The Nashville Predators head into this series on a mission. Last season, the Predators upset top-seeded Chicago, sweeping the Blackhawks in four games en route to the first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history. There are no guarantees, which is why the Stanley Cup is the most hard trophy to win in all of sports.
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During the season the Predators went 53-18-11 and won the President's Trophy as the NHL's top team.
The Colorado Avalanche are roughly12 months removed from being the worst team of the salary cap era. An opponent playing with house money that never expected to be where they are. "We're still excited about it going into this to be somewhat over-prepared for them".
"My heart says that the Avs can win this series in six". Try to knock the Preds off their game... get under their skin... force the Predators into taking undisciplined penalties. Colorado has lost all four meetings against Nashville this season.
The JoFA line has been outstanding once again for the Predators, and I fully expect for them to show out and produce points throughout this series.
In this observer's opinion, only the Predators can stop themselves from winning this series. Unless Colorado's other players can take advantage (which they didn't do too well in the regular season), this one should be over soon.
Prediction: Predators in five. That is exactly how long this series takes...
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Comparing roster to roster, the Predators may be one of the deepest teams in the entire league - one of the main reasons that many are picking Nashville as the early Stanley Cup favorites this postseason. The goal was being announced when Comeau got a stick on Carl Soderberg's shot from the point to give Colorado a 2-1 lead at 4:51. I think it would be awesome for their fans to see.
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Both Calle Jarnkrok and Yannick Weber participated in the optional morning skate this morning for the Predators.
- Pittsburgh made a statement last night... tacking on the extra point in a 7-0 blowout of the Flyers...
The score of this one will be close and more than likely high. "Getting a crash course in learning to play under pressure in must-win games, that's what they've gone through".
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Colorado is a great story and I am happy for them.
It sure did. It also successfully fired up his teammates.