April brings the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and even this year, the Nashville Predators will maintain that tradition with the help of EA Sports' "NHL20."
Round 1 is underway, and the Preds and Golden Knights are tied 1-1 after a virtual trip to Vegas to open the series.
Game 1 went to the visitors, and it came in dramatic fashion. With Vegas up 4-2 early in the third period, the Preds scored four unanswered, including two in the game's final minute, to take the opening contest, 6-4. Mikael Granlund tied the game at the 17:23 mark of the third, and he gave his club their first lead of the night with just 43 seconds left to play. Granlund, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino all tallied twice to steal Game 1 and take a 1-0 series lead.
The Predators had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes in Game 2, but Vegas came back to even the series with a 4-3 win, including two goals in the final 72 seconds of regulation. Granlund scored two more times in Game 2, and he leads the Preds with four goals to begin the postseason.
Now, the series shifts to Nashville and Bridgestone Arena for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 presented by Jaguar Land Rover Nashville is Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on @PredsNHL social media. Be on the lookout for special content on social media for the Preds' first home playoff game of 2020.
NHL20 will be used to simulate each playoff game, with Preds games streamed live on @PredsNHL Twitter, Twitch, Facebook and YouTube.
Here's a look at the Predators' Round 1 playoff schedule, with Games 1, 2, 5 and 7* taking place in Las Vegas and Games 3, 4, 6* in Nashville (*if necessary).
Here's the complete Stanley Cup Playoff bracket:
Remember, Game 3 presented by Jaguar Land Rover Nashville is Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on @PredsNHL social media. Wear Gold, tune in and #StandWithUs.
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