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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:48 am 
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The St. Louis Blues know how well goalie Jake Allen played in their first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, but they have one sobering fact staring them in the face as they prepare for round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

As good as Allen was, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was even better in his first-round series, leading the Predators to a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, the top seed in the Western Conference.

Rinne shut out the Blackhawks in two of the four games and allowed a total of three goals in the series on 126 shots.

Whether the Blues can have more success against Rinne than the Blackhawks did likely will determine which team wins the series and advances to the Western Conference final. Game 1 is Wednesday night in St. Louis.

The Blues are trying to reach the conference final for the second consecutive year, while Nashville has never advanced that far, losing in the second round to San Jose a year ago. The Blues then lost to the Sharks in the conference final.

This is the first time the Blues and Predators have met in the playoffs.

One of the keys to the Blues' win over the Wild in the first round might have been some inside knowledge from coach Mike Yeo, who spent five years behind the Minnesota bench before he was fired 14 months ago.

They could have another source for information on the Predators in backup goalie Carter Hutton, who spent three years as Rinne's backup before signing as a free agent with the Blues last summer.

"Knowing some guys and their mentalities, the way they handle games, the ins and outs of every guy is important," Hutton told NHL.com. "Before each series, we try to analyze it the best we can, and obviously, they're playing good hockey. It's going to be a tough challenge for us, but I think we're pretty pumped for it."

Each team is quite familiar with the other's goalie. Rinne has started 39 games against the Blues in his career, including three this season. Allen has logged 10 games against the Predators in his career, four of them coming this year.

"Chicago didn't get much in four games, which is very impressive," Blues center Paul Stastny said of Rinne's performance. "We have to get second- and third-chance opportunities, try to get in front of him so he doesn't see the puck."

Stastny returned to the lineup for the final game against the Wild, his first since sustaining a broken foot on March 21. The Predators could be getting a key player of their own back for this series in forward Colin Wilson, who missed the Chicago series. Wilson led Nashville with 13 playoff points last year.

"I think that (the Blues) are a heavy team, so you have to have some heavy players down low, and that's why my game can work well against them, to battle their attributes," Wilson told NHL.com. "I think I've always played well against the Blues."

There is no question, however, the most important player for the Predators will be Rinne, just as he was against the Blackhawks.

Rinne thinks having lost in the second round last year is serving as motivation for the Predators' attempt to advance further this season.

"In anybody's career, you're going to have your ups and downs, and you're going to learn from your defeats," Rinne told NHL.com. "You're going to go through those things, and I think when you go through it as a team, it's good for you. Last year, it was an empty feeling after that Game 7 loss in San Jose. Now we're in the same situation, going back to the second round.

"The biggest thing, too, even though there's a lot of fans going crazy and the whole city is supporting us, I feel like us players stay pretty even-keeled, and I think that's a good sign. That's a great thing, and that's how it should be. We haven't done anything yet, and I think that's the mindset we've been having."


This day in history:
1975 Islanders become second team in history of Stanley Cup Playoffs to win a best-of-7 series after losing first three games defeating Penguins 1-0 in Game 7 of the Quarterfinals
1986 Mark Reeds becomes first Blues player to score two OT playoff goals as Blues overcome 3-0 deficit to beat Maple Leafs 4-3 and take a 3-2 series lead in Norris Finals
1988 Bruins defeat Canadians in playoff series for first time in 45 years taking the Adams Division Final 4 games to 1
1989 Bernie Federko scored a goal in his final game with the Blues in 4-2 loss to Blackhawks
2010 Jaroslav Halak makes 53 saves, most saves by a goaltender in a non-OT playoff game, leading the Canadiens to a 4-1 win in Game 6 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals over Capitals

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The Blues need to set the tempo and set it early. The only reason we won Game 5 against Minnesota was the early pair of goals by Steen and Tarasenko. I think it is pretty obvious we will retreat into our defensive shell at some point, so we've got to get that early lead.
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I'm nervous. Let's go 'Note!!

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I'll see you all from Section 110! :letsgoblues:

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Nice save by Allen! But then Sobotka had Rinne make a great save on his shot.

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Big kill now! Great tracking and save by Allen!

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The 3rd and 4th line pressure the Blues put on Nashville is something they didn't face in Round 1. Keep playing the same way. Just stay away from Rinne when he doesn't have the puck. Really bad penalty for Perron to take and completely unnecessary.

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What a play by Parayko!!!! What patience!! Waits for the right time and pots it!! Cuts the lead in half!!

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And now Parayko trips Forsberg, and The Preds have a 4 on 3. And immediately they hit the pipe! Blues in trouble.

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They're completely overmatched.

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The slashing call on Brodziak was a joke.

1) Subban had taken 4 hard slapshots with that stick
2) Brodziak simply stick checked him. There is no slashing motion. He's using his stick to hold Subban's stick down and it snaps because it was weakened from #1
3) The ref calling the penalty was 120' away, had at least 4 players between him and what he saw, sees a broken stick and calls a slash???

Horrible call.

How about calling any one of the slashes Neal has committed on face-offs repeatedly whacking guys across the hands? Those are far more dangerous and real fouls - not this broken stick call.

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They're completely overmatched.


5-on-5 the Blues are the better team. Stay out of the box.

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Schwartz!!! Slams the puck in from close!!! Blues within 1!!!

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Holy cow! Someone woke us up. :shock:


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Sobotka!!! Great screened snap shot!!! Good patience!! Blues tie it up!!

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They're completely overmatched.


5-on-5 the Blues are the better team. Stay out of the box.


See. Blues scored 3 5-on-5 goals this game to the Predators 1. Stay out of the box and Blues win.

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Dang, Blues on fire!

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The Blues look like a completely different team now. Keep pressing them. Too bad Pietrangelo missed that open netter!

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Big swing and a miss by Allen. :oops:


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