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Predators' Trotz Trying To Avoid 2nd-Round Letdown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Coach Barry Trotz is trying to mix time on the ice with some much-needed rest for his Predators, looking to avoid any rust or letdown for the first NHL team to advance out of the opening round of the playoffs.

Trotz had his Predators back on the ice Sunday. They will practice again Monday, then take Tuesday off before returning to practice Wednesday.

Nashville's challenge is a layoff that could last a week before the second round of the Western Conference playoffs begin, and the Predators could face any of the teams still alive.

Trotz said he scheduled this week using experience of a 10-day layoff in the American Hockey League. The Predators had a letdown last spring, losing the first game of the second round at Vancouver.

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