Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy are also up for the award.
It’s been three years, but the Colorado Avalanche’s playoff drought is officially over.
Pekka Rinne is a normal guy in a job that cultivates quirkiness. Unlike many of his brethren, the Nashville Predators’ goaltender doesn’t become a quivering mass of nerves or exude a stay-away-from-me vibe before games, and he seemed amused by media inquiries he fielded Friday about his sub-par play in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and the urgency for him to win Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen has 32 playoff games to his credit. This is the first time he’s played in the conference finals. Asking him to “act like you’ve been there” is asking a lot, because he hasn’t been here before. But for [expletive] sake, Ryan … as Kris Kristofferson once told Sinead O’Connor as she was booed off stage, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” Ryan Kesler is a sneaky one, especially in the postseason, where he does whatever is necessary for his team to win. To that end, he’s a modern day Claude Lemieux: He has 25 points in his last 36 playoff games to go along with 52 penalty minutes.
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round in five games. St. Louis advanced with outstanding goaltending from Jake Allen and timely scoring. No game in the series was decided by more than two goals, and three of the five were one-goal games.The Predators, meanwhile, pulled off the biggest upset in the West, eliminating the Central Division champion Chicago Blackhawks in four games
Two games. Two games that needed overtime. Two series that are now tied at two games apiece. Here are your takeaways for Thursday's Stanley Cup Playoff action.
The Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks in an insane triple-overtime game. Here are four reasons why it was so compelling and even controversial.
Thanks to the line of Ryan Johansen, the Predators were able to win a series of little battles that added up to one big victory over the heavily favored Ducks.
The start of the 2015-16 NHL season is upon and Nashville Predators fans are excited. Here are five games for Preds fans to watch in the month of October.