Archive for April 19, 2012
The Nashville Predators will try to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night. The Predators have a 3-1 series lead for the first time in franchise history. On Tuesday night, the Predators beat the Red Wings by a 3-1 score to push Detroit to the brink of elimination.
There have been two keys to Nashville winning three of the four games played during the series.
“Pekka [Rinne] and timely goals,” Predators forward David Legwand explained. “We got outplayed the first two periods and hung around. Pekka kept us in it. We came up big in the third period. That is fortunate for us.”
The Predators have been led by the stellar play of Rinne who maintains a 2.01 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage compared to Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard’s 2.78 goals-against average and .879 save percentage.
In Games 3 and 4, the Predators beat Detroit at Joe Louis Arena because the Finnish netminder stole the games, making 40-plus saves in both contests. Rinne has made at least 35 saves in each of the three wins the Predators have posted throughout the series. (more…)