Carolina beat Nashville 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in the series. The home team have won every game in the series so far.
If the Hurricanes win, they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the Stanley Cup.
The Predators really liked what they did in Game 5 and won’t be looking to change much in Game 6.
“We know what we need to do, we’ve been through it before,” said Nashville coach John Hynes. “That’s why you go about your own business the way you do in the regular season. We went through a lot of situations where we suffered a tough loss and had to come back to win a game. We have a lot of confidence in who we are and how we’re going to react. “
Teams with a 3-2 lead in a best-of-7 series won the series 326-87 (0.789), including 8-0 last season. Carolina is 7-0 when it has a 3-2 lead in the series; Nashville is 1-9 as it lags 3-2 in a streak.
Here are three keys for Game 6:
1. Slavin is probably good to go
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour hopes to follow the same lineup as Game 5, which would mean a defenseman Jacob Slavin would play in his second straight game. Slavin led the Hurricanes with 26:08 of ice time and got an assist up front Martin Necastying goal in the third period of Game 5 after missing the previous three games with a lower body injury. The Hurricanes expect him to make an impact again on Thursday.
“He is a world class athlete and also a leader in our team,” said the defenseman. Poisson Brett mentionned. “You can’t replace a guy like that. He was also fighting. Obviously he’s fucked up and the boys appreciate him coming back and fighting for us. “
2. Exceed the game 5
The Predators don’t dwell on the fact that they could be ahead 3-2 in the series had they been able to protect the 2-1 lead they held until Hurricanes forward Martin Necas scores at 12:55 of the third period of the fifth game. Positive thinking helped them bounce back from an 8-11-0 regular-season start to the No.4 seed in the Discover Central Division, and they will take the same approach on Thursday.
“There are losses that occur throughout a season, throughout a playoff series,” the forward Colton Sissons mentionned. “We know you can’t simmer in the past. You have to move on. They did the same with tough overtime losses from which they bounced back and took a big win. We are able to move forward. It shouldn’t be a problem. “
3. Staal continues to capitalize
Hurricane center Jordan Steel scored in overtime to win Game 5, the second overtime playoff goal of his NHL career. He became the fourth player to score multiple overtime goals in the playoffs with the Hurricanes / Hartford Whalers, joining Niclas Wallin (three), Cory Stillman (two) and Kevin Dineen (two).
Staal’s teammates are not surprised that their captain, who has scored five points (four goals, one assist) in five games, continues to produce.
“He’s our leader, a top player, and the top players show up for some big moments,” said the Carolina forward. Warren Foegele mentionned. “We all try to follow in Jordo’s footsteps. He’s our leader and it was great to see him understand that. “
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Nino Niederreiter — Vincent Trocheck –Martin Necas
Warren Foegele – Jordan Steel – Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook — Steven Lorentz — Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin – Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Jake Bean — Jani Hakanpaa
Striped: Morgan Geekie, Jake Gardiner, Maxime Lajoie, Max McCormick, drawn shore, Ryan Suzuki, Roland McKeown, James Reimer
Injured: Cedric Paquette (lower body)
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Filip Forsberg — Ryan Johansen — Matt Duchene
Jarnkrok Street — Mikael Granlund — Luc Kunin
Nick Cousins — Erik Haula — Eeli Tolvanen
Train Yakov – Colton Sissons – Tanner Jeannot
Romain Josi — Alexandre Carrier
Mattias Ekholm — Ryan Ellis
Ben Harpur — Matt Benning
Striped: Mathieu Olivier, Erik Gudbranson, Rocco Grimaldi, Brad Richardson, Tyler Lewington, David Farrance, Michael McCarron, Jeremy Davies, Rem Pitlick, Dante Fabbro, Kasimir Kaskisuo, Philip Tomasino
Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (upper body), Luca Sbisa (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (upper body)
Jeannot will replace Olivier in the fourth row. The Predators have alternated between forwards in the roster over the past three games.