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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

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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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Tonight’s Carolina/Nashville Game Postponed

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced that Game #52, Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed. The rescheduled date of Game #52 will be announced when available.

The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.

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Colin Wilson Announces His Retirement

TORONTO (Jan. 5, 2021) – Colin Wilson has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) today following 11 NHL seasons and 632 regular-season games.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wilson was drafted seventh overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward played for two NHL franchises – the Predators and the Colorado Avalanche. Always a reliable contributor to each of his teams, Wilson recorded 286 regular-season points (113-173–286) along with 33 points (17-16–33) in 65 playoff games. His playing career was truncated last season after he underwent double hip surgery in December 2019.

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A One-Year Deal For Erik Haula In Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (December 23, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Wednesday that the team has signed forward Erik Haula to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Haula, 29 (3/23/91), tallied 24 points (12g-12a) in 48 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers in 2019-20, hitting the 20-point mark for the fourth time in his career. He picked up 22 points with the Hurricanes to begin the campaign before being dealt to the Panthers at the trade deadline, where he recorded two assists in seven games and tacked on a goal in four contests during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

He is two seasons removed from a career-best 2017-18 campaign with the Vegas Golden Knights, where he helped lead the expansion franchise to the Stanley Cup Final, establishing highs in several categories, including goals (29), assists (26) and points (55). Haula has scored at least 12 goals in four of the last five seasons - he missed much of 2018-19 for Vegas due to an injury but tallied seven points (2g-5a) in 15 games in his final season with the Golden Knights. In seven career NHL seasons, the 6-foot, 193-pound forward has skated in 405 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, Vegas, Carolina and Florida, recording 175 points (85g-90a); he's also appeared in 48 career postseason contests, adding 10 goals and 23 points. From 2013-17, he played four seasons in Minnesota as a teammate of current Predators forward Mikael Granlund.

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