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Predators like chances in Game 7 against Jets

Nashville looks to repeat performance in series-tying win, advance to conference final

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators played with poise and confidence despite facing elimination in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Winnipeg Jets, and they look to have the same approach for Game 7 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The Predators defeated the Jets 4-0 in Game 6 at Winnipeg on Monday to tie the best-of-7 series 3-3.

"I think it's the character on our team," Nashville captain Roman Josi said Tuesday. "It's a great group of guys. The belief is really strong. … We said it after Game 5 that didn't go our way (a 6-2 loss Saturday). We always believe in this room, and yeah, showed a great response."


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The Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators finished with 117 points this season and strived to earn home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The venue has not been much of a factor against the Jets, with each team winning twice on the road, but Nashville is confident it can close out the series at home.

"I think we just believe in ourselves and our group and just understand that we can rebound from off nights," Predators forward Colton Sissons said. "We want to be better the next game. We don't like having those bad evenings, so we've done a pretty good job of proving that all year."

Neither the Jets nor Predators have won two consecutive games in the series, and neither has lost two straight during the playoffs. They have combined for 676 shot attempts at even strength through six games, with each having 338, and have 177 shots on goal at even strength.

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"It's two really good teams playing each other," Josi said. "I think every game is really tight. Obviously sometimes the score doesn't show it, but every game is really tight. I mean, they're a great team over there. It's been a real tough battle. Just both teams playing well makes it so hard, and that's why it kind of went back and forth."

Nashville may play Game 7 without forward Mike Fisher, who left Game 6 2:58 into the first period.

"I don't have any update," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "We're just getting back here right now, so we'll sift through everything where our guys are at. If we need to come out with something we will."

The Predators have 44 games worth of Game 7 experience, and Laviolette has coached seven Game 7s, with a 5-2 record.

"It's a whole new game," Josi said. "We're happy about the win [in Game 6], but that game is over with. I know we have to be even better on Thursday because [the Jets are] going to play great. It's going to be a really tough game, and I think we've got to even step up our game. But we're excited for it."


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