By Amanda DiPaolo
The Nashville Predators are 0-5 in games when their own elimination is at stake. After losing Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators find themselves on the brink of elimination one more time.
Head Coach Barry Trotz says all players need to step up to get the win in Vancouver, but points out that some players might be relied on more than others.
“I think it’s ‘All hands on deck.’ We have some special people — I think we have three special people and then we’ve got some good complementary players that are good players. We might have to do it from the back end a little bit more. It might be Pekka doing what he did in Vancouver again. I look at the task, and everbody’s saying it’s three [wins]. No, the task is not three; the task is one. If we don’t get one, the rest doesn’t matter,” Trotz said.
After Thursday’s 4-2 loss, Trotz also spoke about the resiliency of his team.
“I’ve seen it. I could give you ‘coach talk’ and say ‘we’re never out of it’, but I’ve seen it all year,” he said. “I’ve seen it when our backs are against the wall. I’ve seen it in the playoffs. As our coaching staff calls it, we’ve been on death’s doorstep a couple times — in the Anaheim series we were there and we found a way to come back and win; in Vancouver we were there. We find ways.”
Trotz says the Predators know how to fight back and have been doing so all season long.
“We’ve dug ourselves a hole, but we’ve been in a few holes this year. This group has been able to do it all year. All I can say is that I have a history with that this year, and with this group. It is a special group for resiliency and backbone,” Trotz said.
Nashville is 3-2 on the road during the post-season and has found success in some building that have been very difficult for the Predators.
Colin Wilson made his debut in Game 4, in the lineup for an injured Steve Sullivan. Jerred Smithson left the game with an upper body injury and did not make the trip to Vancouver which means lines will be shuffled around and Predators fans will likely see JP Dumont return to the lineup Saturday night.
Game time is Saturday night at 7pm.
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