Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 4/23/12
Nashville_predators_v_e9e7

The Nashville Predators took a day off on Saturday after being the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. on Sunday, the Predators were back on the ice for practice at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville works on remaining focused until the second round starts

“We haven’t accomplished anything, yet. We have a lot of work left to do. We have to make sure we stay focused. Last year, we sat back and went into Vancouver and they took it to us in Game 1. We know we need to learn from that experience and be ready for whoever we have coming up,” Predators Captain Shea Weber said.

A season ago, the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six games on April 24th. The Western Conference semi-finals against the Vancouver Canucks started four days later on April 28th.

This year, the break between the first and second round will be significantly longer for the Predators. There is already one Game 7 slated for Wednesday and other series could potentially end on Thursday night. Having been the first team to advance to the second round, Nashville is looking at an entire week off between contests.

“One thing that we learned last year is that we didn’t reengage until the next series. We waited and waited for it to come. Then we had a couple substandard practices and it showed in Game 1 in Vancouver,” Head Coach Barry Trotz explained.

Nashville lost the opening contest against the Canucks by a 1-0 score, but were outplayed most of the game. The Predators were kept in the contest by a stellar performance from Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne who made 29 saves on the night. Vancouver won the series in six games.

The Predators need to remain focused while they wait not only for the second round to begin, but also to find out which team will be their next opponent.

“We were going to go quick and not too long, but have some good pace,” Trotz said about Sunday’s practice. “I think we accomplished that. You are not competing and preparing for an opponent, and going through that grind. It was more like let’s get our focus on. Let’s make sure we are prepared mentally and physically. We talked about having focus, and then leave and have a good day.”

Many of the players echoed Trotz’ comments after practice. The message was consistent. The Predators need to focus on their own play and not worry about who their opponent will be for the second round.

“You have to have the right mindset going into the second round. It is going to be harder than the first round. Every round is going to be tougher and tougher. You just have to be ready to go,” rookie Gabriel Bourque said.

“It was a good practice today,” Ryan Suter added. “Part of that is you need your time away and that was yesterday. It was good to recharge the battery, but now that we are here, we need to focus on just staying ready for who we have to play. It doesn’t matter who we play or when we play. We have to be ready to go.”

Nashville will play the winner of the series between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks. Phoenix holds a 3-2 series lead against the Blackhawks with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night at the United Center in Chicago.

“I honestly don’t care,” Alexander Radulov said about which team he would rather face in the second round. “We just have to worry about our game and what is inside this locker room. Who we are going to get and how we get them, it doesn’t matter. There are no easy teams. You have to be ready for everybody.”

The other Western Conference semi-final will see the St. Louis Blues play the Los Angeles Kings. On Sunday, the Kings defeated the Canucks by a 2-1 score in overtime, eliminating the reigning Western Conference champions from the postseason in five games.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Rob Gronkowski’s younger brother, Glenn, trying to make NFL as fullback

Michael Bennett fined over $17K for nasty hit on Alex Smith

Cam Cameron battling prostate cancer

RG3 to be held out 1-2 weeks after doctor changes mind

LA Kings offer Peter Budaj a professional tryout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Carlos Boozer hoping roster spot opens on playoff team

Starting EJ Manuel not a bad idea for Bills’ third preseason game

Tim Beckman fired by Illinois amid mistreatment allegations

Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade

Charles Barkley on ex-agent: ‘I’d blow his damn brains out’

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

WATCH: Steven Stamkos takes BP, fielding practice, hits homer

Ronda Rousey makes breakfast look good in Carl’s Jr. ad

NFL admits communication breakdown in Pats-Saints game

WATCH: TJ Yeldon gets crushed in brutal goal-line collision

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

PHOTO: Enes Kanter dwarfed by world’s tallest man

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

Jonathan Kraft: Patriots haven’t apologized to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

Ballmer declines $60M/yr TV deal, could start streaming

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat

Spieth: New irons the reason for missed cut at Barclays?

Opening Drive: Where have all the great UM tailbacks gone?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Why NFL preseason games matter

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker