Nashville Predators Desperately Need a Split in Winnipeg

Predators' Fiala notches winner in double overtime to even series with Jets

"We've been to a lot of buildings that are loud, but (Bridgestone and Bell MTS Place) are two of the loudest I think in the league", he told The Tennessean.

Hellebuyck will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 3 matchup with Nashville, Scott Billeck of reports. It's very dumb that this series is being played in Round 2 and not Round 3, the Western Conference Final, but at least it's being played. Suddenly we won't be talking about all of the pressure being on the Predators.

Once again the Preds came out with objective and fire in the second overtime and this time, a simple little Kyle Turris outlet to Craig Smith just over five minutes in had some speed that quickly turned into a 2 on 1. But Matt Hendricks was called for interference for knocking down Nashville defenseman Matt Irwin, negating the goal.

Kevin Fiala scored in double overtime to lift Nashville over Winnipeg, tying the 2nd round playoff series at 1 game a piece.

The Nashville Predators had a powerful motivating force behind them Sunday night.

Johansen scored the game's first goal just 27 seconds into the opening period.

Midway through the third period, with the Penguins now trailing 3-1, they thought they had scored to pull within one on a Patric Hornqvist rebound attempt on the doorstep.

Given the Nashville roster includes the likes of Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala might not have been the first name that jumped out when searching for a potential Predators hero.

The play of the top two lines were the key to last night's win.

The Winnipeg Jets have really clicked as a team this year and it has shown in their prowess in big games and their propensity to overrun their opponents with one of the most deadly offense in the game today.

He is one of the best two-way centers in hockey and also can put up significant points. Ryan Johansen topped the Nashville scoring burst with a first period goal and a third period tally that gave the team the lead. Patrik Laine missed the net and Paul Statsny passed the puck in front and Scheifele buried it.

The over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. If the Preds can continue to keep that line on the outside, they'll no doubt have success.

When a team is on the road they have to put their five players on the ice before the home team decides who they put over the boards. That set the stage for Scheifele to send the game into extra time, something Nashville players were prepared for. Especially since the Jets were the best team at home this season and haven't lost there since March 1. They got the whiteout going. This series is everything a hockey fan loves.

- I met some really nice Winnipeg fans over the weekend, they were having a blast and enjoying Smashville. they even contributed to the Preds Foundation by taking a whack or two at the SmashPlane. We were in alone three times, three two-on-ones, they get their chances, they made one more than we did. He did it previous year and did again tonight.

Fast forward to this post-season, and "Playoff Kuraly" has shown up again. I slid on my knees and got some pretty gnarly carpet burns.

With all that being said, I wouldn't fancy their odds of winning four out of five, with three of those needing to be in Winnipeg. I didn't power slide on my knees. 45 of its outings have gone over the total, while 44 have gone under and just one has pushed.