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The Predators Face Off in the 2017 NHL Playoffs

Holden Carter, Writer

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It’s Playoff Time in Smashville!  This is Peter Laviolette’s third year coaching, and his third year he has led the Predators to the playoffs. They were granted a wild card slot which puts them against Central Division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Predators look for a win against the tough Blackhawks defense, which includes players like Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook with Corey Crawford in goal. The Preds have a couple tough defenseman as well with Roman Josi and PK Subban. Pekka Rinne will primarily start in goal, but Juuse Saros has proven to be an effective backup.

The Predators have a few players to watch on offense which include two 30 goal scorers, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg. Arvidsson has been a huge surprise this year as a breakout player. He has become a hometown favorite among Pred’s fans because he always seems to give maximum effort, even though many times he is the smallest player on the ice at 5’9. James Neal has recently returned from an injury and his ability to be a goal scorer could hold to be very valuable.

The Blackhawks roster is loaded with offensive playmakers and stopping them will be no easy task. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are two future hall of famers. Kane has collected a large amount of haters and critics after sexual assault allegations that were later dropped. Expect the crowd at Bridgestone Arena to be very routy whenever Kane gets the puck.

These teams really don’t like each other, so I expect a lot of chippy play. Many experts say the Blackhawks are unbeatable and a first round victory of the Predators is eminent. Nashville will have to be at the top of their game in order to advance past their opening round series. I think, if they go out and play with a lot of intensity they can get to the four wins required to go on to the next round. They have to take advantage of their power play chances, which they haven’t done as of late. The Predators take on the Blackhawks this Thursday, April 13th, in Chicago.

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