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Preds Official Podcast: The End of the 2020-21 Season

Nashville's Playoff Run Concludes; Reasons for Optimism, Saros the Starter, Thank You to Smashville, Presented by Two Rivers Ford

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

The Nashville Predators' season ends in Game 6 after a memorable first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes (5:40). How should we feel? What did we learn? What's next? Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis look back on the season and share their thoughts on the future of the Predators' roster (20:19). They also take a moment to comment on the resurgence of SMASHVILLE and the Preds' home-ice advantage (35:40). Plus, Thomas announces that the next episode will be his final show (46:17). 

  • Preds conclude postseason run with loss to Carolina
  • Looking back on playoffs, 2020-21 season, reasons for optimism
  • Saros establishes role as starter
  • Home-ice advantage returns to Nashville
  • Thomas makes an announcement  

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Postseason Run Concludes as Preds Fall to Hurricanes in Game 6

Bridgestone Recap: Predators Look Back, Forward with Optimism as Season Comes to Conclusion in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall in OT in Game 6

NSH Recap: Predators fall in Game 6, fail to advance

Juuse Saros made 27 saves, and Mikael Granlund added to points, but the Predators were edged in overtime by the Hurricanes, 4-3, in Game 6

  • 05:01 •

A season unlike any other in Nashville Predators history has come to an end. 

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Preds by a 4-3 final in overtime on Thursday night to win Game 6 and take the first-round series by a 4-2 count. The result brings a conclusion to Nashville's campaign, a reality that never gets easier to take. 

Finding words in the immediate aftermath is never an easy task, but the Predators gathered some thoughts on not only their series with Carolina, but also what they had just been through over the past four months.

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They Said It: Top Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 6 in Nashville

Colton Sissons, John Hynes Discuss Elimination Game for Predators

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators don't have any other choice.

If they are to extend their season past tonight - or potentially the early-morning hours just in case overtime is needed for a fourth-straight contest - they must defeat the Hurricanes in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena.

Win, and the Preds will head back to Carolina for a seventh-and-deciding game to be played sometime on Saturday. The other option is less desirable.

The Predators plan on jetting back east again sometime on Friday, and they know that's not an easy task considering their opponent's opportunity to close things out tonight. But, if the Preds have shown anything over the past five games, not only can they hang with Carolina, but they've got a chance to beat the heavily-favored Hurricanes entirely and shock the hockey world once more.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Hurricanes vs. Predators

Vanderbilt Health Projected Lineup: Arvidsson Misses Morning Skate, Looks Unlikely to Return

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Director of Digital & Radio Content

Win another home game and force a Game 7. 

That's the message for the Nashville Predators after they fell in overtime in Game 5 and were pushed to the brink of elimination. The home team has won every contest so far in the Round One series between Carolina and Nashville, with the Hurricanes claiming Games 1, 2 and 5 at PNC Arena and Nashville answering with victories in Games 3 and 4 at Bridgestone Arena.

The playoff series is back in Music City this evening (at 8:30 p.m. CT) with the Preds attempting to hold serve. Nashville has twice forced a Game 7 when down 3-2 in a series and on home ice - both times in 2016. 

Nashville's lone lineup alteration for Game 5 was replacing fourth-line forward Mathieu Olivier with Tanner Jeannot. That line potted two goals off the stick of Yakov Trenin in the contest. 

Winger Viktor Arvidsson has not played since Game 2 with an upper-body injury. He did not participate in Thursday's morning skate and looks unlikely to play in Game 6. 

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Game 6 Provides Preds Opportunity to Show Resiliency at Home Once More

Nashville Set to Host Carolina for Final Time in First Round; One-Year Anniversary of NHL Announcement Shows How Far We've Come

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

One year ago today, instead of holding what likely would have been an annual "State of the League" address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Gary Bettman sat down in front of a computer screen and outlined a plan.

Seated in a room, likely by himself, the NHL commissioner read bullet point after bullet point, a road map of sorts as to how the League intended to undertake this monumental task with the world at a standstill.

Hardly anything was confirmed, many details were loose at best and some wondered whether this was even feasible, a 24-team summer tournament in hub cities in an attempt to return to the ice and eventually award the Stanley Cup in the year 2020 amidst a global pandemic, a challenge the likes of which none of us had ever faced before.

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Preds Fall to Hurricanes in Overtime in Game 5

Bridgestone Recap: Trenin Scores Twice, Predators Head Back to Nashville Down 3-2 in Series to Carolina

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Predators fall in OT in Game 5

NSH Recap: Trenin scores twice in Game 5 OT loss

Yakov Trenin scored two goals, and Juuse Saros recorded 34 saves but the Predatores were edged by the Hurricanes in overtime, 3-2, in Game 5

  • 04:55 •

Overtime is a fickle friend. 

After winning two-straight games in extra time to tie their Round One series, the Nashville Predators were back in OT for Game 5, looking for another win after regulation to shift the series in their favor. 

Two consecutive playoff wins in overtime for the first time in franchise history did not extend to three, however, as the Carolina Hurricanes scored at 2:03 of the fourth period on Tuesday night. 

Yakov Trenin tallied twice for the Predators, but Jordan Staal ended things, as Carolina came back to defeat the Predators at PNC Arena. The result gives Carolina a 3-2 series lead and puts the Preds on the brink of elimination with Game 6 on Thursday in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere in Nashville

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They Said It: Top Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 5 in Carolina

Nick Cousins, John Hynes Preview Pivotal Matchup with Hurricanes in Game 5

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The last time the Predators traversed the event level of PNC Arena, they were leaving their locker room and beginning their journey back to Nashville down 2-0 to the Hurricanes in their first-round series.

When the Preds stepped back off the bus in Raleigh on Tuesday morning ahead of Game 5, they had a best-of-three awaiting them.

How the tables have turned.

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Smashville Scope: May 19-24

Saros Setting Records, Predators Prevailing in Double-OT Thrillers, Playoff Pride and More in This Week's Smashville Scope, Presented by JOCKEY

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Smashville Scope presented by JOCKEY prepares fans for the week ahead with news, videos and clips from the past week, plus, game and event info for the next seven days. Use promo code "GOAL" to save 25% on your next JOCKEY purchase


Ryan Johansen stated it perfectly when he was asked to describe what Juuse Saros meant to the Nashville Predators, particularly when it came to backstopping the team to a pair of back-to-back double overtime victories to even their first-round series with Carolina at two games apiece.

"He's a stud," Johansen said of his goaltender who set a franchise record for a single contest with 58 saves in Game 4, a 4-3 win for Nashville in just over 95 minutes of hockey played.

Johansen then went on to use a few more sentences in an attempt to articulate what he and his teammates had just witnessed from their Gold-padded puck stopper, but really, is there anything more to be said?

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Kunin, Saros Lead Preds to Another Double OT Victory to Tie Series

Bridgestone Recap: Kunin Scores Winner in Double Overtime, Saros Stops Franchise-Record 58 Shots as Nashville Evens Series 2-2 with Carolina

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, CAR 3 F/2OT

Kunin, Saros lift Predators to 4-3 2OT Game 4 victory

Luke Kunin scored his second goal of the game at 16:10 of the 2nd overtime and Juuse Saros made a Predators-record 58 saves in a 4-3 Game 4 win

  • 05:00 •

Double the overtime, double the fun. Again.

Luke Kunin scored the game-winning goal at the 16:10 mark of the second OT, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-3 final in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. 

The result gives the Preds their second consecutive victory in double overtime against the Hurricanes, and more importantly, the best-of-seven series is now even at two games apiece. 

Behind the energy of yet another thunderous crowd at Bridgestone Arena of 12,135 strong, the Predators went back and forth with Carolina all day long, and it by the time it was all over, Preds goaltender Juuse Saros had made a franchise-record 58 saves to record his second-straight, double-OT win.

The effort from Saros, combined with regulation goals from Kunin, Ryan Johansen and Nick Cousins propelled Nashville to win consecutive postseason games in multiple overtimes for the first time in team history. 

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Hurricanes vs. Preds, Round 1, Game 4: What You Need to Know

Nashville Looks to Even Series with Carolina This Afternoon at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

We've got ourselves a series now.

After a thrilling victory in double overtime during Friday's Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators will look to give their home crowd something to cheer about once more this afternoon in a pivotal Game 4, which is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT.

The Preds and Hurricanes know what's at stake too - another Nashville win will turn the series into a best-of-three set, but a favorable result for Carolina will send things back to Raleigh with a chance for the Canes to end things on Tuesday night.The Predators would prefer the first option, of course, and after Matt Duchene ended Game 3 almost 95 minutes of game action after the first puck dropped - in the third-longest outing in Preds franchise history - Nashville took the day on Saturday to regroup once more and set their sights on tying things up.

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