Everyone knows the situation.
A consequence of a loss in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night, the Nashville Predators have no choice but to win two games to earn the prize. No more room for error, no more time to wait for another opportunity.
Are the odds in their favor? Perhaps not. But in a sport as unpredictable as hockey, a sport that has seen just about any and every scenario play out in its final series over the years, do the odds ever matter?
Consider the fact that since 2001, in a Stanley Cup Final that has been tied 2-2, the club that lost Game Five has rebounded to win it all in four of eight instances. That would include Nashville's current opponent, who were blown out in Detroit in Game Five of the 2009 Final, only to win Games Six and Seven.
It's certainly possible, and it's the only scenario left for the Predators, starting with Game Six on Sunday night.