Nashville Predators: In order to win in Winnipeg, these items are key

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 25: Paul Stastny
WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 25: Paul Stastny /
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Killer Instinct

In game 2, Nashville had 3 separate leads before giving up a late goal that sent the game to OT.

That just cannot happen, especially in a playoff series.

If you get up a goal on a team, bury another one. Don’t pull off the gas, and play defensively. Winnipeg has eaten the Predators alive when Nashville has been on its heels.

The Predators just haven’t shown that willingness to really beat their opponent much this postseason.If you want to win the Stanley Cup, you have to be able to kick it into another gear, get fired up after a goal, and add another one or two.

If you give a team room to breathe, they’ll take it and fight for their life. If you use the momentum from one goal, to get another, there isn’t much wiggle room left for the other team.

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No Numbers, Just a Will to Win

There is nothing statistical about this key to victory…it’s just a will to win.

I know that it’s in there somewhere, it’s just hiding away for now. Nashville showed it in Game 6 versus Colorado. They were tired of messing around with an inferior team, so they turned it to another level, and won 5-0 on the road.

I’m already fed up with Winnipeg. I am fed up with Byfuglien skating around like a juggernaut, throwing guys around the ice. I’m tired of holding my breath every time Laine touches the puck. And I’m put out with Hellebuyck looking like the Berlin Wall.

It’s time for the Predators to knock that wall down, and kick it into another gear against the Jets.

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They get their first chance in Winnipeg on Tuesday night…time to kick it into another gear.