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Game One: Preds vs. Blues

Predators Set to Begin Round Two in St. Louis Against the Blues

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

For the second consecutive season, the Nashville Predators have advanced to Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and this year's installment begins tonight in St. Louis with Game One. It's the first-ever postseason meeting between the Preds and the Blues; the Central Division foes saw each other five times during the regular season with Nashville holding a 3-2-0 record.

The Predators are coming off a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One, outscoring their opponent 13-3 in the four games. The Blues took down the Minnesota Wild in Round One, winning that series by a 4-1 tally.

After almost a week between games for the Preds, they're ready to face St. Louis with plenty more to prove.

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Five Things for the Predators in Round Two

Is Dominant First Line Enough for Preds to Overcome Blues? What About Return of Colin Wilson?

by John Glennon @glennonsports / glennonsports@gmail.com

After co-existing for the past 18 seasons in the same division, the Predators and St. Louis Blues will finally meet in the postseason starting on Wednesday.

The Predators have reached the Second Round of the playoffs for the fourth time in the last seven years, but will be seeking a first-ever trip to the Western Conference Final. The Blues, meanwhile, will be looking to advance to the Western Conference Final for the second-straight year.

What should fans be watching for as the series gets underway?

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Preds Look to Strike Balance Once More in Round Two

While Playing Their Brand of Hockey, the Predators Are Also Prepared to Adjust in St. Louis

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's always a balance to strike.

Throughout the course of a season, the Nashville Predators will always carry a belief that if they execute their game plan to the best of their ability and play the way they know they're capable of, they'll be successful.

At the same time, each of the 29 other teams the Preds have to face will always have a different way of looking at the game, no matter how broad or miniscule.

The Predators undoubtedly found that balance in Round One against Chicago - a series sweep is evidence of that - and they'll look to find it once more when they begin Round Two on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

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Colin Wilson Nearing Return for Predators

The Winger Has Turned in Strong Performances at Practice; Led Preds in Playoff Points in 2016

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Colin Wilson said he was dying to take the ice when he felt the energy inside Bridgestone Arena and saw the light show leading up to Game Three of the Predators' Round One series.

The forward had missed the first two games of the playoff matchup with the Blackhawks - and the final two contests of the regular season - with a lower-body injury and suiting up for Nashville wasn't going to be an option just yet. But that didn't stop him from being a bit irrational when he saw his teammates greeted with a deafening decibel as they skated through the Pred Head outside of the Lexus Lounge.

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Preds Far From Satisfied as Round Two Looms

Nashville Believes They Still Have Plenty More to Accomplish as They Prepare to Face St. Louis

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

They can't get no satisfaction. At least not yet.

It's no secret the Nashville Predators have done well for themselves in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far. Sure, the Preds locker room was jovial after completing the franchise's first-ever series sweep last week, but even moments after the Round Two berth was secured, another attitude was also present, no matter whose stall one paid a visit to.

The Predators know what the postseason entails, and a laser-like focus was already emanating by the time the media entered the room to discuss what was, and what is still to come. And it's that mindset, the Preds hope, which will continue to help them in Round Two against St. Louis.

It was around this time last year that the Preds had defeated the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, the first such victory in club history. Just as a team learns and grows on the ice, it's how they handle situations such as those, that can change from year to year, and many believe it has.

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Schedule: Round Two Opens Wednesday for Preds

Predators Will Start Round Two in St. Louis and Host Games Three, Four and Six

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Upon the conclusion of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL announced the Predators and Blues will begin their Round Two series - their first-ever postseason meeting - on Wednesday evening at Scottrade Center.

St. Louis will host the first two contests of the best-of-seven series, before the series shifts to Nashville for Games Three and Four at Bridgestone Arena. If necessary, Games Five and Seven will be at Scottrade Center and Game Six at Bridgestone Arena; details on those contests will be announced at a later date.

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Preds Return to Practice, Prep for Blues in Round Two

Preparations for the Second Round Are Underway; Pekka Rinne Honored by PHWA

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Chances were already high that the Nashville Predators would be jetting off to the state of Missouri sometime this week, but when the St. Louis Blues scored in overtime to defeat the Minnesota Wild early Saturday evening, the meeting was confirmed.

The Preds and the Blues will get together in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in what will be the first postseason meeting between the Central Division foes.

After two well-earned days off thanks to a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One, the Predators were back on the ice on Sunday as preparations began to face a St. Louis team that needed only five games to defeat Minnesota.

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Playoffs: Four Deciding Factors in Preds vs. Blues

Pekka Rinne and Jake Allen Were Both Nearly Unbeatable in Round One

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Pekka Rinne: Yes, the Finnish netminder deserves his own section.

Rinne turned aside 123 of 126 shots in the Round One playoff series, for a gaudy stat line of a .976 save percentage and 0.70 goals-against average. Can Rinne maintain that kind of production? It may seem like an outlandish request, but his opponent for Round Two isn't far behind.

Jake Allen has a .956 save percentage to go with a 1.47 goals-against average after his stellar performance in the First Round. If Rinne stole Game One for Nashville (with a 29-save shutout), then Allen did the same against Minnesota, by making 51 saves in the Blues' overtime triumph.

"He was amazing," defenseman Josi said after Rinne's Game One shutout. "What a great game by him. I thought we played pretty solid in the first, played a good first period, but after that they were all over us. Especially in the second, Peks made some unbelievable saves and he was great, not much more you can say."

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Playoffs: Preds and Blues X-Factors

Nashville's First Line Was Dominant in Round One; Blues Hold Keys to Special Teams Battle

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Special Teams Advantage: The overall offensive and defensive numbers in the regular season are quite similar for the two teams - as was detailed above - but there's a clear winner in the special teams edge.

The Blues registered a Top 10 power play and penalty kill during 2016-17, ranking third on the penalty kill (84.8 percent) and eighth on the power play (21.3 percent). In what's likely to be such a tight series on the scoreboard and on the ice, can the Blues rely on their special teams to win them a game or two?

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Playoffs: Preds and Blues Season Series Refresh

Predators Won Three of Five Over St. Louis, But Teams Only Played Once With Blues Under Yeo

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Nashville's regular-season record versus St. Louis: 3-2-0

Scoring Leaders:

Goals: Nashville: Mike Fisher, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, James Neal, Mike Ribeiro (2); St. Louis: David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko (2)

Assists: Nashville: Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, Colin Wilson (3); St. Louis: Vladimir Tarasenko (3)

Points: Nashville: Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro (5); St. Louis: Vladimir Tarasenko (5)

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