give the Preds 36 wins and 83 points on the season, good enough to bump back into third place in the Central Division and ahead of St. Louis.

After a loss in Carolina, in which the Preds were none too pleased, a bounce-back effort on Monday to start a three-game home stand was just what Nashville needed to get their confidence back as the final three weeks of the regular season get underway.

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Infographic: Preds 3, Coyotes 1

Ellis Nets Two, Rinne Makes 25 Saves as Preds Shut Down Coyotes

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis powers home two goals and Pekka Rinne makes 25 saves as the Predators shut down the Coyotes.

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