The Nashville Predators will face off against the St. Louis Blues tonight in Game 2 of their 2nd round series. The Predators beat the Blues by literally, the length of Vern Fiddler’s stick in Game 1, 4-3. Wednesday night’s game was a hard-fought, physical affair, where both teams, at times, controlled the play. Tonight will most likely be more of the same. Nashville cannot afford to sit on a lead tonight, should they get one. Should be another fun game tonight.
Here are the 3 keys to tonight’s matchup:
#1 – Play 60 Minutes. In Game 1, the Preds started slow and finished even slower. They need to get back to what they were so successful at doing against Chicago, playing hard for a full 60. Just because this is not the Blackhawks, doesn’t mean you can take shifts off. St. Louis is a very formidable team.
#2 – Next Man Up. After Kevin Fiala broke his leg in Game 1, it is now time for the next man to step up and fill that hole. P.A. Parenteau did a good job of this in the clinching game against Chicago while filling in for Craig Smith. Now someone has to be ready to step and do it tonight.
#3 – Pekka Rinne. While Rinne has been very good this offseason, I think even he would tell you, he can play better than he did in the last game. When you have two goalies that played as well as these two did in the 1st round, then yours has to win that battle. Pekka is a great bounce back goalie when he has an off night, so I see another stellar performance from the keeper tonight.
Tonight’s game is a 7 pm CT start. The game can be seen on NBCSN.
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