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Maybes For The Nashville Predators

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Maybe Rinne will find his game in his favorite arena. Maybe the weird bounces that have enabled two pucks to go off Nashville teammates and past Rinne will pay a visit to red-hot Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray.

Maybe the Predators will build on how they’ve played for most of two games and capitalize on opportunities the way the Penguins did in front of their fans at PPG Paints Arena. To be clear, Nashville has not been the better team – the better team has a 9-4 edge in goals and a demonstrated ability to finish, no matter what any other statistics say about the Predators’ puck control and quality chances.

The Predators also have not been thumped as the scoreboard suggests. And considering the way this team has responded to all challenges for nearly two months now, the idea that it might come up with 60 strong, winning minutes is not at all far-fetched....

“When you're doing the right things, you're winning hockey games, you feel good about the game you're playing, I think you can take confidence from that,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday of drawing from this postseason of success. “I think we've put in a lot of time to build ourselves as a team that is ready to play, is ready to win, and confident about our ability to do that. So you would think … leaving Pittsburgh without a win, that might shake the confidence. I can tell you that it doesn't. I just met with the guys. I can see it in their eyes.”


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The Nashville Predators Looks Forward To Playing At Home

from Brooks Bratten of NashvillePredators.com,

The plan was not to return home down 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

For about five-and-a-half out of the six periods through the first two games, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette saw plenty to like from his team. But it was the lulls that gave the Pittsburgh Penguins all the opportunity they needed to take the first two contests from the Preds and put Nashville in a less than ideal spot on June 1.

But sometimes things don't go according to plan. A little adversity might do some good. And as the Predators entered Bridgestone Arena on Thursday for meetings and off-ice activities, there wasn't a single head hung low.

In fact, it was quite the opposite for a Nashville team that still has plenty of confidence. For one, they've seen plenty of signs in their game over the past two contests that things will soon turn. And secondly, and perhaps most importantly, they're now back in a building where they have gone 7-1 in these playoffs, including a victory to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final during their last time out.

Suffice to say, Saturday night and Game Three can't come fast enough.

"We're excited about being home," Preds Captain Mike Fisher said. "It felt good to come to the rink today and think about what this building is going to be like on Saturday night."


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Video- If You Missed The HNIC Opening Montage For Game 2 SCF

Great work.


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Video- Sportnet’s Panel With A Few Topics Post-Game

via Sportnet's YouTube page,

The HC panel breaks down another short stretch where the Predators defence fell apart and lost them Game 2, and Elliotte Friedman goes off the board with a Conn Smythe prediction.


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Ticket Prices For Game 3 In Nashville

from Jamie McGee of The Tennessean,

Four front-row tickets to watch the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on June 3 sold to a Nashvillian for just under $28,000, or $6,960 apiece, according to StubHub. Tickets are listed currently for as high as $3,998.

“What we’ve seen thus far with the pricing in Nashville is astronomical,” said Sean Pate of Gametime, an app that allows fans to buy last-minute tickets to sporting events. “This is the first championship level event in the history of the city. There is a lot to be said for that.”

The average ticket price for Game 3 in Nashville on June 3 is about $1,200, according to Gametime. That is almost double what fans were paying on Gametime to watch the San Jose Sharks play in their first Stanley Cup Final game last year. Given the money flowing in Silicon Valley and the Sharks’ longer existence, the price tag in Nashville is significant, Pate said.

Ralph Garcia, a spokesman for ticket resale and aggregator site TicketIQ, said part of the reason tickets in Nashville have become so pricey is because of their scarcity. The Predators have put more restrictions on ticket reselling than other markets. Predators CEO Sean Henry has said the restrictions are in place to protect fans from price gouging on the secondary market.

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Jake Guentzel Keeps Scoring

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Jake Guentzel looks like the kid next door, only younger.

He can’t grow a playoff beard. “Terrible,” his father Mike calls it. “Just terrible.”

What he can do is score.

He scored on his first NHL shift.

He scored in his first Stanley Cup playoff game.

He scored the winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final and the first two goals, including the winner, in Game 2 of the final.

He scored, impressively, when he played with the great Sidney Crosby. And more impressively, he has scored playing away from Crosby in the Stanley Cup playoffs. On Wednesday night, Guentzel scored his 11th and 12th goal of the playoffs, two away from Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie record of 14 from 1981: The game winner in Game 2 was his fifth of this playoff season. No rookie has ever done that before.


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Video- P.K. Subban On Game 3

No need to watch game 3 on Saturday, P.K. Subban says the Predators will win.


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Pekka Rinne Plans To Forget The First Two Games Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Pekka Rinne was standing there, ready to face the music, the moment the door to the Nashville Predators’ dressing room opened.

Hours earlier, Rinne was standing in the same spot, talking about trying to find a “happy place” as he readied to bounce back from a shaky opening to the biggest series of his life.

What he found instead inside PPG Paints Arena was his own personal hell.

The rock and backbone to the Predators’ first-ever run to the Stanley Cup Final unravelled for all to see. Rinne has still never won a start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was yanked by coach Peter Laviolette after allowing three goals on stream of six shots to start the third period. A tied game turned into a full-on Penguin rout.

Just like that, from leading Conn Smythe candidate to total collapse. Rinne seemingly caved to the weight of the moment.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing right now,” Rinne said. “For me, I treat this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ve played a long time, and the first time having a chance to play for the Cup. I think you just have to bury these two games and move ahead.”


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Open Post- Game 2 Stanley Cup Final Between The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins

My gut feeling, Nashville wins. My heart says the same. Book it.

Nashville @ Pittsburgh, PIT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

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Video- E:60 Profiles P.K. Subban

It will take you just over 21 minutes to watch.


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