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Preds See 2019-20 Season Conclude with Overtime Loss to Coyotes

Nashville Falls in Stanley Cup Qualifier Series; Players Look Ahead to Better Days

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Sometimes, it's just not meant to be.

Even in a series that saw the Nashville Predators hold an edge in just about every statistical category - and dominate their opponent at times - they weren't on the winning side of the fist-bump line.

Even after Filip Forsberg tied Game 4, 3-3, with an extra-attacker goal and 32 seconds on the clock, the Predators fell in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes to bring an end to their Stanley Cup Qualifier series and their time in the 2020 postseason. 

Just like that, a campaign that didn't go the way anyone could have imagined came to a conclusion. 

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Preds Fall to Coyotes in Game 3 as Arizona Takes Series Lead

Arvidsson Scores Lone Goal for Nashville; Coyotes Have 2-1 Advantage in Best-of-5 Set

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal for the Predators on Wednesday afternoon, and the Arizona Coyotes earned a 4-1 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in their Stanley Cup Qualifier with Nashville. 

The result means Friday's Game 4 is a must-win for the Preds in the best-of-5 scenario.

In the postseason, all that matters is the result. Predators Head Coach John Hynes has preached throughout the series that the best-of-5 set is just that - an up-and-down, back-and-forth battle. That's what makes Wednesday's score tough to accept. 

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Predators Score Four, Even Series Against Coyotes with Game 2 Win

Saros Earns First Postseason Victory as Nashville Begins Back-to-Back with Victory Over Arizona

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

We're all even. 

The Nashville Predators opened up a 4-0 lead on the Arizona Coyotes and claimed a 4-2 victory in Game 2 to even their best-of-five series at 1-1. The Preds will have fewer than 24 hours to relish their Tuesday afternoon victory, as they'll be right back on the ice for Game 3 on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. CT (Watch: FOX Sports Tennessee, NHL Network; Listen: 102.5 The Game). 

After surrendering three goals in the opening period in Game 1, the Predators stressed a better start in Game 2, and they got it thanks to impressive goaltending from Juuse Saros and a pair of tallies in the first 20 minutes.

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Late Push Not Enough as Preds Fall to Coyotes in Game 1

Forsberg Scores Twice, Saros Makes First Postseason Start as Arizona Takes 1-0 Series Lead Over Nashville

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Two goals in the third period gave the Nashville Predators life, but they were unable to erase the three-goal deficit they suffered in the first frame. 

Nashville fell in Game 1 to the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon. The victory gives Arizona a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series, with Games 2 and 3 coming back to back on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

"They won the first period and capitalized on their opportunities… both teams competed hard, we had a really strong push in the third period, but we didn't capitalize like they did when they had their push," Preds Head Coach John Hynes said. "It's all about Game 2 now, so we'll take the lessons out of this game and make sure that we're ready to go for round two."

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Arvidsson Tallies Twice, Preds Shut Out Stars in Exhibition Meeting

Saros, Rinne Combine to Blank Dallas in Nashville's Lone Tune Up Prior to Stanley Cup Qualifiers

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

The final score never technically mattered, but just about everything else did, as the Nashville Predators returned from a four-month hiatus with a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars in both teams' sole exhibition contest in Edmonton. 

And did it ever feel good to get a win. 

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice while Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne combined for the 26-save shutout of the Stars in a game that had a little bit of everything. 

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Forsberg Tallies Twice, Preds Beat Canadiens for Third-Straight Win

Bridgestone Recap: Juuse Saros Finishes with Second-Best Shutout Streak in Team History as Nashville Extends Win Streak

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, MTL 2

Forsberg, Saros power Predators past Canadiens

Filip Forsberg scored twice and recorded an assist and Juuse Saros made 32 saves, as the Predators defeated the Canadiens, 4-2

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Four goals in the second period - including a pair from Filip Forsberg - helped the Nashville Predators cruise past the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

The 4-2 victory pushes Nashville's winning streak to three in a row, a mark they've hit three times under head coach John Hynes. Most importantly, the two points place the Predators into the Western Conference's first Wild Card, at least for the moment.

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Saros, Preds Shut Out Stars Again to Sweep Home-and-Home Set

Bridgestone Recap: Ellis Scores Lone Goal as Nashville Posts Shut Outs in Both Games of Home-and-Home for First Time in Club History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 1, DAL 0

Saros, Preds shut out Stars in second of back-to-back

Juuse Saros made 37 saves and Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal, as the Predators blanked the Stars, 1-0, for a second straight game

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Two games, two shutouts, two massive victories. 

Juuse Saros was perfect again, and Ryan Ellis scored the game's only goal, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars, 1-0, to sweep a home-and-home set with their division rival on Saturday afternoon in Texas. 

The result gives the Preds 76 points in the standings - enough to slot them back into a Wild Card spot for the moment - but just as important, two-straight wins over the team that has become arguably their top rival.

Plus, it's the first time in franchise history the Predators have posted shutouts in both outings of a home-and-home scenario - and that feels quite satisfying.

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Preds Shut Out Stars, Win for Their City and Region Following Tornado

Bridgestone Recap: Nashville Scores Twice on Power Play, Saros Earns Shutout as Predators Embrace Community

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Recap: DAL 0, NSH 2

Saros, Predators shut out Stars, 2-0

Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene each scored a goal to back Juuse Saros, who made 33 saves in the Predators' 2-0 win against the Stars

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The Predators didn't just win Thursday's game against the Dallas Stars to help themselves out in a hotly contested Western Conference playoff race. They did it for their city, too.

Juuse Saros blanked the Stars with 33 saves and Filip Forsberg netted the winner, as the Preds topped Dallas, 2-0, at Bridgestone Arena. The result snaps a three-game skid for Nashville and gives them 74 points in the standings. That total - at least for the moment - vaults them into a tie for the first Wild Card in the Western Conference. 

"Our game tonight was a lot better," Preds forward Matt Duchene said. "It just looked more like what we should look like as a hockey team. We had way more good looks and good rushes. We looked dangerous, and we haven't looked like that very much this season. We just have to keep doing those things. Our penalty kill was great, and our power play got the job done tonight."

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Preds Fall to Minnesota in Second Half of Back-to-Back

Bridgestone Recap: Smith Scores Lone Goal as Predators Fall Back Out of Playoff Spot

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Predators lose to Wild, 3-1

NSH Recap: Smith scores in loss to Wild

Craig Smith scored his 18th goal of the season, but the Predators lost to the Wild, 3-1

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The Predators battled for the right to keep possession of the final Wild Card spot on Tuesday night in Minnesota, but fell to the Wild, 3-1.

The loss is Nashville's second in two nights and sees them fall to 10th in the West. Although the Preds made a late push to tie the game late in regulation, they were only able to convert on one of their 38 shots against Minnesota goaltender Alex Stalock. 

Craig Smith scored on the power play in the third period, and Nashville put 17 pucks on net in the final frame, but a slow start led to the final score. 

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Predators Point to Lack of Intensity in Third Period in Loss to Oilers

Preds Enter Third Period in Tie, Allow Five Goals in Final Frame; Draisaitl Records Four-Goal Game

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Predators lose to Oilers

NSH Recap: Josi, Bonino score in Predators' 8-3 loss

Roman Josi and Nick Bonino scored for the Predators, who fell behind 5-3 in the third and were unable to recover in a 8-3 loss to the Oilers

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A five-goal third period for the Oilers turned a 3-3 deadlock into an 8-3 victory for Edmonton on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The lopsided score means Nashville's season-long, five-game homestand ends with a 3-2-0 record, after the Predators began the stretch a perfect 3-0-0. Leon Draisaitl swung the night in Edmonton's favor in the final frame, as he notched his second, third and fourth goals of the evening. The 43-goal scorer paces the entire NHL in tallies and was the first player to record a four-goal game against the Predators in franchise history. 

"Frustrating. It just got away from us," Preds forward Nick Bonino said. "It was a pretty open game the first two periods, not a game we are completely happy with. Tied going into the third, and they kind of floated one in to take the lead and never looked back. Their big guys - [Draisaitl] scored four goals or something, [Connor] McDavid had one and played well, especially in the third. We didn't have an answer."

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