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Predators approve of Rinne playing in WHC | 04/23/2014 10:48 AM
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Nashville GM David Poile is fine with Pekka Rinne playing in the IIHF World Hockey Championships for Finland.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"It's a great sign that he'll be getting more game action," Poile said. "Because of the time he missed, he didn't get to play enough hockey this season, so he's still eager to play. His health is good and playing in the tournament bodes well for the future." Rinne missed 51 games this season after undergoing surgery for a hip infection. He wants to train hard over the summer to get ready for next year and getting some additional action next month should help as well.
Jaynen Rissling signs with Nashville | 04/22/2014 2:50 PM
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Jaynen Rissling and the Nashville Predators have agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
NHL.com

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Rissling had 37 points and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games this season with the WHL Calgary Hitmen. Ht was originally taken in the seventh round by the Washington Capitals in 2012, but Washington later sent him to Nashville in exchange for a 2014 seventh round pick.
Garrett Noonan agrees to entry-level deal | 04/22/2014 2:47 PM
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Garrett Noonan has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators.
NHL.com

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Noonan has 20 points and 42 penalty minutes in 32 NCAA games with the Boston University. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators.
Pekka Rinne joins Team Finland | 04/22/2014 10:28 AM
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Pekka Rinne will play for Team Finland in the 2014 World Championship.
Antti Makinen on Twitter

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Rinne was limited to just 24 games with Nashville in 2013-14, so this is an opportunity for him to get a bit more playing time under his belt before he starts the summer. He previously played for Finland in the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.
C. Wilson unable to recover from tough start | 04/21/2014 2:42 PM
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Colin Wilson admitted that his shoulder stabilization procedures could've held him back this past season.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"It was a tough start to the season and a tough season for myself. I didn't feel quite like myself at the beginning," Wilson said. "I think there were a few factors and (the shoulders) could have been one of them. I think I did everything I could and felt pretty good going into camp and throughout the season, but I tried to not let it get to me." He scored four goals in the first two months of the season and ended up with just 11 markers and 33 points in 81 games. Wilson was moved to his natural position at center this year, but the move didn't help him pick up points. Perhaps Nashville's new coach and a healthier start can give the 24-year-old forward the breakout season that the team and potential fantasy owners have been waiting for.
Del Zotto disappointed with 2013-14 campaign | 04/20/2014 10:53 AM
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Determining fair value for soon-to-be restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto might be tough.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Del Zotto was pretty effective in 2011-12 and 2013, but he took a big step back in 2013-14 with 16 points and a minus-nine rating in 67 games. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me," Del Zotto said. He didn't get much power-play ice time with Nashville and we consequently don't have high hopes for him in 2014-15 from a fantasy perspective.
Predators acquire rights to Jaynen Rissling | 04/19/2014 5:10 PM
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Washington has traded to rights to Jaynen Rissling to Nashville for a seventh-round pick in 2014.
Katie Carrera on Twitter

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He generated 37 points and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL this past season. Rissling was a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft.
Josi to play for Switzerland at IIHF tourney | 04/18/2014 1:24 PM
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Roman Josi is one of four Predators to be selected thus far to participate in the IIHF Championships in Belarus.
Predators.com

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Josi will play for Switzerland, while Ryan Ellis will play for Canada. Seth Jones and Craig Smith will don the Red, White and Blue of the U.S. Several teams including Sweden and Finland have yet to make any roster announcements.
Predators sign prospect Felix Girard | 04/16/2014 10:04 AM
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Nashville has signed Felix Girard to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He registered 43 points, 130 penalty minutes and a plus-30 rating in 58 games with the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar this past season. Girard was a fourth-round pick of the Predators in the 2013 draft.
Seth Jones named to Team USA for WHC | 04/15/2014 7:54 PM
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Seth Jones will don the red, white and blue for Team USA in Belarus next month, accepting an invitation to participate in the World Hockey Championships.
Rotoworld.com

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Jones joins a solid defense core that includes the Leafs' Jake Gardiner and the Jets' Jacob Trouba for Team USA. The rookie notched 25 points in 73 games this past season, but struggled defensively as demonstrated by his -23 rating.
Nashville sends Calle Jarnkrok to Milwaukee | 04/15/2014 1:44 PM
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Calle Jarnkrok has been sent to AHL Milwaukee.
Joshua Cooper on Twitter

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Nashville's season is over, so this will give Jarnkrok a chance to extend his campaign by participating in the AHL playoffs. He had two goals and nine points in 12 games with the Predators in 2013-14.
Players' fault coach is out: Patric Hornqvist | 04/15/2014 11:12 AM
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Star forward Patric Hornqvist makes it clear why he thinks Barry Trotz's contract isn't being renewed as the coach of the Nashville Predators.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"It's our fault that he left," Hornqvist said. "We didn't play good enough for him. He can't be on the ice, he just puts the right players out there. In the end this is our fault that he gets fired, and obviously that's a huge responsibility for us and we have to be better next year."
Shea Weber scores his 23rd goal Sunday | 04/14/2014 1:43 PM
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Shea Weber scored his 23rd goal of the season in the Predators' last game of the year on Sunday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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That ties the personal high he set in 2008-09. Weber concluded this past campaign with a career high 56 points in 79 games. "If he doesn't win the Norris this year it's going to be an absolute crime," former coach Barry Trotz said.
Barry Trotz let go by the Predators | 04/14/2014 11:49 AM
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Barry Trotz has been fired as head coach of the Nashville Predators.
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G Carter Hutton picks up win for Predators | 04/13/2014 10:56 PM
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Backup goaltender Carter Hutton turned aside 26 Minnesota shots as the Nashville Predators finished their regular season with a 7-3 triumph over the Wild Sunday night.
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Hutton, getting the opportunity to start in place of first-stringer Pekka Rinne, ends his season with a record of 19-11-4, a GAA of 2.61 and a save percentage of .910. The Preds are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season but they dazzled their fans in their final two games of the season, scoring 14 times. They won 7-5 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Saturday night.
Craig Smith records 4 points in season finale | 04/13/2014 10:52 PM
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Forward Craig Smith completed his regular season on fire, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the Nashville Predators' 7-3 rout of the Wild in Minnesota Sunday night.
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Smith ended his season on a four-game point streak and set career highs for the season with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points in 79 games. Center Calle Jankrok also had a productive night for the Preds in Minnesota, scoring a goal (his second of the season) and picking up two assists. Other scorers for Nashville were Rich Clune (third), Ryan Ellis (sixth) and Roman Josi (13th). The Preds are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season but they dazzled their fans in their final two games, scoring 14 times. They won 7-5 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Saturday night.
Patric Hornqvist has 17 points in 10 games | 04/13/2014 11:01 AM
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Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-5 win over Chicago.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Hornqvist has been on fire lately with nine goals and 17 points in his last 10 games. That's allowed him to salvage what would have otherwise been a disappointing campaign by bringing him up to 52 points in 75 contests.
Craig Smith extends point streak to 3 games | 04/13/2014 10:59 AM
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Craig Smith scored a goal and registered an assist in a 7-5 win on Saturday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Smith is on a three-game point streak. He has set new career-highs with 22 goals and 48 points in 78 games.
Shea Weber extends hot streak Saturday | 04/13/2014 10:57 AM
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Shea Weber had a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over Chicago on Saturday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Weber has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He leads all defensemen with 22 goals and is tied for fourth place with 55 points in 78 contests.
Mike Fisher has a three-point contest | 04/13/2014 10:55 AM
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Mike Fisher had three assists in Nashville's 7-5 win over Chicago on Saturday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Fisher has now had three multi-point games in the span of six contests. He has 20 goals and 49 points in 74 games in 2013-14.
Pekka Rinne has win despite giving up 5 goals | 04/12/2014 10:59 PM
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Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne allowed five goals but was credited with the win in a 7-5 triumph over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Rinne stopped only 20 shots in this high-scoring affair. The Preds still have a game left in the regular season, Sunday in Minnesota, but won't make the postseason. Rinne likely will be playing Sunday. If he does, he'll get a final chance to improve his 10-10-3 record, 2.77 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Paul Gaustad gets three points in Preds' win | 04/12/2014 10:54 PM
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Paul Gaustad collected three points in the Nashville Predators' 7-5 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
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Gaustad had a goal and two assists. With one game left in the Preds' regular season, the often-injured center has 10 goals and 10 assists. Mike Fisher also had a three-point night for the Preds, all assists, giving him 29 on the season. Nashville's other goal scorers Saturday were Craig Smith (22nd), Ryan Ellis (fifth), Matt Cullen (10th), Colin Wilson (11th), Patric Hornqvist (22nd) and Shea Weber (22nd). Weber's goal was produced on a wrist shot into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
Hutton to face Minnesota Sunday | 04/12/2014 1:35 PM
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Carter Hutton will get the start Sunday against Minnesota in the Predators final game of the season.
Jim Diamond Twitter

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Pekka Rinne will start Saturday against the Blackhawks and Hutton will draw in Sunday. Hutton is coming off his first career shutout a week ago against the Sharks. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Rinne to start Saturday v Hawks | 04/12/2014 1:33 PM
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Pekka Rinne will be in goal Saturday night against Chicago.
Jim Diamond Twitter

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He will get the last game of the season off Sunday when the Preds face off against the Wild.
Craig Smith scores winner versus Coyotes | 04/11/2014 10:13 AM
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Craig Smith potted the winning goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over Phoenix.
The Nashville Tennessean

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His 21st goal of the season ties him with Patric Hornqvist, who had Nashville's other goal in the victory, and defenseman Shea Weber for the team lead. Smith has 46 points in 77 games this year.
Patric Hornqvist continues hot streak | 04/11/2014 12:34 AM
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Patric Hornqvist continued his torrid streak by scoring in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Coyotes.
Rotoworld.com

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The underrated forward has now registered goals in five of his last six games and has amassed 15 points during his past nine outings. He has not enjoyed a fantastic season, but his performance over the past couple of weeks surely won a few fantasy hockey leagues. Craig Smith also scored a goal for Nashville in the win.
Pekka Rinne damages Coyotes playoff hopes | 04/11/2014 12:30 AM
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Pekka Rinne was superb on Thursday as he carried the Predators to a 2-0 shutout win over Phoenix.
Rotoworld.com

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The game was a crucial one for the Coyotes, but they weren't to solve Rinne, despite firing 29 shots in his direction. The Finnish netminder improves his record to 9-10-3 with the win while his GAA is 2.66 and his save percentage is .906. He should be one of the more undervalued commodities entering next season.
Pekka Rinne needs one win for team record | 04/10/2014 12:28 PM
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Pekka Rinne is one victory away from becoming Nashville's all-time leader.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He has registered a career record of 161-98-37 in 315 games. Tomas Vokoun picked up 161 victories in 383 contests with the Predators from 1998-2007. Nashville has three games left on their 2013-14 schedule.
Pekka Rinne and Predators fall in shootout | 04/09/2014 1:49 AM
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Pekka Rinne stopped 28 of 30 shots but was beaten twice in the shootout as Nashville was dropped by Dallas 3-2 on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

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Rinne has now lost three of four, allowing 15 goals in that span. The FInn is 8-10-3 this season with a .902 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average.
Gabriel Bourque scores both Preds' goals | 04/09/2014 1:37 AM
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Gabriel Bourque blasted home two goals for the Preds in a 3-2 shootout loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.
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Bourque snaps a four game pointless slump and raises his output to 25 points in 74 games this season. The 23 year old is a minus four with eight penalty minutes.
Predators send down Colton Sissons | 04/08/2014 10:01 AM
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Colton Sissons was returned to the minors on Monday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He has a goal and four points in 17 games for Nashville this season and 41 points (24 goals, 17 assists) in 56 minor-league contests with Milwaukee.
Roman Josi continues to rack up points | 04/07/2014 1:25 PM
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Roman Josi has three goals and four assists in his past eight games.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He also has a plus-8 rating over that span. Josi is having a breakout year in 2013-14 with 12 goals and 37 points in 68 games. He scored in Saturday's 3-0 win against San Jose and finished with 28:30 of ice time.
Preds' Hornqvist is on fire | 04/06/2014 1:08 PM
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Predators' forward Patric Hornqvist is on fire as of late.
Joshua Cooper Twitter

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Since becoming a father on March 25th, Hornqvist has registered 10 points in five games. Perhaps the increased responsibilities of fatherhood have motivated the 26-year-old to new heights. If you have Hornqvist, ride him.
Hutton surprises with shutout in San Jose | 04/06/2014 1:17 AM
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Carter Hutton recorded his first career shutout as the Predators toppled the Sharks on Saturday night 3-0.
Rotoworld.com

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Capturing a road win in San Jose is no easy feat, as the Sharks entered the game with a 28-6-5 record at home. Hutton was exceptional, making 35 saves for his fourth straight victory. He has a 2.69 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Even after a performance like this, look for Pekka Rinne to get the start Tuesday at Dallas.
Paul Gaustad returned to practice on Weds. | 04/03/2014 12:26 PM
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Paul Gaustad (upper body) practiced with his teammates on Wednesday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He is trying to come back from a concussion and will accompany the Predators on their three-game road trip. Gaustad has been out of action since Mar. 19.
Nick Spaling (lower body) practices Tuesday | 04/02/2014 12:52 PM
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Nick Spaling didn't play on Sunday because of a lower-body injury, but he might be back on Friday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He skated with his teammates at Tuesday's practice and he's expected to be available to play during Nashville's upcoming three-game road trip.
Preds' Seth Jones should be back on Friday | 04/02/2014 12:49 PM
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Seth Jones will probably be back in Nashville's lineup on Friday, as he has recovered from his concussion-like symptoms.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"He's been cleared, so unless there's anything (unusual) he should be fine," coach Barry Trotz said. Jones practiced again on Tuesday after he returned to the ice alongside his teammates on Monday.
Richard Clune expresses concern for Wey | 04/02/2014 12:45 PM
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Richard Clune reached out to Washington's Patrick Wey after he gave him a beating in a fight on Sunday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"I reached out to the kid on Washington just to express the fact that I hope he's OK and it wasn't my intention to hurt him," said Clune, who sent a text message. "He was the one kind of engaging me, and I had no idea who he was. I don't even look at the other team's roster before the game. I just see the names they write on the board. The kid said he was OK." Clune has 152 penalty minutes in 52 games this season and he's an experienced fighter. Wey was participating in his first NHL bout, so it was a mismatch from the beginning.
Pekka Rinne has been up and down since return | 04/01/2014 9:55 AM
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Pekka Rinne has a 3-6-1 record since his return from a hip infection.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He has also been pulled twice and he could've received the hook for Friday's game against Dallas as well when he surrendered seven goals on 29 shots. "In perfect conditions it's so hard to play in the NHL, now we're asking him to do that without all the necessary preparation," Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn said. "You can't just turn on a light switch and expect to get it done. It's hard." Rinne has played some very strong contests since his return, but his play has been inconsistent. He has an .898 save percentage and a 2.89 GAA in 20 appearances this season.
Seth Jones (concussion) skates Sunday | 03/31/2014 12:10 PM
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Seth Jones joined his teammates for practice on Sunday for the first time since suffering concussion-like symptoms against Chicago on Mar. 23.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He might be ready to return for Friday's game versus Anaheim, but don't be surprised if the Predators choose to err on the side of caution. "He's 19 years old," coach Barry Trotz said. "We're going to be very cautious with a young guy so there's no long-term (issues). He's clear, he's alert. He's doing all the physical stuff with no problems, so it's good. We've taken our time a little bit, too. You never want to put a player at risk at any time, especially a young player."
| 03/31/2014 1:52 AM
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Mark Van Guilder was called up from the minors on Sunday March 30.
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Carter Hutton perfect in SO; Preds beat Caps | 03/30/2014 11:15 PM
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Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton made 23 saves in regulation and overtime before allowing no goals in a shootout during a 4-3 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Nashville goalie improved his record to 18-11-4. His GAA is 2.69 while his save percentage is .907. Hutton continues to provide strong performances as the backup to Pekka Rinne. With the shootout win, Nashville (33-32-11) kept alive its slim postseason hopes. The Predators are seven points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the Western Conference's second wild-card spot.
Patric Hornqvist pots two for Preds in SO win | 03/30/2014 11:02 PM
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Patric Hornqvist scored two goals to help the Nashville Predators edge the visiting Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout victory Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Hornqvist's goals, his 16th and 17th of the season, both came on wrist shots in the first period. Two other Predators notched two-point nights. Defenseman Shea Weber scored his 21st goal of the season and picked up his 29th assist while Mike Fisher chipped in with his 23rd and 24th assists of the season.
Seth Jones (concussion) is out Sunday | 03/30/2014 10:51 AM
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Seth Jones (concussion) isn't likely to be available on Sunday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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Jones has already been sidelined for three straight games. With so little time left in the season, it wouldn't be shocking if he's done for the 2013-14 campaign.
Paul Gaustad isn't likely to play Sunday | 03/30/2014 10:49 AM
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Paul Gaustad (upper body) isn't expected to return on Sunday.
The Nashville Tennessean

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It will be Gaustad's sixth straight game on the sidelines. He has nine goals and 16 points in 70 contests in 2013-14.
Pekka Rinne clobbered in Preds' loss to Stars | 03/28/2014 11:36 PM
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Pekka Rinne had a night to forget on Friday, allowing seven goals on 29 shots in suffering a 7-3 defeat to the Dallas Stars.
Rotoworld.com

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Rinne has simply not been himself in this injury-plagued season. He has allowed 11 goals in the past two games, and has won just three times in the 11 games since his return earlier this month. He has allowed four goals or more in five of his past six appearances.
Michael Del Zotto scores, Preds blown out | 03/28/2014 11:25 PM
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Michael Del Zotto scored his third goal of the season in Nashville's blowout loss to Dallas on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Del Zotto has struggled on the Predators, demonstrated by his healthy scratch last week. He has just 16 points through 64 games this season and 11 of them came when he was still in New York. That makes just five points in 22 games with his new team.
Colin Wilson finally ends very long slump | 03/28/2014 10:40 AM
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Colin Wilson snapped a 33-game goalless slump in Thursday's win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"It was a good feeling," said Wilson after he scored his first goal since Dec. 30. "I've just been trying to get the puck to the net. I feel like I've had some good chances lately and they just haven't been going in, so maybe this will open something for the last couple of games here." He has eight goals and 20 assists in 73 games this season.
Colton Sissons records his first NHL goal | 03/28/2014 10:35 AM
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Colton Sissons tallied his first NHL goal Thursday night in a 6-1 win against Buffalo.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He opened the scoring in the contest at the 6:26 mark of the opening period. "It has been in the back of my mind, no doubt - I'd be lying if I didn't say so," Sissons said. "It's definitely nice to get the monkey off my back and just focus on my game now." He has three points in 14 games with Nashville this campaign.
Calle Jarnkrok gets his first NHL goal | 03/28/2014 10:32 AM
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Calle Jarnkrok potted his first NHL goal in Thursday's blowout win over Buffalo.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He scored during Nashville's four-goal barrage in the first period en route to a 6-1 victory. Jarnkrok has picked up a goal and three assists in his first four games with the Predators.
Carter Hutton comes up big in win vs. BUF | 03/27/2014 11:57 PM
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Carter Hutton enjoyed a great game Thursday as the Predators blasted Buffalo by a score of 6-1.
Rotoworld.com

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Hutton has understandably seen his playing team decrease with the return of Pekka Rinne, but he continues to deliver strong performances when called upon, as he did by stopping 32 of 33 shots in this game. His record improves to 17-11-4 with the win while his GAA is 2.68 and his save percentage is .907.
Shea Weber posts dominant line vs. Sabres | 03/27/2014 11:53 PM
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Shea Weber notched a pair of goals for the Predators in a 6-1 drubbing of the Sabres Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The beastly defenseman has now scored 20 goals on the season, marking the second time he has reached this plateau in his career. The Predators also received contributions from Eric Nystrom, Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson in the victory.
Carter Hutton will face Sabres on Thursday | 03/27/2014 4:16 PM
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Carter Hutton will get the call for Nashville in Thursday's match-up against Buffalo.
John Manasso on Twitter

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The Predators play in Dallas on Friday, so Pekka Rinne will probably be back in goal for that match.
Roman Josi has improved his offensive game | 03/27/2014 11:52 AM
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Roman Josi hit 11 goals in Tuesday's shootout loss to Colorado.
The Nashville Tennessean

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The Nashville Predators are the only team in the Western Conference that has two defensemen with 10 or more goals. Josi's defense partner, Shea Weber, has 18 goals on the year. Josi has recorded 33 points and he's averaged 26:26 of ice time per match.
Trotz: Shea Weber's playing his 'best season' | 03/27/2014 11:39 AM
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Shea Weber's 2013-14 performance has impressed long-time coach Barry Trotz.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"He's not getting the accolades across the league that he would if we were a little higher in the standings, but it's by far his best season in terms of production," Trotz said. "And we're basically breaking in five defensemen, maybe four ... and he's having a terrific season. So to me, he's having by far his best season as a Predator, as a pro." Weber has registered 18 goals and 46 points in 70 games. His minus-9 rating has been misleading because of Nashville's struggles.
Matt Cullen seeks better end to '13-14 season | 03/26/2014 9:32 AM
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Matt Cullen tallied two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He has nine goals and 30 points in 68 games this season, but he's amassed six points in his last three matches. "It's been a frustrating season, but it's nice to be playing with some pretty good players in (Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist), getting some good opportunities and playing a lot of minutes," Cullen said.
Calle Jarnkrok gets another helper Tuesday | 03/26/2014 9:28 AM
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Calle Jarnkrok has registered an assist in each of his first three games as a member of the Predators.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He also scored Nashville's lone shootout goal in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Colorado. "He's been playing really well," coach Barry Trotz said of Jarnkrok. "He's got quick hands and he seems to have a little confidence right now, so we took a gamble throwing him in there (in the shootout). He made a nice move." Jarnkrok has only one shot on goal so far, but he has been productive and as he gains more confidence the scoring chances should come.
Pekka Rinne and Predators fall to Avs 5-4 | 03/26/2014 1:15 AM
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Pekka Rinne stopped 24 shots on Tuesday night but the Preds could not claw past the Avalanche, losing 5-4 in a shootout.
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Rinne has allowed four goals or more in four of his past five appearances, while the one game he did not allow a pile of goals, he recorded a shutout. The 31 year old is still looking for consistency after returning from a long injury, as he sits at 7-9-2 this season with a 2.66 goals against average and .907 save percentage.
Roman Josi scores twice, Preds fall to Avs | 03/26/2014 1:06 AM
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Roman Josi scored twice on Tuesday night, but the Predators still fell to the Avs 5-4 in a shootout.
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Matt Cullen also scored a pair for the Preds. Josi has 11 goals and 33 points through 63 games this season.
Nashville demotes Filip Forsberg | 03/25/2014 2:21 PM
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Filip Forsberg has been sent down to the minors.
Predators.nhl.com

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Forsberg was called up Sunday and participated in one game with the Predators. He had no points and took a hooking penalty in 7:59 minutes worth of ice time.
Patric Hornqvist should return Tuesday | 03/25/2014 8:58 AM
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Patric Hornqvist (personal) should be back in Nashville's lineup on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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He didn't play on Sunday because his wife gave birth to a new baby girl. Hornqvist has 14 goals and 38 points in 66 matches this season.
Preds' Nick Spaling back in following UBI | 03/25/2014 8:56 AM
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Nick Spaling (upper body) was OK to play on Sunday.
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He sat out last Friday's contest against Calgary with an upper-body injury. Spaling has 13 goals and 27 points in 62 games this campaign.
Michael Del Zotto was scratched again Sunday | 03/24/2014 12:14 PM
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Michael Del Zotto served as a healthy scratch again in Sunday's win over Chicago.
The Nashville Tennessean

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It was the second time during Nashville's four-game road trip that he's watched from the press box. Del Zotto picked up an assist in Friday's game at Calgary, but the Predators dressed seven defensemen and he logged a mere 3:13 of ice time.
Seth Jones has concussion-like symptoms | 03/24/2014 12:10 PM
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Seth Jones experienced concussion-like symptoms after he was hit early into Sunday's game against Chicago.
The Nashville Tennessean

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He finished the first period after he was nailed by Andrew Shaw, but he didn't play afterward. "We'll get him re-evaluated tomorrow and see where he is," coach Barry Trotz said. "We're not going to put him at any risk. He's a 19-year-old kid playing in a man's game here." It's unlikely that he'll be available to play on Tuesday against Colorado.
Mike Fisher scores winner in win vs. CHI | 03/23/2014 9:48 PM
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Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal for Nashville in a 2-0 win over Chicago Sunday night.
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The goal is the 18th of the campaign for the veteran center, who is now just two tallies shy of his sixth 20-goal campaign. Gabriel Bourque was the other goal scorer for Nashville in the win.
Pekka Rinne bounces back with shutout | 03/23/2014 9:44 PM
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Pekka Rinne stymied the Blackhawks Sunday as the Predators earned a 2-0 shutout win.
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Coming off a disappointing outing in which he allowed four goals against Calgary before being removed from the game, Rinne bounced back in a big way by shutting down Chicago. He turned away all 29 shots he faced in the victory, which was his first shutout of the year, and improves his record to 7-9-1. His GAA is 2.59 while his save percentage is .909.
Patric Hornqvist skips Sunday (family reason) | 03/23/2014 2:07 PM
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With his wife giving birth to a baby girl, Patric Hornqvist won't play for the Nashville Predators against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
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Horqnvist is coming off a one-goal, two-assist game, but it's easy to see why he isn't playing today (especially since the Predators are out of playoff contention).
Predators recall Filip Forsberg on Sunday | 03/23/2014 1:51 PM
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The Nashville Predators recalled Filip Forsberg from the AHL on Sunday.
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"I believe in Filip's talent ... sometimes you have to be patient and they'll come around," Barry Trotz said, according to The Tennessean. Forsberg has five points in 12 games at the NHL level and 27 in 36 games with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
Nick Spaling has an upper-body injury | 03/23/2014 7:54 AM
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Nick Spaling is dealing with an upper-body injury.
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He is considered day-to-day and his status for Sunday's game versus Chicago is unclear. Spaling missed Friday's game with the ailment.
Patrick Eaves day-to-day with LBI | 03/23/2014 7:52 AM
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Patrick Eaves is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
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He has played in five games with the Predators since being acquired from Detroit as part of the David Legwand trade. Eaves has been out of the lineup since Mar. 19.
Rinne expected to be back in goal Sunday | 03/22/2014 1:15 PM
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Despite being pulled after allowing four goals against the lowly Flames Friday night, we expect Pekka Rinne to start Sunday against Chicago.
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Preds' coach Barry Trotz said that three of those goals were not Rinne's fault. Given how well he has played since his return from injury, Rinne has quite a bit of slack. We suggest you stick by him. Anyone can have an off night.
Jarnkrok impresses in his NHL debut | 03/22/2014 1:12 PM
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Calle Jarnkrok was impressive in his NHL debut Friay night in Nashville's 6-5 win over Calgary.
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He registered an assist on Viktor Stalberg's goal and earned the praise of Preds' coach Barry Trotz. "He knows how to play the game," Trotz said. "He has great puck management skills, he makes good plays, he plays with pace, and when they get into those one-on-one battles, he battles hard and wins those battles." Jarnkrok registered 43 points in 62 AHL games this season and bears watching.
Hutton and Predators win | 03/22/2014 3:23 AM
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Goaltender Carter Hutton stopped 10 shots in relief of starter Pekka Rinne to power the Predators to a 6-5 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.
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Rinne allowed four goals on only 18 shots and was pulled off in the second period. Hutton played a solid game and he improved his record to 16-11-4. He also now has a 2.74 GAA and .905 save percentage.
Cullen fantastic in Predators' win | 03/22/2014 3:17 AM
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Matt Cullen scored a goal and registered three assists in Nashville's 6-5 win over Calgary Friday night.
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Cullen had a fantastic night and he was the key factor in Predators' win. He now has seven goals and 21 assists in 66 games this season. Defenseman Shea Weber scored two goals, while Patrik Hornqvist also had a strong night with a goal and two assists. Victor Bartley and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Predators.
Paul Gaustad expected to miss next two games | 03/21/2014 1:56 PM
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Paul Gaustad (upper body) isn't traveling with the Predators anymore.
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In other words, Gaustad won't play on Friday or Sunday. He was hurt during Wednesday's contest against Vancouver.
Predators promote Calle Jarnkrok | 03/20/2014 5:46 PM
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Nashville has called up Calle Jarnkrok.
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He was acquired from Detroit as part of the David Legwand deal and he's been great in the AHL this season. He has 43 points in 62 minor-league games this season, including five goals and two assists in five matches with the Predators' affiliate in Milwaukee.
Paul Gaustad suffers UBI against Canucks | 03/20/2014 12:31 PM
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Paul Gaustad sustained an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to Vancouver.
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He is listed as day-to-day. The big center logged just 4:57 of ice time before he was forced to exit.
Preds scratched Michael Del Zotto Wednesday | 03/20/2014 12:28 PM
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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Vancouver.
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"His game has slipped, and our coaching staff has talked to him about making solid decisions, solid plays and he has gotten away from that a little bit," coach Barry Trotz said. "We had some healthy people and we felt this would be a good time." He has posted a minus-6 his past three games and he's collected just two helpers in his last 14 outings. Victor Bartley took his spot in the lineup.
Hutton and Predators lose | 03/20/2014 4:37 AM
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Carter Hutton blocked 20 of 22 shots in Nashville's 2-0 loss to Vancouver Wednesday night.
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Hutton started for the Predators one night after replacing Pekka Rinne midway through the third period of a 5-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers, and finished with 20 saves. He now has a 15-11-4 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Look for Rinne to start on Friday against the Calgary Flames.
Carter Hutton ready to start when called upon | 03/19/2014 11:14 AM
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Carter Hutton is ready if he gets the nod on Wednesday night.
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He may play against Vancouver after Pekka Rinne was in goal for Nashville's 5-1 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Hutton has had to get used to seeing much less action with Rinne back in the fold. "Yeah, I went from playing a lot of games to backing up more," Hutton said. "Knowing Peks was coming back I knew that role. It was the same role I started off in at the start of the year, and a role I knew I would be in when Peks was healthy."
Rinne not sharp in loss | 03/19/2014 4:34 AM
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Pekka Rinne allowed five goals on only 26 shots in Nashville's 5-1 loss to Edmonton Tuesday night.
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Rinne was pulled in the third period and Carter Hutton replaced him. Hutton stopped all four shots he faced. Rinne lost his second straight game and he has allowed nine goals in those games. He now has a 6-9-1 record with a 2.59 GAA and .909 save percentage. The Predators will play tonight against Vancouver and maybe they will start Hutton instead of Rinne.
Bourque scores in loss | 03/19/2014 4:28 AM
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Gabriel Bourque scored a lone goal in Nashville's 5-1 loss to Edmonton Tuesday evening.
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Bourque now has six goals and 13 assists in 61 games this season. Patrik Hornqvist and Shea Weber assisted the lone goal for the Predators.
Pekka Rinne will get the nod on Tuesday | 03/18/2014 6:20 PM
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Pekka Rinne will start for Nashville on Tuesday.
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The larger question is if Rinne, who missed most of the season due to a hip injury, will play again on Wednesday. He's already participated in both halves of one back-to-back set and claimed to feel fine afterwards, so we wouldn't rule it out.
Rinne feels fine after back-to-back games | 03/16/2014 11:03 AM
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Pekka Rinne felt fine after playing in back-to-back games.
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It was a big test for Rinne after returning from a hip injury that sidelined him for most of the campaign and required surgery. Unfortunately, the result wasn't what he would have wanted as the St. Louis Blues scored four goals on 26 shots in Nashville's 4-1 loss.
Eric Nystrom gets 13th goal in loss | 03/15/2014 10:59 PM
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Eric Nystrom potted the only goal for the Predators in their 4-1 loss Saturday night against the Blues.
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Nystrom's goal was his 13th of the season, good for a three-way tie for fourth on the team. With a strong finish, Nystrom could top his career-high of 16 goals he attained in the 2011-12 season. Colton Sissons and Paul Gaustad got the assists.
Pekka Rinne gives up four on 26 shots in loss | 03/15/2014 10:57 PM
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Pekka Rinne gave up four goals on 26 shots in Nashville's 4-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday night.
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With the way the Predators struggle to score goals, that's not going to get it done. Dating back to before his injury, Rinne has two wins over his last seven starts. Rinne has a 2.39 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.
Rinne likely starter v Blues Saturday | 03/15/2014 1:40 PM
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Look for Pekka Rinne to start in goal against the Blues Saturday.
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Although he is just 2-3 since his return from injury, Rinne has been outstanding. In those five games he has allowed only 10 goals. He has a tough assignment Saturday against the well-balanced Blues, though.
Pekka Rinne backstops Preds by Hawks | 03/14/2014 11:36 PM
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Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots in a 3-2 Preds victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
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Rinne has won two straight since losing his first three games upon returning from the long term injured reserve. He has been spectacular in his past two games, stopping 65 of 70 shots. On the season, he is 6-7-1 with a .920 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average.
Roman Josi fuels Predators by Blackhawks | 03/14/2014 11:35 PM
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Roman Josi assisted on all three of the Predators' goals against the defending champs to lift Nashville to a 3-2 win over Chicago on Friday night.
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The 23 year old now has 30 points through 57 games this season, and four in the past two games. This was Josi's first three point effort of his NHL career.
Predators might promote Calle Jarnkrok soon | 03/14/2014 5:19 PM
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Nashville might call up Calle Jarnkrok before the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
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The Predators picked up Jarnkrok from Detroit in the David Legwand deal. "I'm not going to make any promises, but what I saw of him, and if he continues to play like he has been, I would say that from my standpoint, if we had some injuries, I would like to take a look at him," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. Jarnkrok has 16 goals and 41 points in 60 AHL games this season.
Stalberg gets ready for return to Chicago | 03/14/2014 5:17 PM
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Viktor Stalberg will play in Chicago for the first time since signing with the Nashville Predators.
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"You miss Chicago, it's a great place and you miss the guys there," Stalberg said. "You move on and you have to do what you have to do. I had a great time here. There's no taking away that. It's a great time to leave with winning (the 2013 Stanley Cup), and having that memory with those guys and that group over the last couple of years." Stalberg joined Nashville hoping to play a bigger role than the one he had in Chicago. Instead, his playing time has actually gone down to an average of 13:05 minutes per game this season. He has just seven goals and 16 points in 55 contests.
Shea Weber nets his 16th goal of the year | 03/12/2014 10:47 AM
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Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist in Nashville's 4-1 victory over Buffalo.
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His 16th goal of the 2013-14 campaign held up as the game winner. He wired a wrister behind Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth, which prompted coach Barry Trotz's praise. "Everybody thinks about the slap shot, but probably (Weber's) wrist shot is, to me, his most effective shot," Trotz said. "When he gets in there on top of the circles and snaps it off, it's the most effective, and I think he can place it better. But he can loosen you up with a couple of slap shots, I know that." Weber has amassed 42 points in 63 matches this year.
Carter Hutton holds Sabres to one goal in win | 03/11/2014 9:43 PM
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Carter Hutton stopped 24/25 in a 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night.
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Hutton's second win since Jan. 31 is a much needed booster for Hutton, who's playing time is reduced due to Pekka Rinne's return. He's 15-10-4 this season with a 2.79 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
Craig Smith earns two points in Preds win | 03/11/2014 9:41 PM
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Craig Smith scored a goal and an assist in Nashville's 4-1 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.
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The Preds' forward has 20 goals and 20 helpers through 63 games this season.
Seth Jones lifts Predators to OT win | 03/10/2014 10:36 PM
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Seth Jones scored a goal and added an assist for the Predators in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
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The goal Jones scored late in overtime sent Ottawa's home crowd home disappointed and lifted the young blueliner's stat line to 23 points in 65 contests. Eric Nystrom, Nick Spaling and Craig Smith all tallied for Nashville in the win.
Pekka Rinne finally picks up a win vs. Sens | 03/10/2014 10:32 PM
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Pekka Rinne broke his losing skid Monday by picking up a 4-3 overtime win against the Senators.
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Rinne had lost all three of his starts since returning from injury earlier in the month, but he turned away 34 of 37 shots to finally garner a win and improve his record to 5-7-1. His GAA is now 2.29 while his save percentage is .918.
Patric Hornqvist (LBI) should play Monday | 03/10/2014 5:41 PM
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Patric Hornqvist missed Monday's morning skate with a lower-body injury.
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However, coach Barry Trotz said that he's likely to play against Ottawa tonight. Hornqvist has 33 points in 59 games this year.
Predators recall Colton Sissons | 03/10/2014 5:38 PM
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Colton Sissons has been summoned from the minors.
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He has seven points in his last four AHL matches, so the Predators are hoping that he can inject some offense into a team that has recorded three goals in the past four games.
Carter Hutton is expected to start Tuesday | 03/10/2014 1:09 PM
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Carter Hutton is expected to start Tuesday night at Buffalo.
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Number one keeper Pekka Rinne will play against Ottawa on Monday. Hutton has one win in his last five appearances (1-2-2).
Offense hasn't been easy for Gabriel Bourque | 03/10/2014 11:41 AM
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Gabriel Bourque has recorded five goals this season.
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He averaged 0.32 goals per-game during the lockout-shortened season, which would've put him on pace for 26 goals in 82 games. Bourque won't get close to that mark this year. He hasn't found the back of the net since Dec. 21 and he hasn't picked up a point in his past 11 outings.
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