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Ellis Shines as Preds Top Coyotes in Shootout

Nashville Defenseman Records Goal, Assist as Predators Win Fourth Straight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: ARI 2, NSH 3 - F/SO

Ellis, Smith lead Predators to SO win against Coyotes

Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the 3rd period and Craig Smith scored the decisive shootout goal as the Predators beat the Coyotes, 3-2

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Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators defeated the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's fourth consecutive victory and gives them 60 points on the season, good enough to retake first place in the Central Division.

It looked as though the last-place team in the League might collect their second win of the season in as many tries over the Preds, but Ellis's late heroics, coupled with goals from Kyle Turris and Craig Smith in the shootout ensured the home team could collect two more points in the standings.

"I really thought it was a good team effort, a good group effort," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought our guys stuck with it, even when we got behind. They caught a break where they were able to slash through there and get in and were able to capitalize, but still we stuck with it. I have to give our guys a lot of credit."

"It was a good character win," Captain Roman Josi said. "We found a way, and that's all that matters."

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Infographic: Preds 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Ryan Ellis Notches First Home Goal Since Return, Preds Take Extra Point in Shootout Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis records two points and Craig Smith ends it in the shootout as the Predators top the Coyotes, 3-2. 

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Audio: Preds GM David Poile on Second Half Outlook

Willy Daunic Talks David Poile's Thoughts on the Second Half of Nashville's Season

by Willy Daunic @WillyD1025 / Television Play-By-Play

The Nashville Predators have just crossed the halfway point of the regular season. The defending Western Conference Champions have 58 points in their first 43 games - currently among the top contenders in the West. Some notable numbers regarding the remaining schedule:

Home Heavy:

Of Nashville's 39 games, 21 are at home, where the Predators have gone 14-4-2 thus far. Six of the next seven are at Bridgestone Arena.

Strength of Schedule:

Last season, the Predators made a remarkable second-half run after an inconsistent first three months. They did this despite a very difficult schedule (sixth-toughest in terms of opponents' point percentage) following the All-Star Break. It also included a whirlwind 26 games over the final 50 days [as I documented in a blog last year].

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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Predators Shake Up Forward Lines as They Seek Fourth Consecutive Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators reach the midpoint of their five-game home stand when they host the Arizona Coyotes (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (26-11-6) has won three in a row, including a 1-0 shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights. After taking a high hit during Tuesday's win, Ryan Johansen left the game in the second period but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Filip Forsberg (Injured Reserve; upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (IR; lower-body) were absent from the group session.

Arizona (10-28-8) picked up one of their 10 wins on the season earlier this month when they beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season. Nashville has won six consecutive home games against Arizona.

The Preds held an optional morning on Thursday, below is a projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Extend Win Streak to Four Games with Arizona in Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators will try for their fourth-straight victory as their home stand continues tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season - Nashville fell to the Coyotes in Arizona earlier this month.

There was a welcomed sight at Wednesday's practice at Bridgestone Arena as Preds centerman Ryan Johansen - who exited Tuesday's game after taking a high hit - joined his teammates on the ice and participated in the session. The hope is Johansen would play tonight as the Predators are already without top forwards Filip Forsberg (upper-body) and Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body), who are both on Injured Reserve.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Coyotes]

[Read More: Saros Gaining Confidence, Wins]

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Saros Gaining Confidence, Shutting Out Opponents in Preds Net

Nashville Netminder Has Three Shutouts in Last Five Starts

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There was a high degree of conviction within the Nashville Predators organization that the 0-3-0 record Juuse Saros possessed to begin the 2017-18 season was an anomaly.

Bad bounces, poor play in front of him - whatever the case, they were certain the 22-year-old goaltender, who had the role of backup to Pekka Rinne all to himself, had more to give.

Did he ever.

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Saros Stops 43, Preds Shut Out Golden Knights

Nashville Netminder Posts Third Shutout in Five Starts; Preds Collect First Win Over Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: VGK 0, NSH 1

Saros, Fiala lead Predators past Knights, 1-0

Kevin Fiala scored in the 3rd period to back Juuse Saros' 43 saves as the Predators shut out the Golden Knights on home ice, 1-0

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Juuse Saros stopped all 43 shots he faced and the Nashville Predators defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a 1-0 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's third consecutive win overall and their first victory in franchise history against the expansion club from Vegas.

Nashville's lone goal on the night came from Kevin Fiala exactly eight minutes into the third period, as Saros put forth quite possibly his best NHL effort to date to registers his fifth win of the season and third shutout in his last five starts.

"[Saros] was unbelievable tonight," Predators forward Austin Watson said. "We had some penalty kills there at the end of the second period that really could have changed the game in the wrong direction for us, and we were really able to shut the door with him backstopping it. It was a really good two points."

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Infographic: Preds 1, Golden Knights 0

Juuse Saros Records Third Shutout in Five Starts as Predators Blank Golden Knights

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Kevin Fiala scores the lone goal in a battle of the West's top teams as the Predators blank the Golden Knights, 1-0.

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Preds Recall Frederick Gaudreau, Place Viktor Arvidsson on IR

Gaudreau Has 14 Points in 21 Games with Admirals this Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (January 16, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals. Additionally, the club has placed forward Viktor Arvidsson on Injured Reserve.

Gaudreau, 24 (5/1/93), has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 21 games with the Admirals this season. He's recorded three points (1g-2a) in his last five games at the AHL level and tallied the game-winning goal in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory over San Antonio on Friday. The forward has skated in 18 games with Nashville this season, tallying three assists and averaging 9:23 of ice time per game. He recorded his first career multi-point game on Nov. 3 at Anaheim when he picked up two assists in Nashville's 5-3 victory and had an assist on Dec. 5 at Dallas.

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Projected Lineup: Golden Knights vs. Predators

Viktor Arvidsson Skates on First Line After Leaving Monday's Practice Early

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return from their five-day break to host the West's top team, the Vegas Golden Knights (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Preds received two polarizing developments at Monday's practice. First, Viktor Arvidsson needed assistance from two trainers as he left practice early with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. Secondly, Filip Forsberg, who remains on Injured Reserve and is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks from Jan. 3 with an upper-body injury, skated and stick-handled on his own at the far end of the ice. 

Nashville (25-11-6) went into their break with points in three-straight games. They've lost the first two meetings with the Golden Knights, one in a shootout and one in regulation. 

Vegas (29-10-3) is 8-1-1 in their last 10, including a win over the Preds in Las Vegas earlier in the month. 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

[Update: Arvidsson has been placed on Injured Reserve, Frederick Gaudreau has been recalled]

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