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Preds players talk momentum, Nashville's big week and catfish

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The Stanley Cup Final has drawn thousands of fans to downtown Nashville. (WSMV) The Stanley Cup Final has drawn thousands of fans to downtown Nashville. (WSMV)
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Regardless of what happens in Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Stanley Cup is going to be inside Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night for Game 6.

The Nashville Predators know how important this road trip is, and they want to keep the momentum going.

Filip Forsberg knows what's happening in Nashville this week – between the Stanley Cup Final, CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo. He believes the fire inside Bridgestone Arena can be felt all across Lower Broadway and Middle Tennessee.

“It's obviously been amazing to play here, last night was no exception. It's just crazy. You go to bed at night after the games and your ears are still ringing,” Forsberg said. “You're just ready to go and it gives us a lot of extra energy."

Goalie Pekka Rinne believes the team's best hockey is ahead of them.

“I think if we continue improving our game, game after game, we have to feel confident going (to Pittsburgh),” Rinne said.

Matt Irwin says regardless of any perceived momentum, the goal is to take down the Penguins in Pittsburgh in Game 5.

“We're not looking ahead, because Game 6, the (Stanley) Cup is going to be here no matter what. So we're just looking to Game 5 and the task at hand for us,” Irwin said.

When Jake Deverall, aka “Catfish Jake,” threw a catfish onto the ice in Pittsburgh, the fans got a case of catfish fever.

Colton Sissons agrees. He said he loves to see the fans embrace this tradition and doesn’t think it disrupts the game-flow.

“It's usually at time outs or a point of the game where there's a bit of time where they can clean it up pretty quick,” Sissons said. “I think it's awesome. Traditions are pretty cool, especially unique ones like that.

Head coach Peter Laviolette wants fans to not throw dangerous items on the ice. But catfish may be the exception.

“If a catfish slips out on the ice, what are you going to do?” Laviolette said.

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