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(AP) "Saros‘ goalkeeping appear to be just fine for the Nashville Predators.Arvidsson scored twice, Saros made 32 saves and the Predators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 Tuesday.Craig Smith and Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight.Arvidsson played his fourth game since missing 21 contests with a broken thumb.“It’s a little hard to come back being out for six weeks,” Arvidsson said. “I feel like I’m close to where I want to be, I’ve just got to keep working.”The shutout was Saros’ second of the season and the sixth of his career.“I’ve been practicing well and of course saw a lot of pucks today and we played pretty good defense, so that always helps,” Saros said. “When the team plays well in front of you, usually you get going too, and I had a little bit of luck, too, today [url= http://www.officialhockeyje...zed]Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys[/url] , a couple of times the puck hit the post.”Making his first start since Dec. 15, Saros was busy early, stopping 13 shots in the first period. He made 12 saves in the second and seven in the third period. His best sequence came just over three minutes into the second period when he made back-to-back saves in close on Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves for the Flyers, who have lost four in a row.“We got a solid goaltending performance by Michal,” Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said. “All four goals, we beat ourselves on, putting ourselves in the wrong spots. You can’t outscore those mistakes.”Philadelphia did not convert on either of its power plays in the game. The Flyers have not scored with the man-advantage in their last four games.“We hit two posts " lot of frustration,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “We’re going to keep working and the power play is going to get back untracked.”Saros also denied Wayne Simmonds on a breakaway just under six minutes into the third. That save came just before Arvidsson scored his second goal of the night on a wrist shot from the slot at 6:15.Smith scored the game’s first goal at 2:03 of the second period.Kevin Fiala skated the puck into the Philadelphia zone on the left side. From the left circle, Fiala sent a cross-ice pass to Smith at the right faceoff dot, where his wrist shot beat Neuvirth high to the stick side just underneath the crossbar.Fiala has five points in his last three games.Arvidsson made it 2-0 at 12:03 of the second.In the left circle, Ryan Johansen drove toward the Philadelphia net before slipping a pass to Arvidsson [url= http://www.officialknightsp...p.com[/url] , who was unchecked at the back post. He tapped it in for his second goal in as many games.“He’s pushing himself and you see how important he is out here tonight with his speed and his work ethic, his ability to score goals and make a difference in a game,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Arvidsson. “The line was really good, especially in the second and third period.”Grimaldi scored his third of the season at 11:37 of the third. He has scored in consecutive games.NOTES: Nashville is 18-2-0 when scoring first this season. … The Predators are 12-3-1 against Eastern Conference opponents. … This was the 11th time the Predators played on New Year’s Day, all at home. … Philadelphia did not convert on either of its power plays in the game. The Flyers have not scored with the man-advantage in their last four games. … The Flyers are 1-16-3 when trailing after two periods.UP NEXT:Flyers: Host Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.Predators: Visit Detroit Red Wings on Friday. The New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets come into Saturday’s game for the second night of a back-to-back at Nationwide Arena from different directions.The Blue Jackets (9-6-1) headed west back to Columbus after a 2-1 victory on Friday night in Washington over the Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions.The Rangers (7-7-2) traveled 180 miles south from Detroit after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in overtime to the Red Wings that ended their four-game winning streak.Article continues below ...The Blue Jackets didn’t want to talk about facing the Capitals for the first time since losing a six-game series to the eventual champions in the first round of the playoffs last season after leading 2-0 and dropping Game 3 in overtime. But they clearly played inspired hockey with hard checking and stellar goaltending.“I think they know they’re playing against a pretty good team,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “They have to push and find a way to beat them. I don’t think you need an extra push.”But when push came to shove, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was there for the Blue Jackets, finishing with 33 saves. He weathered an onslaught by the Capitals in the final minutes, including the final 43 seconds when Washington had a six-on-four advantage after pulling goalie Braden Holtby.The lone goal that Bobrovsky allowed was on a second-period power play.Bobrovsky has begun to return to his Vezina Trophy form after a slow start this season.“He was outstanding in the first period,” Tortorella said. “We could have been down 4-1. We were so sloppy.”Bobrovsky or backup Joonas Korpisalo could start in goal against the Rangers.“I will enjoy this one [url= http://www.officialknightsp...irts]Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Authentic[/url] ,” Bobrovsky said. “It was a tough game. We know Washington has a good team. It wasn’t easy. We defended well. I thought we played a strong game.”Each of the Blue Jackets’ two goals was scored on a power play. Oliver Bjorkstrand, who had been a healthy scratch in the previous game, made the most of his opportunity and struck first in the opening period after taking a between-the-legs pass from teammate Nick Foligno and finding an open net.Bjorkstrand, who led the Blue Jackets with five shots on goal, was only in the lineup because Cam Atkinson was out with an illness. Atkinson might return against the Rangers.“I needed to play some good hockey and it felt good,” Bjorkstrand said. “It was nice to get a goal.“I won some battles and I played hard. The line carried some great chances. I felt good and the battles were good for me. Overall, I was happy with it.”Anthony Duclair happily delivered what proved to be the winning goal at 5:32 of the third period when he chipped the puck past Holtby from the left side of the net.As a result of a second consecutive win, the Blue Jackets moved atop the Metropolitan Division standings with 19 points.The Rangers were on a roll before stumbling in Detroit, giving up the winning goal with 5.1 seconds left in overtime after squandering a 2-0 lead.“We cheated the game with a 2-0 lead, and you see the result,” Rangers coach David Quinn said [url= http://www.officialknightsp...odie]Vegas Golden Knights Hoodies Authentic[/url] , according to the team’s website. “I would have thought we would have learned that lesson now, but we obviously haven’t. You can’t stop playing in this league.”New York’s two goals came on power plays in the second period.“This one hurts because we had complete control of this game for so long,” Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. “We know we should have come out of this one with two points, and now we have to be happy just to get one.”Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with seven goals this season and Mika Zibanejad has a team-best eight assists and 14 points.“We played with confidence for two periods and then we let them right back into the game,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “We stopped playing with confidence and started throwing the puck away, and you can’t do that in the other team’s rink. We needed to stay aggressive.”

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