NASHVILLE — It wasn’t bombastic. It wasn’t a challenge. It wasn’t disrespectful.
But the words of Predators head coach Barry Trotz sure made ears perk up.
Asked whether Tuesday night’s Game 3 will determine the tone of the series, Trotz said: “I think this series changes tonight. It was a feeling out process in Vancouer and I think this series changes. It’s on right now. I told our guys, it’s gonna be more of what the series is going to be.
“Each game is a different storyline, but it’s on right now.”
Trotz’s logic makes sense.
In the opener, the Predators were not very good, and lost 1-0. In Game 2, the Canucks weren’t at their best through regulation time and eventually fell 2-1 in overtime.
“I think both teams realize we’re both engaged in a series now and the team that can get a little bit better and adjust as the series goes on, will probably end up winning,” Trotz said.
As for news from the morning skate, it’s doubtful the Predators will make any changes.
The Canucks had an optional skate, so it’s hard to tell what the lineup will look like tonight, but it would seem Cody Hodgson will play instead of Victor Oreskovich, based on Monday’s practice. More notable moves would see Alex Burrows moved to a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and the struggling Mikael Samuelsson moved down to the fourth line.