Nashville Predators (49-31-12) at Anaheim Ducks (54-26-13)
|Date & Time||Friday May 12, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -112 / Nashville Predators -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet up at the Honda Center on Friday night as the Western Conference final kicks off in California.
The Predators look to continue their remarkable start to the NHL playoffs as they head into Anaheim for game one of the Western Conference final and with a victory here the Preds would not only steal home ice advantage in a hurry they would pull off their ninth win in just 10 games in these playoffs. Nashville made quick work of the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round and then wasted the St. Louis Blues in five games in what has certainly been the talk of the playoffs so far and now they are just four wins away from their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history. Each team thus far has had a number of standout performers that are their teams respective front runner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP but for the Preds it is clear that their goaltender Pekka RInne has been the team’s standout and will have to put forth another strong series if the Predators are going to advance.
The Ducks meanwhile swept their way through the opening round as well as they made quick work of the Calgary Flames but it took a full seven to dispose of the other Alberta team in the Edmonton Oilers who had their chances to send the Ducks packing in what was a very exciting series. Anaheim has a lot of thanks to give to their captain as Ryan Getzlaf has been sensational through the first 11 games of his team’s playoff run and while the likes of Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry have been good it is the play of Getzlaf that got the Ducks through the first two rounds and he will have to be that much better if they’re going to take down Nashville in this series.
The Predators are 4-0 in their last four games against the Pacific and 8-2 in their last 10 overall while the Ducks are 13-3 in their last 16 following a win and 21-7 in their last 28 overall. Anaheim is coming off a hard fought series with Edmonton while the Preds are well rested but I think the Ducks are the better and deeper team and they start this series off with a victory.