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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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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Craig Smith May Be Back in the Lineup While PA Parenteau is Out, as Preds End Season Series with Yotes

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators begin their longest remaining home stand - one of the three-game variety - tonight against the Arizona Coyotes (at 7 p.m. CT).

A loss at Carolina sent the Preds from third in the Central Division into a Wild Card spot, but a win on Monday would lift them back into the division's top three. Nashville (35-25-11) has dropped their first two contests against the Coyotes (0-1-1) this season and will try to claim a win in the teams' final meeting (and only one in Nashville).

Arizona (26-36-9) starts a back-to-back set tonight (then tomorrow at Tampa Bay) and lost their last game 3-0 to St. Louis on Saturday. The Coyotes topped the Preds 3-2 (SO) on Nov. 3 and 4-1 on Dec. 10.

Nashville held a full morning skate on Monday and were joined by Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve, lower-body), Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury) and PA Parenteau.

Below is a look at their projected lineup based on the session:

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Game Day: Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Three-Game Home Stand as They Meet Arizona for the Final Time This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a two-game jaunt out east, the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena tonight to begin a three-game home stand, starting against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the third and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; Nashville has gone 0-1-1 against the Coyotes, with both losses coming in the desert.

Nashville finished their trip on Saturday in Carolina, falling 4-2 to the Hurricanes, a game that broke a three-game winning streak for the Preds. Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored in the loss, and Juuse Saros made 33 saves on the night.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in points with 55, followed by Forsberg with 54 and Arvidsson with 52. Forsberg leads the team with 29 goals on the season; Arvidsson has tallied 26 and James Neal has 21. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 27-16-8 in net; Saros has gone 8-7-3.

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My Story: An Unexpected Trade, An Incredible Outcome

The Preds Star Forward Recalls the Day He Was Traded And Where It Led Him

by Filip Forsberg @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators Forward

Technically, my story starts two days before one of the biggest days of my life.

I was Snapchatting with one of my friends when he sent one that said, "You've been traded to Nashville hahaha." This guy was always making jokes, and he was really proud of himself because this was his big April Fools' Day trick.

It was a silly thought because, not only was I in the Washington Capitals organization (they'd drafted me less than a year before), but going to Nashville was not something any Swede would want to do - at least in 2013. My friends and I grew up watching the NHL and playing various hockey video games, but most of us would choose to play as teams like the Colorado Avalanche or the Detroit Red Wings, since they had the most Swedes on their rosters then. All the Nashville Predators had was Patric Hornqvist. But I'll get to that in a minute.

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Preds Start Slow, Can't Recover Versus Canes

Arvidsson, Forsberg Score But Nashville "Not Good Enough" Against Carolina

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Jeff Skinner scored twice and the Nashville Predators fell to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-2 final on Saturday night at PNC Arena. The result ends Nashville's three-game winning streak, keeping them at 81 points on the season.

Carolina outshot Nashville on the evening and had the better portion of the chances as the game went on, and a late push from the Preds wasn't enough to find an equalizer.

Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette cautioned prior to Saturday's game that Carolina was one of the more dangerous teams in the League at the current point in time, and he reiterated that fact after the final horn.

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Infographic: Preds 2, Hurricanes 4

Preds Pull Within a Goal in the Final Two Minutes of Regulation, but Can't Find the Equalizer

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Filip Forsberg pulls the Predators within a goal in the waning moments of regulation, but the Hurricanes prevent the tying tally and prevail, 4-2.

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