The Nashville fans said it wasn't particularly hard for them to get tickets and they paid about $300 apiece for the game. They did trail the game three times and tied it up each time, but they just couldn't get the winning goal in either OT and now the series is tied at 1-1.
Not only are the Predators getting the better scoring chances, but their shooters from the perimeter are simply better than the Jets' are, and this is where that top-four on defence begins to loom large.
Wheeler then took an offensive zone tripping penalty, and the Predators capitalized when Subban blasted his second of the playoffs, and second in as many games, through Hellebuyck's legs at 10:06.
As you might expect, some of the more eye-popping stats related to the Jets firing a lot of pucks at Hellebuyck and the American-born goalie stopping nearly all of them.
James Shaw, Jr., the man who rushed an active shooter and wrestled his automatic rifle away from him earlier this month, was honoured by the classy Predators organization Sunday night.
The first period killed whatever energy there was. That's no longer the case against Winnipeg. However, the Predators are in desperation mode heading north of the border.
Bryan Little told me before the game that the ice at Bridgestone Arena is pretty bad.
"We got kicked in the teeth a little bit in the first (period) and our team has always responded well this year, whether it be a bad game or a bad period", said Wheeler, who also had an assist. They had a three-goal lead through the first and were then outscored 7-1 through the last 40 minutes. 44 of its games have gone under the total, while 43 have gone over and just two have pushed.
Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a.925 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (47-20-4) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. "If you have to go back into the memory bank, at least we have one". Still, plenty of people will wonder about Rinne's confidence, or perhaps the Predators' confidence in Rinne. He's just been a flawless fit for the Jets and Kevin Cheveldayoff's shrewd move is paying off in spades ...
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"You guys only see him on the ice", Trouba said. They're managing to survive despite not having rock-solid goaltending. I think that changes as the series shifts to Winnipeg.
Another big factor is the play of the JoFA line. It finally took off and propelled the Predators to a win in Game 2.
The visitors jumped all over the Jets in the first period, scoring three times, including a powerplay goal from P.K. Subban, who was showered with boos all night by the Winnipeg fans.
If you are outside of the listening area, listen live online at The Game website or check out the podcast about two hours after the show at on SoundCloud. In Sunday's game, they kept the pressure on the Jets and generated good scoring chances. They played more free and loose, much like Colorado did in the first round.
"We did a really good job coming out for the overtimes", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. They obviously have to steal a game in Winnipeg, and you would like to see it in Game 3 more than Game 4. The team is 5-1 overall in those games.
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This series has seven games written all over it. We knew that going into it.
- Winnipeg posted an NHL-high 32 wins on home ice. The Jets have gone 35-9 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.82 gpg and have allowed 2.36 gpg in those games. He's going to settle down and get back to Vezina form.
"I don't think it's any surprise to anyone". I'm seeing a score of 2-1 in favor of the Predators behind a strong defensive effort in front of Rinne. These two teams are so evenly-matched and should be playing in the conference finals. They really need to accomplish that in Game 3 to put the pressure on Winnipeg.