Nashville Predators (50-31-12) at Anaheim Ducks (54-26-14)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -10000 / Nashville Predators -10000 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet up at the Honda Center on Sunday night for game two of their Western Conference final.
The Predators look to continue their remarkable run in the NHL playoffs as they head into Anaheim for game two of the Western Conference final and with a victory here the Preds would jump out to an improbable 2-0 series lead heading back to Nashville for games three and four. Nashville made quick work of the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round and then wasted the St. Louis Blues in the second round then played a textbook series opening road game against the Ducks who had to have been tired after a seven game series with the young and speedy Oilers. Pekka Rinne was outstanding once again for the Preds in goal as he outduelled John Gibson and now he has a shot at furthering his Conn Smythe chances with another big road game here and send his side home with a convincing series advantage.
The Ducks meanwhile need to regroup after a less than stellar performance in the series opener, though if there is anything they can take from their game one loss is that they didn’t play nearly up to their potential and still managed to send the game to overtime. The Ducks to me have a deeper roster up front than the Preds and will have to take advantage of that tonight if they’re going to salvage a split on home ice as Nashville has the edge on the blue line and in the crease and if they can find a way to be better in the offensive third than the Ducks than this could be a quick series.
The Predators are 5-0 in their last five against the Pacific and 9-2 in their last 11 overall while the Ducks are 19-7 in their last 26 overall and 8-3 in their last 11 against the Central. The Ducks nearly got the win in game one and played a pretty substandard game so any improvement should inch them closer to a win here and I think they get it done.