Thanks to a 3-2 victory in Game 4, the Nashville Predators have returned home with a chance to end their series against the Colorado Avalanche tonight in Game 5, presented by Ford, at Bridgestone Arena.
After dropping Game 3 in Denver, the Preds have now taken a 3-1 series lead over the Avs, the third time in club history Nashville has had a 3-1 advantage. The Predators were a perfect 3-for-3 last season with the chance to eliminate an opponent at home, and they’ll look to do the same tonight.
“In the playoffs, it’s not over till it’s over,” Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. “Last year, we showed a lot of composure in those moments and executed well. I would expect us to execute at our best tomorrow.”
Nashville will be without forward Ryan Hartman tonight who was suspended by the NHL for an illegal check to the head against Colorado’s Carl Soderberg in Game 4.
The Predators will face Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond tonight after a lower-body injury forced Jonathan Bernier to leave Game 4 after two periods of play.
Last Time Out:
Nashville dominated the first period of Game 4, and it was Filip Forsberg who tallied the game’s opening goal, the first time in the series the Preds have scored first. Colton Sissons and Craig Smith added goals in the second stanza and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves on the night as Nashville turned in their best effort of the postseason.
Forsberg, Sissons, Austin Watson and Ryan Johansen are all tied for the team lead with five points each through four games. Forsberg, Sissons and Watson have three goals apiece; defenseman Mattias Ekholmhas four assists in the series.
Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with three goals and six points in four games, followed by Nathan MacKinnon – who also has three goals – with five points. Blake Comeau, Gabriel Bourque and Alexander Kerfoot have two goals each for the Avalanche.
Forward Colton Sissons has a point in all four playoff games against Colorado and has scored in three of his last four games. The 24-year-old center has 11 points (7g-4a) in his last 12 playoff games, including a hat trick in Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference Final versus Anaheim.
Nashville is one of three teams in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to have four players with at least five points (also: Boston and Pittsburgh). Fourteen different Nashville skaters have recorded at least one point in the series, and eight different players have found the back of the net, with 10 of Nashville’s 13 forwards tallying a point against Colorado.
When You Go:
Game 5, presented by Ford, comes with an 8:30 p.m. CT start at Bridgestone Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a Gold rally towel, presented by Ford, Catchin’ Deers and Fox Moving and Storage.
A plaza party, presented by Lee Company, begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza, with the Walk of Fame Park watch party also kicking off at this time. Arena doors open to all fans at 6:30 p.m. ahead of tonight’s game.
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Watch & Listen:
Tonight’s game from Nashville comes with an 8:30 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. Fans outside of the home market can view the game on NBCSN in the United States and SN360 in Canada. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow @PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Bridgestone Arena.
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