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Predators confident going on road for Game 3 against Stars

Were 22-15-4 away from home during regular season, including 2-0-0 in Dallas

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators head to Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, FS-SW, FS-TN) confident in their ability to win on the road.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 after Nashville's 2-1 overtime win at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

The Predators were 2-0-0 in Dallas during the regular season and 22-15-4 away from home.


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"I feel like most of the teams that are doing well, they have to be good on the road as well," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think that leads to teams that are in first in their division or first in their conference or first overall in the League, second in any of those areas are usually good road teams, probably just good teams.

"When it comes to the road, I think it has to do with the leadership in the room of making sure we're ready to play. I don't know if it's necessarily a different game. I mean I'd like to try and play the same game, but every game, you peel it back and it looks different every day."

The Predators were happy with their 5-on-5 play in Game 2 but took too many penalties. The Stars had six power plays but failed to score on any of them.

Video: Reaction to Predators' Game 2 OT win against Stars

"Frustration is going to be there," forward Craig Smith said. "I think that's just passion. I thought that we've managed it well. Some of the penalties we've taken, including myself, those are easy things to fix. We'll fix that and move on."

Nashville played with urgency that it will try to replicate in Game 3. The players stuck to their game plan with more regularity than in a 3-2 loss in Game 1.

"I think it was just consistency," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "You find yourself down one on home ice going into Game 2. I mean every game is a must-win, but you don't want to leave your own building down 2-0. I thought you saw the guys fight a bit harder."

Laviolette did not have an update on Predators forward Wayne Simmonds, who left Game 2 in the first period after being hit by a shot from defenseman Roman Josi above his left knee.

Forward Rocco Grimaldi could be in the lineup for Game 3. He scored in Game 2 in place of forward Brian Boyle (illness).

"[Grimaldi] goes into every battle and you can rely on him to win more battles than he loses every time he goes in, no matter who he's going against," Ellis said. "The saying 'speed kills,' he's one of those guys that can fly up and down and create some offense with his speed. When he's in, he's played amazing for us. It's impressive to watch how hard he works."


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