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Snippets from the Flames and Predators' media availabilities in Nashville

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Glen Gulutzan on tonight's match-up:

"A really fast team … they're real hard to play. They've got a real mobile back-end. A goalie that plays the puck, gets to pucks well. There's a lot of similarities, I think, between the two teams. We've had good games with them last year. They're a real quick team, they went to the Stanley Cup Final for a reason, and I think it will be an exciting, fast game."

Gulutzan on rebounding from Saturday's setback to the Minnesota Wild:

"We've just got to commit to our 60 minutes. I thought we did a pretty good job of that (on Saturday). I mean, those penalties … I think we only took three last game. That's kind of the league norm. We're cleaning up that area, which we will do. For us, our game has to be direct, north-south and stick with it for 60 minutes."

Mark Giordano on Nashville's top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson:

"It's a different look. I find any time you play righties like that … a lot like Getzlaf and Perry in Anaheim, it's a different look. What I'm talking about is things like the pocket that they sit in, in the zone. A right-handed shot, you've got to be aware of those short-side pockets on the other side when you're used to lefties. A lot of speed, a lot of skill and that Forsberg, I find he can shoot and score from anywhere. He has that kind of shot. We've got to take away time and space. We've got to have better gaps in the neutral zone, I feel like we can get better at that and hopefully eliminate them from getting into our zone."

Sam Bennett on the Predators' defence:

"You've got to get pucks deep and then you have to get pucks to the net. That's how you beat teams with a good defence - you've just got to work them in their zone, work the cycle."

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette on his team's progression from the start of the season to now:

"We were slow in the first few games. Not just from a work point of view, of us moving our legs, but our thought process, our game, our system, the puck - everything was just slow. It's just gotten a little bit quicker."

Laviolette on the Flames' defence corps:

"They move the puck well … they're constantly adding to the rush, they'll try to jump you out of their d-zone coverage and put four men on the rush. They're very good in the offensive zone, with getting their point shots through and then if you hem things up defensively, they'll get moving and cycle down the wall, cycle down the middle. They present a lot of challenges."

Filip Forsberg on the Flames:

"They're a great skilled team. Their defence can really move the puck - a little similar to our D - a lot of puck-moving guys and obviously a lot of skill up front, especially Gaudreau and Monahan."

Pekka Rinne on the Flames' defencemen offensive capabilities:

"Like you see with our team, our d-men, they create a lot of offence for us so when you face that kind of team, you just have to be ready. They have a lot of skill up front but also (with) their defencemen. That gives every team a second attack, you always have to be ready for four guys jumping up the ice and that kind of thing."

Rinne on not facing Jaromir Jagr this evening:

"Yeah, to be honest with you, I am (sad). It's too bad but obviously it's unbelievable he's still playing. He's had an unbelievable career and it would have been fun to play against him. Hopefully he gets healthy soon."

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