Connor Hellebuyck: Preparing for Game 1

30 April, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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But Connor Hellebuyck looked every bit the part of a Vezina Trophy finalist, standing tall to stop all 20 shots, a Nashville playoff record, he faced in the period.

Brennan's prediction for Game 1 was Jets heavy-hitters were going to lay down a bruising on the Preds. Kevin Fiala's tap-in goal 1:23 into the third period of Game 1 snapped a stretch of just over eight consecutive scoreless periods for Hellebuyck.

"No, I don't think there's any such thing as a stranglehold against this team", Little said.

"I predict it's going to be a tough series but I think we should go against the best team right away", he said.

The Nashville Predators came out of the gate firing on all cylinders.

The Preds defense is tops and the Jets offense is equally scary.I will call that a push.but to me this comes down to the Predators offense versus the Jets defense.And there I give the Preds an advantage.that and the playoff experience. "It's hard to score on those guys unless you have traffic, second and third opportunities and plays around the front of the net". "They were blocking the ones they needed to block and our details were right".

Then the Jets scored the game's first goal for a sixth consecutive playoff game. Let's do that for the rest of the series, we're going to be a happy bunch at the end of it.

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Maurice says he hasn't seen the sideshow. "I thought we started well". The Predators won twice on the road in the first round, including clinching in Colorado in Game 6. The Predators had lot of shots yet only one crossed the red line.

Connor Hellebuyck (28.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Winnipeg. The Preds were the better team in game one, but it's the Jets that hold the 1-0 series lead and the early control of the series.

Nashville Predators series boasts a bucket of great potential storylines; that's what happens when two titans clash in the second round.

The Jets, on the other hand, managed just 16 shots and really only three scoring chances, but made each one count for a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

It was reported that country music star Carrie Underwood, wife of the Predators veteran Mike Fisher, had a $10,000 bet with Winnipeg pro wrestler Chris Jericho on the series. The Predators' goals-against was second at 211 and Winnipeg allowed 218 for fifth place. Nashville put 20 shots on Hellebuyck in the period.

Filip Forsberg topped the Predators with 26 goals and 64 points. "It wasn't pretty and probably wasn't how we drew it up, but we got the win and that's the main focus". "I think you can hang your hat on that sometimes in the regular season when you're talking about a process and the long haul and the big picture". Coach Paul Maurice said the Jets weren't at their best and can play better. Then, at 17:51, Blake Wheeler broke into the Press zone, dealt the puck to Mark Scheifele who toe-dragged and on his forehand ripped a perfectly-placed wrister past Pekka Rinne and the Jets were up 3-0.

Winnipeg has scored on 23.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that's good enough for fifth-best in the National Hockey League.

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