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Nashville Predators: Presidents' Trophy means Game 7 home ice

Nashville Predators: Presidents' Trophy means Game 7 home ice

Thursday night's game seven against the Nashville Predators is a first for the Winnipeg Jets 2.0.

Consider the following stats of the two teams playing at even strength in this series. Rinne is the first goalie in Predators history to record a shutout in an elimination game.

In three games at Nashville, the Jets have held a lead for 52.5 percent of the total game time compared to the Predators' 15.6 percent.

"That would be the pessimist's view of this game". "You go through these situations".

BC-HKN-Jets-Predators, 1st Ld-Writethru, 733Preds, Jets lean heavily on Rinne, Hellebuyck in Game 7AP Photo JGW210, JGW122, JGW119, JGW209, JGW120Eds: Updates to 20 Predators and eight Jets players with Game 7 experience. It would probably be a little bit different if you came into this series expecting it to be an easy series, a four-or-five-game series.

"So, it's a great challenge for us and a great opportunity".

Perhaps the biggest advantage the Jets had during game six was home ice advantage.

For Pekka Rinne, it's been pretty simple for his play.

Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton have all lost Game 7 of a Cup final since the Habs hoisted the trophy 25 years ago. "Now it's our turn".

Will he show up for Game 7?

2 The original Jets franchise played in two Game 7s, losing both (1990 and 1992).

Maurice said it's no secret both arenas are "emotional" and hard to play in for the away team, though he says he thinks the road team has had it "simpler than maybe the home team" during this round.

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"I don't think at this stage of the season either a fan or a player is going to sit back and say, 'Aw, this is nothing'". "Try and tone it down and I'm sure once 4 o'clock rolls around when you wake up from your nap, that's when it will kind of settle in".

With Hellebuyck pulled for an extra skater, Arvidsson scored into the empty net with 4:02 left to seal Nashville's win. Which team will record the win and advance to the Western Conference Finals?

"There's no answer to that".

The team is doing its best to remain calm ahead of the big bout in Nashville Thursday night, said Jets rookie winger and scoring machine Patrik Laine. "They went to the final a year ago".

There have been plenty of twists and turns, which makes it almost impossible to predict how the deciding game is going to go.

10th For the 10th consecutive year, the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will conclude with a Game 7. "It's been a fun battle".

"The last game they played, is not how they want to feel afterwards", she said. "This is a whole new level, and you've just got to get into the game as much as you can".

This will be a game to watch tonight! Well, to hear Maurice tell it, there is none, and the attitude of approaching it with excitement - the same excitement they've had going into every single playoff game thus far - goes right up to the top.

Laurie Boschman remembers the feeling of coming out of the tunnel before a winner-takes-all game and the wave of white he saw going out onto the ice.

Nothing about this series has made sense, as there's been no consistency from either side, both defenses have struggled at times and neither team has been able to win back to back games. The Predators are riding a 4-0 run in Thursday night games but they have had a tough time putting together back-to-back wins as they are 0-5 recently following a win.

"Last game we were against the wall and had to deliver". "We have to do it tonight too". Home ice in the playoff was the focus for the Nashville Predators.


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