The Predators will head back to Nashville on Tuesday regardless of tonight's result, it's just a matter of whether or not they'll have a Game 7 to prepare for when they arrive.
Those in the Nashville dressing room have more than enough belief in each other to make it happen, and that's what they'll look to do tonight in Game 6 in Winnipeg - just win one to force a seventh and deciding game on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. But they won't get too far ahead of themselves in the meantime, living every period, every shift, every moment like their season depends on it.
Just a few hours away from Game 6, here are the best quotes from the Preds locker room:
Head Coach Peter Laviolette on the mindset facing an elimination game:
"A lot of it is just noise on the outside, and at the end of the day, it's going to come down to the game tonight when the puck eventually gets dropped at 8:45. Our guys will be ready to play. I'm sure they will be and that will determine the game; not so much of what I say or what's been said, it'll come down to the two teams on the ice and that's probably the way it should be."
Video: Laviolette: "We have to be better in front of Rinne"
Laviolette on if Pekka Rinne's statistics need to be better for the Predators to win:
"They will get better as soon as we get better in front of him. If you go back to last game and tell me which one you'd really fault Pekka Rinne on, I'd be happy to sit down and watch it with you and I can go through an awful lot of them where the same things have happened. When we're good in front of him, he's a great goaltender. I feel like the onus is on us as a team to make sure we're complete with our game and again, because of the opponent, it has to be that way."
Defenseman P.K. Subban on how the team will react to his guarantee of a win in Game 6:
"We'll find out tonight. It's about responding, and I think as a group, I'm not speaking for myself, I'm speaking for our group and that's the confidence that we share as a group. We're confident that we're going to come out and play a full 60 minutes and if we do that, we're going to like the result at the end of the night."
Video: Hartnell and Ellis set the stage for must-win Game 6
Defenseman Ryan Ellis on if the Preds need to build belief they can win Game 6:
"I don't think we really need to build much. We know we can, we have the guys in here, the character in our locker room, and if you told us at the start of the year we had to win one game, I'd take this group over anyone. We're very confident in each other, very confident in our group and we need to win one game and then we'll see what happens after that."
Forward Scott Hartnell on how he expects Pekka Rinne to play tonight:
"Solid. No doubt in my mind and no doubt in this dressing room that he's our man and he's going to have a huge game for us tonight."