Game 2 - First Period

Saturday, 04.30.2011 / 8:28 PM

Thoughts and views from the first period at Rogers Arena...

 - Quality first period by Nashville tonight; competed much harder, skated better, and was more engaged in the one-on-one battles than the Preds were in Game 1.

 - Preds kept lines the same at start of the game. All four lines got involved earlier here in Game 2 than they did in Game 1.

 - In this first period the Preds defensemen have been a lot more aggressive in joining the rush; Suter helped create a chance around two minutes into the game by pinching down low, Klein gave the Preds a three-on-two in transition by joining the rush around 3:10 into the game; Blum joined the rush to help create a chance with Halischuk and Sullivan around 5:30 into the game, Blum put a backhand off the post on Nashville's power-play (pinching down low off the rebound of Fisher's shot from the high slot).

 - The Preds are doing a markedly better job in the faceoff circle already tonight. The Preds need to clean up some puck management decisions, though; passing needs to get crisper, especially on defensive zone breakout plays.

 - Heck of a shift from Erat-Legwand-Ward with Blum and Kline around the 10 minute mark of the period; had three real quality scoring chances crashing the net. The five-man unit had another strong shift with around seven and half minutes remaining in the period, ending with a glove save by Luongo off Blum's shot from the point; the Erat-Legwand-Ward line drew the game's first power-play on their next shift. That line was Nashville's most effective over the final half of the period.

 - Jerred Smithson quietly had a very effective period. He won a lot of battles along the boards, in both the offensive and defensive zones, and threw his body around on the forecheck.






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