It wasn't long after celebrating Craig Smith's overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville's playoff series against Dallas.
Predators beat Stars 2-1 in OT, even series 1-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith has a knack for timely goals in the playoffs, and he helped the Nashville Predators avoid a very big hole heading to Dallas.
Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colton Sissons had scored one point in his last 16 games for the Nashville Predators before he picked up a goal and an assist in a 2:27 span against the Kings.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen's patience in the shootout is making Minnesota goalies very angry and grabbing extra points for Nashville.
Johansen scores 43 seconds into OT, Preds beat Stars 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators know they might well end up seeing Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and that made protecting home ice even more crucial after a loss here to the Stars only six days ago.
Ryan Johansen scored 43 seconds into overtime and the Predators beat the Stars 3-2 on Thursday night for their second straight win and a little cushion in the Central Division.
Preds end long power-play goal drought, beat Coyotes 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of several issues Tuesday night at the expense of the Arizona Coyotes.
None meant more than ending their power-play woes, if only for one night.
Filip Forsberg ended an 0-for-34 power-play drought as part of Nashville's three-goal second period, and the Predators beat the Coyotes 5-2 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid at home.
Porter’s 3 with 1.8 left gives Utah State win over Lobos
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Perhaps Utah State's Abel Porter was destined to hit the game-winning 3-pointer Saturday against New Mexico.
"He's paid his dues," Aggies coach Craig Smith said. "And he just got a scholarship this week. Isn't that crazy? So it's been a big week for Able Porter."
His shot with 1.8 seconds left and just as the shot clock expired gave Utah State a 68-66 win.
Smith scores twice, Predators top Canadiens 4-1
MONTREAL (AP) — All eyes were on P.K. Subban and Shea Weber. Craig Smith stole the show.
Smith scored twice and the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Saturday night in the second matchup between Subban and Weber since the blockbuster trade in 2016.
Weber scored against his former team and Subban had two assists in a game in which Smith's team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season were the difference.
Arvidsson, Saros lead Predators past slumping Flyers 4-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson's thumb and Juuse Saros' goalkeeping appear to be just fine for the Nashville Predators.
Arvidsson scored twice, Saros made 32 saves and the Predators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 Tuesday.
Craig Smith and Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight.
Arvidsson played his fourth game since missing 21 contests with a broken thumb.
Ellis scores go-ahead goal as Predators beat Senators 3-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne was beaten early, but never again.
Ryan Ellis scored his first game-winning goal of the season, Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Austin Watson and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which halted a two-game skid.
Zack Smith scored for Ottawa, which has lost four of five.
Nashville improved its record against Eastern Conference opponents to 9-0-0 this season.
Merrill drops 37 PTs and Utah St. dumps Montana St. by 30
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Sam Merrill scored a career-high 37 points and Utah State smothered Montana State 101-71 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
In the coaching debut of Utah State's Craig Smith, Merrill had the ninth-highest scoring total by a visiting player in the history of Worthington Arena. The Aggies missed just three of 26 free throw attempts in the contest.
Johansen, Forsberg lead Predators over Wild 4-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators are off to a solid start this season.
Scoring first has been a big key.
Johansen and P.K. Subban each had two assists, and the Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games.
"It's early in the season, you're trying to get your game in order," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Hopefully just continue to get better."
Arvidsson scores 2 as Predators hold off Islanders 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson and the Nashville Predators are happy to be headed home after sweeping a season-opening trip to New York.
Arvidsson scored twice and the reigning Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators held on for a 4-3 victory Saturday night, spoiling the Islanders' home opener.
"We got what we came here for and a great start for the season," Arvidsson said. "Excited for the home opener (against Calgary on Tuesday night), come home to Nashville and play for our fans."
Johansen’s 2 goals lead Predators past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored two goals, including the game-deciding strike 21 seconds into overtime, as the Nashville Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Sunday.
Johansen opened and closed the scoring. He put the Predators ahead 4:13 into the game.
Craig Smith also scored two goals and added an assist. Kevin Fiala scored as well.
Pekka Rinne stopped 12 of 14 shots in his half of the game before being replaced by Juuse Saros, who made 16 saves.
Lincoln East first-team Super-State boys basketball player Sam Griesel has asked to be released from his national letter of intent with South Dakota and intends to re-open the recruiting process.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Filip Forsberg came up big for the Nashville Predators in his return after sitting out a game.
Forsberg had two goals and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. He was held out of the previous night's lopsided loss to Buffalo for maintenance purposes.
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — University of South Dakota men's basketball head coach Craig Smith has accepted the same position at Utah State in the Mountain West Conference.
Smith spent four seasons with South Dakota tallying a 79-55 record, including a record 26 wins this season. The Coyotes captured the 2016-2017 Summit League Championship and have played in the postseason in each of the past two seasons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Thursday night to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.
The Predators also matched Colorado for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The victory kept Nashville's edge at six points ahead of Winnipeg and Vegas for the Western Conference lead.
Arvidsson scores twice, Predators beat Senators 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's power play is back, and the Predators are back in first place.
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice to reach 20 goals this season, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Monday night.
Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which ended a two-game skid and tied Winnipeg for first in the Central Division.
Rinne, Forsberg lead Predators over Kings 5-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After welcoming Filip Forsberg back to the lineup, the Predators looked like the team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Pekka Rinne made 19 saves, Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Nashville beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 on Thursday night.
Craig Smith, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored. Ryan Johansen had three assists.
Smith’s shootout goal leads Predators over Coyotes 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite missing the first three months of the season, Ryan Ellis looks to be in top form already for the Predators.
Ellis had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Craig Smith scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give Nashville a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Scott Hartnell also scored, and captain Roman Josi added two assists for Nashville, which won its fourth consecutive game.
Arvidsson powers Predators past Oilers 2-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson and the Nashville Predators cruised into their bye week with another win against the Edmonton Oilers.
Connor McDavid and company are searching for answers.
Arvidsson had a goal and an assist, helping the Predators top the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Jarnkrok scores, Rinne shines as Predators beat Blues 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne loves playing against the St. Louis Blues.
Calle Jarnkrok scored his second goal in two games and Rinne made 29 saves as the Predators beat the Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night, snapping their season-high three-game losing streak.
"I don't want to jinx anything," Rinne said. "I think that's a good team, one of the top teams in the league. I think we match up pretty well. It's never about me. I think as a team we did a good job in front of me."
Subban scores twice, Predators rout skidding Canucks 7-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The way P.K. Subban sees it, he was due a little good fortune anyway.
The star defenseman scored two strange goals, including one from center ice, and the Nashville Predators routed the skidding Vancouver Canucks 7-1 on Wednesday night.
"I can think of a couple times this year where (on) more of an honest play, pucks should have went in and they didn't," Subban said. "I'll take it."
Smith scores twice to lead Predators over Bruins 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With his team struggling in the third period, Predators coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout that helped swing the momentum.
Craig Smith scored twice and added an assist, and Nashville held off the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Monday night.
Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bonino and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four. Pekka Rinne made 37 saves.
Smith’s goal, assist lead Predators over Avalanche 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith keeps putting himself in the right spot for the Nashville Predators.
Smith had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and Nashville beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday night.
Smith opened the scoring with 35 seconds remaining in the first period. With Nashville on a power play, goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped P.K. Subban's slap shot from the blue line, but Smith was in front and able to put the rebound in for his seventh goal.
Ekholm, Fiala lead Predators to 6-3 win over Capitals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trade that sent Filip Forsberg to Nashville has not worked out well for the Washington Capitals.
Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an assist to lead Forsberg and the streaking Predators past the Capitals 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Forsberg and Miikka Salomaki also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves, and 12 players had at least one point for the Predators.
Predators down Kings on Arvidsson’s breakaway goal in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nashville Predators were wobbling before Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson connected on a big play.
Jarnkrok stole a pass and fed Arvidsson for a breakaway goal 4:40 into overtime, sending Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
"We played a pretty good game up until the third," Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. "But at the end of the day, we got two points."
Tavares nets natural hat trick, Islanders top Predators 6-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Tavares had another hat trick and the Islanders finally found some power-play success.
New York's captain scored a natural hat trick in the third period, leading the Islanders to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
It was Tavares' second hat trick in three games and the eighth of his NHL career.
"The execution was good," Tavares said. "We played with pace. We were hard, hard on pucks and just played an up-tempo game."
Rinne makes 43 saves as Predators edge Blackhawks 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Nashville Predators got off to a slow start, picked up steam in the second period and held on at the very end.
Pekka Rinne was good all night long.
Rinne made 43 saves and Nashville killed off six power plays, helping the Predators edge the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday.
"Our goalie played real well tonight," forward Craig Smith said. "Kudos to him and our penalty killers. They were monsters."
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):
Pekka Rinne bounced back with 27 saves and the offense came alive as the Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are set to each get an important player back for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says winger Patric Hornqvist will be back after missing the past six games with an undisclosed injury. Predators captain Mike Fisher says he's "ready to rock" after missing two games with his own undisclosed injury.