Colorado's done well to take the initial 1-0 lead in the first two games, however game three has the potential to work opposite of what we've seen thus far. Only five of their skaters have not recorded a point in the first two games. In Saturday's Game 2, MacKinnon somehow fought off Filip Forsberg, muscled through Ryan Ellis and got a ridiculous backhand past Rinne to keep things close in an eventual 5-4 Preds win. They are hoping for an easier win in this one, but it will not be easy as the Avs have played well at home.
It's hard to call this a bigger mismatch than offense simply because of the Preds' enviable depth, but it'd be a disservice to Pekka Rinne not to call him the obvious favorite in this category. Arvidsson has 30 goals and 33 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 44 games).More news: GE3, the massive asteroid that grazed the Earth on Sunday
Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. Nashville had been 12-14-5 after giving up the first goal and 8-10-2 when trailing after the first period in the regular season. In his career, during the regular season, he has gone 116-121 with a 2.55 GAA on the road and 108-87 with a 2.39 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Avalanche he has gone 23-9 with a 2.28 GAA.
Forsberg, who has 13 goals and 11 assists in 20 regular-season matches against Colorado, snapped a 2-2 tie at 6:08 of the third period by deflecting Roman Josi's point blast past a helpless Jonathan Bernier.More news: Commonwealth Games organizers under fire for closing ceremony
Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his second goal of the third period, helping Nashville beat Colorado 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series.
I just don't think Colorado quite has what it takes to get back in this series even at home. Can the Avalanche notch the upset win tonight as the series moves to Colorado? Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bourque and Gabriel Landeskog each added a goal for Colorado. Nashville must be wary of Colorado, especially since the latter has scored the first goal in each game of the series. Colorado is not playing all that well overall at the moment as they have now lost seven of their last 10 games, but still, no matter what happens the rest of the series, this season has been a success for them after posting the fewest points in the league previous year. The Avalanche had eight giveaways, this one resulting in a 4-2 Predators lead. "We find a way to get a lead and they were resilient and ended up crawling back into the game". Visit SportsLine to get National Hockey League odds and picks for every Stanley Cup Playoff game, all from the advanced computer model on a red-hot 21-8 National Hockey League run.More news: WoodTrust Financial Corp Acquires Shares of 47409 Microsoft Co. (MSFT)
Game 2 of the series is Saturday in Nashville.