3 keys: Predators at Hurricanes, Round 1 Match 2
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Carolina leads Best-of-7 series, 1-0
Alex Nedeljkovic will get his second straight start for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup First Round at PNC Arena on Wednesday.
The goalkeeper made 22 saves in a 5-2 win in Monday’s opener.
Carolina made 38 shots against the Nashville goaltender Juuse saros in the first game and they’re looking to keep him busy again.
“He made some good saves, he’s a very good side goal,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “We have to get the traffic and the pucks to the net, but it’s no different than any other team in the League. We had a good jump and were able to create some shots that weren’t there in the past. the last two games we’ve played them. “
The Predators were happy to enter the second intermission of Game 1 with the score of 2-2 but didn’t like their third period.
“Obviously we know we have to be better than we were in the third,” said the defender Mattias Ekholm mentionned. “There is another level for [our game] but so far I think the first half was the closest to where we want to be. Of course there is more to do and there is another level we can reach and we are preparing to show it. “
Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-7 series are 330-51 (86.6%), including 4-0 in the first round last season.
Here are three keys for Game 2:
1. Status of Slavin
Brind’Amour said defender Jaccob slavin will be a game time decision not only for Game 2, but probably for future games as well. Slavin, who missed the last game of the regular season with a lower body injury, had four hits and led the Hurricanes skaters with 21:25 of ice time in Game 1.
“Slavin is going to face something, probably until we’re done,” said Brind’Amour. “It’s like that. I hope he’s ready to go, but it can still be a game-time decision here.”
2. Tolvanen time?
The Predators are expected to make changes to the lineup which could include Eeli Tolvanen after the striker got a good scratch in Game 1. General manager David Poile told ESPN 102.5 The Game on Tuesday that Tolvanen could help the power play, which went 0 for 3 with two shots in Game 1 .
Tolvanen led the Predators with six power play goals in 40 games this season.
3. The impact of Staal
Jordan staal scored two goals in the opener, but it’s the captain’s overall game that leads the Hurricanes. He also had four hits and won 54% of his faceoffs (14 of 26).
“We’ve been saying this since I’ve been here: he does it all and it’s great to see him score big goals”, Warren Foegele mentionned. “He’s got such a big frame (6ft 4in, 220lb) and has good wheels for someone of that size. He’s going to keep going because he’s showing up for big times.”
Anticipated predator programming
Filip Forsberg – Ryan johansen – Viktor arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok – Mikael granlund – Luke Kunin
Matt Duchene – Erik Haula – Eeli Tolvanen
Yakov Trenin – Colton Sissons – Tanner Jeannot
Romain Josi – Ryan ellis
Mattias Ekholm – Alexandre carrier
Matt Benning – Erik Gudbranson
Striped: Nick cousins, Brad richardson, Rocco grimaldi, Tyler lewington, David Farrance, Michael mccarron, Jeremy davies, Rem Pitlick, Mathieu Olivier, Dante Fabbro
Injured: Luca Sbisa (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (upper body)
Planned hurricane schedule
Andrei Svechnikov – Sebastian aho – Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele – Vincent Trocheck – Martin Necas
Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper fast
Jordan martinook – Steven lorentz – Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin – Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Jake bean – Jani Hakanpaa
Striped: Morgan geekie, Jake gardiner, Max McCormick, Drew shore, Roland mckeown, Maxime Lajoie, James reimer
Injured: Cedric Paquette (lower body)
Predators coach John Hynes said some roster decisions will be made later today depending on the health of the players to play. … The Hurricanes will use the same roster as in Game 1.