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Predators beat Leafs soundly

Posted: November 19, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf summed up his team's latest loss in one word: "unacceptable."

The Maple Leafs were handed their second ugly loss in as many games, suffering a 9-2 beating at the hands of the Nashville Predators at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

"When you get beat like that in professional sports, it's embarrassing," said Phaneuf. "To get beat like that in front of your home fans compounds the issue."

Coming off a 6-2 defeat to the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Toronto (9-7-2) was flat from the get-go against the Predators and couldn't play itself back into the game.


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Smith's goal lifts Predators past Jets

Posted: November 15, 2014

Craig Smith scored with 2:02 remaining in regulation to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

"I was happy to see the way we came out and played defensively, and we kept pushing," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after earning his 400th NHL victory. "Even when the game is tied late, you still want to keep throwing attempts at the net and throwing shots at the net, and it was great that Craig was able to capitalize."

Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok fired a shot that went off a Jets player and landed right on Smith's stick in the left circle. Smith quickly fired a shot that beat Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The assist was Jarnkrok's first point of the season.


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Predators fall to Blues

Posted: November 14, 2014

The St. Louis Blues have relied on the “STL Line” for much of their scoring this season.

Although Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera combined for five points Thursday in a 4-3 victory against the Nashville Predators, the Blues got key contributions from some of their other top players.

The win lifted the Blues back into first place in the Central Division.

Paul Stastny's tiebreaking goal with 5:54 remaining in the third period helped the Blues defeat the Predators.


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Fisher getting closer to return

Posted: November 13, 2014

It now seems it's just a matter of weeks before Mike Fisher returns to the Predators lineup.

In a radio interview Predators general manager David Poile said he was hopeful Fisher could return in the next two weeks.

Considering Fisher lacerated his Achilles tendon in early July and was expected to miss four to six months this would put him ahead of the scheduled timetable.

Fisher's return could create an interesting dilemma for head coach Peter Laviolette. 

Undoubtedly Laviolette will want to get his alternate captain and last year's fourth leading scorer back in the lineup, but at the same time how much will he want to tinker with a winning lineup.

The Predators currently lead the Central Division and are second overall in the Western Conference. This is an impressive feat considering the Predators had their endless stream of struggles last season.

Wherever Fisher fits in one can't deny he will be a solid addition and a welcome presence both on and off the ice.
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