Nashville Predators Begin The Quest For The Cup

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Nashville Predators Right Wing Matt Duchene (95) makes a play in the offensive zone during a hockey game between the Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes on April 29, 2022, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The time has finally arrived, the Nashville Predators embark on their playoff journey tonight. In one of the most exciting 1st Round matchups of the playoffs, Smashville goes on the road to face the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado is one of the favorites to win it all this year, but the Preds took down the Avalanche in Colorado as recently as 5 days ago. No matter the outcome, this series will be filled with excitement.

One of the biggest headlines going into tonight is the news that Smashville’s star goalie, Juuse Saros, will be out for the first 2 games in Colorado. In the Preds win on Thursday, they relied on David Rittich to provide relief at the goalie spot in wake of Saros’ injury. Even though Rittich surrendered 4 goals in the road outing, Nashville was still able to pull away with the victory in a shootout. This shows that the Predators will be able to remain competitive with the Avalanche, as long as their offense is able to produce the kind of numbers they are capable of, no matter who they play at goalie.

The Preds have yet to name whether David Rittich or Connor Ingram will be the starting goal-keeper in tonight’s game. However, it seems as though Ingram would have a solid chance at starting, considering that Rittich gave up 4 goals in Colorado less than a week ago. Regardless of which goalie Smashville goes with tonight, the pressure will be mounting on the offense to keep pace with the relentless attack of the Avalanche. This means Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi will need to play at their best, when the lights become the brightest in order for Nashville to shock the world tonight.

In essence, everything is on the line tonight. The number of injuries, number of seeds and number of wins that both teams have coming into the game are all irrelevant at the end of the day. This will inevitably come down to whether the Nashville Predators or the Colorado Avalanche are able to physically overpower their opponent, and dictate the pace of play, tonight. The team that is able to do that will walk away with a 1 game lead in the series. Now it’s time to sit back and watch, it’s playoff time for the Preds.

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