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Preds Confident in Ability to Bounce Back from Game 3 Defeat

Pekka Rinne Believes His Club Will Have Best Effort Yet in Game 4

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Although it may not have seemed possible at times during the first period of Game 3 on Monday night, the sun came up again on Tuesday morning.

The Predators rose from their beds, headed to Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, had some meetings, hit the ice for 35 minutes and even cracked a few smiles.

Laughed on more than one occasion as well.

Believe it or not, the sky isn't falling inside of the Nashville dressing room after their 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche cut their series lead to a 2-1 advantage. In fact, it was anything but on Tuesday afternoon.

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Preds Aiming for Better Start Against Desperate Avalanche in Game 2

Nashville Pleased with Finish in Game 1, Hoping to Ride Momentum and Take Advantage of Home Ice

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

As Pekka Rinne often likes to say prior to the commencement of a postseason series, someone is going to win Game 1, and then "it's on."

His club was the victor of the opening act, as the Predators and Avalanche began Round One on Saturday night, a 5-2 final that saw a so-so start turn into a dominant finish and a 1-0 series lead. The Preds will attempt to make it a 2-0 advantage on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena with a chance to take a commanding lead before heading to Denver for Games 3 and 4.

So, now that the Preds have had some time to dissect their efforts in the opening outing, is there something they were particularly pleased with in Game 1? What about something to improve upon?

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Dierks Bentley Practices with Preds, Talks Hockey in Nashville

Country-Music Superstar, Diehard Preds Fan Anticipating Postseason Run in Music City

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Dierks Bentley Skates with Preds

Dierks Bentley and his son practice with the Preds

Country music star Dierks Bentley and his son, Knox, seize the opportunity to skate with the Preds during a practice

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Most of the Preds opted for an off-ice workout in lieu of lacing up their skates on Friday in Nashville, and deservedly so, less than 24 hours after setting a franchise record with 111 points in a single season.

However, not everyone took the option to rest, including Dierks Bentley.

In another classic, "only in Smashville" moment, the country music superstar, and diehard Preds fan, took to the ice, along with his young son, Knox, participating in drills and trying to beat Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros over the glove.

And just as a hockey player might be in awe of their favorite musician, the inverse is also true at first sight for Bentley.

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Fisher Practices with Preds as Comeback Bid Continues

Predators Center Skates with Teammates for First Time Since Announcing Comeback

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

P.K. Subban joked if it was up to him, he would insert Mike Fisher back into the Predators' lineup immediately.

Of course, Subban isn't the one making those decisions, and as far as Fisher is concerned with his conditioning, he's probably relieved that's not the case.

However, after participating in Monday's practice at Bridgestone Arena with his Preds teammates - the first time he's done so since announcing his intention two weeks ago to come back and play for the team - Fisher said he is surprising himself just a bit when it comes to getting back into game shape.

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Forsberg Could Return Soon as Preds Prepare for Final Stretch

Nashville Winger Sheds Non-Contact Jersey, Could Return When Preds Host Blackhawks Tuesday

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Holiday break? Long gone. Bye week? In the rearview. All-Star Weekend? Happy trails.

All of those much-welcomed, midseason respites now passed, the Predators are back in Nashville with 35 games on the schedule staring them down, all of which will come over the next 68 days. For those keeping score at home, that's a lot of skating in a small window of time, all things considered.

Nashville's itinerary to close out the 2018 portion of the regular-season schedule will undoubtedly take not only a physical toll, but a mental one as well as the group attempts to secure a Central Division title for the first time in club history.

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Preds Return from Break Poised to 'Make Some Noise' in Second Half

Despite High Place in Standings, Predators Say They Can Play Much Better

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Monday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex didn't quite feature the same level of excitement as one might observe on the first day of, say, training camp, but it was close.

Rested and recharged coming off of their League-mandated, five-day break, the Nashville Predators got back to work in preparation for the unofficial start of the second half of the season, which comes Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena with the Vegas Golden Knights in town.

It'll be quite a test for the Preds against the expansion team in the third and final meeting of the regular season - Nashville is 0-1-1 against Vegas thus far - and will give them an opportunity to pick up where they left off before the respite, two wins in a row and points in three straight.

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Despite Current Slump, Preds Confident They'll Soon Be Unbeatable Again

Nashville in Midst of 2-4-2 Stretch, Team Remaining Positive

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's inevitable over the course of an 82-game season.

The Predators were able to amass a 16-2-2 stretch through portions of November and December, but they, just like every other NHL club, is also susceptible to hitting a rut at some point.

Their 2-4-2 record in their last eight outings would suggest now is one of those times. Every team goes through it, but it's how quickly a group can come out of it that matters.

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Ellis Could Return to Preds Lineup on Tuesday

Nashville Defenseman Continues to Make Progress, Could Play Tuesday at Vegas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The new year might just begin with a very welcomed addition to the lineup.

After missing all of the 2017 portion of the current season - 38 contests to be exact - while recovering from offseason knee surgery, a return to game action for defenseman Ryan Ellis seems imminent as the Nashville Predators embark on a three-game trip to begin 2018.

Ellis practiced with his teammates - as he has been doing for a few weeks now - on New Year's Day, taking part in drills paired alongside fellow d-man Roman Josi, another positive sign that a return is close.

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Ellis Skates with Preds, Remains 'On Track' in Recovery Process

Nashville Defenseman Joins Teammates On Ice for First Time this Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators had a welcomed addition to their morning skate on Thursday.

Defenseman Ryan Ellis, who has missed the first 25 games of Nashville's season as he recovers from a knee injury, joined his teammates on the ice on Thursday morning, the first time he's skated with the full group since the Stanley Cup Final in June.

Ellis was on the ice prior to the skate taking shots on goaltender Anders Lindback and then remained on and participated in drills for the entirety of the session.

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Kyle Turris Logs First Practice, Set for Saturday Debut

Preds Practice Ponderings for Nov. 9: Turris Centers Second Line, Bonino Close to Return

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After skating in his first official practice with his new team on Thursday, Kyle Turris stated he not only enjoys country music, but is also a big fan of the Nashville-based rock band Kings Of Leon, a favorite of many of his Predators teammates.

As if he wasn't already a good fit.

Day two in the Music City saw Turris join the rest of the Preds at Ford Ice Center for an hour-long skate, the first opportunity for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff to see their new centerman up close.

Wingers Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith flanked Turris during line rushes on Thursday, the first trio Laviolette may elect to try this weekend. If so, the bench boss believes Turris will be a benefit to whoever he sees the ice with, especially Fiala, who is still searching for his first goal of the season.

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