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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators

Should you’re simply tuning in, it’s been days because the Nashville Predators closed out their annual CMA road-trip, but it surely’s felt quite a bit longer.
Three days off is mainly three weeks in hockey time, and the Preds return to Bridgestone tonight is greater than welcome. To not point out it’s time to provide Kyle Turris an actual Smashville welcome to the household!
Sadly, the Preds shall be going through the Pittsburgh Penguins for the primary time at residence because the Stanley Cup Closing. Thankfully, there’s no higher time to lastly put the demons to relaxation with the flightless birds than in-front of the hometown crowd.

The Pittsburgh Penguins

The defending cup champions are coming off a Four-1 highway loss to the Washington CapitalsFriday evening. Thanks Trotzy!
The Pens are 9-7-2 of their first 18 outings, nevertheless their highway report is lower than spectacular at Four-7-1. This could possibly be an enormous benefit for the Preds, who're presently Three-1-1 at residence. Whereas the Penguins are not any strangers to profitable at Bridgestone, they’re going through a totally completely different workforce tonight.
Everyone knows what the Penguins are able to so it’s no shock that guys like Evgeni Malkinand Phil Kessel are already placing up 19 and 20 factors this season. Don’t fear, Sidney Crosby remains to be within the combine too with 5 objectives and 13 factors. Surprisingly when he’s not attempting to get away with low cost penalties and turning Ryan Reaves into his on-ice lackey he’s nonetheless fairly good at hockey.
What could also be stunning in regards to the Penguins this season is Matt Murray. After two seasons of attempting to climb out from beneath the shadow of Marc-Andre Fleury, Murray has lastly taken over the position of beginning goaltender.
It hasn’t been a simple transition for the 23 12 months outdated. With a objectives allowed common of two.90 and a save share of .906, Murray has allowed 41 objectives up to now in 15 video games. Total sharing the workload could not have appeared ideally suited, however Murray appeared to learn from it. If the Preds’ new offensive association can discover their groove early, and elevate the puck over Murray, the younger goaltender could also be in for a protracted evening.

The Nashville Predators

The Preds are coming off a profitable highway journey, in addition to lastly buying the ultimate lacking hyperlink to their offense. It’s been a giant week for the hometown workforce, regardless of solely taking part in one sport.
The addition of Kyle Turris ought to lastly be the spark the offense has been lacking all these years. Turris performed 11 video games with Ottawa earlier than being traded. In these video games he scored three objectives and posted 9 factors. The Senators may need been rolling Turris as their first-line middle, but it surely appears to be like just like the Preds have each intension of utilizing him on the second-line. The addition of Turris and a wholesome Ryan Johansen must be sufficient to provide Preds followers the Stanley Cup Closing rematch we’ve been ready for.
The addition of Turris noticed the departure of Samuel Girard. Whereas that stings, it stings rather less when Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber are stepping up and doing what they'll to spherical out the protection till Ryan Ellis returns. The protection can have their arms tied with Malkin, Kessel, and Crosby, however home-ice benefit, the Penguins lack of highway wins, and a newly rounded out offense ought to all work in Nashville’s favor.
The ultimate query mark for the Preds, is of-course, goaltending. Pekka Rinne has been unimaginable this season. He’s solely allowed 23 objectives in 11 video games posting a objectives allowed common of two.08 and a save share of .934. Rinne’s report in opposition to the Pens has been fairly brutal. They’ve all the time appeared to have his quantity, however the Rinne we’ve seen currently is a person possessed with a one purpose mentality, and that purpose is profitable the Stanley Cup with the Nashville Predators. To try this, Rinne’s going to need to get the Pittsburgh monkey off his again as soon as and for all.

Reasons to Watch

  • Kyle Turris - It’s his first sport as a Nashville Predator and it’s at residence in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins. What extra are you able to ask for on a Saturday evening in Smashville
  • Pekka Rinne - It’s time for Rinne to show the Penguins aren’t his Achilles’ heel.
  • Ryan Johansen - RyJo has to attain a purpose quickly...proper? He'll rating a purpose once more...proper?

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