It's do or die.
The Predators are facing elimination tonight in Dallas with Game 6 against the Stars just a few hours away. With the Stars owning a 3-2 series lead, Nashville has no choice but to win this evening if they want to extend their postseason run.
For now, it all comes down to this.
Here are the best quotes from the Preds ahead of Game 6 in Dallas:
Predators Captain Roman Josi on drawing from past experiences to assist in this situation:
"Especially this group, we've been going through adversity all year, the whole regular season. It's the playoffs, and it's not easy. Nobody said it was going to be easy, so we've got to make sure we step up tonight and play our best game."
Video: Josi, Sissons and Subban preview Game 6 in Dallas
Forward Colton Sissons on being in this exact situation last season, down 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Winnipeg:
"It's nice to have been though these situations, and it can be stressful. The stakes are high with a group that expects a lot out of themselves. We have won some big hockey games in situations where our backs are against the wall. Hopefully that'll give us some confidence tonight."
Sissons on appreciating the challenge of a must-win game:
"The best part about the playoffs is playing in these huge games, where if you don't win, you don't have tomorrow and nothing's guaranteed. I think we all really accept it with open arms, and we're ready to rock and roll. This is exciting stuff."
Defenseman P.K. Subban on tonight's game:
"It's a game that we've got to win. It's that simple. These are the most fun games to play because there's not much meetings needed, not much talk, not very many things that need to be said. We've been in this position before, too, we were in this situation last year in the second round [won Game 6 on the road and didn't like the result in Game 7]. We have another opportunity to have a different result."
Video: Laviolette says Preds will be ready for Game 6
Head Coach Peter Laviolette on embracing the challenge of an elimination game:
"Through a run, however long it goes - you hope it's four series and a win at the end - there's always going to be times where you're challenged as a group on most runs to be a champion. There are times where you're challenged and those are the times, I think, that solidifies your group. Would we rather be up 3-2? Sure, but we're not. We've got to win a hockey game tonight. Once we win a hockey game today, we'll wake up tomorrow and we'll deal with it when it comes, but I think that there's confidence in our group in being able to understand what we need to do in order to be successful and then to execute it. We'll be ready to play.