The Nashville Predators prepare to play game nine of an 82-game regular season as they host the San Jose Sharks inside Bridgestone Arena.
So, head coach Peter Laviolette is tasked with keeping the squad energized and present throughout the long season.
This past weekend after a Preds back-to-back in western Canada, Laviolette made a challenge with his team that if they were to win both games, he would wear a bull head mask in his post-game interview.
They won, so he owned up to the challenge.
“When you make a challenge there’s got to be a back side to it. Roman (Josi), after a day of thinking about it, came back and that was the back side of it. I needed some time to think about it but the challenge was hard,” said Laviolette.
That was just one of the many challenges the coach does to keep his team engaged during the grind of a long season.
“You know, I think definitely it has been working for us I think it’s a great way to definitely get your mind right I mean everybody’s obviously geared up for every game but at the same time you can always use a little extra like that and it works for us so far,” said forward Filip Forsberg.
“It’s huge. I mean the guys love it and it’s just something different to a regular day and we love it,” said captain Roman Josi.
The team said the antics from their coach are only fun when they’re winning. Right now, they’ve won 5-straight.