JOE BIDDLE: Preds need to ground Jets

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Nashville Predators’ P.K. Subban (76) skates during a break in the action against the Winnipeg Jets in the second period of NHL hockey playoff action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday May 1, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

I don’t know who will win Game 7 and the best of seven series to advance to the next opponent.

Every time I think the Predators are going to win in this series, Winnipeg proves me wrong. Every time I think the Predators are going to lose to the aptly named Jets, they win.

The only thing I do know is the Predators will make franchise history by even playing a Game 7 in the playoffs.

It has been an exciting series and it will end Thursday night in Bridgestone Arena.

I haven’t heard or seen if Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will follow up after his Game 6 prediction even though the Predators were on the road.

Preds Coach Peter Laviolette has his work cut out for him. He has juggled the lineup and made some savvy moves. The Jets will have to guess what Laviolette has up his sleeve in Game 7.

Looking ahead, which is always dangerous, I would like to see the Predators win what more than some experts predicted in Game 7.

In the Eastern Conference playoffs it was good for Washington to advance to the next round. Washington Coach Barry Trotz has waited a long time to get to this point.

Trotz labored years with the expansion Predators. The ownership would not put enough money up to give the Preds a chance against other opponents’ rosters.

Trotz deserved to beat the two time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. It took his team to Game 6. There was speculation if the Capitals had taken the series, Trotz would lose his job.

It would be fitting if the Capitals would meet the Predators for the Stanley Cup.

It marked the first time in 20 years that the Caps made the Eastern Conference finals.

But back to the Predators. The odds are against the Predators despite them having to play on home ice in Game 7.

Predictions are fun to see, but the wise guys are not always right. This Predators team has what it takes to win Game 7.

They know what they have to do.

Joe Biddle is a WKRN.com sports columnist. He is also in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Contact him at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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