Ailing Predators play Senators to start 3-game homestand

Make no mistake about it, the Nashville Predators are a shorthanded team. They are currently operating without All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, as well as top six forwards Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris. But they also know they’re capable of playing better hockey than they did in 5-3 and 5-2 road losses on a road trip to Vancouver and Calgary, respectively. Those outcomes dropped them out of the top spot in the Western Conference and left them in a tie for first place in the Central Division with Colorado.…

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New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP TAMPA, Fla. — The explosive Tampa Bay Lighting offense hosts a New York Rangers team on Monday that struggles to keep the puck out of the net while away from home. Coming off a 7-1 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth consecutive victory, the Lightning lead the league with 122 goals scored, 13 more than anybody else. Tampa Bay has scored five or more goals in a game 12…

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Boeser’s hat trick leads Canucks over Blues 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brock Boeser scored his second career hat trick, Elias Pettersson had a goal and four assists, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Sunday night. Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Vancouver was 2-10-2 in its previous 14 games. Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to improve to 10-9-3 on the season and 2-4-0 lifetime against St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped…

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Kylington gets 1st NHL goal, Flames beat Predators 5-2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Kylington scored his first NHL goal and helped set up Garnet Hathaway’s tiebreaking score as the Calgary Flames beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Saturday night. Sean Monahan, Alan Quine and Elias Lindholm also scored to help the Pacific Division-leading Flames win their fifth straight and move one point ahead of Central-leading Nashville into first place in the Western Conference. Mike Smith stopped 25 shots to win his sixth straight after a rocky start to the season. Colton Sissons and Craig Smith scored for the Predators,…

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Heiskanen, Ritchie score in 3rd, Stars beat Sharks 3-2

DALLAS (AP) – Ben Bishop bought enough time for Dallas to rally for its fourth consecutive victory. Bishop made a season-high 41 saves and Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie scored in the third period, sending the Stars to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. “Ben Bishop’s the reason why we won that game,” coach Jim Montgomery said. “We were bad in the first, and thank God, Ben Bishop wasn’t.” The game was tied at 1 before Heiskanen scored from the top of the right faceoff…

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Wild attempt to contain sizzling Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames earned a well-deserved day off on Wednesday following their wild 9-6 road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets a night earlier. The Flames (17-9-2) will look to build on their come-from-behind win over the Jackets when they host the Minnesota Wild (15-10-2) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. “We just battled back and stuck with it,” said defenseman Noah Hanifin in regards to how he and his Calgary teammates were able to battle back from a 4-1 deficit to beat Columbus. “This team, it’s…

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Injury-riddled Blues host Oilers and former coach Hitchcock

ST. LOUIS — To say the St. Louis Blues are limping into their home game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night would be an understatement. The Blues are limping figuratively with a 9-13-3 record, the franchise’s worst start since beginning the 2006-07 season with a 7-15-3 mark. And now they are limping literally after announcing that captain Alex Pietrangelo was one of three players placed on injured reserve Monday. Pietrangelo (hand), forward Robby Fabbri (shoulder) and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) were all put on IR. Pietrangelo and Fabbri will be out for several weeks, while Gunnarsson, whose designation…

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Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP One hoodoo vexed, another one on deck. Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings won 4-2 over the Boston Bruins, their first win at Boston’s TD BankNorth Garden in 12 games, a skid that stretched back into 2014. The Wings caught a battered, injury-depleted Bruins team at the right time and took advantage of it. Nixing the next hex won’t come so easily. The Tampa Bay Lightning arrive at Little Caesars Arena with…

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