The Nashville Predators have officially hit the most crucial part of their postseason. With a 5-3 loss to the Coyotes, Nashville has entered a semi-do or die mode. If Nashville loses at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, they'll be down 3-0 to Phoenix -- a highly difficult task to come back from.
In Game 1, the Predators harped on all the positives. They out-shot the Coyotes that game. They carried the play in the third period and overtime. On Sunday in Game 2, they were thoroughly outplayed by Phoenix. The Coyotes out-shot their opponent for the first time this postseason. They were a combined plus-20 amongst their players. Nashville was a combined minus-20.
Before the series, Nashville coach Barry Trotz seemed to like the fact that his squad would start this round on the road. The Predators were beat by a team that played harder, better and more defensive. They essentially threw Nashville's own medicine back at them.
Now Nashville heads home for two games. In the playoffs, home-ic...