Crazy pregame laser show? Check. Deafening Noise in Bridgestone Arena? Check.
The puck has dropped in the match-up between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators and we’ve reach intermission. Let’s have a look at a quick recap of what we saw:
All of the 1st period belonged to the Predators — winning face-offs 7-5, and having an edge of shots on goal. I discussed earlier how goal-tending would be critical in this game and that has proved to be true. Both goaltenders have been solid; however, Pekke Rinne easily had the edge in this period. Roman Josi was able to get the Predators up early with a beautiful backhander.
The second period belongs to the Stars — the Stars looked to come out much more aggressively in the 2nd period, looking to almost fluster the Preds defense. I also mentioned earlier that the Preds needed to capitalize on any Power Play opportunities they got — they have not been able to do that thus far. The Stars, on the other hand, were able to capitalize on their power play opportunities and score on a PPG.
In the final stretch, the Preds need to be the aggressor and take advantage of those power plays if they want to walk away with a W tonight.