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Red Wings end Predators' winning streak

Posted: January 18, 2015

Strange bounces and bad breaks are two ways to look at the Predators’ 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Kyle Quincey scored one of three Detroit goals in the first period off a series of deflections. And in the second period, Henrik Zetterberg put the Red Wings up 4-1 when his shot from behind the goal line banked off goaltender Marek Mazanec’s head.

"Sometimes with a game like that, it's more mental than physical,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought there were some mistakes that we made tonight. We made them too frequently, and it ended up costing us."

 

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Predators spoil Trotz' return

Posted: January 17, 2015

Barry Trotz put his hand over his heart and then took a few bows.

After that tender exchange with the Bridgestone Arena crowd, there was still an entire game to play.

The Predators needed a late rally to beat Trotz and the Capitals 4-3 on Friday night in his return to Nashville for the first time as an opponent.

Mattias Ekholm and James Neal scored in the final five minutes of the third period to give the Predators their season-high fifth-straight win. Ekholm tied it on the power play with 4:29 remaining, and Neal stole Matt Niskanen's pass to beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby with 1:40 left.

 

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Rinne injured in win against Canucks

Posted: January 13, 2015

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne left with 17:05 remaining in the third period of a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators announced after the game the Rinne is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and there will be an update at practice Thursday. The Predators are off Wednesday.

Rinne left the game after Nashville defenseman Anton Volchenkov and Vancouver forward Chris Higgins collided into the net. Rinne was knocked backward into the boards along with the net. He stretched on the ice after the play and then went to the locker room and did not return.

 

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Predators edge Wild

Posted: January 11, 2015

The Predators’ winning formula this season is built on outshooting opponents and shutdown performances from goalie Pekka Rinne.

The first part of the equation was a struggle in a defensive 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

"Even though it wasn't our best game tonight, and I think everyone is willing to admit that, we still got the 'W,'" Predators forward Colin Wilson said.

 

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