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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Penguins, Predators set for Game 2

Penguins aim to adjust, improve; Predators look to even series

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Welcome to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final Buzz, your daily look at the stories impacting the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). NHL.com writers in Pittsburgh will be checking in throughout the day from PPG Paints Arena.

Here is the Stanley Cup Final news for Wednesday:

 

3:20 p.m.
Strategies for Game 2

The Penguins and Predators each held an optional skate Wednesday to prepare for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Columnist Nick Cotsonika writes that the Penguins, for the second straight day, used a brief video session to go over what they need to do better. Penguins defenseman Ian Cole, in his Stanley Cup Final blog for NHL.com, provides some detail from these video sessions.

Pittsburgh forward Scott Wilson will be in the lineup for Game 2. Wilson is expected to play an important role on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, senior writer Dan Rosen reports.

On the Nashville side, LNH.com senior managing editor Arpon Basu writes about the Predators' strategy when it comes to matching up against Pittsburgh's top lines.

Correspondent Wes Crosby has 5 Keys for Game 2.

 

9:40 a.m.

The Nashville Predators hadn't lost a Game 1 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs until Monday, when they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 to begin the Stanley Cup Final.

The Predators have not lost two consecutive games this postseason, something they will hope to avoid Wednesday in Game 2. To do that, they need to play a great game, not just a good one, writes NHL.com Columnist Nick Cotsonika.

The Penguins, despite holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, need to make adjustments if they want to win Game 2. After all, they were outshot 26-12 on Monday, and went 37 minutes without a shot on goal. NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen has the Penguins' take on Game 2.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray will start Game 2 of the Final on Wednesday, despite being bounced around in Game 1. Murray said he wasn't surprised Nashville crowded his crease, and he will be ready for it again on Wednesday, writes NHL.com Staff Writer Tim Campbell. 

Throughout the playoffs, former coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn have shared their analysis with NHL.com. Here are their views what the Predators and Penguins need to do in Game 2.

NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen and NHL.com Columnist Nick Cotsonika shared their thoughts on Game 2 in this video preview.

Video: Cotsonika and Rosen preview Game 2 of Cup Final

Predators left wing Harry Zolnierczyk is keeping his own blog throughout the Stanley Cup Final. Here are his thoughts heading into Game 2.

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