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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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Round Two: Jets and Preds X-Factors

Composure Will Be Key in Hostile Series; Can Jets Match Preds Experience?

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A game between the Predators and Jets two seasons ago famously featured close to a dozen players in the penalty boxes at one time and 10 minors handed out after a single whistle.

The animosity hasn't dissipated. After-the-whistle scrums, big hits and face washes have become something of a staple in games between the two division rivals.

This season, the Preds were called for nine penalties (18 PIMS) in a March 13 meeting and seven more (14 PIMS) in a game on March 25. For a team that finished as the most penalized team in the NHL - and struggled with ill-timed minors in the first round - keeping their cool will be paramount in a Round Two matchup with the Jets.

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Instant Analysis: West's Best Meet in Round Two

Teams Who Combined for 41 Goals in Season Series, Meet With Conference Final Spot on the Line

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The top two finishers in the Western Conference will square off as the Nashville Predators meet the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time.

The Round Two series will open later this week in Nashville - with the schedule announced soon - but NashvillePredators.com already has full analysis of the series, a look back at the five-game 2017-18 season series, X-factors and four things that will define the playoff matchup.

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Hischier eager to build on successful rookie season with Devils

19-year-old center impressed with two-way play, desire for improvement

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Nico Hischier didn't want the most exhilarating hockey experience of his first season as a member of the New Jersey Devils to come to an end.

He found it tough expressing exactly what his rookie season truly meant when he sat at his locker stall long after the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Devils with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

He wanted more.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Predators at Avalanche

Preds Have Second Chance to Advance to Round Two for Third-Straight Season

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Game 6 in Denver at Pepsi Center provides a second opportunity for the Nashville Predators to advance to Round Two (tonight at 6 p.m. CT). 

Nashville held a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of Game 5, but saw the Colorado Avalanche respond with two goals of their own to force a Game 6 and cut the Preds' series lead to 3-2. Forward Scott Hartnell entered the Preds' lineup in Game 5 with Ryan Hartman suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Carl Soderberg. Hartman is eligible to return to the ice for Game 6. 

The Predators did not practice on Saturday and did not hold a morning skate on Sunday. Below is a projected lineup based on Game 5: 

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Preds at Avalanche, Game 6: How to Watch, Live Stream

Nashville Has Colorado on Brink of Elimination in Game 6

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

No matter the result, the Predators are back in Colorado for the final time this spring.

Game 6 between the Preds and the Avs comes this evening from Pepsi Center, and with a 3-2 series lead, Nashville has another opportunity to close things out and advance to the second round with a victory.

A feverish comeback from the Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night left a bitter taste in the immediate aftermath. Now, the Predators have regrouped, refocused and are moving on, looking to avenge Game 5's result and punch their ticket to Round Two.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup at Avalanche]

[Read More: Preds Confident They Can Close Out Series]

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Avs Media Availability Quotes: April 21, 2018

The Avs discuss Game 5 after returning to Denver

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of theAvalanche

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Coach Jared Bednar discusses Game 6

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the comeback victory over Nashville in Game 5 and facing another elimination game in Game 6

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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday at Bridgestone Arena in a must-win Game 5. The victory cuts Nashville's lead in the first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to 3-2. 

The Avs stayed in Nashville after Game 5 and held a media-availability session at the airport after they arrived back in Denver on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Jared Bednar, forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto and goaltender Andrew Hammond discussed Friday's win and another must-win Game 6.  

Here is what they had to say.

Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog

On Colorado's play after Nashville took a 1-0 lead in Game 5:

"For us, like we have talked about, we got nothing to lose. We don't have any more pressure on ourselves than what we put on ourselves really. So, for us it's just a matter of making sure we leave it all out there. Game is not over until the final buzzer goes and at that point it's just a one-goal game. We keep playing and that's what we are going to keep on doing."

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Preds Back in Colorado Set on Closing Series in Game 6

Enduring Highs and Lows of Playoffs, Nashville's Confidence Remains Strong

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ah, the ebbs and flows of the playoffs.

The Predators were five minutes away from shaking the hands of the Colorado Avalanche and moving on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Then the visitors got one. Then a second.

And in a matter of minutes, the Preds were back in their locker room: frustrated, disappointed, just plain mad, another trip to Denver on the docket.

Yes, the ebbs and flows.

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 5

Avalanche defeats Predators 3-2 to extend series

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Andrew Hammond made his first NHL postseason start since April 17, 2015 at Montreal and earned his first playoff win, making 44 saves for a new career high (regular and postseason combined). Hammond is the first Colorado goaltender to post a 40+ save performance in a playoff game since Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves in Game 3 of the Avs' first-round series against the Minnesota Wild on April 21, 2014.

Sven Andrighetto scored his first career playoff goal and third game-winning tally of his career (regular season & postseason).

The last time the Avalanche won a Game 5 in a playoff series - down 3-1 - to force a Game 6 was in its Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the San Jose Sharks in 2004. The Avs lost the first three games of that series before winning Game 4 at home and Game 5 in San Jose. The Sharks won the best-of-seven series 4-2.

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Avalanche top Predators in Game 5, extend Western series

Andrighetto breaks tie late in third period, Hammond gets first NHL playoff win for Colorado

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Sven Andrighetto scored with 1:28 remaining in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche avoided elimination with a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.

J.T. Compher took the original shot and Andrighetto scored on the rebound to break a 1-1 tie.

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