And it seems that's exactly how the Jets, who have a combined 12 games of Game 7 experience on the roster, are approaching the win-or-go-home affair.
As a result, Bridgestone Arena will host its first Game 7 on Thursday.
After Forsberg made it 2-0, Rinne was there to stop Adam Lowry with his pad before just getting a piece of Mark Scheifele's shot on an abbreviated 2-on-1 to keep Nashville up by two.
But while the Jets' failure to end the series on home ice sends them back to Nashville as Game 7 betting underdogs, the two clubs sit knotted on the Stanley Cup odds at +500. The Predators should win this game. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays.
Inconsistency has plagued the Predators since late March, and started with a three-game losing streak that featured a 5-4 loss to Winnipeg as +132 road underdogs on March 25. Perhaps going into Nashville for a Game 7, with the pressure off them will help the Jets. The Preds edged the Jets 117 points to 114 for the President's Trophy and the Central Division title.
Who do you think will take a decisive Game 7 and advance to the next round to face the upstart Vegas Golden Knights for the Western Conference Finals? "You get a goal or you get a little bit of a lead and sometimes you have the advantage in that I do think that the road team's game has been simpler than maybe the home team".
There have been 17 second-round Game 7s since 2009, with at least one each year during that span. Road teams are 9-8, and 10 of the 17 games have been decided by one goal (including three in overtime).
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Woods three-putted twice for bogey, including the par-3 sixth hole when he had a downhill birdie chance from about 18 feet. Open and today it was definitely more benign and you were able to get after it". "I hope, not, but it seems like it".
The team was expected to catch a plane to Nashville Wednesday after practice and will face off against the Predators Thursday at 7 p.m. CT in Bridgestone Arena.
The JoFA line for the Predators showed out for the Predators during Game Six, as they boasted a total of eight points. "The optimist would look at it as a great opportunity", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler.
"The last game they played, is not how they want to feel afterwards", she said. "You've got to give him a lot of credit". But the thing about those two winner-take-all post-season victories, as Maurice wittily noted just hours before the Jets boarded a plane and headed to Nashville for a series- and potentially season-deciding contest against the Predators, is they come with a qualifier. No matter what happens tonight, this will be a game that both teams and cities will remember, for good or for bad, for a long time to come.
In this series, Connor Hellebuyck has been superb in the games that he's won and not so good in the games that he's lost.
Now, it all comes down to how the Predators play tomorrow night. It'll just be on the Predators tonight to clinch another Western Conference final berth. Doing so, however, is going to require Winnipeg to play a more straightforward game, one that's more about doing what's effective than it is making it look pretty. Let us know in the comments section below.
These two teams have been involved in some of the most exciting matchups of the year, and this series has not disappointed. "And we've played both of those teams three times, so, shouldn't be any surprises".