After Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series against the Blackhawks, the Nashville Predators were still feeling pretty good about their performance despite their 4-2 loss.
Sure, there were some things they would have liked to do better, and the Predators have since addressed those areas heading into Game 4 inside the United Center.
"We weren't skating as well as we had in the previous two games," Colin Wilson said. "I think they did a good job with their back pressure and it's something we usually use as our identity is back pressure. I don't think we were skating the way that we could have."
Now the Predators find themselves down by one in the series heading into Game 4. And while they said they address every playoff game as a must-win, they're not looking to change too many things against the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
"I think we've taken every game with the same approach," Wilson said. "You don't want to go two behind to a team in a series, but I think we've played every game like a must-win and if we keep playing the same way, we can [go far]."
Head coach Peter Laviolette has been happy with what he's seem overall from his team, and isn't worried about a lack of effort or energy as the playoffs continue.
"I don't think they were holding anything back in Games 1, 2 and 3. Playoffs are playoffs, each games are their own individual identity. Our guys, they seem to give an honest effort and they played hard. We didn't get results, and it's about results in the playoffs."
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Now the Predators will aim to achieve those results tonight. For Nashville, it's about fixing some little areas — and adjusting in the absence of Shea Weber and Mike Fisher — but keeping their style of game the same.
"I don't think it was a lack of effort, or energy or wanting to do well," Laviolette said. "I believe that they'll bring a spirited game to the rink tonight. I believe their heads and energy will be in the right place and we'll take on the Blackhawks. But there's a lot of confidence in our room that if we play a certain way and certain style and execute, we can find success for sure."