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Stanley Cup Final

Trotz learns why opponent matters

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 3:53 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2011 WCSF: Vancouver-Nashville Live Blog

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2011 WCSF: Vancouver-Nashville Live Blog
Trotz learns why opponent matters
Barry Trotz has been in this game for a long time and has been the coach of the Nashville Predators since they were born in 1997. But, this week, for the first time in his NHL career, he had to refocus his team on the next opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Trotz found out that it isn't so easy to do, especially when you finish a series early and wind up waiting to find out who you're going to play next.

"Our first practice back after taking a day off we didn't know who we were going to play and I didn't like our practice, I didn't like our focus because we had no focus, we had no opponent," he said Thursday morning. "Our mentality changed once we found out who we were playing. We found out it was Vancouver and our mentality as a team changed right away.

"So, I learned something the other day on a little bit about the playoffs. You need an opponent to be focused, and we didn't have that. Once we did we were a changed team. Now we're looking forward to the challenge."

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