Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues - 5/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, right, and Patrick Maroon celebrates after their 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. "It's going to be a big one, but yeah we're in a good situation". "He's always working hard, he's shoving pucks in and he's always making our team better". Country group Little Big Town became the latest to sing the national anthem, and Lee Greenwood sang during the second intermission.

The Blues will head to Nashville for Games 3 and 4, before returning home for Game 5. St. Louis didn't have to ice its penalty-killing unit in Game 2, the first time it's accomplished that in a playoff game since 1987.

At least one defenseman has been a part of 12 of the past 13 goals the Predators have scored in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating to Game 4 of their first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks.

During the Blues five-minute power play, right wing Vladimir Tarasenko tied up the game with a wrist shot at 19:40.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as St. Louis rallied for a 3-2 victory to level the Western Conference semifinals heading into Sunday's Game 3 at the Nashville Predators.

"It's a hard-fought game", Steen said.

"It's fun, and that's why I think everyone likes coming here to play", Allen said. The Preds have always had a solid roster that is built on defense and goaltending, and while this season isn't too far from that mold they have had a much better season putting the puck in the net and that has made them so unsafe thus far as they have been able to shut down their opponents in the attacking third while filling the back of the net at the other end.

The Blues weren't the better team in each game of their series win over the Wild-Jake Allen made the difference, and practically won the series on his own. But that outcome somehow didn't impress the benefits of good behaviour in Game 3 Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues found their missing links in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, and proved just how important their stars truly are to their lineup. Allen was St. Louis' best player throughout the day, including 17 in a second period where the Blues were outshot 18-4.

It was Ellis' third postseason goal and marked his sixth straight playoff game with a point. The three goals ties him for the most ever by a Nashville defenseman in a single playoff year.

Ultimately, the Predators know they can't expect this series to be easy and they've said so several times.

Josi made it 3-1 when he scored with a slap shot at 14:11 of the third period.

The Predators never got the man advantage in losing Game 2 in St. Louis, and they got their first almost midway through the first period. McLeod was assisted by Colton Sissons and Mattias Ekholm. We started the game the way we wanted to start it. "We've got to continue to make sure we keep it five on five and take away those opportunities". In the first game of the series PK Subban stepped up with a 1 goal, 2 assist performance, and in the second game of the series Ryan Ellis put up a goal and an assist.

Pietrangelo ripped a blast that brushed off Steen's left mitt and sneaked inside the far post for a 2-1 deficit 7:01 left in the period.

  • Julie Sanders