Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 4/27/12
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:

Rangers 2, Senators 1

Devils 3, Panthers 2 (2OT)


RLD 3 stars of the night:

1. Adam Henrique, NJ (2 goals)

2. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (26 saves)

3. Dan Girardi, NYR (1 goal)

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Tonight’s slate:

Predators @ Coyotes, 9:00 ET, Game 1
#4 Nashville Predators @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes

Game 1… 9:00 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN


Season series: Tied 2-2


Projected starting goaltenders:

NSH-  Pekka Rinne (Playoff stats: 4-1, 1.81 GAA)

PHX-  Mike Smith (Playoff stats: 4-2, 1.81 GAA)


Injury report:

NSH-  Hal Gill (lower body, questionable)

PHX-  Michal Rozsival (upper body, questionable)


Game thoughts:

The Coyotes and Predators have waited long enough.  It’s time to get Round 2 under way.  Both teams made the first round look easier than most expected, which sets up for an intriguing second-round matchup between two similar clubs.


It’ll be important for the Coyotes not to have a letdown after their first-ever playoff series win since moving from Winnipeg; they are far enough removed from the first round where that shouldn’tbe a problem.  The Predators have a business-like approach in Phoenix this weekend and should at least earn a split.  Look for Smith to have a bit of an off-night after a sensational opening series.

Prediction: Predators 3, Coyotes 1


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