Game 4 Preview: Preds look to even up Series…
The Nashville Predators look to even up the best of seven Western Conference Semi Finals tonight at Bridgestone Arena 6:30 CT. The Preds will try to continue the momentum gained by defeating Phoenix 2-0 in game 3 that cut the Coyotes series lead to 2 games to 1. The big question going into the game tonight is whether Head Coach Barry Trotz will make any roster adjustments to bring back forwards Alexander Radulov & Andrei Kostitsyn after their 1 game suspension for late night violations of team rules.
After game 3, Trotz said it would be tough to change a lineup that bought in as much as his team did in putting in the best overall effort in this year’s playoffs. Jordin Tootoo will make it very difficult with his play the other night to send him back to the bench, Matt Halischuk & Colin Wilson also played the Predator way & could see more ice time tonight.
This is a pivotal game tonight as game 5 will be back in Phoenix & Nashville does not want to go on the road down 3 games to 1. This will be the third time in franchise history the Preds have started a series in a 0-2 hole, recovering in 2004 & 2008 to tie the series at 2 games apiece before losing games 5 & 6.
In a year full of many amazing things, it would not be a shock to see the Preds do something they haven’t done before & carry the new found momentum of game 3 thru tonight & back to Phoenix.
All players are listed as healthy.
The bottom line…
-The Nashville Predators trail 2-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes in the best of seven Western Conference Semi-Finals.
-In the Western Conference Playoffs #8 LA leads #2 St Louis 3-0.
- Eastern Conference #1 NYR lead #7 Was 2-1, #6 NJ leads #4 Phi 2-1.
-The Predators are home for game 4 tonight 6:30 CT.
-F Alex Radulov leads the Preds in Playoff scoring with 1G & 5A for 6 total points followed by David Legwand & Gabriel Bourque with 5.
-D Ryan Suter leads the Preds in time on ice with 28:48 followed by D Shea Weber with 28:33.
-D Francis Bouillon leads the team in +/- with a plus 8 rating followed by Nick Spalling with +4.
-F Patric Hornqvist leads the Preds in shots on goal in the playoffs with 28, followed by Weber with 25.
-F Mike Fisher leads the Preds in hits for the playoffs with 23, followed by Shea Weber 19, Francis Bouillon Andrei Kostitsyn with 15.
-D Shea Weber leads the Preds in blocked shots with 18, followed by Roman Josi with 18, Kevin Klein 17.