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Preds Taking Positives from Preseason Loss to Tampa Bay

Jarnkrok, Ellis Tally for Nashville; Team Heads Home with One Week of Training Camp Remaining

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the second period, but Tampa Bay broke through in the third to ultimately top the Nashville Predators, 5-2, on Saturday night in preseason action at Amalie Arena.

Two empty-net tallies for the home team make the score look worse than it was, however. It was a game the Predators felt could have gone either way, and they say there was still plenty to like, all things considered.

"The guys played hard tonight, and the result was unfortunate," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We fight back to 2-2, and we give up that 4-on-4 goal, that was tough… But we brought a lot of young guys in the lineup and different players, and I thought they played hard tonight."

"For having to get off the plane and come play a game, I thought this group came out and worked really hard," Ellis said. "There's not much more you can ask for than working hard... I thought we played a very good game for the most part, and sometimes it just doesn't go your way."

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Preds Fall to Lightning in First Half of Home-and-Home

Josi Scores Lone Nashville Goal as Predators Continue Preseason Evaluations

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Postgame: TBL vs. NSH, Players

Smith, Forsberg discuss preseason loss to Lightning

Preds forwards Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg recount the lessons learned during a preseason loss to the Lightning

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Roman Josi scored the lone Nashville goal as the Predators fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-1 final on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's first loss of the exhibition schedule after collecting two wins against the Panthers earlier in the week.

The Predators say they saw some positive stretches during Friday's game, but not enough to be successful, something they'll look to correct as the preseason moves along.

"There were some spurts of how we wanted to play, but I don't think it was sustained like it should be," Nashville forward Craig Smith said. "There was a lot of one-and-done in the offensive zone with our system and the way we skate and it's unacceptable."

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Forsberg Hat Trick Helps Preds to Sweep of Preseason Doubleheader

Nashville Scores 10 Goals Over Two Games; Fiala Posts Five Points in Second Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It may not be as sweet as a postseason sweep, but it still does the trick.

Five different skaters found the back of the net in the first matchup, and Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick in the night cap, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Florida Panthers twice to take the doubleheader by finals of 5-0 and 5-3, respectively.

It was Forsberg's line, along with Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala, who led the way in the second outing, combining for all five goals and 13 points in total. Fiala finished with a goal and four helpers on the night.

It may be early, but it was quite a start for the Preds in their first game action since last spring.

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Tolvanen Scores Twice as Preds Rookies Fall in Tournament Finale

Nashville Concludes Prospect Showcase as Main Training Camp Lies Ahead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Highlights: Preds 5, Caps 8

Highlights from Nashville's 8-5 loss

Eeli Tolvanen scored twice in Nashville's final contest of the Prospects Showcase

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Two goals from Eeli Tolvanen weren't enough as the Predators rookies fell to the Washington Capitals prospects, 8-5, on Tuesday afternoon to conclude the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase.

Nashville never had a lead in the game, and although they made a late push with three goals in the third, it wasn't the result they were hoping to finish with as the trip comes to an end.

Still, the Preds finished the tournament with two wins in three tries, and as Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor explained, not all was lost with one bad taste at the conclusion.

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Preds Rookies Stay Perfect with 5-3 Win Over Lightning

Five Different Goal Scorers Lead Nashville to Second Victory in Two Days

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

They're 2-for-2.

Five different Predators rookies found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-3 final on Sunday afternoon at Germain Arena. The result gives the Predators two wins in as many days in the NHL Prospects Showcase, with 10 goals scored in total in that time span.

A balanced attack led the Preds on Sunday, with the team believing they put forth an improved effort compared to the opening contest of the tournament, and although Tampa Bay made it interesting late, the Nashville rookies passed the test once more.

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Preds Rookies Come Back to Top Capitals as Prospect Showcase Begins

Colin Blackwell, Mathieu Olivier Each Tally Twice in 5-4 Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Highlights: Preds 5, Caps 4

Highlights from the Preds 5-4 win

Nashville comes back to defeat Washington in the first game of the Prospects Showcase

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Colin Blackwell and Mathieu Olivier each tallied twice as the Predators rookies came back to defeat the Washington Capitals prospects in the opening contest of the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase.

Nashville entered the third frame down 3-2, but a pair from Olivier in the period, as well as Blackwell's second of the afternoon, gave the Preds all they needed to start the tournament in Estero, Florida, with a 1-0-0 record.

"I thought there was lots of effort," Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor said. "We needed to get our legs under us, and being down and coming back in the third is always a good sign. If you look at the stats and the numbers, it's rare to have that occur, so that was a nice growth moment figuring that out."

"That first game of this tournament, you never really know what you're going to get," Blackwell said. "It's the first time a lot of guys have played since March or April or May… but it was good to see how we regrouped in the third and finished that off. There's a lot of good things, but there's a lot of things to clean up by tomorrow and get back after it again."

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Preds Development Camp Concludes with Thrilling Future Stars Game

Camp Invitee Zach Magwood Tallies Three Goals; Team Gold Takes 5-3 Win

by Aaron Fitzner @AaronFitzner /

2018 Future Stars Game Highlights

Eeli Tolvanen scores as Team Gold wins 5-3

Zach Magwood nets a hat trick as Team Gold prevails, 5-3, in the finale of Development Camp

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Future stars? Perhaps sooner rather than later.

The Predators' 2018 Development Camp concluded on Friday evening with the much-anticipated Future Stars Game at Bridgestone Arena.

"We learned so much throughout the week and guys want to get out and play in game situations," defenseman Dante Fabbro said. "It was fun playing against kids you're practicing with all week… Overall it was just such a great week and I thought Nashville did an unbelievable job preparing us and making sure we have the right tools moving forward."

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Season Concludes as Preds Fall in Game 7

2017-18 Campaign Ends in Disappointment as Predators Fall Short of Ultimate Goal

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It ended sooner than anyone would have wished.

A 5-1 victory for the Winnipeg Jets in Game 7 on Thursday night in Nashville saw the visitors advance to the Western Conference Final, while the Predators' franchise-best season came to an early conclusion.

It never gets any easier to be on the wrong end of a handshake line, and the Predators were left feeling the disappointment of a game that simply didn't go their way.

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Preds Shut Out Jets to Force Game 7

Forsberg, Arvidsson, Rinne Star in Must-Win Game 6 Against Jets

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, WPG 0

Predators shut out Jets to force Game 7

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each scored two goals, and Pekka Rinne made 34 saves as the Predators stayed alive with a 4-0 win in Game 6

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Game 7 is necessary.

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson both tallied twice and Pekka Rinne made 34 saves as the Nashville Predators shut out the Winnipeg Jets, 4-0, in Game 6 on Monday night. The result sees the Preds even the series for the third time and force a deciding Game 7 on Thursday night in Nashville.

The Predators knew if they were going to have success against the Jets on Game 6, they would need a nearly perfect road game to have a chance to prevail. Their effort on Monday may have been even better than that.

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Three Thoughts: Forsberg, Rinne Brilliant as Preds Force Game 7

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Forsberg, Arvidsson Each Score Twice in 4-0 Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators blanked the Jets, 4-0, to win Game 6 and force a winner-take-all Game 7 in Nashville on Thursday.

Do-or-Die: You'll often hear the Predators talking about a belief they've curated amongst themselves in the locker room. It's a conviction that says when all that matters is winning a hockey game, there's only one uniquely crafted group that can get the job done.

On Thursday morning, Preds d-man Ryan Ellis said there was no other group he'd rather go into a must-win Game 6 with than the two dozen other men in Nashville's dressing room. And as far as winning a do-or-die contest at Bell MTS Place, could the Predators do that? "Yes," said Ellis.

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