Coyotes know Predators will come out strong in Game 3
After all, just three teams have ever come back from an 0- 3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Needless to say, the Desert Dogs expect the Nashville Predators to come out firing Wednesday night.
"We realize that Nashville is going to come out and play probably the best game of the series in Game 3 out of desperation," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We have to make sure our game is where it needs to be to give us the best chance to win."
Playing like they did in Game 2 would be a start, as the Coyotes played arguably their best game of the postseason in the 5-3 win.
And, with the Predators suspending forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov due to violating team rules, it would seem things are lining up perfectly for the 'Yotes to go down to Nashville and steal this game.
But, as the team will remind you, that's easier said than done.
"Especially in their building," captain Shane Doan said of this game being difficult. "They've got so much emotion in that building and they play with so much emotion as a group when they really get going.
"They come wave, after wave, after wave, after wave and we're going to have to make sure we find a way to make sure we're ready."
The Coyotes, who won three games in Chicago last series and topped the Predators twice in Nashville during the regular season, should have little trouble with the atmosphere, despite what they may say.
And, they're not naive to the fact that they are in a good spot right now, even though there is still plenty of work to be done.
"We're happy that it's 2-0, we recognize that we just did what we're supposed to, we won our games at home," Doan said. "Now you've got to go on the road and do everything you can to win that next one.
"Everyone talks about it that it's the most important game, and it's the next one."
Arizona Sports' Craig Grialou contributed to this report
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