One thing St. Louis was able to do last game pretty effectively was get to the net and get shots on net. Though they now trail in the series, it is still all in front of them.
Upshall on Saturday explained one of the more unique moments in the Blues' Game 2 win.
The Predators drew a 60 share during the broadcast, meaning 60 percent of all televisions that were turned on in the Nashville area were tuned into the hockey game.
The Predators never got the man advantage in losing Game 2 in St. Louis, and they got their first almost midway through the first period. They'll have to be at their best to fend off Nashville in a raucous Bridgestone Arena tonight.
"I think when you take (penalties) consecutively, you're giving their skill players an opportunity to feel the puck, make plays and they start feeling more confident", Pietrangelo said. They know this is a virtual must-win for them, and they are going to come out hard and risky. They took a quick 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf, and the Oilers appeared be stunned by the quick onslaught. Other than that, it was still a B-effort.
"They upped their game, they took their game to another level and we didn't match it", said Blues coach Mike Yeo. "I loved the quote that he used, and he said it himself: He's playing with heart, and I think that shows up in his game". The Blues limited the Preds' transition and zone time in the process, leading to their only win of the series so far. Pekka Rinne has had a stellar season and he's been at least on-par on paper with his counterparts Corey Crawford and Jake Allen.
Vernon Fiddler, who was a healthy scratch in Game 3 after being ejected in Game 2 for kneeing Colton Parayko, scored the winning goal in Game 1. At this time of year, that's kind of the recipe for what works. Join the Bleedin' Blue team!
The Nashville Predators look like a team on a mission right now.
"Resilient rout", you ask? We're going to keep this thing going.
In Game 3, the Blues got dominated in risky shots, giving up 24 high and mid danger shots, 25% more than their prior Round 2 average and nearly 50% more than their regular season and Round 1 averages. The Blues can not have that happen again, either in this game tonight or in this series. "If you want to look up the stats and what he's done speaks for itself". "They're talking to the refs, and obviously it worked there".
Expect to see a different lineup with as many as two or more changes possible.
Too much time has been wasted on worrying what the opponent is doing and stopping that.
Taking Game 3 in such dramatic fashion was exactly what Anaheim needed, even though the argument can be made that any type of win would have sufficed, seeing as it would've prevented the Oilers from threatening to sweep.