The Western Conference Semifinal matchup between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets has come as advertised. The top two teams in the NHL have treated fans to back-and-forth offense, riveting comebacks and overtime heroics. With Winnipeg up 2-1 in the series, the pressure is on Nashville to return the favour and even up the series.
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Despite having two Vezina nominees in net, the goaltending in this series has suffered. Connor Hellebuyck and Pekka Rinne posted some of the best statistical seasons in the league during the regular season, but come Round 2 of the playoffs, both netminders are struggling to keep the puck out of the net. Winnipeg has scored 15 goals through three games, while the Predators have netted 10. Those are some ugly numbers for the Vezina hopefuls.
While some soft goals have been let in at both ends of the ice, there’s no question that Nashville and Winnipeg ice two of the best offenses in the league. From lines one to four, both teams can score at will. Filip Forsberg (5 goals, 6 assists) leads the way for Nashville, while Mark Scheifele (8 goals, 4 assists) has carried the load for the Jets. Game 4 is a critical one for the Preds; if they lose, they’ll be on the brink of elimination. Win, and the series becomes a best-of-three. The puck drops at 9:30 PM ET.