For a position player, playing back-to-back nights is somewhat easier than it is for goalies.

Goalies have to stand for almost the entire game, and they don't get a rest, either mentally or physically. Because of that, coaches often start their backups on the first or second night of back-to-back games.

The Predators, however, said they planned to abandon that philosophy Thursday against Columbus and today at Dallas. Pekka Rinne, who started Thursday night's 6-5 victory, is expected to start tonight, too.

"I always try to think about the first game and go from there," Rinne said. "I don't want to jinx anything, but if you win the game, you get kind of an energy boost, and it's a little bit easier. That's a big thing — to take care of your body and energy level. Hydration is a big part of that, and after the first game, doing a little bit of cool down and stretching and stuff like that."

Rinne also said that his experience in the American Hockey League, where teams often play three games in three days, helps with his preparation for back-to-back games.

"I used to play all three," Rinne said.