NHL Playoffs 2012: Down 2-0 Will Nashville Predators or St. Louis Blues Recover?

May 1st, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
They were the two logical favorites to face off for the Campbell Bowl when the Western Conference semifinals were set. And yet, the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues each have a little less than 72 hours to decide how they are going to start recompensing a 2-0 deficit in their respective series.

Keeping with the topmost trend in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blues dropped a 5-2 decision Monday night versus the Los Angeles Kings at the Scottrade Center, where they went 30-6-5 during the regular season. The scene will shuffle over to the Staples Center for the third chapter on Thursday.

The Predators are raring to return to their home masses at Bridgestone Arena for Game 3 on Wednesday, three nights after the Phoenix Coyotes raised the upper hand to 2-0 with a 5-3 victory.

Pekka Rinne, the NHL’s winningest regular-season netminder with 43, indubitably has yet to bring his stingiest stuff to the Phoenix series. After all, the nine goals he has authorized so far in this matchup equals the nine he surrendered in Nashville’s five-game dismissal of Detroit in the first round.

Of course, Coyotes counterpart Mike Smi ...

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