The Phoenix Coyotes are battling the Nashville Predators
for the right to go to the Western Conference Finals in
the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Most expect it to be a hotly-contested series, as the
teams play similar styles and are both playing well of
At least, that’s what we think here in the Valley. But
what are they saying in good old Nashville, Tennessee?
Read on to find out.
April 27, 2012
The Predators and Coyotes will go head-to-head for the
first time in the postseason as they open their Western
Conference Semifinals series on Friday at Jobing.com
• The Tennessean
Neither the Predators nor the Coyotes play in a
traditional hockey market.
If there is one secret ingredient for a team in a
nontraditional market to succeed and thrive, the Predators
and Coyotes both have it.
History will be made in the next round. Not to imitate the
NHL’s old television commercial, but a team that has never
made the Western Conference Final will advance out of the
When Pekka Rinne is on, there is no wasted motion. He
seems undisturbed, virtually stationary, until the moment
I find it nearly impossible to hate the Coyotes. They’re a
good team that’s been through a tough few years off the
ice. Amid bad ownership and a bad bad bad arena idea,
they’ve survived by playing good hockey.
After what has seemed like an interminable wait, we’re
finally ready to drop the puck on the Western Conference
Semifinals, as the Nashville Predators tangle with the
Phoenix Coyotes tonight in Game One (8:00 p.m. Central,