The Nashville Predators take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. to kick off the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs for both teams. My pep talk for the Predators is very simple:
Remember Game 5 in Chicago. Finish hockey games. Play your game for the entirety of the game and you'll come out on the winning end.
Don't worry about what anybody else is saying. Go out there and win the damn series. Take the Ducks by their throat, and choke them out. Keep the intensity at the highest possible level, and things will take care of themselves.
There's not much more to say at this point. The fun part for the players, fans, and really everyone else, begins now. The NHL playoffs is the most exciting time in sports. It's two months of battling and two months of clawing your way to the top. The journey begins now.