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The Bottom Line In Nashville

from Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean,

Hynes hasn't had time to reflect on the ride to the postseason, but he was sure of a couple of things before Game 6.

One was that his team, after a lot of soul searching, had found its identity, that it had become "hard to play against.

"The confidence comes from the process ... that we've done it numerous times throughout the year. That's what the recipe is now," he said.

Except the recipe calls for more. Some changes and decisions will be made in the coming months of the offseason.

Will Rinne return to Nashville or go home to play in Finland or retire?

Will Mikael Granlund be back?

What to do with Duchene and/or Johansen?

Is Viktor Arvidsson, who missed the final four games of the series with an injury, part of the plans for the future?

These questions will have answers sooner or later.

"We're close," Johansen said. "We're very close."

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The Carolina Hurricanes Take A 3-2 Series Lead Over The Nashville Predators

from Kurt Dusterberg at NHL.com,

Jordan Staal scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup First Round at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Staal batted the puck out of the air after goalie Juuse Saros stopped a shot from the point by Brett Pesce. The goal came 20 seconds after Alexandre Carrier was called for interference, which ended a Predators power play.

"I was fortunate enough, I easily could have whiffed on that one," Staal said. "I think I got my shaft on it. I was just swinging at it and I got a good bounce."

Martin Necas scored twice, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves for Carolina, which is the No. 1 seed from the Discover Central Division and leads the series.

"I think we got rewarded tonight," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We finally got a bounce, something that went our way that we really haven't had this series. It's that kind of goal you have to have every night."

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The New York Rangers Could Use Pekka Rinne

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So I watched as Pekka Rinne, the estimable 38-year-old Nashville goaltender, took a victory lap around his home ice to a standing ovation following the May 10 shutout of Carolina in his 683rd — and perhaps, last — game for the franchise.

And all I was thinking was: This is the way Henrik Lundqvist deserved to go out as a Ranger — with cheers and gratitude ringing in his ears from the adoring Garden faithful, and not with the anticlimactic buyout that followed The King’s slide into near obscurity those final months of 2019-20.

But that’s not all. Because it is my belief general manager Chris Drury and the Blueshirts should target the impending free agent Rinne to fill the role as backup goaltender to Igor Shesterkin next season if he is on the market. Yes, of course, that would entail dealing Alexandar Georgiev, but that is a move that would serve the best interests of both parties.

The Rangers need an infusion of leadership in all corners of the room.

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A Big Win For The Nashville Predators

from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

Erik Haula scored at 3:32 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators extended their lead over the Dallas Stars for fourth place in the Discover Central Division by defeating them 1-0 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Juuse Saros made 28 saves for Nashville (28-22-2), which has won three of its past four games and leads fifth-place Dallas by three points for the final Stanley Cup Playoff berth in the division.

"Well, what a game," Predators coach John Hynes said. "I think you knew both teams were going to come in and play as hard as they could. I thought it was a hard-fought battle by both teams. There wasn't a lot of room on the ice, lots of physicality. I thought both goaltenders played really well. A playoff-style game, playoff-style atmosphere. Our fans were fantastic. I just liked that we were able to find a way to win and stay with it against a really good team. It was a good night for us."

Anton Khudobin made 33 saves for Dallas (21-17-13), which has lost three in a row.

"We played our hearts out," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "We did. We did. We didn't give up much, and obviously we didn't score, and we need to score. But in terms of the effort and the commitment to the team, 100 percent satisfied."

continued and note Dallas has played one less game than Nashville.

Below, watch the OT goal from Haula.

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The Nashville Predators Lose A Point Which May Come Back To Haunt Them

from Gentry Estes of The Tennessean,

A season once drowning in disappointment was saved in time for the Nashville Predators to play meaningful games and chase a playoff spot at the end of a shortened regular season.

But on Wednesday night in Chicago, the added significance only made a fresh setback even tougher to swallow.

The 5-4 overtime loss to the Blackhawks will go down as a stunningly disappointing moment in this season, especially if the point the Preds dropped by blowing a late three-goal lead ends up costing them in the NHL's Central Division three-team race for one playoff spot.

"We were playing really good until that moment," said forward Mikael Granlund. "I think we got a little loose there, and it just happened. ... We had a great chance to get two points, and we only got one tonight. That's on us."

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Video- Hearing Today For Michael McCarron

Video below.

added 3:43pm, Two game suspension for illegal check to the head, explanation is below.

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Video- Dante Fabbro Suspended Two Games

Elbowing.

 

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Video- A Hearing Today For Dante Fabbro

Watch the elbow below.

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The Nashville Predators “Just Don’t Pass The Eye Test”

from Gentry Estes of The Tennessean,

These Predators have been playing from behind seemingly all season, the kind of thing that happens when you’ve scored two first-period goals in nine games. They’ve started games slowly, and they’ve started this season slowly. The luxury of patience is dwindling rapidly.

After Monday night’s 5-2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Predators were next-to-last in the eight-team Central Division, only two points clear of the Detroit Red Wings. Three teams ahead of the Predators had only played six games. Another had only played seven. Not good.

But this really isn’t about the standings. Not yet, at least. The Predators’ 4-5 record isn’t worth bragging about, but it’s not horrific to the point of packing up hopes for an entire season.

It’s more the way this is happening that should trouble Smashville.

Because their Predators just don’t pass the eye test. There isn’t much they’re doing especially well on the ice, and there’s a list of things they aren’t doing well.

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Morning Line- David Poile

"I can't wait till we all get the vaccine. "Get a shot ... and get this to be a safer world for all of us. But it's a worry."

"I worry about it every day. "We show up here every morning to get tested, and every morning I get the results from the previous day and it's like, I come in with my fingers crossed because I don't think anybody knows exactly enough about where you get this."

-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators.  More by Paul Skrbina of the Tennesseaon including Poile is a bit puzzled by the fine the Washington Capitals received.

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