Nashville comes into today’s game having split their games in Anaheim. While they lost their last game 5 – 3, I’ve got to agree with Buddy over at PredsOnTheGlass in that the Predators should come home with a lot of confidence.
They should be confident in their game plans. They feel that if they limit Anaheim’s power play opportunities, they are better than Anaheim. After two games, there’s no reason to believe otherwise.
They should be confident in their effort on the ice. After falling behind 2 – 0 in game two, they kept coming and had a chance to force overtime.
They should be confident in their ability to limit Anaheim’s RPG line at even strength. Throwing out Bobby Ryan’s empty net goal, Anaheim’s RPG line has been limited to two goals over the two games (both in game 2). Even with Carlyle having last change allowing him to avoid Weber and Suter, Klein and Blum have done a very good job with that line.
They should be confident in their new-found prowess on the power play. They are doing a great job of moving around to the open spots on the ice and keeping someone in front of the goalie.
They should be confident in the approach of their captain, leadership group and coaches. They seem to be taking a very business-like approach to their accomplishments in this series. That speaks to the maturity of the team and the direction set down by their leaders.
Their confidence have got them this far.
Now they need to be confident in their ability to improve their discipline on the ice. They need to be confident in their ability to stick to their plans and continue to play their game regardless of the score or the number of games won or lost. They need to be confident in their ability to view the absence of Bobby Ryan over the next two games as a challenge of having to face a new and unpracticed-for strategy from Anaheim as opposed to seeing the next two games as gimmes.
I have every confidence in them.
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