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The Predators were very strong in the faceoff circle in Game 1 but not so much in Game 2.

In their Game 1 victory the Preds dominated the faceoff dot winning 62 percent of all draws. However, in Game 2, the Blues responded winning 54 percent. It will be interesting to see which team can control the dot as often that determines game success.
Apr 30 - 9:08 AM

It will likely be Pekka Rinne in goal to face the Blues Sunday afternoon in Game 3.

Although nothing is official, it would be a major news story if Rinne was not between the pipes. Coming into Sunday's contest, Rinne has posted a 1.44 GAA and a .949 SP--outstanding numbers.
Apr 30 - 8:54 AM

The Predators believe they may have a better chance of neutralizing Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored two goals in Game 2, now that they are home in Bridgestone Arena.

The Preds get last line change at home and hope to get the Mike Fisher line against the Blues' top unit of Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny. We wouldn't bet against Fisher and the Preds as they were able to shutdown Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov in their opening series.
Apr 30 - 8:52 AM

The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Gaudreau played in nine games for the Preds this season, picking up one assist. It's unclear if he will be inserted into the lineup tomorrow for Game 3.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 29 - 1:33 PM

The Nashville Predators picked up 11 penalty minutes in their Game 2 loss to St. Louis, but they didn't get a single power play during the game.

Five of those 11 penalty minutes came when Vernon Fiddler was ejected for kneeing Colton Parayko late in the first period, but head coach Peter Laviolette was less than thrilled with the officials after the game. "I thought the flow got taken out of the game, 11 (penalty) minutes to none or whatever it was ... takes the flow out of the game, puts penalty killers on the ice too much," said Laviolette. "Too many guys sitting on the bench. That being said, once we were done killing penalties, I thought our team played pretty well." The best-of-seven series is now tied at one. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Ryan Ellis scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Ellis helped set up James Neal's goal in the first period to give Nashville a 1-0 lead. The Preds defenseman scored one of his own early in the third period to make it 2-1 for his team. Unfortunately for the Preds, they were unable to close out the game, as they allowed goals to Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko in the third frame. Ellis is up to two goals and five assists in six games this postseason. Those are very impressive numbers. The best-of-seven series is now tied at one. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 12:31 AM

Vernon Fiddler was ejected from Game 2 against St. Louis, after delivering a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

The incident occurred late in the first period. Parayko was trying to make a play from deep in his own end when Fiddler came in and clipped him with his knee. Fiddler was given five minutes for kneeing and a game misconduct. To make matters worse for Fiddler, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on the ensuing power play to tie the game at one. You can watch the incident by clicking the link below.
Apr 28 - 11:43 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 20 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Predators scored first and also had a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but they couldn't hang on for the win. It's the first time this postseason that the Preds have dropped a game. Rinne now owns a 5-1 record with a 1.44 goals-against-average and a .949 save percentage. The best-of-seven series is all squared up at one with the series heading to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:28 PM

James Neal scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The good news, is that Neal finally managed to score a goal in the 2017 playoffs. The bad news for Nashville, is that the series is now tied 1-1. Neal opened the scoring at the 7:49 mark of the first period before Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game with under 20 seconds remaining in the frame. The Preds then jumped back ahead 2-1 when Ryan Ellis scored in the second period, but again, the Blues responded with goals from Jori Lehtera and Tarasenko again. Neal has just two points in six postseason games. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:21 PM

P.A. Parenteau will be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against St. Louis.

Parenteau played in Game 1, but he'll sit for Miikka Salomaki tonight. The veteran forward has no points in three games this postseason. Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt and Harry Zolnierczyk will also be scratched tonight.
Apr 28 - 8:17 PM

Craig Smith (lower body) isn't in the lineup for Game 2 against St. Louis.

The injury forced Smith to miss Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Blackhawks and Game 1 against St. Louis. Smith has one assist in three games this postseason. Smith is considered day-to-day at this point.
Apr 28 - 8:06 PM

Calle Jarnkrok will suit up in Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Jarnkrok missed the first game of the series with a lower-body injury, but he's back tonight. He's skating on a line with Colin Wilson and James Neal. Jarnkrok has one assist in four games this postseason.
Apr 28 - 8:04 PM

Anthony Bitetto will be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against St. Louis on Friday night.

Bitetto hasn't suited up in any of Nashville's playoff games at this point. He had seven assists in 29 games this season. Brad Hunt, P.A. Parenteau and Harry Zolnierczyk will also watch the game from the press box. The Predators enter tonight's game with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:58 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Rinne and Predators came away with a 4-3 win in Game 1. If they're able to win both games on the road, they'll be in an excellent spot. Rinne has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:10 PM

Calle Jarnkrok missed Wednesday's game due to a lower-body injury.

He was dealing with a lower-body issue going into the playoffs, but he managed to play in all four games versus Chicago in Round 1. Jarnkrok's status hasn't been determined yet for Game 2 against the Blues.
Apr 28 - 10:06 AM


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