Predators To Rely On Defense For Game 7 Against Jets

Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Jets to force Game 7

"The games have been played so many different ways that I can't even venture to guess what (Game 7) might be", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. The victor will face Vegas in the West final. The Preds must win to stay in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

It all comes down to this for the Winnipeg Jets and the host Nashville Predators in Game 7 tonight. "It brings out the best, I think". "This has nothing to do with that". "This is a whole new level, and you've just got to get into the game as much as you can".

Looking back at the season, winning the Presidents' Trophy was necessary. Rinne has been pulled from not one but two games - both on his own ice - before staving off elimination in Game 6 with his second shutout this postseason. But in this series through six games so far, the home team is 2-4.

The Predators' star defensemanP.K. Subban voiced that when he said, "I think it's just two good teams that have won on the road". The last team to win the Cup but not play an extended series was the 2012 Los Angeles Kings.

In the dagger-to-the-heart category, Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in double overtime in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference final to oust the Sens.

"We're definitely watching", defenseman Colin Miller said. "We can't let it". I don't think many people would've been surprised if you said this series would go to a Game Seven. Not with this team, mind you, but he's seen Game 7. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. "It's nice to have that extra day", Rinne said.

It was the Ducks shedding a Game 7 jinx on Nick Ritchie's game victor at the Honda Center.

It is Winnipeg's first Game 7 since the franchise moved from Atlanta following the 2010-11 season, and the Predators' third in franchise history.

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And the Predators have been equally inconsistent in their two previous Game 7 appearances, going 1-1 in a pair of road contests, but are undefeated in their past three games when poised to win a playoff series on home ice.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, 5-2 in Game 7s, is one of only four National Hockey League coaches (Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella are the others) to win a Game 7 in each of four different playoff rounds.

A Canadian team hasn't played in a Cup final since 2011 when the Vancouver Canucks lost in - wait for it - a seventh game to the Boston Bruins.

The Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 39-17 in their last 56 overall. Nashville's top line of Viktor Arvidsson (3-G, 3-A), Ryan Johansen (3-G, 5-A), and Forsberg (3-G, 6-A) make them a threat that the Jets need to squash if they hope to advance to the next round.

Consider the following stats of the two teams playing at even strength in this series.

These two teams have been involved in some of the most exciting matchups of the year, and this series has not disappointed.

The Predators defense has to be on point tonight if they want to win this game. Scheifele leads in goals with 9 while Wheeler tops in assists with 10. Despite that, Jets forward Patrik Laine said he's not nervous, just excited about Thursday's game.

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