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Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Predators' Fiala stretchered off in Game 1 after awkward fall into boards

Predators' Fiala stretchered off in Game 1 after awkward fall into boards

After Nashville and Edmonton took their second-round series openers in remarkably similar fashion, St. Louis and Anaheim are under pressure to respond in Game 2. The Blues left Wilson alone in the crease for a few seconds and they paid dearly.

Edmonton was 3-2 against Anaheim in the regular season and I see a tinge of betting value toward the Oilers side at a plus price in this series.

Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist and James Neal also scored for Nashville, which had its franchise-high five-game postseason winning streak snapped.

Game 3 is Sunday at Nashville, Tennessee. Much like they called in Luke Opilka to be their third goal in practice, Vannelli was an easy choice because his ECHL season was over.

Meanwhile in Nashville, the broadcast team missed covering the games so they put together some previews of their own.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Blues are favored at home in Game 1, as they are getting odds of -115 to win, while the Predators are getting a money line of -105 to win.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored four goals in six playoff games in 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks and proved that he was a force to be reckoned with during the postseason.

Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen have picked up the slack with six and four points, respectively. Anaheim may get back some personnel on the blue line with Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen possibly being ready to go for the start of this series.

The Predators had 23 penalty minutes in Game 2, including 15 by Vernon Fiddler after he was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for kneeing Blues defenseman Colton Parayko in the first period.

NHL fans may whine from time to time about the low-scoring state of hockey these days, but there's something thrilling about a tight-knit playoff series. Nashville will need more goals like this from him in order to pull off their second upset of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Oilers appear to be on a path to becoming a consistent force in the Stanley Cup playoffs, thanks in large part to the presence of superstar Connor McDavid. Draisaitl leads the Oilers with seven points in the playoffs. When Lucic has his skating game going, he is a beast in front of the net, and the Oilers have another strong power forward in ex-Duck Patrick Maroon. That was a stark contrast with their first-round sweep of Calgary, when the Flames didn't score a third-period goal in the entire series.

What will decide Game 1?

Besides their abbreviated work against Chicago, the Preds' flight to St. Louis Tuesday was just their second trip of the postseason.

This series appears to be a tight one, and it may be hard for either team to string victories together. That friendship is about to take a timeout for the duration of this series.

Both the Senators and Penguins lead their respective series by a 1-0 margin.

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