Anaheim Ducks (46-27-11) at Nashville Predators (43-27-14)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 19, 2016, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -120 / Anaheim Ducks +100 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Nashville Predators look to take a commanding series lead against the Anaheim Ducks as the setting shifts to Tennessee for the next two games.
The Anaheim Ducks could be in a heap of trouble if they can’t find a way to sweep both games at Bridgestone Arena as they have reverted back to their early season selves and can’t find a way to score on Pekka Rinne. Anaheim was among the best teams in the league at season’s end and really went on a tear after a sluggish start but the problems they have that have been masked of sorts down the stretch are coming to the forefront at a very inopportune time and if they can’t snap out of it and find a way to get a win tonight they are in serious jeopardy of flopping out of the playoffs in the opening round. Anaheim is likely ro stick with John Gibson in this one as the Preds will surely counter with Rinne is a game that has quickly become a must win for the Ducks.
Nashville meanwhile is playing with house money at the moment as many expected they would be out quickly in these playoffs and no one expected them to win both games on the road to start the series, but don’t tell that to the Preds who feel as though they have been disrespected all season long. Nashville has been lights out since the all-star break and while they couldn’t recover enough from a slow start to jump into the top three seeds in the Central division they are certainly playing like it right now and in front of a home crowd that has shown they can make a difference in the playoffs you can be sure they will be fired up for this one. However, Anaheim has far too many play makers to fall behind 3-0 in a first round series and while they still have a ton of work to do to get back on even terms I think they accomplish part one tonight.