Matthias Eckholm’s body disappeared early Monday afternoon in the hallway leading to the Nashville Predators’ locker room at Bridgestone Arena.
But soon his voice reappeared.
The defender wanted to clarify something. After thinking that he might have lost the number of games left in the program, he wanted to make it clear that all games count.
“I doubt we will go 14-0, so we lost another game here and there,” he said moments before he thought about it.
“If it’s 13, it’s 13,” he said with a laugh before adding anything along with the importance of accuracy.
It was 14. And Ecolm paid attention to the symbolic details of how he believes his team should play in order to maintain its place in the playoffs. As of Tuesday, they sat at the highest point of the Wild Card in the Western Conference, the game against Minnesota Wild the next day.
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Predators coach John Heinz, however, does not expect or demand perfection. There is room for error, even in an airless race for a place next season.
“There are 14 games left,” Haynes said. You may go 14-0, but there are some games you will not win.
“You really can not look to the future. We look at it and say, ‘Well, there are 14 games, we can not lose one.’ This is not the right mindset.”
The mentality has been one of the main pillars of this team, so that in the second half of last season, they lost 99-1 to advance to the playoffs.
Heinz cited clearing up some small details, not looking at the next game, and the best-selling game as a recipe for achieving such a goal.
The Predators have broken professional seasons with players such as Roman Jossi (100 points fast), Philip Forsberg (a record for scoring in a season and a career), Matt Duchenne (also a record for scoring in a season and a high career record). ) they receive. And Jose Saros, however, still find themselves fighting for a playoff spot.
“This is a hypothetical question,” Ockholm said. “I do not know. We’re in the playoffs now. That ‘s all I’m really focused on. I’m not really talking about who scores and who does what. 1. We win, I do not care who scores the last four goals.
“Did I want to be in Florida (the Panthers), where you already punched your ticket? Of course not. But we have exciting games ahead and we have to show that the team is ready for the play-offs and “It was made for that. We have to enter ourselves.”
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