After losing Game 1, the Nashville Predators came into Game 2 with a vengeance and dominated the Coyotes to tie the series 1-1.
The Nashville Predators came into Game 1 against the Coyotes slow and unable to get the offense going. That forced the Preds to play down for most of the game and unable to complete the third-period comeback. That wasn’t the case for Nashville in Game 2.
The Preds were awake and “Juuse’d up” in Game 2. You probably won’t find that term in an official dictionary, but Predators fans might understand the reference, even if they’ve never heard of it.
Juuse Saros was the opposite player that we saw in Game 1. Juuse was locked in and wasn’t allowing anything past him through most of the game. The only two goals the Coyotes scored were late in the third period when the Predators had secured the 4-0 lead and virtually secured a victory.
The Nashville defense also performed really well in the first period. A lot of the defensive credit goes to Juuse as he didn’t let anything past him before the final minute of the game. Saros finished the night with 24 saves as it looks like the old Juuse is back.
For the Predators’ offense, Nick Bonino helped the Preds take the early lead nearly eight minutes into the game. Ryan Johansen soon followed with his own first-period goal to give the Predators a quick 2-0 lead.
Calle Jarnkrok was the lone player to score a goal in the second period to help push the Predators lead to 3-0. Viktor Arvidsson led the Preds into the third period to give the Preds the 4-0 lead that helped finish off the Coyotes.
Tuesday’s Game 2 matchup looked like two different teams were playing from Game 1. The Coyotes dominated Game 1, and the Predators dominated Game 2. With no travel in between games, it’ll be interesting to see which team can maintain the momentum and win this series.