NASHVILLE -- When the Predators host the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series on Friday, they have a chance to achieve a huge milestone for their franchise.
With a 3-1 series lead, a win lets them advance, but more than that, it will allow the Preds -- for this season, at least -- to know that they have surpassed the organization against which they have always had to measure themselves.
At practice on Thursday in preparation for the game, the Preds did their best to expunge those thoughts from their heads. Coach Barry Trotz said he thought it was instructive for his team that on Wednesday both NHL teams that held 3-0 series leads, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, both failed to eliminate their opponents.
"It gave us a good illustration to talk to the guys about seeing how hard it is," Trotz said of finishing off an opponent.
Trotz and some of the Preds also noted that Detroit trailed San Jose three games to none last season in the se...