Thursday, November 21, 2019

2018 NHL Playoffs Series Preview: Predators vs. Avalanche

The Predators will look to avoid a first-round upset from Nathan MacKinnon and the underdog Avalanche.

NHL Expansion Mock Draft Armchair Edition

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It seems like just yesterday the NHL was crowning a champion. However, now it’s all about Vegas, and for all NHL fans who are not in Pittsburgh or Nashville, this is the best NHL event happening in the month of June. Vegas is set to have an almost full roster by the end of today. While they are already...

Nashville Predators, Keep Your Heads Held High

Nashville Predators, keep your chins up. What a series, what a season. This team was dead in the water back at the All-Star Break. Yet, they rebounded from seed 16 out of 16 seeds, to go to the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance. More details are laid out in this previous Armchair article. The biggest key to Nashville's...

Penguins Win Back-to-Back Stanley Cups

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but Matt Murray could have won it as well. Murray posted back-to-back shutouts in Games Five and Six to capture his second Stanley Cup as a rookie. Remember when the Penguins traded James Neal to...

Nashville is Homesick

The Nashville Predators were once again lost away from home in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. They not only lost, but they got obliterated 6-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/873169861765197824 The big 3 of Pittsburgh, being Sidney Crosby (three assists), Phil Kessel (one goal, two assists), and Evgeni Malkin (one goal, one assist) combined for eight points. Every single Pittsburgh...

Penguins pour it on in Pittsburgh, take 3-2 series lead

After dominance in Game 5, can the Penguins become the 1st team since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cups?

Preds Need a Big Win Outside of Nashville

After falling behind 2-0 on the road to begin the series, the Predators needed a strong showing at home.  They did just that and fought back to tie the series at two games apiece.  Now it turns into a best-of-three series, with two of the potential three games being in Pittsburgh.  Nashville has been dominant at home this postseason,...

Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup Luck May Have Finally Run Out

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The Nashville Predators tied the Stanley Cup Final series 2-2, thanks in large part to Bridgestone Arena. Most people said Nashville outplayed Pittsburgh for the majority of the series. https://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/871926752389455873 They are right. Last year's playoffs, the Penguins were analytic's darlings. This year, they threw stats out the window, starting in the first round against Columbus. All credit to Hockey Reference...

Similar Process, Different Results in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals

Recap: The Pittsburgh Penguins went into Nashville hoping to gain a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final. However, after the first of two games in the south, the series stands at 2-1. The Penguins got off to a fast start in Game 3 once again. Jake Guentzel potted his 13th goal of the playoffs past a flailing Pekka Rinne early...

Improvements Nashville Needs to Make in Order to Win Game 3

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs did not get any better for Nashville in game 2, in fact some may say it got worse. The Predators lost game 2 by a score of 4-1, but all of that may have just flashed before their eyes as the Pittsburgh Penguins elite offence took control early in the third period scoring 3...
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