Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is back in Dallas, and the Predators are hoping to spoil the party.
Games 3 and 4 between the Preds and Stars are set to take place over the next three days, and it begins tonight with the third installment of the Round One series. Nashville's depth has already been tested, and that will continue to be the case with the news that Wayne Simmonds (lower-body, week-to-week) and Brian Boyle (appendix procedure, week-to-week) will both miss some time for the club.
The Predators are confident with the pieces they have in their locker room, however, and with Game 3 just a few hours away, the group is ready to go, as is a stick named Frankie.
Here are the best quotes from the Nashville locker room ahead of Game 3 in Texas.
Video: Coach Laviolette previews Game 3
Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Nashville's depth without Boyle and Simmonds:
"I feel like we're carrying a lot of guys with us, but that's a positive thing. When these things do pop up and we end up missing some players, you look to your bench and see what you have. A lot of these guys have been regulars or have played in playoff games and have history. There's always something that you look at. That maybe means one guy over the other and that changes from game to game and series to series. You've seen that in the past with our team, so I think we've got the right people out here tonight, but that could change as well."
Video: Ryan Johansen previews Preds at Stars
Center Ryan Johansen on the depth within the Predators locker room:
"We feel like we've got a lot of players, and not just on the ice but in our organization, that can do a lot of great things. We've seen it in previous years with Freddy [Gaudreau] coming in and doing what he did in [the 2017 Stanley Cup Final] and there's nothing changing. I expect those guys to continue being difference-makers for our team."
Video: Grimaldi tells about stick named Frankie
Forward Rocco Grimaldi on what defenseman Dan Hamhuis said to him prior to entering the lineup for Game 2:
"I said [to Hamhuis], 'I might have to play tonight,' and he said, 'you might have to or you get to?' And that just resonated with me right there. I was like, 'I get to play tonight; this is a great opportunity.' Just Hammer saying that really made me think about it and really got me pretty excited and jacked up to play."
Grimaldi on naming his stick 'Frankie' prior to Game 2:
"I randomly just named it Frankie. I wasn't even thinking about my grandpa or my uncle, both named Frank, and then my dad after the game [asked what my stick's name was] and I told him 'Frankie.' He said, 'do you know what day it is today?' And I looked and saw the date and I said, 'is this the day grandpa died?' And he said, 'yeah, I didn't want to tell you before the game because I wanted you to just focus.' But really random how things come together and really special to score with his name on my stick and help our team win. I got the news three years ago, it was the day before my first playoff game, so I remember how tough that was and I had to put that aside to play that game, so it was a really special moment for my family and me."