'Pressure is power': Sports psychologist weighs in on Winnipeg Jets' Game 7

City of Clarksville invites Predators fans to join Game 7 festivities at Wilma Rudolph Event Center Thursday

City of Clarksville invites Predators fans to join Game 7 festivities at Wilma Rudolph Event Center Thursday

Winnipeg led that series 3-1, but was then outscored 21-5 over the final three games by Vancouver. Six games of unpredictable, sometimes up and down, sometimes highly defensive, sometimes wacky hockey. "You can never have more fun than playing these elimination games".

"There are two teams on the ice tonight".

The Jets are not expected to make any lineup changes, while the Predators might bring back Ryan Hartman onto the fourth line if Mike Fisher (undisclosed) is unable to play.

Maurice said it's no secret both arenas are "emotional" and hard to play in for the away team, though he says he thinks the road team has had it "simpler than maybe the home team" during this round.

In this observer's opinion, it all comes down to how the Predators can control their emotions. Over the past five years, the eventual Stanley Cup champion has won at least one Game 7. "They're going to do the exact same thing". Defensively, the Jets are yielding 2.6 goals and 81.8 penalty kill percentage per game. If anything, bettors have come to expect the unexpected, especially with Winnipeg dropping two straight at home for the first time since February. The Predators would like to see that performance out of them again and if they do, the Predators have a great chance of advancing to the conference finals. Without it, Winnipeg has the capability to steamroll this team. "Even the games where the score doesn't really show it, they're all tight games". The Jets just need their own goalie Connor Hellebuyck to play like he did on the road in Games 1 and 5, and they will have an opportunity to pull off the upset.

The third key is for Nashville to initiate the physical play, not respond to it.

The Predators and Jets finished with the two best records during the regular season - Nashville had 117 points to win its first Presidents' Trophy, while Winnipeg was right behind with 114 points. Eleven years ago they were selling season tickets for the team in Hamilton, Ontario before fans and a group of local businessmen stepped up to buy the team and keep them here.

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So... what's gonna happen tonight? In fact, their top line knows that too, as does their head coach Peter Laviolette who sends out that line to stop the Jets' top line.

When the teams are so close in terms of skill, will and identity, how does a team impose its will on their opponent in a game like this? All games on 102.5-FM. NBCSN's NHL Live also gets going at 6...

Pierre McGuire on tonight's Game 7: "Game 7s are an fantastic spectacle".

The home team is 100-70 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Everything will be set by the end of the evening... the Eastern Conference Final begins tomorrow night. Winnipeg has taken Games 1 and 5 at the Bridgestone Arena, while Nashville won Games 4 and 6 at Bell MTS Place.

This is the 10th consecutive season that the second round will finish on a game seven.

41 Of the 170 all-time Game 7s, 41 have required overtime (24.2 percent).

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