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Hi, Hockey Fans,

Deb here with this week’s update on our Nashville Predators. It was a good week overall for our team as they seem to be settling into their schedule. They are coming out of the gate strongly in games and are playing with more consistency, which is something we always like to see.

Saturday night the Predators were in St. Louis for a rematch from earlier with an important Western Conference opponent, the Blues. Pekka Rinne was between the pipes for the Preds. The game began uneventfully with only one penalty from each team, yielding no score. But the Blues struck early in the 2nd period as David Perron weaved his way alongside Rinne and put one in behind him…..bam, 1-0 Blues. Then 11 minutes in, Nashville tied the game on a rebound shot by Mike Ribero on the power play. It was a defensive game for the remainder of the period with both goalies making several impressive saves, holding the score at 1-1. The 3rd period began with a Blues power play which the Preds were able to kill off. Then the Blues scored on a two-on-one from a Predators’ turnover to go ahead 2-1. Nashville got a chance to even things up with a power play shortly after, but it was a no-go. After a huge pile-up of jerseys in front of the St. Louis net, the Blues got a breakaway and blasted one into the Nashville net to extend their lead. Down two goals late, the Preds emptied their net, but were not able to steal a goal. It was a physical and hard-fought game, but the Blues handed Nashville a 3-1 loss, splitting the home wins between them.

On Monday night, our guys in gold were back in Smashville for a 3-game home stand. Bringing their overall recored of 7-7-3, the Preds hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the top-scoring teams in the NHL. With Rinne back in goal for Nashville, both teams came out at full speed from the puck drop. Viktor Arvidsson opened the scoring for the Preds giving them the early lead which held until the first intermission. The 2nd period was almost halfway gone before special teams took over, with Nashville going on the power play. P. K. Subban blasted one by Ben Bishop in the Lightning net to extend the Preds’ lead to 2-0. Tampa Bay committed another infraction on their next puck possession sending Nashville right back to the man advantage. Subban rocketed another one in, scoring on two consecutive power plays…..wow! Momentum was definitely on the side of the Predators as they found themselves taking charge of the game. That score carried through to the intermission, closing out a solid period of play from our guys. As the 3rd period got underway, it was clear from the fast pace and hard hits, that the Lightning were not going to roll over. Both teams peppered the opposing goalies with shots, but both made several great saves, keeping the score at 3-1 Nashville. The game became noticeably rougher, with bodies flying and crashing hard against the boards for both teams. Tampa did manage to get one past Rinne with less than a minute remaining to get themselves on the scoring sheet, but the Predators were able to hold on for the impressive 3-1 victory……SWEET!

Wednesday night, the Predators faced the Dallas Stars in another important Central Division matchup at Bridgestone. Rinne was again between the pipes for the Preds. In the opening minutes, Nashville saw a couple of power play opportunities, but were not able to convert. Then, just like that, P. K. Subban found Filip Forsberg in one of his favorite spots to fire off a winner, and he did, putting the Preds up 1-0 late in the 1st. That score held through to the first intermission…..looking good so far! The 2nd period began with an almost even shot-count, but by late in the period, that would change substantially. A little over halfway in, the Preds were being outshot 25-12……Yikes! Fortunately, Rinne was spot-on, and was able to protect the Predators’ lead. With 4 minutes left in the period, Mike Fisher banked in a wraparound shot which the officials did not see cross the blue line. The replay officials did however, ruling it a good goal and upping the Preds’ lead to 2-0. Less than a minute remained when tempers began to flare, and Filip Forsberg mixed it up with a crew of Stars. The period ended with a pile of jerseys inside the Dallas net….(I must admit that was pretty funny.) The final period saw Nashville with a power play early, which resulted in a short-handed goal by the Stars. But Ryan Johansen answered back, putting the Preds back up by 2. Then Craig Smith got in on the scoring action by lighting the lamp with his sixth goal of the year……4-1 Preds! A little over a minute remained in regulation when Dallas tallied another goal to make the score 4-2. They emptied their net to attempt to steal two last-minute goals, but instead, James Neal fired one into their open net to clinch the game 5-2. It was a great showing by the Preds, snagging a huge Central Division win.

Bridgestone Arena was a great place to be for the Preds and their fans this week. Our team took two impressive wins, giving the home crowd a taste of what they came for. On a side note, if you are in the Nashville area and are interested in one of the best nights of entertainment you could want, there is a link and promo code that can be used to get discounted tickets to select upcoming Predators games—–just go to: www.nashvillepredators.com/defense, and enter the code “defense.” I think you will like what you see. Tell ’em Deb sent ya—(wink)!

Be back next week with more Predators action!

Go, Preds!

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