Anaheim Ducks (49-27-11) at Nashville Predators (43-30-14)
|Date & Time||Monday April 25, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators +100 / Anaheim Ducks -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ducks look for their third win of the series in Nashville and fourth overall as they can wrap up their first round matchup with the Predators on Monday night.
The Anaheim Ducks got off to a rough start in this series and much like the start of the season where they stumbled out of the gates, they have rallied back in a big way and are now just a win away from advancing to the Pacific division final against the San Jose Sharks. Anaheim lost the first two games of this series on home ice but really stepped up on the road and carried that momentum over into a game five show down at home and are slight favourites to win their fourth in a row here and send the Predators packing early once again. Frederik Andersen got the win in game five and it is uncertain as to whether he will get the nod again tonight as he and John Gibson have both played well and should feel confident with either guy going up against Pekka Rinne who has become a staple in the conversation of the league’s top goalies.
The Predators took the playoff world by storm after upending the Ducks in both of their first two games and while they have fallen flat in the last three they are still very much alive in this series and will be looking for their first win of the playoffs on home ice. Nashville was among the league’s best teams from the all-star break onwards and were a good team on home ice this season but face a tough Ducks side that won the Pacific division and is out to claim the playoff crown as well, which they can move one step closer to with a victory tonight. While the Preds had a good season and will be strong moving forward I think they run out of luck tonight as Anaheim is simply the better team and they get their fourth in a row on Monday night in Tennessee.