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Predators start road trip with win

Posted: October 30, 2014

The Edmonton Oilers are having a tough time against teams in their own conference.

The Oilers' struggles against Western Conference opponents continued Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place. Edmonton remains winless against the West, but reeled off four straight victories against Eastern Conference opponents.

 "It's unfortunate we can't beat teams in our conference, we get zero points and they get two and get a leg up on us," Oilers left wing Taylor Hall said. "It's tough. [Wednesday] wasn't really an effort that deserved two points, but at times during the game, it was there to be taken. Unfortunately, we gave up a lead and couldn't get it back."

Nashville center Craig Smith had two goals and left wing Taylor Beck and defenseman Shea Weber each had one. Hall scored for the Oilers.

 

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Predators lose first game in regulation

Posted: October 26, 2014

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

It was Fleury's first shutout of the season and Nashville's first regulation loss (5-1-2). Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 23 of 26 shots.

Crosby gave the Penguins (4-2-1) a 1-0 lead at 6:21 of the first period. The Penguins captain went behind the net after making a pass and was there to score on the rebound of a shot by Olli Maatta for his fifth goal of the season. 

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Predators top Blackhawks

Posted: October 23, 2014

Nashville Predators forward James Neal was expected to be an offensive difference-maker coming into this season. He was able to live up to expectations Thursday, scoring his fifth career hat trick in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena.

“It was a big game tonight,” Neal said. “We didn’t like the way we ended it against Chicago in their barn (a 2-1 Blackhawks overtime win Saturday) and obviously a little redemption tonight. I think every guy played hard.”

Neal scored a goal in each period to get the natural hat trick. The Predators are 5-0-2 and remain in first place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks (4-1-1) lost for the first time in regulation. 

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Predators beat Coyotes in shootout

Posted: October 21, 2014

The Predators’ streak of gaining a point in the standings in every game this season continued Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

This time it came in the form of a 4-3 shootout victory at Bridgestone Arena, the first shootout win for the Predators this season.

Derek Roy and Ryan Ellis scored in the shootout for the Predators (4-0-2), and goalie Pekka Rinne stopped former Predator Martin Erat on the shootout's final shot.

 

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