Just as they did in Game 2, the Nashville Predators are hoping to even their Round Two series once more tonight against the Jets.
Nashville fell to the Jets in Game 3, seeing a three-goal lead in the first period eventually turn into a 7-4 defeat at Bell MTS Place. Now, there is nothing for the Preds to do but simply look ahead to this evening's Game 4 in Winnipeg, a chance to send things back to Nashville even at two games apiece.
"I wouldn't say we're feeling great this morning or anything like that, but we have a great team here," center Ryan Johansen said Wednesday. "We have a smart group of guys that know what needs to be done… We'll do our best to make sure we're ready for tomorrow."
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The Predators elected to have team meetings and off-ice workouts on Wednesday afternoon, with players who did not play in Game 3 taking the ice. Calle Jarnkrok, who missed Game 3 with what Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette called "maintenance" reasons, was among those who skated on Wednesday.
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Last Time Out:
Mike Fisher, P.K. Subban and Austin Watson scored for Nashville in the opening frame of Game 3, while Filip Forsberg tallied his first of the series - a power-play marker - in the third period. Forsberg continues to lead the team 11 points, followed by Ryan Johansen with nine points, then Austin Watson and Mattias Ekholm with eight points apiece. Forsberg and Watson are tied for the team lead with five goals each, followed by Johansen with four.
Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler each tallied twice in Game 3 to pace the Jets. Mark Scheifele continues to lead Winnipeg with eight goals and 12 points in the playoffs, followed by Wheeler and Byfuglien with 10 points each. Byfuglien, Wheeler and Paul Stastny have each found the back of the net three times.
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Game 3 Highlights:
Forsberg moved into a tie for sixth in goals (5) and ninth in scoring (11 points) in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs following his two-point performance (1g-1a) in Game 3. In just nine games, he is five points from matching his playoff career high of 16 set in 2017 (also the Predators' all-time most in a single postseason). He also matched the franchise's record for most shots in a playoff game for the fifth time with nine in Game 3, joining James Neal (twice), Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Ellis.
Watson set a career high for goals in a single postseason after tallying his fifth in Game 3 at Winnipeg. He's one point (8) from matching his career high for points in a playoff campaign (nine in 2017) and is tied for the team lead in goals with five and leads all Preds forwards in plus-minus (+7), hits (26) and blocked shots (8).
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Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from Bell MTS Place comes with an 8:30 p.m. CT start and can be seen on NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.
Immediately following the game, turn over to Fox Sports Tennessee for Predators Live Playoffs Edition for full postgame coverage from Willy Daunic, Chris Mason, Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp.
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Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).
Watch a live stream of the game on NBCSN or watch on NHL.TV