The Nashville Preds could’ve been playing their last game of the season on Monday night, but they were confident before they cruised past the Winnipeg Jets in game six that they would force a game seven in Nashville.
The confidence that oozed from the Preds after a woeful game five loss wasn’t just lip service — everyone in the locker room knew they’d leave Winnipeg with a win.
And that’s exactly what Nashville did, winning 4-0 behind two goals each from Filip Forsberg and Victor Arvidsson.
Filip Forsberg between the legs goal. Have a night, sir. Absolutely filthy. pic.twitter.com/AeVNt4FhXa
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 8, 2018
Preds coach Peter Laviolette acknowledged after the win that teams often try to exhibit confidence, even when it really isn’t there.
Laviolette, however, said that wasn’t the case for Nashville.
Coach Laviolette: “You always try to say the right things going into a game like this, like, ‘we’re confident.’ Well, we actually were.” #Preds
— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) May 8, 2018
P.K. Subban, who basically guaranteed a game six win for the Preds, said he was speaking for the entire Nashville locker room when he made his comments on Saturday night.
P.K. Subban on his guarantee after Game 5: “I said what everybody else in the dressing room was thinking, & we knew right after that game that we were built for this. We were built to come on the road & win big games & that’s a championship effort tonight.” #Preds #StandWithUs
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) May 8, 2018
Nashville better find some of that confidence in game seven on Thursday night.
The Preds have only won one game during this series in Nashville. Surprisingly, they’ve been better on the road than they’ve been at home.
But that’s going to have to change on Thursday night if they’re going to keep this playoff run going.
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