NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen's patience in the shootout is making Minnesota goalies very angry and grabbing extra points for Nashville.
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 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.
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.
Fiala leads Predators to 2-1 win over Sabres
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators credited their defensive effort after their latest win.
Kevin Fiala scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Predators beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Monday night. Ryan Ellis also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots to help Nashville win its second straight.
Rinne sets mark for Finnish goalies, Predators top Blues 4-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne leads the Finns in wins.
Rinne made 28 saves to set an NHL record for victories by a goalie from Finland, and the Nashville Predators beat St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday night in Craig Berube's first game as Blues coach.
Frederick Gaudreau, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which has won three straight. Rinne earned his 320th career win, surpassing Miikka Kiprusoff for most by a Finnish-born goaltender.
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."
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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are having their best season yet — and are nowhere near satisfied.
Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal with 9:54 left and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 Thursday night to set a franchise record with 111 points this season.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored the only goal in a shootout and the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
The Jets are in the postseason for the first time since 2014-15 and just the second time since their relocation from Atlanta before the 2011-12 season. The franchise hasn't won a playoff series since 2007.
DENVER (AP) — The Nashville Predators didn't break out the bubbly or anything rowdy like that after becoming the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
"Business as usual," defenseman Ryan Ellis said of the low-key celebration that included some pizza. "Back to work."
Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg each scored twice, backup goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 33 shots and the Predators secured their postseason berth by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Friday night.
Fiala, Turris rally Predators to 3-2 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Nashville Predators keep rolling toward the best regular season in franchise history.
Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris each had a goal and assist in the third period, leading Nashville to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Ryan Ellis also scored to help the Western Conference-leading Predators get their 21st road win of the season and improve to 12-0-1 in their last 13 games overall. Pekka Rinne finished with 32 saves.
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.
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.
Predators send Gaudreau, Kamanev to AHL, set opening roster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have set their roster for Thursday night's season opener at Boston by assigning Frederick Gaudreau and Vladislav Kamenev to their AHL affiliate and designating center Nick Bonino and defenseman Ryan Ellis as non-roster.
Nashville’s Ryan Ellis out 4-6 months after knee surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis will need a full six months to recover from offseason knee surgery, and general manager David Poile says they don't expect him back until possibly 2018.
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."
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The first period of their first Stanley Cup Final game was a rough one for the Nashville Predators.
They had a goal waved off. They fell behind 3-0 and looked overmatched at times.
And then things settled down. Nashville dominated long stretches of the second and third periods, and even limited the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins without a shot for an impressive 37-minute stretch before falling 5-3. Game 2 is Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):
Jake Guentzel broke a 37-minute shot drought to score the winning goal in the final minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
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) — Three years ago, general manager David Poile let the only coach the Predators had ever known in Barry Trotz leave and hired Peter Laviolette to inject more offense into the Nashville lineup.
The payoff is coming with the NHL's best start this postseason.
The Predators are 7-1 and the only undefeated team on home ice. They have gotten goals from a league-best 13 players, and they're spreading the wealth around with seven players scoring game-winning goals.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis gave goalie Pekka Rinne a hand in the crease with a key save inside the final minute of the second period, then he broke open a scoreless game with a power-play goal.
The St. Louis Blues just don't agree with how Nashville got the man advantage that led to Ellis' goal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason.
Returning home, they put their deep scoring on display and bounced back with a big victory.
Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Sunday to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
CHICAGO (AP) — Pekka Rinne was great again. Ryan Johansen had a big night, and Nashville got a lift from a couple of unlikely scorers.
The Predators are singing a sweet tune on their way home to Music City, threatening to play the Chicago Blackhawks right out of the postseason.
Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping Nashville rout Chicago 5-0 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Pekka Rinne, Predators beat Blackhawks 1-0 in Game 1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Nashville Predators jumped in front of shots and got in the passing lanes for most of the night. On the precious few occasions that the Chicago Blackhawks found an open look, Pekka Rinne was there.
Rinne made 29 saves, Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period and the Predators beat the Blackhawks 1-0 on Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two days after breaking through with their highest scoring burst of the season, the Nashville Predators needed a strong defensive effort to pull out another win and keep rolling.
Viktor Arvidsson scored early in the second period, Jusse Saros stopped 24 shots and the Predators held on to beat the New York Islanders 3-1 Monday night for their fourth straight victory and seventh in the last eight games.
Rinne leads Predators past Flames 3-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Called upon to play a bigger role, Colton Sissons did not disappoint.
Sissons scored a goal, and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night.
Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis scored, and Colin Wilson had two assists for Nashville, which has won five of six.
Ellis scores twice to lead Predators past Coyotes 3-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith has gone 22 games without a goal and he's still helping the Predators win.
Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and Smith had two assists in Nashville's 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Eaves scored the only goal of the shootout in the fifth round, and Jonathan Bernier capped a 24-save performance with a perfect shootout in the Anaheim Ducks' 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Rickard Rakell scored the tying goal late in the second period for the Ducks, who rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits for a key victory in their playoff surge. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, and Nick Ritchie also scored for Anaheim.
MONTREAL (AP) — With the clock ticking down at the end of the third period, Paul Byron and the Canadiens spoiled P.K. Subban's return to Montreal.
Byron scored the tiebreaking goal with nine seconds left and Montreal edged the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night in Subban's first game against the Canadiens since they traded him last summer.
Ekholm scores in 3rd period, Predators beat Blue Jackets 4-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score early in the third period, the Nashville Predators kept up their intensity and Mattias Ekholm got them a win.
Ryan Ellis leads Predators past Oilers 3-2 in shootout
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Ellis made sure Nashville stayed on track away from home.
The defenseman scored in the third period and added the shootout winner as the Predators won their second road game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.