Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators - 5/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rosalie Stanley
May 17, 2017

Linemate Corey Perry also has come alive after a pedestrian regular season with a goal and five assists in the last four games versus Edmonton while 33-goal scorer Rickard Rakell tallied in four straight games against the Oilers.

Neal scored 9:24 into OT, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Predators kicked off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Ultimately, this game needed overtime, like so many other games in these playoffs, and a player with some controversy surrounding him came through in the big moment.

The Leafs were fortunate to have a strong offensive game led by Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner. The record is 32 seasons by the Arizona Coyotes before they reached the 2012 Western Conference Finals. "It's, obviously, a team that's playing outstanding in the playoffs", Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf following the close-out win over the Oilers.

Nashville has a serious challenge now, and adversity has arrived in the form of Ryan Kesler, the Ducks' defense-minded center. "It gave them a lot of momentum and sucked the life out of us, so we need to make sure that we turn that around (in Game 2)".

The Anaheim Ducks are just four wins away from making it back to the Stanley Cup Final. I think he's been awesome for us.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (49-31-8-4 42-40 O/U): Nashville's surprising playoff run is due to large part to the remarkable renaissance of veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne.

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"You look at any team that has won and been good for all these years, they start with a disappointment and we've done that", said McDavid.

Anaheim center Nate Thompson refused to point to the lack of rest between series as the deciding factor in the game. With the national media seemingly only focused on the empty seats, the Ducks played a solid game overall. The Predators had three days off after their series win against the St. Louis Blues and appeared to be the quicker team throughout. Two second round series went seven games, the Edmonton-Anaheim and Pittsburgh-Washington series.

"I think we're not smart enough to know any different", he said. In the second round, Neal potted three goals, one of which was a game-winner, and he's got a history of showing up against the Ducks.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Edmonton's star captain finished his first postseason with five goals and nine points in 13 games. The Predators will play the victor of the other West series between the Anaheim and Edmonton.

The Preds will have to find a way to stop Ryan Getzlaf, who was, save for Leon Draisaitl, the most dominant performer in that series. Then two weeks later, the Preds shut the Ducks out in Tennessee 5-0. John Gibson has shown some signs of being vulnerable. "Now today's player has evolved to where you have to always give them the why - why you're doing it, explain it, explain it, consult with the people that are involved to make the decision and why you made that decision". They are not going to quake in their skates simply because they lost the first game at home. With their season done, there was still a sense of missed opportunity and definitely residual frustration over what they felt was a missed goalie-interference call on Anaheim's last-minute tying goal in Game 5. "Nobody panicked. I thought we had a really good start, really good first period, and then they scored the first goal". "We know what type of team we have in our dressing room".

The Ducks came to life in the second period, scoring three goals, the first tied the score at 2-all just after the second period started.

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion), D Clayton Stoner (Out Indefinitely, abdominal). He was full of holes against the Oilers, allowing 19 goals against in seven games and posting a.895 save percentage.

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