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NASHVILLE Matt Cullen Jersey Womens , Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are back at work feeling a little healthier after an eight-day break for their bye and ready to put together all the pieces for the stretch run to the postseason.The Predators practiced Thursday before catching a plane to Florida for a game Friday night against the Panthers to kick off the final 30 games. They practiced without forward Austin Watson who was suspended Tuesday indefinitely without pay as part of the NHL’s substance abuse program.Center Kyle Turris has been on injured reserve since Jan. 1, but the Predators find themselves possibly as healthy as they’ve been in a couple months.“The guys that were dinged up, it gives them a chance to even recuperate more and for their bodies to catch up,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The guys that are still out of the lineup, that’s days that are spent where we’re not playing games and where they might be getting close to return.”The defending Presidents Trophy winners returned to work Thursday with 64 points, two back of Winnipeg in the Central Division with the Jets having two games in hand over Nashville. The Predators, who topped the overall league standings early this season, currently are fifth overall with three Western Conference teams ahead of them in Calgary (71), Winnipeg and San Jose (65).All-Star goalie Pekka Rinne sees a need to build momentum by being consistent.“Obviously Derek Grant Jersey Womens , now it’s the clutch time of the season, and you want to be playing well,” Rinne said. “I feel like those are the things that we’ve had at times, and then we’ve lost them at times. So I think those are the areas that we got to focus on and try to build that confidence that we had in the beginning of the season.Nashville knows one area that should be easy to make a big jump: the man advantage. The Predators went into their bye week having failed to score in 25 straight power plays and haven’t scored a power-play goal since going 1 of 4 with the man advantage on Jan. 9 in a 4-3 win at Chicago. They rank 29th in the NHL converting just 13.1 percent after being 12th in the league last season with a 21.3 percent success rate.Having key pieces back should help that production.Center Ryan Johansen, who missed two of the final three games before the All-Star Game because of a suspension for high-sticking, is on target for his best scoring season in Nashville with a team-high 43 points. Forwards Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also missed time with injuries and Forsberg has seven points in nine games back while Arvidsson has 11 points in 12 games since returning from a broken thumb .Defenseman P.K. Subban, another piece of the power-play, has played only 33 games because of his own injury that kept him out until Dec. 27.Laviolette said they work on the power play as much as possible at every practice. He liked what he saw in a 2-1 win in Vegas just before the break.Putting a unit back together I thought that Johansen unit with Forsberg and Arvidsson they really moved it around,” Laviolette said. “They could’ve scored. They hit the post once or twice Erik Karlsson Jersey Womens , a couple more rolled through the crease. There was a lot to like about it, and now we need to find some results with it.”The schedule also could help. The Predators will play nine games in Nashville during February after just four in January. Subban, whose digital series debuted during the break along with his own TV special after the All-Star Skills competition last week, said he was ready to get back to his old job.“We want to start the second half the right way just like everybody else does,” Subban said. “The standings are close pretty much in every division, every conference. I think how guys start definitely after the break is definitely going to be a big difference.” BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than lament another sloppy performance after being booed off the ice at the end of the second period, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres decided to do something about it.Eichel scored and had a hand in setting up Jeff Skinner’s power-play goal 1:49 into overtime, and the Sabres overcame a two-goal deficit in the third to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night.“Coming in here after 40 minutes and you’re down two goals Patrick Maroon Jersey Womens , and you just had a couple of days off and you’re at home, there’s got to be some type of emotional response from the room,” said Eichel, noting the Sabres were also smarting from a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. “And I think we showed that in the third period.”Johan Larsson, who tied the game, and Zemgus Girgensons also scored for Buffalo. Linus Ullmark stopped 26 shots.The Sabres snapped an 0-3-2 skid that followed their franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. They improved to 6-7-2 when trailing through two periods by overwhelming a tired Kings team playing on consecutive nights. Los Angeles lost 3-1 at Detroit on Monday and finished this game down to four defensemen.Drew Doughty did not return after sustaining an upper-body injury late in the first period. Dion Phaneuf did not return after two periods due to an upper-body injury.Kings coach Willie Desjardins called both players day to day without revealing the nature of their injuries.“We knew that coming out down a couple of D-men it was going to be a tough period. But the guys played hard,” Desjardins said. “A lot of our guys battled tonight.”Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist and Adrian Kempe and Matt Luff also scored for the Kings, who dropped to 2-5-1 in their past eight games.“Four D on the second leg of a back-to-back is a tough haul,” Muzzin said. “Frustrating loss Tyler Bozak Jersey Womens , man.”Sabres coach Phil Housley was able to crack a smile when asked if it was his team’s intention to wear down the short-handed Kings in the third period.“Well, we wanted to try to do that in the second period, but we just didn’t manage that part of the game very well,” Housley said. “When we made our mind up that we wanted to play, you could see the result.”Buffalo outshot the Kings 20-4 in the third period and overtime, and converted on two of its final three power-play opportunities.Skinner scored his team-leading 21st goal with eight seconds to go on Oscar Fantenberg’s holding penalty.Eichel’s shot from the left circle was blocked in front. The puck dribbled to Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen at the left post, where he fed a pass through his legs to Skinner, who swept it into the open right side.“I think it shows what kind of team we are and how we’ve got to play,” said Larsson Chad Johnson Jersey Womens , who tied the game 7:23 into the third period when Lawrence Pilut’s shot from the right point banked in off his skate.Larsson’s goal came a little under four minutes after Eichel cut the Kings’ lead to 3-2 by blasting in a shot from the left circle that beat rookie Calvin Petersen on the short side.Petersen stopped 43 shots in his first meeting against the team he jilted to become a free agent 18 months ago. He was the Sabres’ fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft, but declined to sign with Buffalo to instead pursue free agency and sign with Los Angeles on July 1, 2017, following his junior season at Notre Dame.“They were the first team to give me a taste of an NHL organization. Obviously, very fortunate for that,” Petersen said. “But I just approached it as another game.”NOTES: Sabres G Carter Hutton served as the backup after missing one game with an upper-body injury. … The Sabres sent D Matt Hunwick to Rochester of the AHL on a rehab assignment, his next step in recovering from a neck injury sustained before training camp. … Kings D Alec Martinez missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTKings: Continue their four-game road trip at Columbus on Thursday night.Sabres: Close a four-game homestand against Arizona on Thursday night.

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