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Predators got boost from third line in first round against Avalanche

Scoring depth, excellent penalty kill, playoff experience helped Nashville advance

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators were pushed by the Colorado Avalanche but ultimately won their Western Conference First Round Series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six games.

The Predators, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the best team during the regular season, will advance to the Western Conference Second Round for the third consecutive season. They will play the Winnipeg Jets after eliminating the Avalanche with a 5-0 win in Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

Here are 5 reasons why the Predators advanced to the second round:

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Predators put it all together to eliminate Avalanche in Game 6

Dominate from start, advance to second round

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators played pretty good hockey for most of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche. But that complete game, the one that was evident many times on their run to an NHL-best 117 points and the Presidents' Trophy in the regular season, eluded them.

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Predators shut out Avalanche in Game 6, advance to second round

Rinne makes 22 saves to clinch Western series; will face Jets next

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators advanced to the Western Conference Second Round with a 5-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the first round at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who will play the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

Viktor Arvidsson, Nick Bonino, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville, which won the Presidents' Trophy this season with 117 points (53-18-11).

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5 Keys: Predators at Avalanche, Game 6

Nashville would advance to second round with win, must solve Colorado goalie Hammond

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

PREDATORS at AVALANCHE

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ALT, FS-TN

Nashville leads best-of-7 series 3-2

 

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators will try to close out the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche with a win at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

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Predators sharply focused on Game 6 against Avalanche

Playoff experience has Nashville confident it can eliminate Colorado, advance to second round

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators have been through enough experiences in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past four seasons to know there's no room for panic.

Nashville had an opportunity to close out the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Friday, but gave up two goals in the final 4:11 of regulation and lost 2-1.

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Short Shifts

Predators fans calm country star Morris by singing along during anthem

Singer was nervous before crowd at Bridgestone Arena helped her out

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Maren Morris sings the anthem

COL@NSH, Gm5: Morris performs Star-Spangled Banner

R1, Gm5: Grammy Award-winning artist Maren Morris sings the national anthem before the Predators take on the Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena

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The Bridgestone Arena crowd is known to intimidate road players, but for Maren Morris, Predators fans were a calming influence on Friday.

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5 Keys: Avalanche at Predators, Game 5

Nashville tries to close out series at home; Hammond starts for Colorado

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

AVALANCHE at PREDATORS

9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, SN360, ALT, FS-TN

Predators lead best-of-7 series 3-1

 

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators will try to close out their Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche by winning Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.

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Predators looking to eliminate Avalanche in Game 5

Expect 'best game of the season' trying to close series at home

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators quickly deplaned when they arrived home Thursday, their focus fixed on getting ready for the next game.

"Today's about getting rest and getting some sleep, maybe feeling a little more comfortable. Just decompress, relax," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "Tomorrow you have to come with the best game of the season."

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Sissons stepping up for Predators against Avalanche

Forward's two-way game has helped Nashville build lead in Western series

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Colton Sissons knows how to raise his game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Nashville Predators forward has five points (three goals, two assists) in four games against the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round and 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past 12 playoff games.

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Hartman suspended one game, out for Predators in Game 5

Disciplined for illegal check to head of Avalanche forward Soderberg

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Ryan Hartman has been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The Nashville Predators forward was disciplined for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.

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