Game 2 - Pregame

Sunday, 04.29.2012 / 6:34 PM
Same 20 skaters out on the ice for pregame warmups tonight as Game 1 (in numerical order)
  Forwards (13): Erat, Legwand, Fisher, Spaling, Smith, Yip, Hornqvist, Gaustad, Wilson, Anderi Kostitsyn, Radulov, Bourque, Sergei Kostitsyn
  Defensemen (7): Weber, Klein, Suter, Ellis, Bouillon, Josi, Gill

During his pregame media session a few moments ago, Coach Trotz again strongly hinted at lineup changes for tonight with Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis both being strong candidates to see action tonight.


KEEP AN EYE ON:
1) Defensive Execution -- The Preds were not pleased with their defensive coverage decisions and execution in Game 1. Nashville prides itself on winning games when its scores 3-goals or more; the coaches and players both felt the offense --- especially later in the game --- was good enough to get the win. Look for the team to play more conservative with its defensive zone decision making, though.

2) Faceoffs -- Phoenix's faceoff domination in Game 1 has been the buzz of the series the last day and a half. Look for Nashville to be much more competitive in the faceoff circle tonight. Pay less attention to the faceoff percentage and more at the execution. More dissapointing to the coaches than the percentage (Nashville won only 41% of draws) was the number of times the Preds lost a draw clean; clean losses allow the Coyotes to get right into their set plays, which is harder to defend -- either on a set offensive piece for a draw deep in the Nashville end or on the breakout for draw deep in the Phoenix end.

3) Energy in the Arena -- There is a little more vibrancy around Jobing.com Arena today than there was on Friday night. Look for the crowd to be louder at the outset tonight than it was in Game 1; the first goal will be key for both teams to either -- in Nashville's case -- quiet the crowd, or -- in Phoenix's case -- get the crowd more involved. Friday's 6pm local time start, combined with normal rush hour traffic in the greater Phoenix area, made start of game a tough make for many fans after work. Today, a weekend day with great weather, reduces travel difficulities on the local fans here.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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