Here comes the trap
I don’t care how the Predators win games. Yes, we all want entertaining hockey. However, the Predators are out there to win games at all costs. In this case, head coach Peter Laviolette employs a trap system that throws off the Jets. That’s extremely hard to do, and didn’t seem possible after Game 3.
Rinne also gets a shutout robbed thanks to a bad penalty from P.K. Subban. Outside of that, it’s a huge performance from both Rinne and Subban. Rinne gets 32 saves in another bounce-back game, and Subban nabs his third goal of the postseason.
There’s a lot of complaints, mainly from the opposition, about how boring this game ends up being. That may be the case, but the Predators win another must-win game to get up off the mat. The Jets have had numerous chances to deliver the knockout punch, and this was one of them.
Not sure if this is the way the Predators can win every game, but it’s a nice curveball to throw at times of desperation. Laviolette deserves a lot of credit for the Game 4 strategy. In what everyone expects as a high-scoring series, Game 4 ends up being the opposite. The Jets end up not being prepared, and the series is tied 2-2. Another turning point to a crazy series that’s only four games in.