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Rinne starting for Preds, Bonino likely out

04 June 2017

Nashville Predators fans cheer as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) takes a drink after a Predators goal during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins' Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Haggy is a good player. The Predators had a week off after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks in six but still stand to benefit from the schedule, which provides two days between games every time there's travel involved.

P.K. Subban felt that the Predators lost Games 1 and 2 thanks to a few bad minutes that allowed the Penguins to score in bunches. "We've certainly got to figure this out as a group and I believe we will".

The Penguins allowed just two power-play shots on Murray in 4:05 during the game - and both ended up in the back of the net.

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The Predators/Penguins series will find another level tonight and if Nashville can translate a quarter of the energy onto the ice.we will have a brand new series to talk about. While the NBA Finals would take 18 days to complete if the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers go seven, this Cup Final is an anomaly.

Roman Josi tied the game 5:51 into the second period and Frederick Gaudreau scored 42 seconds later to send the arena into a frenzy. Go get it boys!

So all signs point to Rinne getting the nod in Game 3, but whether or not he can have a rebound performance remains to be seen.

With nearly everyone banged up at this time of year, perhaps it doesn't hurt either team to have some time off. Look for the crowd to boost this team to a win in its first home Stanley Cup Final game. "We knew they were going to come out hard, and they did".

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"We're trying to make it decisions whether it be defense pairs or line combinations that make us the most competitive team", Sullivan said.

Preds lineup: Nashville needs more speed to counter the Penguins so it appears Laviolette is going to insert veteran P.A. Parenteau and Harry Zolnierczyk into the lineup in place of overmatched pluggers Cody McLeod nd Vernon Fiddler. You can't afford to make the mistakes we made. I think it gives them confidence. "When they have success on the power play it helps their overall game five on five".

And then the second period happened. Pittsburgh forward Carl Hagelin played for the first time with center Nick Bonino out after taking a Subban slap shot off his left foot in Game 2 that left him on crutches and in a walking boot. - Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says prospect defenseman Linus Arnesson is returning to play in his native Sweden to rediscover his game after an injury-plagued season in the minors.

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