NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen's patience in the shootout is making Minnesota goalies very angry and grabbing extra points for Nashville.
Predators beat Kings 2-1, move back atop Central Division
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators know it's time to show they can be consistent period to period and game to game.
Josi scores 2 in 3rd period, Predators beat Stars 5-3
DALLAS (AP) — Filip Forsberg answered for the Nashville Predators when they needed it in the second period.
In the final frame, Roman Josi provided the decisive blow — and one more for good...
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.
Predators score 4 in 3rd period to top Panthers 4-1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson has a hot hand since returning from a broken thumb.
Arvidsson scored twice, and the Nashville Predators scored all their goals in the third period of a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Arvidsson has 13 points in 13 games.
"I just try to play the same thing every night," Arvidsson said. "Lucky bounce there on the last one, otherwise I think our line created a lot of chances."
Predators beat Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette earns win No. 600
DENVER (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped a penalty shot in making 35 saves and the Nashville Predators knocked off the reeling Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Monday to help Peter Laviolette capture win No. 600 of his NHL coaching career.
Jarnkrok’s hat trick leads Predators over Kings 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok's three goals sent many Nashville Predators fans home with a serious case of hat head.
Jarnkrok recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
"That was a good night for him," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought he played terrific, forget about the goals, just the game in general. I thought he was really moving."
Ekholm scores in OT, Predators rally to beat Stars 5-4
DALLAS (AP) — Mattias Ekholm started overtime in the penalty box. He finished it off with the winning goal.
Ekholm scored 2:27 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Saturday.
Ekholm was penalized for cross checking with 14 seconds left in regulation, 29 seconds after teammate Roman Josi scored the game-tying goal.
Rinne shines in return, Predators beat Lightning 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pekka Rinne didn't miss a beat after being sidelined for two weeks.
He made 42 saves after sitting out five games with an injury, and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night.
"Anytime you miss time, you're a little nervous," Rinne said. "I was happy that we played one of the top teams. You have to have a mindset that you might be busy. I felt good, and obviously very happy with the win."
Saros makes 31 saves as Predators blank Oilers 3-0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators found a way to shut down Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Saros made 31 saves in the shutout and the Predators ran their winning streak to five games with a 3-0 victory over the Oilers on Saturday night.
Rinne leads Predators over Jets 3-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite their power play struggles, the Predators found a way to take down their Central Division rival.
Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead Nashville to a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
"I'm just excited to play against these guys," Rinne said. "I think that was a good indication of how it's going to be for the rest of the season, pretty emotional and pretty physical games. There's a lot of speed and a lot of skill on the ice."
Devils’ Hischier latest in line of skilled Swiss forwards
When Nico Hischier was born in 1999 in the mountainside town of Naters, exactly one Swiss born-and-trained player had been in the NHL — for exactly one forgettable game.
After Pauli Jaks tended goal for two periods in 1995, it took until 2001 for Reto Von Arx to become the first Swiss skater to make his NHL debut and many more years before the country had its first international hockey hero in Mark Streit.
Preds see no reason to mess with success in chase for Cup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators see no reason to make any major changes to a roster that won the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy, not with a group that has been so very close to that elusive Stanley Cup the past two seasons.
"It didn't work out in the playoffs the way we wanted," Nashville captain Roman Josi said. "But we truly believe this team can win a Stanley Cup, and that's why we want to keep this team together."
Preds see teams piling up talent, fighting to be West’s best
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators captain Roman Josi heard about San Jose trading for Erik Karlsson just before talking with reporters at the start of Nashville's training camp.
Yep, the Predators haven't even raised the banner yet for winning the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season, and it's already ancient history — at least in the arms' race that is the Western Conference.
Predators’ Ryan Ellis signs 8-year, $50 million contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has signed an eight-year deal worth $50 million that keeps under contract through the 2026-27 season.
The 27-year-old Ellis will earn $6.25 million annually starting in 2019-20. He has one year remaining on the five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed on Oct. 5, 2014.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Filip Forsberg, Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators showed they aren't ready for their season to end yet.
Forsberg had two goals and an assist, Rinne stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs, and the Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 on Monday to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
"Desperation," Rinne said after his fifth career playoff shutout. "It just shows that we have a really tight group."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators embraced every bit of their chase for the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy right down to captain Roman Josi grabbing hold with his left hand during their pregame ceremony.
Now it's time to chase the hardware the Predators really want: The Stanley Cup.
"It's definitely a good regular season for us, definitely something we can be proud of," Josi said. "But now the real work and the real fun starts."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nashville Predators players stood around the locker room after beating the Washington Capitals 4-3, huddled around cellphones watching and rooting for more franchise history.
Seconds after the Boston Bruins lost to the Florida Panthers in regulation on Thursday night, Mattias Ekholm yelled out, "Yeah boys!" as teammates high-fived to celebrate the first Presidents' Trophy in the team's 19-year history.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Filip Forsberg's apparent tying goal with 0.6 seconds left was disallowed due to goalie interference, giving the Florida Panthers a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
The win clinched the Predators home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.
Hartman scores winner in Preds debut, 6-5 victory over Jets
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Roman Josi had this one circled on his calendar.
Hard to imagine the Predators defenseman could have played much better.
Josi had five assists, Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Hartman redirected in the winning goal during his Nashville debut, sending the streaking Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their Central Division showdown Tuesday night.
McDavid scores 4 goals, Oilers top NHL-best Lightning
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid scored four goals and added an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers knocked off the top team in the NHL, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Monday night.
Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen also scored for the Oilers, who have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven.
Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde replied for the Lightning, who fell to 5-3 on their eight-game road trip.
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.
Austin Watson’s 2 goals key Predators’ 4-3 win over LA Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Watson committed a penalty that allowed the Nashville Predators' last game to slip away from them.
The grinding forward made up for it two nights later with a rare scoring outburst to beat the Los Angeles Kings.
Watson scored two goals, P.K. Subban added two assists and the Predators sent the Kings to their first regulation loss at home since mid-November, 4-3 Saturday night.
Saros makes 46 saves, surging Predators blank Oilers 4-0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Juuse Saros definitely made the most of a rare start in net for Nashville.
Saros stopped 46 shots for his second career shutout and Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist as the Predators kept up their torrid pace of late with a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Forsberg starting season way he usually finishes for Preds
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators finally has started in the sizzling scoring fashion he usually finishes a season.
Rinne makes 37 saves, Predators beat Blackhawks 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg has scored on many different goalies, but Tuesday night was the first time he collected a goal against one with the same name on the back of his jersey.
Forsberg opened Nashville's scoring against Chicago goaltender Anton Forsberg, Pekka Rinne made 37 saves, and the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
"Yeah, it was," Filip Forsberg said with a laugh when asked if that was his first goal against another Forsberg. The two Swedish players are not related.
Rinne makes 32 saves as Predators stop Jets’ streak, 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With a chance to contribute on special teams, Mattias Ekholm is showing just how dangerous he can be for the Nashville Predators.
Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators past the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Monday night.
Ekholm and Nick Bonino also scored, and P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Roman Josi added two assists apiece as Nashville won for the seventh time in eight games. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.
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."
Josi, Predators hold off Ducks 5-3 in rematch of West finals
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals, Roman Josi got the Nashville Predators off to a fast start.
The defenseman scored one goal and assisted on another as Nashville built a three-goal lead before holding off the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 Friday night.
Josi, Predators hold off Ducks 5-3 in rematch of West finals
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Roman Josi scored one goal and assisted on another as the Nashville Predators built a three-goal lead before holding off the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 Friday night in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
Flames rally in third period, top Predators 3-2 in shootout
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bad bounce for Nashville turned the game in Calgary's favor.
Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the shootout to give the Flames a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland scored third-period goals for the Flames, who ended a two-game losing streak.
"To come back from behind against a really good hockey club, it's a good growth game for everyone," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said.
Arvidsson and Josi lift Predators over Avalanche 4-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After a brief stint out of the lineup, Nashville captain Roman Josi was glad to be back.
Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
"Anytime you're hurt, you miss playing with the guys, being on the ice for games," Josi said. "It felt good to be back, and more importantly, we got the win."
Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all-time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette noticed how the Predators picked defenseman Roman Josi to drive a sword into the field before the NFL's Tennessee Titans' home opener with the NHL team serving an honorary role pregame.
Seeing what Josi's teammates decided made selecting the Predators' eighth captain in franchise history that much easier.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern and added to an area of depth Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract and acquiring defenseman Alexei Emelin in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have shut down the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Getzlaf this postseason.
They have slowed down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Stopping them completely? Even Nashville defenders Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and All-Star P.K. Subban are susceptible to an off night as they find out just how hard it is to keep track of Pittsburgh's superstar forwards.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi downplays the production of the Nashville Predators' defensemen as simply the product of their system.
"Our system allows defensemen to jump on the play and make something happen in the offensive zone, too," Josi said. "And our forwards (are) doing a great job getting pucks to us, and yeah, tipping pucks, getting screens from that, and our job is just to get the puck through."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators coach Peter Laviolette heard all the questions and criticism of Pekka Rinne after the goaltender's struggles in the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.
Well, Laviolette never thought of switching goalies.
A change of scenery helped Rinne and all his Nashville teammates as they dominated once again on their own ice for the biggest piece of franchise history yet.
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.
The star centers and no-name defense of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The standout defensemen and unheralded centers of the Nashville Predators.
The Stanley Cup Final is full of intriguing matchups, with Game 1 coming up Monday night in Pittsburgh.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them.
Especially not on home ice.
Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left , and the Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals.