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Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in Nashville's 4-1 Game 3 victory over San Jose on Tuesday.

Rinne stepped up his game in a must win for the Predators. It didn't look like it at first, after allowing the first goal of the game in a play where came out of his crease to play the puck but got out-raced to it by Patrick Marleau but he shut the door after that. Rinne evened his record to 5-5 to go with a strong 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage this postseason.
May 4 - 1:18 AM

Shea Weber scored a goal and added an assist in Nashville's Game 3 win over San Jose on Tuesday.

Weber was dominant at both ends of the ice and logged 24:02 of ice time. Everyone was calling for him to step up after going pointless and having a minus-2 through the first two games of the series. He has seven points in 10 playoffs games now and was credited with the game winner. Filip Forsberg, James Neal, Colin Wilson scored the other goals and the Predators converted twice on the power play.
May 4 - 12:59 AM

Coach Peter Laviolette has made Mike Ribeiro a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose.

Surprising turn of events, to say the least. Ribeiro has just one point and little else through the first nine games of the postseason, but the veteran ranked second on the team in assists (43) and fifth in points (50) during the regular season.
May 3 - 8:59 PM

Craig Smith will play in Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose after all.

Originally thought to be sidelined again with a lower body injury, Smith will skate to the right of Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher on Nashville's second line as Mike Ribeiro gets scratched. Smith has a goal and an assist in six games this postseason.

Mike Ribeiro is not on the ice for warm-ups for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose, indicating that he will not play.

Ribeiro has just one point and little else to his credit through the first nine games of the postseason, but that doesn't mean Nashville will be better off without their 50-point man.
May 3 - 8:41 PM

Pekka Rinne will be in net Tuesday in Game 3 against San Jose.

Rinne comes in boasting a .915 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in nine postseason games thus far. He's turned away 55 of 60 combined shots the Sharks have sent his way in the series as well. Rinne will have to continue to be Nashville's backbone if they are to come back in the series.
May 3 - 8:39 PM

Eric Nystrom will lead Nashville's scratches for Game 3 on Tuesday night against San Jose.

Joining Nystrom will be Austin Watson and Petter Granberg. Neither of whom have made their postseason debuts yet.
May 3 - 7:54 PM

Cody Bass (lower body) isn't expected to play in Game 3 against San Jose.

He suffered a lower-body in Game 6 of Round 1 against Anaheim and he hasn't played since then.
May 3 - 6:14 PM

Pontus Aberg might make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Game 3 against San Jose.

He participated in the morning skate alongside Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro. Aberg could be in the lineup because Craig Smith is questionable due to a lower-body injury.
May 3 - 4:18 PM

Craig Smith (lower body) is questionable to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

He didn't take part in the morning skate and has been dealing with a lower-body injury since Game 3 of the opening round. Smith sat out Game 1 versus San Jose in Round 2, but was able to play in Game 2 on Sunday.
May 3 - 4:04 PM

Colin Wilson leads the Predators in playoff scoring with seven points in nine games.

He earned an assist in Game 2 versus San Jose to give him a three-game point streak. Wilson has produced two goals and five helpers in the playoffs after struggling to score during the regular season.
May 2 - 9:46 AM

Roman Josi contributed two assists in Game 2 during a 3-2 loss to San Jose.

He logged a game-high 28:31 of ice time in the match and finished with three shots on goal. He has collected six helpers in nine outings during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Josi has 23 shots in the postseason, but he is still looking for his first goal. He has recorded one marker in 25 career playoff contests.
May 2 - 9:42 AM

Ryan Johansen scored in Sunday night's 3-2 loss to San Jose.

He found the back of the net with just four seconds left in the third period, but the game was already over at that point. The Sharks had a two-goal cushion when Joe Thornton scored into an empty net in the final minute. Johansen has contributed three goals and three assists in nine postseason matches.
May 2 - 9:38 AM

Mattias Ekholm is tied for the league lead in the postseason in goals among defensemen.

His three markers has him tied with John Carlson, Alex Goligoski and Duncan Keith. Ekholm has also contributed one assist and 15 shots in the playoffs. All three of his goals have either tied the game or put the Predators in the lead. "I'm just trying to do the most with the ice time I get," Ekholm said. "Getting a lot of confidence in the ice time I'm getting from the coaches. They're putting me out there in all sorts of situations and I'm just trying to make the most of it."
May 2 - 9:31 AM

Pekka Rinne allowed two goals on 24 shots in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 2.

There were rumblings about Rinne being banged up coming into tonight's game, but he turned in a pretty solid performance overall. The Predators now find themselves down 2-0 with the series going to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. Rinne has a 4-5 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage in the 2016 playoffs. Although one more loss won't eliminate them, Tuesday's Game 3 will be a must-win for the Preds.
May 1 - 11:35 PM


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