Game Day Blog - Conference Quarterfinals Game 6

Monday, 04.26.2010 / 12:30 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Tom Callahan  - Nashville Predators
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Game Day Blog - Conference Quarterfinals Game 6
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Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Western Conference Quarterfinal Game Six, Chicago leads series 3-2
Bridgestone Arena, 8 pm
TV:
Fox Sports Tennessee (HD)  |  Radio: 104.5 The Zone, Predators Radio Network

You could harp on the power play, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, giveaways, lack of blocks, or anything else.

Except you can’t.

That’s playoff hockey in a nutshell: win or lose, forget about the last game. What matters now is that tonight’s Game Six is in Nashville and the Predators have a chance to push the series into a winner-take-all scenario.

Quite honestly, as frustrating and exhilarating as the whole series has been (by turns, of course) what matters is the pace set tonight, the crowd involvement, the effort, and the outcome. If the power play busts out tonight and goes 3-for-3 we’ll forget a lot. And honestly, that’s the majesty of sports. No one expects what actually happens, we just make our prognostications and sit back… and wait.

David Legwand has played very well this series, and I don’t expect that to change. I would love to see Patric Hornqvist back tonight, but who knows? You and I both will have absolutely no idea right up until puck drop if he’s going. And kudos to Barry Trotz for inserting Denis Grebeshkov into the lineup, as his patience and poise paid immediate dividends with a pair of assists. Is there anything else that can shake up the lineup? Unless security actually lets Gretzky into the building* and he’s playing for us, unlikely. Hornqvist will be the only real unknown heading into the game tonight.

That said, we need effort from everyone. I want to see that absolutely every player is invested in this team’s advancement. I want to see guys who don’t normally take hits take hits. Or guys bulling their way through tall odds to make a play, even if its out of character. Watch the game tonight. You can tell who has bought in… but those more evident would be anyone who hasn’t. It truly takes a village to win a playoff series, and everyone has to be invested.

Notes:
  • There will be 100 rush seats for $10 each on sale this morning at the box office, but other seats remain starting at $29. Help out and be the 7th man in full force! www.nashvillepredators.com, (615) 770-PUCK, all TicketMaster locations.
  • Marian Hossa will not serve any suspension for his hit on Dan Hamhuis at the end of Game Five.
  • Chicago’s penalty kill has now stopped 21 straight Predators power play chances. Nashville and Buffalo are the only two teams in Round One without a power play goal. The Washington Capitals have one.
  • Chicago and Nashville both have identical team goals against averages heading into tonight’s game at 2.37 goals against per game.

Keys to the Game:
  • Give Chicago “the business”. Don’t let them get into the game. Knock them out of it. Play hard, be frustrating, and go all out.
  • The power play. Look for increased movement from the power play if you want to see effective opportunities. What I mean is movement away from the puck. The other four players have to get open and give the puck holder options.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61