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Preds Reflect on 2019-20 Season, Remain Confident in Team's Future

Nashville Players Believe Window for Postseason Success Remains Wide Open

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Four days after the Predators packed their bags and departed the NHL's postseason bubble, questions still linger about what went wrong for a team that felt they had the ability to make a run in the dog days of summer.

Instead, a four-game series loss at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes brought an end to Nashville's journey in 2019-20, a story that began 11 months ago with the start of training camp in September.

No one could have ever imagined the setting in which the season came to a conclusion, but no matter when or where the final outing took place, the Preds ultimately fell short of their goal.

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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 /

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 at Coyotes, Stanley Cup Qualifiers, Game 4: What You Need to Know

Nashville Faces Elimination for First Time in 2020 as Must-Win Game 4 Arrives

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The first elimination game of the postseason has arrived for the Predators.

Game 4 between the Preds and the Arizona Coyotes comes this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (CT) from Edmonton (Watch: FOX Sports Tennessee, NHL Network; Listen: 102.5 The Game). Facing a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-five series, Nashville must win to extend their stay in the bubble.

The Predators are well aware of that fact, of course, and they're embracing the challenge laid out before them. Despite trailing in the series, the group believes they've done plenty of good things, including in a 4-1 loss in Game 3. Now, it's about trusting the process while making small tweaks and improvements to find a victory and force a fifth and deciding contest.

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Preds Trusting Process, Confident Fortunes Will Turn in Must-Win Game 4

Nashville Believes Numbers Will Fall in Their Favor; Team Embracing Challenge of Elimination Contest

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The numbers don't lie. Well, usually.

Just about every single statistic compiled by the Predators during their first three games against the Arizona Coyotes in their Stanley Cup Qualifier points to Nashville as the odds-on favorite to be ahead.

Unfortunately, one of the few categories in which the Coyotes have the lead is the amount of victories amassed - two - compared to one for the Preds.

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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 /

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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Preds at Coyotes, Stanley Cup Qualifiers, Game 3: What You Need to Know

Nashville Can Take First Series Lead with Another Win to Finish Back-to-Back Set This Afternoon

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Fewer than 24 hours after collecting their first victory of the postseason in Game 2, the Nashville Predators have a chance to take a 2-1 series lead.

They could do just that this afternoon when they take on the Arizona Coyotes this afternoon (1:30 p.m. CT; Watch: FOX Sports Tennessee, NHL Network; Listen: 102.5 The Game) in Game 3 of their best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier round. After falling by a 4-3 final in Game 1, the Predators rebounded on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-2 triumph of their own over the Coyotes.

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Goaltender Juuse Saros collected his first postseason victory in Game 2, but the big question heading into today's contest is which Preds netminder will get the start in net. Typically, NHL teams will elect to play both of their goaltenders in a back-to-back situation, but Predators Head Coach John Hynes said following Game 2 that decision had not been made just yet, and the team has been pleased with Saros's performance thus far.

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Touches of Smashville Make Edmonton Feel More Like Home for Preds

In-Game Elements Bring Bridgestone Arena Atmosphere to Rogers Place

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

They may be more than 2,000 miles away from their home building, but the Predators have still felt a touch of Smashville and Bridgestone Arena in Edmonton.

The Preds have been designated as the home team through their first two games in a best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier series against the Arizona Coyotes, and that means Rogers Place has undergone about as much of a transformation as possible to bring those elements from the 7th Man into the building.

After all seven of Nashville's goals through the first two contests, the familiar blast of the Bridgestone goal horn has echoed through the rafters, followed by Tim McGraw's custom Predators version of "I Like It, I Love It," and then "Gold On The Ceiling" from The Black Keys. Video of McGraw's Preds fandom also plays on the massive scoreboard in the building, and images of the Predators logo - and video of their fans - flash on the LED screens behind the benches.

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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 /

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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Coyotes vs. Preds, Stanley Cup Qualifiers, Game 2: What You Need to Know

Nashville Looks to Even Series with Arizona in Edmonton This Afternoon

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will look to even their best-of-five series with the Arizona Coyotes, as the two face off in Game 2 this afternoon (1:30 p.m. CT) from Edmonton. Today's contest is the first half of a back-to-back set between the Preds and Yotes, a pair of days that will prove to be pivotal in this Stanley Cup Qualifier round.

Nashville rallied in the third period of Game 1 on Sunday afternoon, but they weren't able to even the score, as Arizona came away with a 4-3 victory to take a 1-0 series lead. Today, the Preds are intent on playing disciplined hockey, while getting off to a fast start this afternoon.

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Preds Focused on Discipline, Fast Start in Game 2 Against Coyotes

Nashville Eager to Even Series After Identifying Flaws in Game 1

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

There was at least one thing the Predators knew for certain in the immediate aftermath of Game 1 on Sunday afternoon.

Seven members of the Preds went to the penalty box in their 4-3 loss to Arizona to begin their Stanley Cup Qualifier series, and six of those instances resulted in power plays for the opposition. Only one of those stays in the bin resulted in a goal for the Coyotes, but even so, it's difficult to get into a rhythm when the penalty killers are being called upon with that much regularity.

So, before they even sat down on Monday morning to review what went wrong the day before, it was clear team discipline was going to garner a mention or two.

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