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No Bull: Preds Shut Out Oilers, Sweep Alberta Back-to-Back

Subban Records First Shorthanded Goal, Saros Stops All 31 Shots in Edmonton

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 3, EDM 0

Saros, Predators shut out Oilers, 3-0

P.K. Subban scored his first career shorthanded goal and Juuse Saros made 31 saves in the Predators' 3-0 victory against the Oilers

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They swept Alberta - no bull.

P.K. Subban potted a shorthanded goal and Juuse Saros stopped all 31 shots he faced, as the Nashville Predators shut out the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

The result give the Preds a sweep of Alberta, Canada, during their first back-to-back set of games this season, including a win over the Flames in Calgary on Friday. It's Nashville's fifth consecutive victory overall, as well as their 13th-straight triumph against the Oilers.

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Predators Recall Goaltender Miroslav Svoboda

Goaltender Pekka Rinne Placed on Injured Reserve

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (October 20, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has recalled goaltender Miroslav Svoboda from the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators. Additionally, goaltender Pekka Rinne has been placed on Injured Reserve.

Svoboda, 23 (3/7/95), is two starts into his first professional season in North America, going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .946 save percentage for the Gladiators. He led the Czech Republic's Extraliga with 33 wins in 2017-18, helping HC Plzen record a league-leading 107 points during the regular season. In his first full-time season in the Czech Republic's top league, he posted a 2.10 goals-against average and .926 save percentage for HC Plzen.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Oilers

Predators Switch Up Goaltending Duo, Seek Fifth Consecutive Victory

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis /

The Predators and Oilers meet for the first of three times this season, when Nashville completes the second half of a back-to-back in Edmonton.

The Preds (6-1-0) recalled goaltender Miroslav Svoboda from the ECHL in advance of tonight's game after Pekka Rinne exited Friday's 5-3 win in Calgary early in the third period. Rinne has been placed on Injured Reserve. Edmonton (3-2-0) has won three straight following an 0-2-0 start to the 2018-19 season. 

Nashville has won 12 consecutive games against Edmonton, its longest active winning streak against an opponent. Nashville's streak began with a 4-1 win over Edmonton on Oct. 29, 2014. During the streak, the Preds have outscored the Oilers 37-15 and limited them to two-or-fewer goals 11 times, including four shutouts.

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Friday's game:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Oilers

Nashville Tries for Alberta Sweep in Edmonton

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will play their second game in as many nights as they meet the Oilers in Edmonton. It's the first of three meetings between the two this season, with the Preds searching for their fifth-consecutive win overall.

The Preds claimed a 5-3 win last night in Calgary, but netminder Pekka Rinne left the game in the third period due to an apparent injury. There was no immediate update on Rinne's condition following the contest.

Update: Rinne will be placed on Injured Reserve and the Preds will recall goaltender Miroslav Svoboda in advance of tonight's game in Edmonton. 

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Preds Official Podcast: Filip Forsberg, Goalies and a Fast Start

Podcast Interviews Filip Forsberg; Looks at the Future of the Predators' Goaltending Tandem

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Predators winger Filip Forsberg joins the POP to talk video games, Harry Potter and his crazy story of being traded to Nashville. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis pick their defining moments of the Predators' strong start to the season and evaluate the club's goaltending tandem. 

Highlights Include: 

  • What's been the defining moment of the season so far?
  • What gets Kevin Fiala back on track?
  • Interview with Filip Forsberg
  • Preds TV Analyst Chris Mason joins the show to discuss the Preds goaltending duo
  • Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne, what's next?
  • Giveaway opportunity of an autographed Preds mini helmet; listen to see how to enter!

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Preds Top Flames to Win Fourth Straight

Rinaldo Tallies Winner, Fiala Pots First of Season, Saros Perfect in Relief

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Recap: NSH 5, CGY 3

Johansen, Smith propel Predators to 5-3 road victory

Ryan Johansen, Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala, Zac Rinaldo and Filip Forsberg each scored for the Predators in a 5-3 win against the Flames

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Zac Rinaldo tallied the game-winner and Juuse Saros was perfect in relief as the Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames by a 5-3 final on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's Nashville's fourth-consecutive victory, giving them a bit of revenge after being shut out by the Flames last week.

The two clubs went back and forth all night, but Calgary never had the lead, and the Preds kept finding ways to outlast their opponents throughout.

"That's just hockey," Rinaldo said. "That's the way it goes sometimes, and the teams that are going to come out on top of those games are the teams that stick with the game plan and are patient in their system."

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Flames

Preds Begin First Back-to-Back Set of Games This Season; Seek Revenge vs. Calgary

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators will play two games in two nights for the first time this season. They face the Calgary Flames tonight, before taking on the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow; Nashville has nine total back-to-backs on their 2018-19 schedule.

Nashville (5-1-0) has won three in a row, with their only loss of the season coming at the hands of the Flames on Oct. 9. Calgary (4-2-0) topped the Boston Bruins, 5-2, on Thursday. 

The Preds held a full morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Preds at Flames

Nashville Travels to Calgary to Face Flames in First Half of Back-to-Back in Alberta

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will try to extend their win streak to four games tonight as they make their first trip to Canada. It's the second of three meetings between the Preds and Calgary Flames on the calendar; the Flames shut out the Preds in Nashville's home opener back on Oct. 9.

Tonight marks the first half of a back-to-back set in the province of Alberta, with the Preds set to face the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday night, a challenging test for the group early in the season.

"We've been a pretty good road team even starting the year, but every road trip is different, and this will be a tough one," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's two tough teams in a back-to-back situation. I like it because it's quick, but you need to win the games to feel good about it. But, we've been doing OK on the road, so hopefully we can keep that going."

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Preds Confident in Preparations as First Back-to-Back Set Arrives

Nashville Relies on Goaltending, Preparedness to Get Them Through Two Games in Two Nights

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians walk into their place of business on a Monday morning, only to turn right back around and do it again on Tuesday - and then three additional times (at least) after that.

In the traditional sense, the back-to-back workday is commonplace. The difference between what the average commuter encounters and what the Nashville Predators will endure over the next 48 hours has to do with energy exertion - and lots of it.

On Friday night in Calgary, the Preds will take to the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, participate in a game for upward of three hours and then head straight to the airport. From there, it's a quick flight to Edmonton, followed by another bus ride to the team hotel, and if all goes well, they'll be all checked in by 2 a.m. MT.

And approximately 18 hours after their arrival, the Oilers will be waiting on the other side of the ice. But the Preds aren't looking for your sympathy.

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Preds Fourth Line Key Contributors to Fast Start

Sissons, Rinaldo, Salomaki Providing Solid Play, Bringing Wins to Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

You won't find many of their jerseys while traversing the Bridgestone Arena concourse.

They aren't typically the first ones with a conglomerate of media members loitering at their locker stalls after a big win.

They've only combined for two of the 19 goals the Predators have scored on the season, and both of those shots were thrown into empty nets.

Yes, the three predominant members who have combined to make up Nashville's fourth line won't be winning any scoring titles in the near future - or across the rest of their playing careers, for that matter - but that's quite all right with them.

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