As game two approaches us within the next few hours, the big question is will the Pens win both home ice game and take a commanding 2-0 series lead, or will Nashville tie the series up after a strong game one performance despite losing.
Nashville played solid defense as expected. They exceeded expectations on defense in game one however. After giving up 8 shots in period 1 (3 goals), they did not allow the Penguins to get another shot on goal until 37 minutes later. Unfortunately, that shot near the end of the game was the game winner, as Jake Guentzel fired a laser top shelf.
Nashville has nothing to be ashamed of for their game one performance, only allowing up 11 shots on their goalie. They dominated possession, erased a 3-0 deficit surrendered in the first period, and played stellar defense.
It is the Penguins that have that have recognized that they must be better than the poor performance they showed in game 1. Team Captain Sidney Crosby said, “the real test is how we bounce back in game 2.” Well said, and if the penguins are going to win game 2 2 and take a 2-0 series lead, they will need to play a full 60 minutes, and play way better than they did in game 1.
The predators will definitely bring a better game than what they played in game 1, which will be hard to top, but they know they must do it to win. This group of Nashville Predators is a calm, cool, and collective team that is coached well by Peter Laviolette.
I predict Nashville to tie the series up at 1-1 after game 2 ends.