2. The first five minutes could factor in huge … for both teams
What Colorado said:
“We play well on big games here at home. I think we need to keep playing the same way. I think we’ve played well and we’ve had our chances, we just need to be a little better defensively. They have a great offense, everyone can score on that team. We need to be sharp defensively and keep going the same way”
– forward Gabriel Bourque
What Nashville said:
“I think our starts [need to be better]. We haven’t liked our energy and execution early on. If we can have a solid first five, ten minutes and set us up for the rest of the game, we’d like that a lot,”
– forward Colton Sissons
Colorado’s done well to take the initial 1-0 lead in the first two games, however game three has the potential to work opposite of what we’ve seen thus far. With the opposing crowd working against them, and Nashville seemingly saying the right things, expect the Predators to come out with a bit more energy to start the game.
The same was said after Game 1 going into Game 2, but if Nashville falls behind early against the Avalanche, it may not be happy sailing for the Predators. It’s good, though, that the majority of Preds players have continued to harp on how they’ve started both previous games. Now, it’s a matter of putting their money where their mouths are.
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