Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues - 5/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues - 5/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

This Nashville Predators answered that emphatically, especially after a start that could generously called "tight" with a resounding 3-1 win to capture their second round series with the St. Louis Blues. Assistant coach Kevin McCarthy, top right, looks on.

At the start of the playoffs, fans were like, "oh no, not Chicago in the first round" or "well, you've got to play them sometime" or "hell, I don't care who we play". Win one more game and the Blues will force a game 7 at home, where anything can happen. Calle Jarnkrok provided an empty-net insurance goal with a minute left in the game. "That's what it comes down to", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette.

Often in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we find a player like Rinne to root for.

It's not like the Predators stormed out of the gate in October, but despite any regular season struggles encountered along the way, they have really found their stride, especially through two rounds of the playoffs.

- One game in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight - 6:30pm - WSH @ PIT (NBCSN). Obviously, we were good enough to win the series, but it's not like I felt we under-performed where in the past I felt like we hadn't met our own potential.

James Neal scored for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves. "We've still got a lot of more years left in us". There's a lot of work left. He also tied for the team lead with four hits and had two takeaways and two blocked shots in 15:46 of playing time.

"If we were a little bit better in an area here or there, then that series could have taken a different turn and who knows what we're saying", Yeo said. "So I think we're in a good spot and I feel much more at ease knowing that these guys are guys I think we can win with in the future". I think nobody (is) happy with the result and we have time to think about it.

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"It's obviously a tough building", Blues goalie Jake Allen said. "So whoever they play next is going to have their hands full". In his career, the Alabama-Huntsville product is 2-5-1 against Nashville.

Fantasy Impact Josi only accumulated three points through the first five games of the series with the Blues, until he turned up the intensity for a crucial game-six.

When Montreal started the season as the best team in the National Hockey League and the Preds struggled, some of the time with Subban hurt, many reached the conclusion (prematurely) that the Habs had received the best player in the deal. "Probably every game, he was our best player and he was our best player again". St. Louis led 1-0 on the strength of Paul Stastny's rebound goal at 2:04, his second of the playoffs, and really controlled play.

But Nashville needed just 35 seconds of the second period to equalize. That was the ninth goal by a Nashville defenseman this postseason, a franchise record.

The 2-0 lead was short-lived. Colton Parayko shot from the point, and Schwartz scored his fourth goal.

It was just the second goal of the playoffs for Johansen, who credited defenseman Yannick Weber for pushing him into the play. Take the crowd out of the game and put Nashville on it's heels. Pred Nation delivered three consecutive TV timeout standing ovations, each one louder than the last. To see Rinne leave his net as the puck comes around the boards and attack it, nearly as if he were making a save, is one of the most entertaining parts of his game.

There are a pair of second round games on the ice Sunday, with the Predators and Ducks looking to punch their tickets to the Western conference finals.