By Amanda DiPaolo
The Nashville Predators play four games in the next six nights. Two games are on the road, two are at home.
The week’s contests include games against Dallas and Chicago, each just two points back of Nashville in the standings. Columbus and Nashville also hook up twice. All four games are must wins for both teams. If Chicago or Dallas win, that puts them up to 70 points each. If Nashville loses the two games it will put Columbus up to 68 points, just two back of the Predators now.
It might seem tiring with so much travel and so many games in so few days, but the players themselves know the importance of this week.
Martin Erat says for the Predators there is no home ice or road games. “It’s just a game of hockey. It doesn’t matter where you play, you just have to play your game. I think for us it doesn’t matter if we are playing on the road or at home,” he said.
The Predators do have a winning record both at home (14-6-7) as well as on the road (17-14-1).
Nashville Captain, Shea Weber says the constant back and forth from home to away game doesn’t hurt a player’s focus. “If anything it makes you more focused. You have to win the games when you can, you can’t look too far ahead.”
On the road in Columbus tonight, after the game the Predators return home to play at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night. It will be the last time Chicago visits Bridgestone Arena during the regular season.
On the weekend, Nashville plays in two games on back-to-back afternoons once in Dallas and once at home hosting the Blue Jackets.
Tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets is in Ohio. Game time is 6pm.
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