Coach Peter Laviolette On Who They Are Going To Start Game 3

Predators Coach Peter Laviolette has been asked multiple times by the media since game 2 on who they are going to start in net for game 3. On Thursday after they Penguins downed the Preds again taking a 2-0 lead Laviolette refused to answer the question.

Peter, have you made a decision on who will start for you in net in Game 3? Will you announce it?
PETER LAVIOLETTE: I said it a couple days ago when everybody was asking about Fisher and Smith. I said it then. We don’t talk about the lineup. When they ask the next day, we’re going to stay consistent with that. We don’t discuss the lineup.

Do your goalies know who will start?

PETER LAVIOLETTE: Yeah.

Could you talk about playing kind of a unique opponent in Pittsburgh. They haven’t out-shot a lot of teams, haven’t out-puck possessed a lot of teams, but still find ways to score and win. Is that a tough opponent to go against in that regard?

PETER LAVIOLETTE: It’s frustrating in the sense that we haven’t gotten on the board with a win yet. I think that’s frustrating for us. That’s what it’s about right now. It’s about putting together wins. So I think from that standpoint, it can be frustrating. But, you know, we’ve got to continue to try and get better with what we do. We can’t just look at the numbers and say, Yeah, we’re winning all the numbers, but the scoreboard, there’s got to be things we got to do better. We looked at some of those things today. We’ll try to get better, move the needle in the other direction on Saturday.

What kind of lift do you think this building will give your guys in Game 3?
PETER LAVIOLETTE: Well, it’s going to be a tremendous lift. The environment has been really good since I’ve been here. And before that, I’m sure. I’m just saying that the fans have been so supportive of our team in the regular season and the playoffs, up until this point. I think the playoffs, everything ratchets up and becomes even better, a more explosive environment. Then this year, seeing how it’s progressed from round to round, and to be in the Finals at this point, to see the excitement around the city, the excitement of our fan base, I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere. I know our guys enjoy playing at home. We’ve had good success here. Those are all positive things for our team.