The Nashville Predators desperately need to find an answer for Ryan Kesler.

Maybe they should try Kryptonite.

Kesler has almost singlehandedly gutted the Predators' hopes to advance past the second round of the NHL playoffs, with two consecutive dominating performances that allowed the Canucks to take both games in Music City and give his team a 3-1 series stranglehold.

He's been the Canucks' Superman in the playoffs and Nashville coach Barry Trotz made an apt comparison when asked about Kesler on Friday after the Preds practised in Vancouver.

"He's been outstanding," said Trotz. "To me, he's been like a Mark Messier. He's a big, physical guy who can score and plays a lot of different roles. He's got a second gear for a big guy."

Kesler has six points the two games and scored the winner in Game 4, a highlight-reel effort where he split all-world defenceman Shea Weber and Shane O'Brien during a third-period power play.

He added insult to injury early in the game when his accidental (or not) elbow to the nose of Nashville's Jerred Smithson put the Preds' excellent checking centre out of the game at the end of the first period.

But the Preds desperately need someone to step up the way Kesler has for Vancouver, if they're to extend the Western Conference semifinal series to a Game 6 in Nashville on Monday.