Predators rout Penguins in front of raucous home crowd

Predators rout Penguins in front of raucous home crowd

Fans started pouring into downtown hours before face-off often shoulder to shoulder, eager to celebrate and do their part to back their beloved team in the best-of-seven series they trail 2-0 to Pittsburgh. He has one goal in 11 playoff games. Murray made 31 saves in that span as the Predators consistently dictated play.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (53-34-9-4, 45-43 O/U): Although coach Peter Laviolette "politely" reiterated Friday that he and his coaching staff do not publicly discuss lineup changes, Rinne likely will be in net for Game 3 despite being shredded for eight goals on 36 shots in the first two contests. First off, at this point in the season, in the situation they are in, it's going to take extreme circumstances to keep a player out of the game.

We have catfish on the ice in Nashville. "I've been scoring my whole career, I've been putting points on the board, so hopefully I can do it tonight because we need some goals". When asked about the possibility of playing tonight, he said, "I don't know, you'll have to talk to the coaches about it".

To be fair to the Predators goaltender though, the bounces aren't going his way either.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are very hard to beat on their own ice this postseason, and now they have added their biggest piece of franchise history yet. "We've got to be more determined in that area of the game".

Nashville has done an outstanding job of creating a cult atmosphere for home games, but if any team is comfortable with that kind of challenge, it's the experienced Penguins.

"We're trying to make it decisions whether it be defense pairs or line combinations that make us the most competitive team", Sullivan said.

"They got three superstars on that team", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.

The oddsmakers are giving the Predators a strong chance to win Game 3 and get back into the series.

"We all know what we're here to do and what we bring to the table", Parenteau said.

Can the crowd and their chants of "You suck (insert goalie's name here), it's all your fault" become a difference maker? "I'm sure there will be some adjustments early on in the game that I'll really have to focus on because there are a couple tweaks you've got to make, the role is a little different, but it's a natural position for me and I'm pretty comfortable there". But Rinne was first off the ice after the team's morning skate Saturday as Juuse Saros stayed on for extra work.

Despite taking charge in both of those categories, the Predators find themselves in an 0-2 hole as they prepare for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.

Preds lineup: Nashville needs more speed to counter the Penguins so it appears Laviolette is going to insert veteran P.A. Parenteau and Harry Zolnierczyk into the lineup in place of overmatched pluggers Cody McLeod nd Vernon Fiddler.

The Predators have played sensational hockey through the majority of the playoffs, but they have faltered on the biggest stage.

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